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    The Banana Splits Adventure Hour

    The Banana Splits Adventure Hour

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    NBC (ended 1970)
    In the best tradition of The Monkees. THE BANANA SPLITS ADVENTURE HOURwas an one hour long show featuring the Banana Splits band itself - the animal bubblegum psychedelic band created by Hanna-Barbera. The costumes for the characters were made by Sid & Marty Krofft and the series introduced Barry White as a songwriter. It also included several cartoon segments.The first of these was "The Arabian Knights", the adventures of a team with certain special powers who use them to protect Arabia from the Evil Empire. The second segment was "The Three Musketeers", defenders of the Queen of France to protect her from various enemies. The third segment was "The Hillbilly Bears" from The Atom Ant Show. The fourth segment, the longest of the show, was "Danger Island" set in the South Pacific where the Haydn Family and their fellow-travelers fight against enemies on that island. The fifth and final segment was "The Micro-Ventures" in which the Carter family shrink themselves for adventures. One or two songs were performed on the show by the Banana Splits, and one known fact is that their theme song "The Tra-La-La Song (1 Banana, 2 Banana, 3 Banana 4) hit No. 89 in the charts on February 8, 1969. The show lasted two seasons on NBC-TV "In Living Color" from September 7, 1968 to September 5, 1970 on Saturday mornings at 9:30-10:30am.moreless
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    Underdog

    Underdog

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    NBC (ended 1967)
    Welcome to the Underdog guide at TV.com. There's no need to fear! Underdog is here! When criminals in this world appear
    And break the laws that they should fear
    And frighten all who see or hear
    The cry goes up both far and near
    For Underdog! Underdog! Underdog! Underdog!
    Speed of lightning, roar of thunder
    Fighting all who rob or plunder
    Underdog. Underdog!
    When in this world the headlines read
    Of those whose hearts are filled with greed
    Who rob and steal from those who need
    To right this wrong with blinding speed
    Goes Underdog! Underdog! Underdog! Underdog!
    Speed of lightning, roar of thunder
    Fighting all who rob or plunder
    Underdog. Underdog!
    ** The original airing order of the episodes is not available, but if you uncover it or have some info to add, please submit it. Thanks. **moreless
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    The Gumby Show

    The Gumby Show

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    NBC (ended 1957)
    Gumby first appeared in the 1953 film short Gumbasia, (believed to be one of the first music videos). In 1956 Gumby and his horse friend Pokey hit the airways on The Howdy Doody Show in their first shorts in 1956. It was so popular that it became its own show in 1957 called The Gumby Show. The show contained the 1956 shorts along with new ones. Each episode contained 3 cartoons. In the 1960's Goo the blue mermaid, Prickle the yellow dinosaur, and Nopey the dog were introduced. The Blockheads sometimes chased after Gumby, Pokey, Prickle, and Goo with some scheme. Gumbo and Gumba were Gumby's Dad and Mother.

    The show stopped in 1967 due to problems in Art Clokey's family and another cartoon. In the 1970's Gumby was totally ignored. The 1980's brought back new life to Gumby with tons of toys and new episodes in a new series called Gumby Adventures in 1988. And a movie in 1995.

    Ever since Art Clokey created new episodes in the 80s, he dubbed out the original background music and character voices with new ones.

    Gumby is currently off the air. It was first shown on NBC through the 1950's till 1967. In the 1980's it was shown on Fox. In the mid-1990's reruns were shown on Nickelodeon. In the late 1990's it was shown on Cartoon Network at 1:00 am. It has been off the air since 2001.moreless
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    The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show

    The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show

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    NBC (ended 1973)
    Rocky and Bullwinkle began life in the 1950's television show, The Frostbite Falls Review. It was created by Jay Ward and Bill Scott. Their names in that show were Rocket J. Squirrel and Canadian Moose. The Frostbite Falls Review was not very successful so Rocky and Bullwinkle became the stars of their own show, Rocky and His Friends. The show was co-created by Alex Anderson and premiered on November 29th, 1959 on ABC. Added to the cast were Boris and Natasha, two Pottsylvanian spies. The show also featured various segments; Peabody's Improbable History, Fractured Fairy Tales, Mr. Know-It-All, and Aesop and Son. In 1961, the show moved to NBC and was renamed The Bullwinkle Show. In 1964 the creators moved the show back to ABC where it was cancelled at the end of that season. The next year the show did reappear back on ABC; Bullwinkle and Rocky were replaced by Hoppity Hooper, while the other segments remained. The show ran on ABC until 1974. It was then syndicated under the name of The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle. In 1996, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle was picked up by Turner Broadcasting's Cartoon Network. It has since moved to the classic cartoon network, Boomerang where it is still running today.moreless
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    Birdman and the Galaxy Trio

