The Howdy Doody Show (1947–1960)
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Release Date:

27 December 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Howdy Doody  »

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(2343 episodes)

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(1947-1955)| (1955-1960)

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1.33 : 1
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The series finale appears as a 'bonus' disc in the recently released DVD collection of 40 installments, and differs from all the other chapters (which are on kinescope), as it is the only one in color and on videotape. Tape technology was still in its infancy at the time of this 1960 broadcast (color tape was only two years old), and the network took the opportunity to make it a special event: expanding the normally 30-minute show to a full hour, and introducing the finale with the still new animated NBC peacock- with some original lyrics sung by the 'Howdy Doody' puppets for the 'NBC chimes' jingle. See more »


Host: Say, kids, what time is it?
Peanut Gallery: It's Howdy Doody time!
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.60 (2005) See more »

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At least you could see their faces.
18 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Back when Howdy Doody was aired at least you had characters that were not done up in costumes that disguise what the actors looked like as they are today.

I grew up during the early stages of children's programming on TV and watched Howdy Doody (Bob Smith), Captain Kangaroo (Bob Keeshan) and The Merry Mailman (Ray Heatherton). Now your children are watching Barney (a supposed stuffed toy who comes to life to play with the children). Does anyone know the actors name or know what he looks like?. You also are letting your children watch Bear in the Big Blue House (again, any idea who that is?). Our children, and in my case grandchildren, are watching Jim Henson-like characters in full body costumes and not seeing realistic characters who imparted the same moral standards (if not more so) on a daily basis!! I feel sorry for the person who thought that the characters on Howdy Doody were grotesque yet lets his children watch the Power Rangers and other shows that depict violence in every episode. At least those grotesque characters never threw lightning bolts, had to kick 15 ninja style characters into oblivion or otherwise teach children that violence is the only way to overcome evil.

Let me go back to the days when a children's TV host was seen as him/herself. I would be much more satisfied seeing the grandchildren learning lessons from a person rather than a purple dinosaur!!

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