The Archie Show

CBS (ended 1969)



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The Archie Show

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Dan Goldwater's famous red-headed teen from the comics comes to animated life in this series, via the Filmation cartoon studio. Some graphic liberties are taken, but for the most part, it was quite faithful to the comics.

Two Archie cartoons are featured (in which Jughead gains a pet, a big, white sheepdog named Hot Dog). In between was a dance instruction segment (featuring movements no human could do without sustaining a traumatizing injury) followed by a song by the Archies. The show would beget a hit single in 1968, "Bang Shang-A-Lang," released by musical supervisor Don Kirschner on his self-labeled record company. Two bumpers featuring blackouts starring Jughead were also featured.

The Archie show was so popular the first year that it would spawn a number of new versions, including The Archie Comedy Hour, Archie's Funhouse, Archie's TV Funnies and U.S. Of Archie.
John Erwin

John Erwin

Reggie Mantle

Dal McKennon

Dal McKennon

Archie Andrews/Hot Dog/Mr. Weatherbee/Pop/Mr. Lodge/Coach Cleats

Howard Morris

Howard Morris

Jughead Jones/Big Moose/Dilton Doiley

Jane Webb

Jane Webb

Betty Cooper/Veronica Lodge/Miss Grundy/Big Ethel

Ron Dante

Ron Dante

Archie (singing voice) [uncredited]

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  • An animated show that started a music revolution.

    As a kid, I remember looking at the comic books, and thought 'too American' for Australia. But American television and music had taken hold. And in Australia we caught on to the early morning cartoon format. 'The Archies' capitalized on all this.If memory serves correct, The Beatles begat the TV 'Monkees" and one of the people behind the created 'Monkees' music (Don Kirshner) was moved on, and said he could do it again, this time create an animated music group. Hence 'The Archie Show' had the band 'The Archies'. Like the Monkees, but this time an entire studio band, with people like Ron Dante (later 'The Cufflinks' fame with hits like 'Tracy' and 'When Julie Comes Around'). The Archies first hit was 'Bang Shang A Lang'. Each song was played in the cartoon series. The follow-up number one world wide (even today continually used in covers/medleys/advertisements) was 'Sugar Sugar'. Then followed 'Jingle Jangle' and 'Who's Your Baby' (which at least in Australia was the last charting single.)

    Other cartoon programmes used the same format or variations (eg. 'Josie and the P'cats') but none could capture the magic of the late sixties bubblegum style. The cartoons weren't sensational, the dance steps were impossible, but the songs became THE lasting legacy.moreless

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Animation, Comedy, Kids


Saturday Morning