    Birdman and the Galaxy Trio

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    NBC (ended 1969)
    Like many superheroes at the time, Birdman was created by Hanna-Barbara's Alex Toth. Along side were the three playmates in the second half. The Galaxy Trio. The Galaxy Trio were three superheroes who fought crime. They were quite similar to the Fantastic Four. People seem to mistake Birdman for another great superheroe of the time, Space Ghost. Birdmans only weaknesses include 1;He is solar powered if there is no sun he has no power. and 2;The crest on top of his head is another scource of his power. Birdman episodes are treated as season 1, Galaxy Trio episodes are treated as season 2.moreless
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    Shirley Temple's Storybook

    Shirley Temple's Storybook

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    NBC (ended 1958)
    This was a very popular show which brought back Shirley Temple in her adult life. Shirley was the narrator and would introduce the show for the evening. These stories were most often a version of a fairytale. At times, Shirley would even act in them. Her children also made appearances. Television opened up a whole new generation to her and her movies. Four of her childhood movies were put on television, Wee Willie Winkie, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Captain January, and Heidi. Shirley Temple mania started all over again!

    These compare favorably to Shelley Duvall's fairy tales and had the wonderful advantage of showing a grown-up Shirley Temple.

    Jan. 12, 1958 - Dec. 21, 1958, NBC; 16 Specialsmoreless
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    Secret Squirrel Show

    Secret Squirrel Show

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    NBC (ended 1967)
    Secret Squirrel, a kooky spy who wore an overcoat stashed with a myriad of devices, and Morocco Mole, his sidekick, were the stars of this NBC cartoon. Secret's boss, Double Q, handed out assignments for Secret and Morocco in order for them to thwart the plans of villains such as the infamous Yellow Pinkie, their worst enemy. The show originally aired as part of "The Atom Ant / Secret Squirrel Show," briefly broke off into it's own show, the once again reunited with Atom Ant. Secret returned in 1993 when the show "2 Stupid Dogs" contained brand new Secret Squirrel shorts.moreless
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    Astro Boy (1963)

    Astro Boy (1963)

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    NBC (ended 1981)
    The 1963 black-and-white version of Astro Boy was the first anime to cross the Pacific and penetrate American television. It was highly successful as it drew the highest ratings at that time. It was taken off the air in 1966 as it completed its 104-episode run (193 episodes in Japan), having lost its popularity due to it not being in color and having "depressing" and violent themes and story lines.
    However, in 1980, Astro Boy was reborn in Japan and was brought back to North America in 1982 with a 51-episode color series (52 episodes in Japan).
    All 104 episodes of the original 1963 series which aired in the United States are now available on DVD.moreless
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    King Leonardo & His Short Subjects

    King Leonardo & His Short Subjects

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    NBC (ended 1963)
    This show (renamed in syndication as The King And Odie) tells the story of King Leonardo (a lion) and his loyal prime-minister, Odie Colognie (a skunk), must often protect the kingdom from Biggy Rat and Itchy Brother. King Leonardo: he's the good king and he always count on his prime-minister to do the best for the people. Odie Colognie: the ever-loyal Prime-Minister, Odie is the big thinker of the duo and most times the one who thinks on a way to foil the plans of Biggy Rat and Itchy Brother. Itchy Brother: the King's disloyal brother, Itchy justifies his name by itching his face and he's not so bright. Biggy Rat: Biggy Rat is the brains behind all the evil duo's plans to take over the throne from King Leonardo. His patience is tested every time he has to explain complicated plans to Itchy Brother. Additional features to the show: Tooter Turtle, a young, naive turtle who got his wish to fulfill his dreams of being something he's not cut out to be. Mr. Wizard the Lizard fulfills Tooter's weekly wishes. The Hunter was a dimwitted canine detective (voiced by radio's Kenny Delmar) who always stumbled into a successful conclusion to crimes committed by his nemesis the Fox.moreless
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    The Ant and The Aardvark

    The Ant and The Aardvark

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    NBC (ended 1971)
    A comical cartoon about an Aardvark who is desperately trying to catch a clever ant for food. Throughout the series, he tries many ways to catch the clever thing, but just cant seem to. In two of the episodes, a Green Aardvark battles with the aardvark to catch the ant also. The series was released theatrically from 1969 to 1971 by United Artists and in 1972, it became part of The Pink Panther Show, to replace "Inspector's" gap after airing all 34 shorts. This lasted 17 6-minute episodes. John Byner (Soap) provided both voices, he tried to inpersonate Jackie Mason for The Aardvarks voice, and Dean Martin for The Ant. The series can be seen twice a week with "Pink Panther" on Cartoon Network Japan.moreless
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    Here Comes the Grump

    Here Comes the Grump

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    NBC (ended 1971)
    Here comes the Grump is a modern fairy tale, that begins with a curse over the Princess Dawn's kingdom. For break it, she needs to find the Crystal Key (hidden in the Cave of the Whispering Orchids). For help her, join forces with Terry Dexter (a boy from the earth) and Blip (his psychedelic dog). In the way, Grump (an unhappy Dwarf) and his allergic dragon, try to make them fall. All in surreal animated stories.moreless