The adventures of a basketball comedy team.




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1971   1970  


Series cast summary:
 Bobby Joe Mason (22 episodes, 1970-1971)
Rudy Clark
(22 episodes, 1970-1971)
 George 'Meadowlark' Lemon (22 episodes, 1970-1971)
 Pablo Robertson (22 episodes, 1970-1971)
Richard Elkins ...
 J.C. 'Gip' Gipson (22 episodes, 1970-1971)
Stu Gilliam ...
 Freddie 'Curly' Neal (22 episodes, 1970-1971)
Meadowlark Lemon
(22 episodes, 1970-1971)
Nancy Wible ...
 Granny (22 episodes, 1970-1971)
 Hubert 'Geese' Ausbie (22 episodes, 1970-1971)
Ken Williams
(22 episodes, 1970-1971)
Don Messick
(6 episodes, 1971)
John Stephenson
(6 episodes, 1971)


This series depicts the adventures of the famous basketball/comedy team as they toured around the world. The regular formula was usually that they would stop to help someone in trouble and get involved in a dispute that has to be inevitably settled by a basketball game that the villians set in an unusual setting to insure the Globetrotters will lose, like on ice against hockey players or against kangaroos. The team would be trounced in the first half, but always found a way to even the odds which would allow their superior skill to win the game in the second. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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Release Date:

12 September 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Harlem Globetrotters  »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


(22 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This series was the first American Saturday morning cartoon to feature a predominantly African-American cast of principal characters. See more »


[As football players about to be flattened by an opposing team]
Bobby Joe Mason: NOW what are we supposed to do?
Curly Neal: Call out the Marines, I think!
Pablo Robertson: Well, how about surrendering and going over to THEIR side?!
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Referenced in Pastor Mike Online: Episode #1.29 (2011) See more »

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User Reviews

Found their album; now I'd like to see the show again!
19 September 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I couldn't forget that theme song, either. And now I won't forget it, since I recently located a vinyl copy of the 1970 "Globetrotters" album at a record meet a few weeks ago. I also remembered "Bouncing All Over the World," "Marathon Mary," "Meadowlark," "Cheer Me Up," and the group's only Top 100 single, "Rainy Day Bells" (sadly, it didn't hit the Top 40, despite the genius of Jeff Barry, Neil Sedaka, and Don Kirshner behind it). Warner Bros., if you're reading this, I hope you'll see about putting the "Globetrotters" cartoon on DVD soon, especially since: (1) you've recently released DVD box sets of other Hanna-Barbera cartoon series (e.g. "The Flintstones," "Wacky Races," "The Jetsons," and "Top Cat"); and (2) after hearing the "Globetrotters" songs, I wish I could see the cartoon itself again! And Sony Music Entertainment, if you're likewise reading this, and since you now own Kirshner Records' backlog (Kirshner also had The Archies and Kansas on his label), I hope you'll see about putting the "Globetrotters" album on CD. It'd sure sound better digitally remastered and without scratches, and if Warners should resurrect the cartoon on DVD, then the CD of the "Globetrotters" album would be a perfect complement!

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