The Howdy Doody Show (1947–1960)
"Puppet Playhouse" (original title)

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »


Series cast summary:
Bob Smith ...
 Buffalo Bob (7 episodes, 1955-1960)
Nick Nicholson
(3 episodes, 1958-1960)
Bill LeCornec ...
 Chief Thunderthud (3 episodes, 1958-1960)
Lew Anderson ...
 Clarabell the Clown (3 episodes, 1958-1960)
Rufus Rose
(3 episodes, 1958-1960)


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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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


On 11 August 2009 the US Postal Service issued a pane of twenty 44¢ commemorative postage stamps honoring early USA television programs. A booklet with 20 picture postal cards was also issued. The stamp honoring "The Howdy Doody Show" (which began as "Puppet Playhouse") has a picture of Howdy Doody's head. Other shows honored in the Early TV Memories issue were: Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955), The Dinah Shore Show (1951), Dragnet (1951), "The Ed Sullivan Show" (originally titled The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)), The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950), Hopalong Cassidy (1952), The Honeymooners (1955), I Love Lucy (1951), Kukla, Fran and Ollie (1947), Lassie (1954), The Lone Ranger (1949), Perry Mason (1957), The Phil Silvers Show (1955), The Red Skelton Hour (1951), "Texaco Star Theater" (titled The Milton Berle Show (1948), 1954-1956), The Tonight Show (which began as Tonight! (1953)), Twilight Zone (1959), and You Bet Your Life (1950). See more »


Host: Say, kids, what time is it?
Peanut Gallery: It's Howdy Doody time!
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Referenced in Wag the Dog (1997) See more »

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The very first TV program I ever saw.
19 October 2005 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

I first saw "Puppet Playhouse" at the age of 5 on a neighbor's 5-inch GE TV (with a magnifying glass over the screen so that we could all see it). At that time, I lived near Buffalo, NY. Buffalo Bob's constant references to places around Buffalo brought the context a little closer. Then there were the old time movies, featuring Mickey McGuire and the Tons of Fun.

I also watched The Camel News Caravan, I Remember Mama, Milton Berle and all sorts of programs which stimulated my curiosity and imagination. And all this without the benefit of special effects that are now available. And, more importantly, a lot more imagination at play, than one would find in later years.

Years later when I'm watching my children watch cartoon characters flying around with devastating rays coming from their bare hands, I quickly devise ways to get the kids away from this stuff. My opinion is that (like another commenter) is that my kids missed some pretty neat stuff.

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