Before kids' programming was relegated to cable, the major networks competed for young viewers. With the relatively new Fox network's penchant for cutting edge programming, their block of '90s shows for kids was no exception. From X-Men to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, they dominated by entering territory most of these types of shows wouldn't dare.
A shining example is Eek the Cat's take on the "Cop Killer" hysteria surrounding Ice-T and Body Count, and Snoop Dogg's public murder trial. This 1994 episode was called "Shark Doggy Dog," and you can see it above.
Written by series creator "Savage" Steve Holland, the episode follows the good-natured (albeit disaster-prone) Eek and his girlfriend's dog Sharky. The canine's guttural grunting is discovered by soul legend Don Cornelius, which lands him a record deal and sends him to the top of the hip-hop charts.
Unfortunately, Sharky's single "Mailman Biter" becomes controversial and the dog has to stand trial in Los Angeles over allegations of biting a mailman.
In real life, Snoop and his bodyguard were arrested on September 2, 1993, charged with the murder of 20-year-old Philip Woldermariam. When the "Eek! the Cat" episode aired one year later, the real-life trial actually hadn't started yet. Still, Sharky's attire mirrors that of Snoop's of the era, and the action against Sharky and his label is reminiscent of the heat Time Warner took for releasing the rapper's debut Doggystyle amidst all the controversy.