Father of the Pride is an American adult animated television series that began broadcasting on NBC on August 31, 2004 and was part of a short-lived trend of CGI series in prime-time network television (after Game Over).
The series, which was produced by Jeffrey Katzenberg and DreamWorks Animation, revolves around a family of white lions, the patriarch of which stars in a Siegfried & Roy show in Los Vegas. Despite heavy promotion, the series was unsuccessful and was cancelled after one season. Transmission and production were also delayed by the real-life on-stage injury of Roy Horn in October 2003.
Since its cancellation in 2005, petitions have spread online demanding to bring the series back. It is unknown if these efforts will succeed. On July 15, 2020, the streaming service Peacock launched nationwide, including Father of the Pride as one of its re-aired shows.
In 2002, Jeffrey Katzenberg came up with the idea for the series when he visited Siegfried & Roy's show in Las Vegas: "I thought, I wonder what it's like for those lions. What must life be like from their point of view? [They're] living in Las Vegas, trying to raise a family and earn a living. In animation, we look for those things - a way to look at our lives through a fantasy world. It allows us to take on subjects that are too difficult to do with real people. It allows us to be more controversial. Edgier. There can be parody and innuendo and satire. Things can be sophisticated in a way that even our feature films can't be."
According to Katzenberg, the series was created for "an 18-to 49-year-old. It's not checking to make sure you don't leave the 6-, 7- and 8-year-olds behind. This is purely an adult show."
East episode cost an estimated $2 million to $2.5 million to produce, making it at the time of its release one of the most expensive half-hour television comedies ever.
The episodes are listed below in order as they were produced, with airdate given.
|Episode Number||Title||Original Air Date|
|02||"Sarmoti Moves In"||December 28, 2004|
|03||"Catnip and Trust"||September 14, 2004|
|04||"What's Black, White and Depressed All Over"||August 31, 2004|
|05||"Larry's Debut and Sweet Darryl Hannah Too"||September 7, 2004|
|06||"And the Revolution Continues"||September 28, 2004|
|07||"The Thanksgiving Episode"||December 28, 2004|
|08||"One Man's Meat Is Another Man's Girlfriend"||October 26, 2004|
|09||"Donkey"||September 21, 2004|
|10||"Possession"||October 12, 2004|
|11||"Road Trip"||December 28, 2004|
|12||"Rehabilitation"||December 21, 2004|
|13||"Stage Fright"||May 22, 2005 (UK)|
May 27, 2005 (US)
|14||"The Siegfried and Roy Movie Fantasy Experience Movie"||May 29, 2005 (UK)|
|15||"The Lost Tale"||Unaired|
- John Goodman as Larry
- Cheryl Hines as Kate
- Danielle Harris as Sierra
- Daryl Sabara as Hunter
- Carl Reiner as Sarmoti
- Orlando Jones as Snack
- Julian Holloway as Siegfried Fischbacher
- David Herman as Roy Horn
- John O'Hurley as Blake
- Wendie Malick as Victoria
Father of the Pride was released in stores on DVD, with The Complete Set.[source?]
- Father of the Pride was marketed as "From the Creators of Shrek," even though the series was aimed more at adults. This caused problems, with angry parents sending in letters to NBC over the adult jokes in the show.