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Gabriel Garza is an American animated television series originally created by Geo G. for CBS. The first television series from Gingo Animation, it originally premiered on CBS on March 16, 1991, and was later picked up on September 17, 1994 by NBC. The series ended on June 8, 2002 with a total of 12 seasons and 156 episodes. The series centers on a kind and intelligent boy named Gabriel Garza and his brothers Roge, Leno, and Cole, living in the town of Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania. Their everyday lives are occasionally interrupted by attacks from Vio and his henchmen, so the Garza brothers, along with their other friends, must team up to stop Vio's plans.

Geo G. created the title character for an unpublished comic book series in the late 1980s, and later reluctantly pitched the series to CBS as a Saturday morning cartoon. The network gave the staff a large amount of creative freedom, with the writers targeting both children and adults.

The series has been commercially successful, establishing the title character as the mascot of Gingo; it has spawned a successful franchise and adaptations into other media, such as comics, video games, and films.

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DevelopmentEdit

After developing the comics, Geo wanted to adapt the series to television. After several unsuccessful attempts between Fox and ABC, the series was pitched to CBS, and was added to the 1991-1992 Saturday morning schedule.

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AnimationEdit

The series' first season was produced by Hanna-Barbera, and was produced in association with Wang Film Productions in Taiwan, Mr. Big Cartoons in Australia, and Fil-Cartoons in the Philippines. However, due to difficulties with the animation studios, production was switched from Hanna-Barbera to Klasky-Csupo for the second and third seasons. By season 4, co-founder Gabor Csupo wanted to have one producer to oversee the animation; Geo refused; and production was switched to Film Roman for the remainder of the series run.

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EpisodesEdit

Main article: List of Gabriel Garza episodes
Season Episodes
First aired Last aired Network
1 13 March 16, 1991 August 31, 1991 CBS
2 13 November 16, 1991 April 4, 1992
3 13 September 12, 1992 February 20, 1993
4 13 September 11, 1993 March 26, 1994
5 13 September 17, 1994 March 4, 1995 NBC
6 13 October 7, 1995 February 24, 1996
7 13 December 21, 1996 May 3, 1997
8 13 September 20, 1997 February 7, 1998
9 13 October 3, 1998 April 6, 1999
10 13 July 31, 1999 March 25, 2000
11 13 October 14, 2000 February 10, 2001
12 13 November 24, 2001 June 8, 2002
Theatrical film July 31, 2002 N/A

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LegacyEdit

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Home mediaEdit

From 1995 to 2002, Universal Studios Home Entertainment released several VHS tapes of the series, each containing four episodes of the series.

In March 2005, Universal gave Shout! Factory the rights to release the series. Season 1 was released that May, followed by season 2 that August and season 3 in December. That same month, Shout announced that Season 4 would be released "sometime in 2006", but Shout delayed the release to an unknown date before finally releasing Season 4 in April 2009 and Season 5 in September 2009. From there on, Shout made a plan to put out two-three seasons a year. Season 6 saw a release that December, followed by Seasons 7, 8, and 9 in March, August, and October 2010. Seasons 10 through twelve were released between February, July, and December 2011, completing the entire series.

Following the DVD and Blu-ray release of the 2011 computer-animated reboot, Shout released a boxset containing all seasons of the show and a bonus disc. The set went out of print, but Shout re-released the set in May 2017 in "shelf-friendly" packaging.

Title Release date No. of episodes Years aired No. of discs
Gabriel Garza: The Complete First Season May 17, 2005 13 1991 2
Gabriel Garza: The Complete Second Season August 30, 2005 13 1991–1992 2
Gabriel Garza: The Complete Third Season December 6, 2005 13 1992–1993 2
Gabriel Garza: The Complete Fourth Season July 28, 2008 13 1993–1994 2
Gabriel Garza: The Complete Fifth Season October 23, 2008 13 1994–1995 2
Gabriel Garza: The Complete Sixth Season April 15, 2009 13 1995–1996 2
Gabriel Garza: The Complete Seventh Season September 25, 2009 13 1996–1997 2
Gabriel Garza: The Complete Eighth Season March 13, 2010 13 1997–1998 2
Gabriel Garza: The Complete Ninth Season August 14, 2010 13 1998–1999 2
Gabriel Garza: The Complete Tenth Season February 26, 2011 13 1999–2000 2
Gabriel Garza: The Complete Eleventh Season July 8, 2011 13 2000-2001 2
Gabriel Garza: The Complete Twelth Season December 6, 2011 13 2001–2002 2
Gabriel Garza: The Complete Series December 6, 2011 156 1991–2002 29 (+1 bonus disc)