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The Howdy Doody Show (TV Series 1947–1960) Poster

(1947–1960)

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First nationally televised children's television show.
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The first NBC show to air five days a week.
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The first show ever to air more than 1,000 continuous episodes.
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Clarabell the Clown never spoke on camera until the very last episode. While large amounts of money were offered by advertisers to have him say the sponsor's name or product, all offers were refused. After the closing credits of the very last episode, a drumroll was played, and Clarabell, holding back tears, softly said, "Goodbye, kids."
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In addition to Howdy Doody, the cast of marionettes included:
  • Flub-a-Dub, a creature made up of seven animals in one, whose favorite food was meatballs and spaghetti;


  • Dilly Dally, a baseball-capped boy who could wiggle his ears;


  • Mister Bluster, villainous mayor of Doodyville (the fictional location of the show);


  • Inspector Fadoozle, forever peering through his magnifying glass, who billed himself as "America's number one private eye".


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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.
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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 Texaco Star Theatre (1948), 1954-1956), The Tonight Show (which began as Tonight! (1953)), The Twilight Zone (1959), and You Bet Your Life (1950).
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Mr. Bluster was also know as Phennius T. Bluster
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