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The Howdy Doody Show 

Puppet Playhouse (original title)
The original children's TV program and a prototype for what followed. Buffalo Bob Smith hosts while likable puppet, Howdy Doody, stars. Bob voiced the puppet only when Bob was off-camera. Later, Allen Swift voiced Howdy from off-camera.

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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 Buffalo Bob (45 episodes, 1948-1960)
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The original children's TV program and a prototype for what followed. Buffalo Bob Smith hosts while likable puppet, Howdy Doody, stars. Bob voiced the puppet only when Bob was off-camera. Later, Allen Swift voiced Howdy from off-camera.

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The first NBC show to air five days a week. See more »

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Host: Say, kids, what time is it?
Peanut Gallery: It's Howdy Doody time!
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Referenced in Who's the Boss?: Sam Accelerates (1990) 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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