Fanboy's Universe 
Fanboy Universe.png 
Genre: Animation
Creator: Luis Augusto 
Writer: Gary Goldman
Stephen Hillenburg 
Director: Joe Murray
Butch Hartman
Terry Ward 
Voices: Tom Kenny
Jeff Bennett
Carlos Alzaraqui
Julie Kavner
Nancy Cartwight 
Theme composer: Tiny Tim
Charlie Puth
Guy Moon 
Opening theme: Betty Boop, performed by Charlie Puth 
End theme: Thriller, performed by Michael Jackson 
Number of seasons:
Number of episodes: 204 (716 segments) 
List of episodes: List of Fanboy's Universe episodes 
Executive producer: Luis Augusto
Terry Ward
Gary Goldman
Stephen Hillenburg (1993-1997) 
Producer: Terry Ward 
Production Company: Luis Augusto Productions
Games Animation (1986-1997)
Nickelodeon Animation Studios (1998-2000) 
Runtime: 11-22 minutes 
Original Channel: CBS (1986-1991)
Nickelodeon (1991-2000) 
Picture format: 480p (SDTV
Audio format: Stereo 
First run: March 22, 1985 (pilot)
February 14, 1986 - November 25, 2000 
First aired: February 14, 1986 
Last aired: November 25, 2000 
Followed by: Fanboy's Universe: Adult Party Cartoon
Fanboy's Universe Reboot 
Related: Luis's World
The Luis Augusto Show
Cartoon Luis

Fanboy's Universe is an American animated television series based on the comic strip of the same name. The show is created by Luis Augusto and produced by Luis Augusto Productions, Games Animation (1986–1997), Nickelodeon Animation Studios (1998–2000). It first premiered on February 14, 1986 on CBS, as a first five-segment episode "Pilot"/"Fanboy's World"/"Reef Cartoons"/"First Short Episode"/"House at the Universe", which led to a series of half-hour episodes. The show is distributed by Viacom Media Networks and MTV Networks. The show chronicles the surreal life of an cartoony boy named Fanboy Pineman and lives in the city of Bottomville and is 1930s cartoon style, children humor, old cartoony funny jokes and random universe.

Fanboy's Universe was conceived by Luis since 1972 shortly before a solicitation for a series of animated segments with the producer Terry Ward. Luis created a world and named the characters, producing the character Fanboy Pineman. The comics became a part of Universal Press Syndicate on June 12, 1977.

The show is a variety series with short skits featuring the cartoony characters. While the show had no set format, the majority of episodes were composed of two short mini-episodes and bridging segments.

The series aired on CBS and its affiliates, except in Canada where it has aired on English and Francophone networks due to Canadian television ownership regulations with a total of 204 episodes. The show is the inspiration of Looney Tunes, Animaniacs, What a Cartoon, Geo's World, Steven Spielberg Cartoons, Ren and Stimpy and Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. Most episodes of the series consists of diverse number of segments that are approximately 11-16 minutes long.

The success of the show's premiere helped five feature films, Fanboy's Universe: The Movie, Fanboy's Universe: The Movie 2, Fanboy's Universe: Attack of the Villains and Fanboy's Universe: The Movie 3 and Fanboy's Universe: Adventures in American Continent.

The show has ended on November 25, 2000 with the series finale "Goodbye to Fanboy's Universe", and is succeeded by Fanboy's Universe: Adult Party Cartoon and Fanboy's Universe Reboot


The show takes place in various funny situations of a cartoony boy named Fanboy Pineman who lives in a big house with his siblings, the bossiest sister Maria Pineman and the little brother called Stanley Pineman. The Pineman siblings were once the cartoon characters from 1930s, in a variety show. But when Terry Ward expelled the Pineman siblings from the show and were transferred to a created cartoon named Fanboy's Universe, that Terry Ward created a show just for them to be the protagonists, but Fanboy Pineman was chosen to be a main primary protagonist



In 1984, Fanboy's Universe was owned by Warner Bros. and premiered for the TBS but gave a problem and it was changed to CBS. Fanboy's Universe was officially aired for the CBS. The producers had an idea for the series of half-hour episodes, they gave a lot of segments for each episode, from 2 to 10 segments, featuring the short mini-episodes and bridging segments. Fanboy's Universe was originally set to air in the summer of 1985, after the pilot episode will be shown, but when the episode came back from animation in Korea. In 1991, Fanboy's Universe was moved to Nickelodeon, because CBS had to cancel the program that production is not good for the CBS producers.










