Hot Dog

NBC (ended 1971)


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  • Not getting my hopes up.

    As much as I would love to see old episodes of this show, it is unlikely that they even exist.
  • Funny kids' show was predecessor to many eventual copycats.

    What do you get when you mix TV, kids, famous people, and behind-the-scenes technology? HOT DOG!!! As the name indicates, the show combined all these things to teach Saturday morning children in the 1970s how things were made.

    I vividly recall during a toothbrush/paste segment, Woody Allen, in a faux interview, said that he used a toothbrush once, then threw it away! To this day, I find that notion hysterical!

    With the likes of Allen, Jonathan Winters, the Smothers Brothers, and other then (and now!) famous personalities, kids learned whether they wanted to or not! And, believe me when I say that they did!

    Today, many shows took this concept, and used it in part or in its entirety, such as with "Mr Rogers' Neighborhood", where he would, occasionally, go to a factory to show youngsters how something is made. Or the Canadian series, "How It's Made" (albeit, without the "kid" factor, though often with its own humorous take). The Travel Channel had "Made in America", and, arguably, even the History Channel's "Modern Marvels" series used the idea to an extent.

    Granted, anyone can produce a series showing how things are made, but "Hot Dog" was the first, non-news, shows to do so, and it did so with humor and without dumbing it down for the kids. A brilliant show for the time, and even by today's standards!
  • Saturday Morning Kids Education/Entertainment.

    This show was not really a variety show. It was an educational show hosted by Jo Anne Worley and other Laugh In cast members. They explained how things are made. For example, they showed how bowling balls, shoes, bill boards, and paint were made. In the show on paint, they even explained what a catalyst is. They also had humorous skits with Woody Allen and Jonathan Winters on how Toothpaste gets into the tubes, for example, but mostly it is educational. The show's logo was a hot dog. They had a panel van with this logo, and when they showed how bill boards were made, that made a picture of the show's logo. It was a good show ahead of its time, but very interesting for young minds wanting to know how things are made.
  • A pretty funny show.

    This was a pretty good television series. As is normal with good television shows, this one did not last long enough. This is a show that I would suggest watching if you get the chance. Check the bargain bins at Wal-Mart, the online movies sites ( and such) and all of the cable channels that run old shows. Nick at Nite and TV Land are great for theses kind of shows. They will even do a week long spot for shows that only had 6 or so episodes. Then you have your super stations. They run a bunch of old shows too. All in all a pretty good show that did not get a good enough chance. Sometimes it is a simple as the show it is up against. Look at Law & Order. It is one of the longest running shows on TV. They moved it to go up against Lost. After about 2 weeks of getting pounded in the ratings it was moved back to it's original time slot. Shows like this should be given more of an opportunity.