The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police is an American animated television series produced by Canada-based Nelvana Limited. As it is aimed at children, the violence inherent in the franchise is toned down, and the characters do not use the moderate profanity that they use in their other appearances. The series first aired in November 3, 1997 on the Fox Kids, producing 24 episodes and winning the 1998 Gemini Award for "Best Animated Series" before being canceled in April 1998. With the exception of the first and last episodes, which each had a running time of about 20 minutes, each episode was approximately 10 minutes in length, excluding commercials, and the episodes were usually aired in pairs.
Executive Producers: Patrick Loubert, Michael Hirsh (producer), Clive A. Smith, Robert Ross, and Gwenn Saunders Ecke
As in all Sam & Max stories, the series revolves around the Freelance Police accepting missions from the mysterious Commissioner, whom they have never seen. The assignments usually lead them into far-off and exotic locales such as the Moon, Mount Olympus, the center of the Earth or the mutant inhabited waters of Bohunk lagoon. In between these official adventures, the pair also manage to squeeze in fridge-spelunking, time-travelling, Bigfoot-hunting and numerous other escapades. Holiday episodes, such as visiting Blood Island on Christmas and delivering an artificial heart on Valentine's Day, were also included.
|01||The Thing That Wouldn't Stop It||November 3, 1997||A strange monster living inside The Geek's fridge is attacking people. Sam & Max must find a way to stop it!|
|02||The Second Show Ever||November 9, 1997||Sam & Max show up at the school's Career Day and take them to space, where they meet an alien who is plotting to destroy Earth. Can they stop him and look good for the kids?|
|03||Max's Big Day||November 9, 1997||Sam & Max are dropped on an island and the New Guinea Pigs think Max is their 'chosen one'. But Max must say goodbye to Sam... can he really do it?|
|04||Bad Day on the Moon||November 24, 1997||Taken from the comic, Sam and Max travel to the moon to help rat people handle their roach problem.|
|05||They Came From Down There||November 25, 1997||A town has now become fish-like zombies, thanks to Mack Salmon's plan of Sea Chimp food products.|
|06||The Friend for Life||December 9, 1997||Lorne, The Friend for Life, accidentally lets 'The Mad Thespian' get away. So, Lorne takes him hostage to try and force Sam & Max to hang out with him at his twisted fun house.|
|07||The Dysfunction of the Gods||December 18, 1997||Zeus & Hera are angry at each other and if Sam & Max don't rekindle their love of each other, Sam & Max will age rapidly.|
|08||Big Trouble at the Earth's Core||December 25, 1997||Sam & Max must go to the center of the Earth to stop the mole-men from blowing up the Earth by lowering the core temperature and help them find dates.|
|09||A Glitch in Time||January 12, 1998||Max obtains a time traveling watch which he and Sam use to alter their own history (back when they were children), causing Sam to have never become a member of the Freelance Police.|
|10||That Darn Gator||January 8, 1998||Sam & Max try and raise a baby alligator in their deranged life style.|
|11||We Drop at Dawn||February 20, 1998||Sam & Max drop into the jungle (Central Park) to look for the Commissioner's keys.|
|12||Christmas Bloody Christmas||February 20, 1998||Sam & Max spend Christmas with Sam's grandma at her maximum prison on Blood Island. But the criminals attempt a jailbreak and the Freelance Police must round them up.|
|13||It's Dangly Deever Time||March 6, 1998||After their TV goes out, they try to watch a show on The Geek's antique TV and bring a Howdy Doody-like character to life. But while they are gone, Dangly Deever's evil twin attempts to take over the city.|
|14||Aaiiieee Robot||March 27, 1998||After stopping a meteor from hitting Earth with the Mega Max 3000 robot; it sits and rusts away. So, they send it to Japan, where it battles a giant baby.|
|15||The Glazed McGuffin Affair||March 13, 1998||Sam & Max try to get Kent Standit, who has banned the Freelance Police's favorite snack 'Glazed McGuffins', to change his mind, by forcing him to at least try it out.|
|16||The Tell Tale Tail||March 20, 1998||A Sam & Max version of Frankenstein. Max's tail has come off in an accident and they reanimate it while the doctor also creates a monster!|
|17||The Trouble with Gary||March 20, 1998||Sam & Max help babysit the child who changes things with his mind, who helps the Freelance Police with stopping crime and learn how to have fun (Sam & Max style).|
|18||Tonight We Love||March 13, 1998||Sam & Max must deliver an artificial heart to the President on Valentine's Day; but the DeSoto is stolen by a loving couple.|
|19||The Invaders||March 27, 1998||Two tiny aliens are constantly trying to eliminate Sam & Max (and no matter what they do, the Freelance Police can not stop the Invaders).|
|20||Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang||March 6, 1998||Sam & Max must play 007 to stop T.R.U.S.S. leader 'Larvo' and her fast-food minions from releasing an obnoxious tourist virus.|
|21||Little Bigfoot||May 4, 1998||The Freelance Police save a kid sasquatch from being a bus boy and try to send it into the wild with its own kind.|
|22||Fools Die on Friday||?||Sam & Max attempt to foil a blimp hijacking aimed to crash into The Statue of Liberty, only to find the demented terrorist is Lorne, The Friend for Life.|
|23||Sam & Max vs. the Uglions||May 4, 1998||Aliens open a new restaurant, "The Frying Saucer", that serves people (no really, it's people!). Sam & Max must stop the aliens before the US government launch a nuclear holocaust to try and stop the aliens.|
|24||The Final Episode||May 25, 1998||Mack Salmon and most of the villains from the season try to kill Sam & Max by strapping them to a bomb and dropping them into a volcano. Can they get free and subdue the bad guys, all while reliving flashbacks from their early life?|
|--||Vice Squad||February 8, 1998||Short episode featuring Sam & Max showing what fun it is to put junk in your dad's vice.|
|--||Our Bewildering Universe! 'Chock Full O Guts'||May 13, 1998||Short episode, starring Sam & Max describing the human body, featuring The Pancreas!|
|--||Artsy Craftsy Bit Of Time-Wasting Nonsense||?||Short episode featuring Sam & Max showing how to make a Max paper bag puppet. The script and images are from the comics and have been reprinted several times since its original publication.|
Selected episodes from the series had been released in three separate compilations on VHS by Sullivan Entertainment. The episodes included in the VHS compilations are as follows:
|The Y Files||All Creatures Great and Small||Come Fly With Me|
On June 13, 2007, TVShowsOnDVD.com reported a DVD box set currently in development by Shout! Factory. It has also been reported that it will be a 3 disc set, complete with box art by Steve Purcell. Bonus features will include an interview with Purcell.
A Region Free DVD boxset containing the complete series can currently be purchased at the Telltale Store.
GameTap announced on October 11, 2006 that they would shortly be releasing one episode from the series each week on GameTap TV, as a promotion for Telltale Games' Sam & Max episodic games. Their schedule included a release of every episode, appearing out of order, until eventually all episodes except Fools Die on Friday were available to watch online at GameTap for free. This situation came to an end in July 2008, when Gametap TV was closed down indefinitely.