The Texaco Star Theatre was one of the most popular shows in the history of television. In the first year, Milton Berle was not the permanent emcee, but once he replaced the rotation, the ... See full summary »
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 »
Say, kids, what time is it?
It's Howdy Doody time!
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This show is a good example of how children have changed since the halcyon haze of the 1950s. Back then, this show and its characters were beloved to seemingly most children, but now, children would be frightened by evil-looking puppets and clowns.
It's hard to believe that a children's show, much less one like this, could endure for nearly 2500 episodes. Oh well. I suppose children's television hasn't changed that much since the 1950s, after all -- Mr. Rogers is still around, as he was in the 50s, and modern children's shows have retained their simple, mindless guile, while at the same time keeping kids glued to their TVs for a few hours each day.
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