Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Introduced as a component of other cable cartoon series, the animated Gary the Rat graduated to solo, half-hour status on June 26, 2003. Kelsey Grammer provided the voice of the titular Gary Andrews, a slimy, amoral Manhattan attorney who in fine Kafkaesque fashion awoke one morning to find himself transformed into a six-foot rat. As Gary tried his best to carry on a normal life in rodent form, Truman Pinksdale, a disgruntled tenant in Gary's expensive apartment building, hired psycho exterminator Johnny Bugz to destroy our hero. Gary the Rat originally premiered as part of "The Strip," a two-hour block of adult cartoon series seen on TNN after its conversion into a macho, male-oriented cable service, Spike TV.