Main characters

  • Fanboy Pineman
  • Johnny McDonald
  • Rocky Diana
  • Maria Pineman
  • Stanley Pineman
  • Kyle Shortman
  • Yuri Shortman

Secondary characters

  • Christian the Cat
  • Josh Universe
  • Kenny McClyde
  • Eduardo Garcia
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Bugs Bunny
  • Woody Woodpecker
  • Yakko Warner
  • Wakko Warner
  • Dot Warner
  • Alvin Spears
  • Joshua Disney
  • Stuart Sharkman
  • Johnny Garcia

Minor characters

  • Cricket Gunderson
  • Nick Gunderson
  • Dr. Jackson Jones
  • Patrick Star
  • Squidward Tentacles
  • Daffy Duck
  • Porky Pig
  • Pinky
  • The Brain
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Felix the Cat
  • Indiana Drake

Villain characters

  • Arnold Pines
  • Black Guy
  • Peppa Pig
  • Lincoln Loud
  • Daniel Borges
  • Jenkins Guy
  • Son Goku
  • Vegeta
  • Eric Cartman
  • Barney the Dinosaur
  • Star Guy
  • Dora Marquez
  • Boots the Monkey

Other characters

  • The Pink Panther
  • Popeye the Sailor
  • Scooby-Doo
  • John McRocket
  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Geo Guy
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
  • Boggy B
  • Blossom
  • Bubbles
  • Buttercup
  • Rocky
  • Bullwinkle


Main article: Fanboy's Universe: The Movie

Nickelodeon Movies, Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures produced Fanboy's Universe: The Movie, a computer-animated adventure comedy film based on the series that was released on June 13, 1991. The film was directed by Luis Augusto, written by Joe Murray and Stephen Hillenburg, produced by Steven Spielberg, Music by Michael Jackson. It was followed by Fanboy's Universe: The Movie 2, Fanboy's Universe: The Movie 3, Fanboy's Universe: Attack of the Villains, Fanboy's Universe: Adventures in American Continent.

Episode Guide

Main article: List of Fanboy's Universe episodes
Season Episodes Segments Season




DVD release date Original Network
Pilot 1 March 22, 1985 2000 CBS
1 7 23 February 14, 1986 March 12, 1987 March 9, 2001 (Regions 1-3)
2 33 108 August 12, 1987 May 25, 1989
3 21 79 September 12, 1989 April 22, 1991
4 22 70 September 6, 1991 May 8, 1992 January 4, 2002 (Regions 1-2) Nickelodeon
5 25 104 August 13, 1992 April 25, 1994
6 22 93 July 28, 1994 May 20, 1995 July 27, 2004 (Regions 1-4)
7 9 50 September 6, 1995 February 25, 1996
8 33 114 June 20, 1996 December 24, 1997
9 32 75 May 14, 1998 November 25, 2000


United States

  • CBS (1986-1991)
  • Nickelodeon (1991-2000, reruns from 2001)
  • Luis Network (1986-present)
  • Nicktoons (2002-present)
  • Fox Kids (1990-2001)
  • Comedy Central (1997-2010)
  • MTV (1999-2013)
  • Cartoon Network (2003-2014)


  • YTV (1988-2007)
  • Nickelodeon (2009-2015, reruns from 2016)


  • TV Cultura (1986-2001, reruns from 2009)
  • Nickelodeon (1996-2014)
  • Rede Globo (2000-2015)
  • SBT (1990-2003, returns from 2014)
  • Tooncast (2008-present)
  • Luis Network Brazil (1988-present)
  • Rede Horizonte (2003-present)

Latin America

  • Nickelodeon (1996-present)
  • Venevision (Venezuela) (1989-present)
  • Azteca 7 (Mexico) (1988-1996)
  • Canal 5 (Mexico) (1987-present)
  • Teleamazonas (Colombia) (1988-present)
  • Canal 13 (Colombia) (1999-2012)
  • Chilevision (Chile) (1989-present)
  • Telefe (Argentina) (1990-present)
  • TC Televisión (Ecuador) (1988-present)
  • Canal Uno (Ecuador) (1999-2009, returns from 2015)


  • TV Tokyo (1996-2010)
  • Nickelodeon (1998-2009, returns from 2018)
  • Boomerang (2007-present)

South Korea

  • EBS (1990-present)
  • Nickelodeon (2005-present)
  • Cartoon Network (2009-present)


  • Teletoon+ (2000-present)
  • Cartoon Network (2003-2008)
  • Nickelodeon (2008-present)

United Kingdom and Ireland

  • CITV (UK) (1990-2004)
  • Nickelodeon (1995-present)
  • Nicktoons (2003-present)
  • RTE2 (Ireland) (1990-present)


  • StarPlus (1992-present)
  • Nickelodeon (1999-present)


  • TBA

TV content rating

United States

  • TV-G
  • TV-Y7


  • L

United Kingdom

  • U
  • PG

Video games

Main article: List of Fanboy's Universe video games

A selection of video games based on the show have been released. The latest release has been Fanboy's Universe Racing 5 in 2019.

Theme park attractions



Fanboy's Universe has been cancelled on November 25, 2000, despite creating the censored last episode for breaking the fourth wall.

The creator Luis Augusto made the lost episodes in Fanboy's Universe: Adult Party Cartoon


  • The show is similar to Animaniacs and Looney Tunes, despite the program that consists of many segments in each episode, also is similar to Geo's World.

See also

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