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
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This series was the first American Saturday morning cartoon to feature a predominately African-American cast of principle characters. See more »
[As football players about to be flattened by an opposing team]
Bobby Joe Mason:
NOW what are we supposed to do?
Call out the Marines, I think!
Well, how about surrendering and going over to THEIR side?!
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The theme song to the show is playing in my head right now.
The world famous HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS,arguably the best-known professional basketball team in the world,was organized in 1927 by Abe Saperstein in Chicago,Illinois--rather than the famous uptown New York City neighborhood of Harlem that gave the team its name. Not to mention the theme song as well "Sweet Georgia Brown",which was part of the team's signature song every time the players step out on the court.
The all-African American team grew in fame all over the world and for the next few decades,and got excellent exposure during the 1960's TV sports series like "The CBS Sports Spectacular",and others(like "ABC's Wide World Of Sports)which no doubt led to this animation adaptation. The animated version of THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS was one of the surprise hits that CBS had on its very successful Saturday Mornings schedule and it was right up there with "The Archies","Bugs Bunny" "Scooby Doo,Where Are You?",and "Josie And The Pussycats". In fact when the series premiered on CBS-TV on September 12,1970,it came on a hour before another series "Josie And The Pussycats" which also premiered that same year. The series would last two seasons on Saturday Mornings with CBS until September 2,1972(in repeated episodes from the first season)and from there the network moved the show from Saturday Mornings to Sunday Mornings in repeated episodes from September 10,1972 until the last broadcast on May 20,1973. The series was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions.
THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS was the first series to featured an all minority cast with a hint of diversity in some of the segments. As this befits their name,the Globetrotters traversed the world to play various opponents in locales from hillbilly country in the United States to snowy European mountains and to other places as well including islands in the South Pacific,and exotic locations like London,Paris,India and Japan. Granny(Nancy Wible),the only Caucasian on board,drove the team bus,and Dribbles(Frank Welker)the dog that accompanied the group as sort of a team mascot. The players consisted of Meadowlark Lemon(Scatman Crothers),comical relief Curly(Stu Gilliam),and the other players on the roster including B.J. Mason(Eddie "Rochester" Anderson),Geese Ausbie(Johnny Williams),Gip Gipson(Richard Elkins),and Pabs "Pablo" Robertson(Robert Do Qui). The series within itself showed what the team does best and that is show off their impressive athleticism with their superior basketball expertise. Plus other stuff of interest that you may not see in live-action,but in an animated cartoon-they could get away with it very easily.
The group also did its own album for Don Kirshner in 1970,but could not make them emulate the success of his proteges,"The Archies".The songs that were for the album were written by Neil Sedaka for the Warner Bros. Records label. After the animated series went off the air in 1973,the "real" Harlem Globetrotters came back the following year with their own weekly variety-musical-comedy series "The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine",which lasted one season on CBS. That variety featured The Globetrotters along with its child star-Rodney Allen Rippy and featuring Avery Scheriber as Mister Evil.
On February 4,1978,the HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS were back on Saturday Mornings after a six year-hiatus. Only this time around they switched networks from CBS to NBC. The series returned in repeated episodes titled "Go-Go Globetrotters",which also contained repeats of the 1960's action-adventure series "The Herculoids",and also repeated episodes of "Hong Kong Phooey","Dinomutt",and a new entry titled "The C.B. Bears". On September 2,1978,NBC resurrected the team as they returned for a new animated incarnation called "The Super Globetrotters",which lasted one season. The series ended its association with NBC in repeated episodes during the end of the 1978-1979 season.
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