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The Howdy Doody Show 

Puppet Playhouse (original title)
The first nationally televised American children's TV program and a prototype for what followed. Buffalo Bob Smith hosts while the puppet, Howdy Doody, stars.

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

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Bob Smith ...  Buffalo Bob / ... 110 episodes, 1947-1960
Robert Keeshan ...  Clarabell the Clown #1 31 episodes, 1947-1953
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The first nationally televised American children's TV program and a prototype for what followed. Buffalo Bob Smith hosts while the puppet, Howdy Doody, stars.

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rocket | marionette | clown | See All (3) »

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Family

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TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Howdy Doody See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2343 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (1947-1955)| Color (1955-1960)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first nationally televised American children's television show. See more »

Quotes

[final episode. Clarabell speaks for the only time in the show's history]
Clarabell the Clown: Goodbye, kids.
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Connections

Featured in Back to the Future Part III (1990) See more »

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Howdy Doody Was Certainly No Pinocchio
8 November 2015 | by strong-122-478885See all my reviews

Buffalo Bob : "What time is it, kids?"

Kids in audience: "It's Howdy Doody time!"

This 5-disc set contains 40, b&w episodes in all from The Howdy Doody Show of the 1950's.

Now, I certainly didn't watch all 40 of these episodes - But, of the many I did view - I have to say that, for the life of me, I cannot believe this bargain-basement kiddies' program actually endured for 13 years.

Silly, naively cute and, yes, downright demented at times - Not only did the Howdy Doody puppet (who was a literal mess of strings) totally give me the creeps, big-time - But I sure didn't appreciate Buffalo Bob frequently doing a plug for Rice Krispies cereal and Colgate toothpaste right on the show.

Yes. This children's show did try to be educational and fun - But, in my opinion - The only time that it actually came to life was when Buffalo Bob and his fellow cast members directly interacted with the live audience which consisted of about 30 giggling, restless, wild-eyed youngsters between the ages of 5-12.

And, finally - I ask you - What the heck am I supposed to think about a kid's TV show where one of its main characters was a mute, male clown who had an effeminate name like Clarabell? Eh? Like, what was that all about?


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