|Format||2D animated series|
|Created by||Greg Garfield|
|Country of origin|
|No. of seasons||27|
|No. of episodes||256|
|Executive producer(s)||Robert W. Stainton|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)|| New World Entertainment (1984-1997)|
20th Century Fox Television (1997-present)
Cookie Jar Entertainment (2004-2008)
DHX Media (2015-present)
Sunbow Entertainment (1984-2004)
Griffin-Bacal Advertising (1984-1998)
Sony Wonder (1998-2000)
TV Loonland AG (2000-2008)
m4e AG (2015-present
Studio 100 (2015-present)
MTV Animation (1986-2016)
Bill Productions (2018-present)
Williams Street (2018-present)
|Distributor|| Viacom International (1984-2016)|
Bill Productions (2016-present)
|Original channel|| MTV (1984-2016)|
[adult swim] (2018-present)
|Original run||May 1, 1984 – present|
Gree City is a American-Canadian-German-Dutch-Belgian-Japanese animated television series that is created and animated by Greg Garfield. It first premiered on MTV on May 1, 1984, it moved to Cartoon Network's [adult swim] on November 17, 2018 where it premiered it's 27th season
Gree City was conceived in the lobby of Terry Ward's office by Greg Garfield. He was asked to do a series of animated shorts, and decided to do his Gree Comic series; but since he realized that animating Gree Comic would require the rescinding of publication rights for his life's work, he chose another approach and formulated his version of a dysfunctional family. He named the characters after his own family, and substituted Geo Guy for his own name; as it was an anagram of 'keo'.
Gree City first appeared to the world on May 2, 1977 by Universal Press Syndicate. Gree submitted drawn sketches of Gree Guy and his friends to the animators, assuming they would clean them up in production. However, the animators just re-traced over his drawings; that is why Gree City appear a little poorly drawn in the comics. 20th Century Fox then picked up the rights, and in 1982, a team of production companies adapted Gree City into a 1-hour primetime series, for the PBS. It was initially nervous to air Gree City; as there hasn't been a cartoon in primetime since Geo's World and that they were unsure if they could keep the audience's attention for the duration of the episode. They proposed doing three seven-minute shorts and four specials until the audience adjusted, but the producers gambled for thirteen half-hour episodes for the series. Gree City was originally to premiere in the fall of 1983; with "Gree Guy VS. Geo's World," but when the episode came back from animation, it had real major, major problems with it. Terry Ward was extremely dissatisfied with the product and called for many parts of the episode to be redone. The producers then decided to just go ahead and air "Gree Guy's Nightmares," on May 1, 1984. The show then flopped during the 1990-1991 TV season, then was canceled several years later in 2008, due to higher ratings from Geo's World and Greeny Phatom, and reviews saying "It was started to become a huge rip-off of Greeny Phatom and Geo's World."
In 2009, Apple Entertainment acquired syndication rights for the show.
In 2012, Greg Garfield found the lost Gree City tapes, but former mock reviewers of Hire Productions announced that in 2013, NBC will pick up the rights of the show.
In 2013, a proposal to make another Gree City spinoff failed, and the show is dead forever. The tapes were then confiscated in the Gree City Studios.
In 2014, the tapes were actually bought back, and staff used them to make a new Gree City show called G.L.O.W.L. (Gree Laughs Out Way Loud), which was cancelled before release because of Viacom not wanting a clip show series similar to FOX Kids's The Plucky Duck Show. The tapes were then buried in the Gree City studios AGAIN.
In February 5, 2015, the tapes were bought back AGAIN, and then another Gree City season was revealed to be in production. It was canceled after 15 episodes, then the tapes were hidden in the GreenyWorld Studios storage cupboard, thus making the show unrecoverable. Then, Greg's computer was reformatted into Windows 8, thus making new episodes impossible to make. Then, Greg Garfield commented on the hard-to-use interface of Windows 8, then decided he should cancel Gree City for sure, and work for Greeny Phatom. Greg Garfield worked as a storyboard artist on [Phatom|Greeny Phatom] until December 11, 2016.
Gree City had reruns on The Greeny Channel from April 25, 2015 to December 11, 2016, but was then returned for 15 more episodes until it was axed by Viacom.
In January 3, 2016, all of the tapes, animation cels, models, sketches, scripts, unfinished game codes, and other unproduced, unfinished, unused, scrapped, and unaired products related to Gree City, Jake's World, Magic-Mario's World, Luke City, and more, were moved from their respective production and animation studios to [Greeny Vault (The Greeny Channel Studios)|The Greeny Vault], located at [Greeny Channel Studios|The Greeny Channel Studios], and in February 7, 2016, they were all converted into digital computer files and then stored to the cloud used in every employee's computers.
on December 12, 2016, Bill Productions bought the entire Gree City franchise for $25 million dollars, Greg Garfield now works for Bill Productions, Greg Garfield sayed, ''i'm happy that i now work at Bill Productions, i've met nice people there and they've supported me with Gree City'', the tapes are now in the Bill Productions vault and Viacom now only broadcasts the show on MTV, Greg Garfield said in an interview with [adult swim] that a 27th season is in production and is gonna have some new characters, Viacom no longer owns the rights to Gree City, Season 27 is confirmed to air on November 17, 2018 on Cartoon Network's [adult swim] block, to celebrate this, [adult swim]'s programing from November 9 - November 16, 2018 will be a marathon of Gree City reruns, the week is branded as ''The Week of Gree Guy''.
see: List of episodes
see: List of Video games
The show actually received great reviews during the 1985 TV season, then the 1st negative reviews started to appear during the 1996 TV season. The show has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 47% (rotten), and an IMDB rating of 4.7. The 1995 TV season got the show's Nielsen ratings to drop, then in 1996, dropped even more, causing the 5th season to have a Nielsen rating of 12. Gree City The Movie was a flop, earning only of it's planned money. IGN rated both the show and movie a 39.2 out of 100, saying that "It was starting to be a ripoff of the top 2 Greenytoons, Geo's World and Greeny Phatom." The A.V Club gave the show overall an D, stating that "after taking elements from Geo's World and Greeny Phatom, Gree City is not a good show to watch since the 1996 season." Gree City The Movie fared worse, thus making it a box-office failure, with a grade of "F-", Seasons 25 & 26 were a flop in ratings because Viacom wanted nothing to to do with Gree City anymore, after Seasons 25 & 26 finished, the series was removed from MTV entirely, but the season had a very good reception from critics with IGN saying that ''it was worth to wait for Seasons 25 & 26 becuase the series is finally good again after 19 years, were suprised that Viacom didn't want to do anything with Gree City.''
Gree City is criticized for ripping off the more successful Geo's World and Greeny Phatom, being drawn in very bad HyperCam-like quality, and stealing more ratings from Geo's World. Gree City also tried to cancel Geo's World ten times in a row.