Yosemite Sam

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  • 2017
  • 2 Seasons

Yosemite Sam is an American animated series that aired on Boomerang from 1969 to 1970. The show centers around the adventures of Yosemite Sam, a short-tempered and trigger-happy cowboy with a fiery red mustache and goatee. Though often portrayed as an outlaw, he also takes on heroic roles as a lawman, cowboy, soldier, pirater or vigilante.

Each episode features Yosemite Sam getting himself into and out of hilarious antics and chaotic situations, usually caused by his own impulsive actions and explosive temper. He is constantly pursued by lawmen, attacked by animals, or dealing with backfiring schemes. Despite his reckless nature, he has a good heart underneath his rough exterior.

Yosemite Sam made his debut in Looney Tunes shorts in the 1940s as a rival and foil to Bugs Bunny. His characteristic rage, thick Southern accent and colorful cowboy outfit made him an instant fan favorite. The 1960s Yosemite Sam show expanded on his character and gave him a starring role with his own storylines.

The setting for the show is the classic Old West, with many episodes taking place in the fictional town of Gold Fever Gulch. Sam frequently clashes with the mayor, sheriff, and townspeople there. Gold Fever Gulch is known for its gold mines, saloons, general stores, and railroad station. Other common settings include forts, cattle ranches, frontier towns and lawless territories. There are train, wagon and horseback chases across deserts, canyons and mountains.

Yosemite Sam gets deputized as the new sheriff in Gold Fever Gulch, though he is often reckless in upholding the law. As a soldier at Fort Desperado, he defends against Indian raids and attacks from desperadoes. He pans for gold during the gold rushes and gets into claim jumping scuffles. On a cattle drive, he wrangles unruly steers. At a frontier trading post, he has shootouts with outlaws. Despite his rowdy nature, he protects the innocent and upholds justice in the Wild West.

The show incorporates classic Western plot lines and archetypes. Sam has run-ins with cattle rustlers, claim jumpers, train robbers, horse thieves, evil land barons, gamblers, bankers, and other outlaws. He encounters Native American tribes, foreign bandits, ruthless gunslingers, corrupt officials and rich city slickers trying to take advantage of small town folk. Though Sam frequently loses his temper, the good-hearted people of Gold Fever Gulch look out for him.

Yosemite Sam's short stature but larger-than-life, trigger-happy personality made him an iconic Looney Tunes character that was perfect for starring in his own Western comedy series. Kids and adults alike enjoyed watching the unreliable, comically angry Sam face off against scoundrels each week while narrowly avoiding the sheriff himself. The inventive storylines combined humor, action and classic cowboy movie excitement. Yosemite Sam's misadventures brought looney entertainment to Boomerang's 1969 Saturday morning cartoon lineup.

Yosemite Sam is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (22 episodes). The series first aired on April 11, 2017.

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10. Shishkabugs
April 11, 2017
Yosemite Sam is working as a king's chef when he is asked to prepare a dish made from rabbit. When Bugs Bunny comes over to borrow carrots, Sam decides that Bugs would be perfect for the recipe.
Roman Legion-Hare
9. Roman Legion-Hare
April 11, 2017
In the Roman Colosseum "victims" are being fed to the lions. When the Emperor needs more victims, Yosemite Sam selects Bugs Bunny.
Rabbitson Crusoe
8. Rabbitson Crusoe
April 11, 2017
Sam, playing Crusoe, lives on a little island where he is trapped by a shark named Dopey Dick. When Bugs appears on the island, Sam's more than happy to switch from eating coconuts to rabbit stew.
Rabbit Every Monday
7. Rabbit Every Monday
April 11, 2017
Sam traps Bugs and tries to cook him -- until he sees that Bugs is having a party and wants to join in the fun.
Prince Varmint
6. Prince Varmint
April 11, 2017
Bugs tries to protect a castle by kicking Sam the Terrible out and not letting him back in.
Mutiny on The Bunny
5. Mutiny on The Bunny
April 11, 2017
Shanghi Sam tricks Bugs into sailing with him and then makes him do all the work. Bugs takes control of the boat angering Sam who shoots at the boat. When the boat sinks Sam and Bugs have to use the lifeboat to get back to shore.
Lighter than Hare
4. Lighter than Hare
April 11, 2017
Sam sends his robot to Earth to capture Bugs in his home, a trash dump. When this doesn't work Sam tries to capture Bugs himself.
Knighty Knight Bugs
3. Knighty Knight Bugs
April 11, 2017
Bugs is a hapless court jester who sneaks into the villain's castle while Black Knight Sam is snoozing. Bugs makes off with the sword with Sam chasing him the whole way.
Honey's Money
2. Honey's Money
April 11, 2017
Sam marries an ugly widow for her money. His mean wife makes him do all the housework and entertain her big moronic son. It gets so bad for Sam, that he tries to kill the son by putting him in dangerous situations but all backfire onto Sam.
High Diving Hare
1. High Diving Hare
April 11, 2017
Sam forces Bugs into a high diving position, but Bugs tricks Sam into doing the high dives.
Where to Watch Yosemite Sam
Yosemite Sam is available for streaming on the Boomerang website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Yosemite Sam on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    April 11, 2017