September 1984 - September 1986, NBC
September 1987 - January 1989,
a race of tiny beings that lived beneath the sea in a place
called, appropriately enough, Snorkland. In place of a nose they
had a snorkel-like appendage growing out the top of their head -
thus the name "snorks." Despite the fact that they lived
underwater and were only a few inches in height, snorks had much in common with mankind. They lived
in houses, frequented drive-in movies and ice cream parlors (or
more accurately, ice kelp parlors),
traveled about in vehicles, participated in sporting events and
held the same types of professions as humans; becoming
scientists, teachers, policeman and so forth. Because they lived
underwater electricity wouldn't do, so all of their technology
was steam powered.
lived at peace with the local sea life, which swam all about their community. Outside the limits of Snorkland, however, things
were far less safe. Of great
mystery to most snorks was anything above the surface of the
water, which they referred to as "dry space."
The show consisted of numerous supporting characters and an
array of bad guys that kept the storylines from getting stale.
Allstar Seaworthy and his group of teenage friends were the
central characters of the show. The gang included Allstar, his
love interest Casey Kelp, Demitrius "Dimmy" Finster and his
girlfriend Daffney Gillfin, as well as Tooter Shellby, who could
only communicate by tooting and honking. Accompanying the group
was Allstar's pet octopus, Occy. The teens would often visit or
seek the advice of Allstar's uncle, the brilliant Dr. Gallio
A good deal of the problems the friends had to contend with
originated from Junior Wetworth, son of Wellington Wetworth,
mayor of Snorkland. Junior Wetworth was a chip off the ol'
block; he was greedy and craved notoriety and always tried to
get ahead using dirty, underhanded tricks - methods his father
approved of highly. Junior was often followed around by his
younger bother Willy. Willy wasn't underhanded like his brother
and father, but he idolized Junior and was therefore always
willing to participate in his schemes. Luckily for the other
residents of Snorkland, the mayor was kept in check by the
Council of Elders, who held the true power in Snorkland.
Beginning in the third season Dimmy Finster was no longer
written into the storylines. His orange-skinned replacement
was a respected and heroic patrol officer named Corky, who
saved Snorkland on countless occasions. Also introduced in
the third season was Corky's primary adversary Bigweed, a
creature with skin resembling seaweed who wanted to rule
Snorkland. Bigweed had the assistance of a female sidekick
named Lil' Seaweed and his gang of yuck-yucks (so called
because of the sound they made).
Each episode consisted of two individual, 10 minute storylines.
Part way through the fourth season storylines were expanded
so that each half-hour episode consisted of only a single