Roman Holidays

NBC (ended 1973)




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The Roman Holidays tries to do with Bread and Circuses what The Flintstones did with the Stone Age or The Jetsons did with the Space Age (not surprising since Hanna-Barbera is behind the show).

The Holidays are a typical 63 A.D. family--family man Augustus, his wife Laurel, daughter Precocia, son Happius (Happy for short--Happy Holiday...get it?) and their slap-happy pet lion Brutus. They live in the Venus de Milo apartments where landlord Evictus (voiced by Dom DeLuise) tries to get rid of them for having a lion in the house, violating the lease's oft-broken "no pets" clause.

Dave Willock, voice of Augustus, was the narrator on Hanna-Barbera's Wacky Races four years earlier. The Roman Holidays ran only one season on NBC's Saturday morning line-up (it was moved to 8:30 AM at mid-season), then re-appeared in replays in 1982 on USA's Cartoon Express on cable. Gold Key published four issues of The Roman Holidays as a comic book, with art by H-B staffers Pete Alvarado and Jack Manning.moreless