The Archie Show

The Archie Show

Infobox Television
show_name = The Archie Show

caption =
format = Animated
runtime = 30 minutes
(with commercials)
creator = John Goldwater (comic)
Bob Montana (character designs)
producer = Norm Prescott
Lou Scheimer
director = Hal Sutherland
starring = Dallas McKennon
Howard Morris
Jane Webb
John Erwin
composer = Ray Ellis
country = USA
language = English
network = CBS
first_aired = 1968
last_aired = 1969
followed_by = "Archie's Funhouse"
num_episodes = 17
(two 11 min. segments per half hour)
imdb_id = 0062541
tv_com_id = 23817
company = Filmation

"The Archie Show" was the first in a long line of Saturday morning cartoon animated series produced by Filmation and based upon Bob Montana's Archie characters. "The Archie Show" first debuted on CBS in September 1968, and Archie Andrews and his pals appeared in various spin-off shows on Saturday mornings until 1978. "The Archie Show" contained a laugh track, the first Saturday morning cartoon to do so (using the success of "The Archie Show" as a template, future cartoons would utilize the canned chuckles until the early 1980s). [2007 Interview with Lou Scheimer from "The Archie Show: The Complete Series (1968)" DVD, Disc 2] The show lasted for one season and a total of 17 half-hour shows (each containing two 11 minute segments).

A typical episode would start out with the first Archie story, which would be introduced by Archie, and occasionally a different character. Next there would be a "dance of the week" segment which would start with a teaser, then after the commercial break, Archie would introduce the dance, followed by the song of the week performed by The Archies. After that would be a short joke followed by the 2nd Archie story. All 17 half-hours were presented in this manner.

The franchise's most famous effort was the music element—The Archies musical group, with vocals provided by Ron Dante and Toni Wine, produced the hit single "Sugar, Sugar" in 1969. Additionally, the show's main composer Ray Ellis would later work on other Filmation projects (using the name of his wife, Yvette Blais).


*"The Archie Show" (1968)
*"Archie and His New Pals" (TV special; 1969)
*"The Archie Comedy Hour" (1969) (featuring repeats of The Archie Show, along with new segments "The Funhouse", "The Side Show", and "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch")
*"Archie's Funhouse" (1970) (expanded version of the previous season's "Funhouse" format, now featuring an audience of live-action kids and the "Giant Jukebox;" a music-heavy incarnation of the series, originally padded to one hour with repeats of "The Archie Show" segments)
*"Archie's TV Funnies" (1971) (The gang runs a TV station, presenting a selection of cartoons featuring characters from the funny papers)
*"Everything's Archie" (1973) (repeats of previously released material)
*"The U.S. of Archie" (1974) (The gang interprets various events from American history)
*"The New Archie and Sabrina Hour" (1977) (new Archie and Sabrina episodes plus repeats of previous material)

("The New Archie and Sabrina Hour" was subsequently divided into "The Bang-Shang Lalapalooza Show" and "Sabrina: Super Witch" during its original network run. It was later repeated in syndication, and on "The Family Channel" in a half-hour format as "The Archie and Sabrina Surprise Package"; this is the version that is offered by Entertainment Rights, the current rightsholder for most Filmation programs, including The Archies franchise.)

Collectively, most episodes of these series were later put into television syndication in 1976 as "The Archies" (excluding material produced for "The New Archie and Sabrina Hour", which did not debut until a year later).


*"Sabrina and the Groovie Goolies" (repeats of Sabrina plus the Groovie Goolies) (1970)
*"Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (1971–1974) (rebroadcast of Archie's Comedy Hour episodes, plus new episodes in its own dedicated timeslot.)
*"Groovie Goolies" (1971) (rebroadcast of previous series in its own timeslot)
*"Sabrina, Superwitch" (originally part of the aforementioned New Archie-Sabrina Hour) (1977)
*"Groovie Goolies and Friends" (syndication package also featuring episodes from other Filmation series) (1978)

It should be noted that the "individual" versions of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Groovie Goolies (both first seen in 1971) are the versions that are offered by Entertainment Rights.

DVD release

Single-disc DVD compilations featuring four episodes each were relased in 2004. There were four volumes in all:
* "Archie & Friends" Featuring "The Archie Show" includes three episodes of "The Archie Show" (#9, #3 and #5 as per Genius Entertainment's "Complete Series" DVD set; #9 has the song and dance segments substituted from #16). Also included is one episode of "U.S. Of Archie" ("The Star Spangled Banner") and a segment from "The Archie Comedy Hour" (from show #1, "Coke Machine," as per the Genius Entertainment "Archie's Funhouse: The Complete Series" DVD set).
*"Archie & Friends Featuring Sabrina The Teenage Witch" includes three "Sabrina" half-hours ("Pet Shop"/"Funny Bunny," "Blue Whale"/"Football Game," and "Frankie"/"Beached"), one episode of "U.S. Of Archie" ("The Day Of The Ladies") and a segment from "The Archie Comedy Hour" ("Shadow Boxing" from show #1 as per Genius Entertainment's "Archie's Funhouse: The Complete Series" DVD set).
*"Archie & Friends" Featuring "Archie's TV Funnies" includes three episodes of "Archie's TV Funnies" ("Riverdale Grand Prix Auto Race," "The Riverdale Air Circus," and "The Ghost Of Swedlow Swamp"), one episode of "U.S. Of Archie" ("The Wright Brothers"), and a segment from "The Archie Comedy Hour" ("Jughead Pulls Fire Hose" from show #3 as per Genius Entertainment's "Archie's Funhouse: The Complete Series" DVD set).
*"Archie & Friends" Featuring "Archie's Classic Cartoons" includes one episode each of "The Archie Show" ("Rocket Rock"/"Par One"), "The Archie And Sabrina Surprise Package" ("Tops In Cops"), "Archie's TV Funnies" ("Flying Saucer"), "U.S. Of Archie" ("The Roughrider"), and a segment from "The Archie Comedy Hour" ("Telephone" from show #6 as per Genius Entertainment's "Archie's Funhouse: The Complete Series" DVD set).

On July 31, 2007, Genius Products released "The Archie Show" on DVD in Region 1 for the first time. According to the packaged booklet, the negatives for the dance (the "Drag")/song ("Hide and Seek") segment on the "Kids' Day/Jughead 'Sampson' Jones" episode were lost and had to be sourced from a mediocre video transfer; not even the PAL video transfers were available (many of Entertainment Rights' Region 1 Filmation releases are sourced from PAL-based video transfers, including this series). The video transfer is NTSC-based. In addition, the introduction to the dance segment which occurs before going to commercial is also lost, along with the "joke" segment featured between the weekly song and second "Archie" story.

On March 4, 2008, Genius Products released "Archie's Funhouse" on DVD in Region 1 for the first time. [ [] ] Unlike the previous release however, there is no packaged booklet, and thus there is no additional information other than the bonus features contained on the discs. Additionally, while the original negatives for the Sugar Sugar video were found, the "Jingle Jangle" video was sourced from an NTSC-based video transfer (though it should be noted that the negatives were recovered for two episodes of the show: episodes 15 and 16; all other episodes [including the "Funhouse" segments from "The Archie Comedy Hour"] were sourced from the PAL video masters). The 16 episodes themselves are presented in re-edited half-hour formats. Missing are brief bumpers and repeated segments from "The Archie Show", already released in their own collection. The set also includes the TV special "Archie And His New Pals" and seven compilation episodes culled from "The Archie Comedy Hour" (but featuring "Archie's Funhouse" opening and closing titles). The seven compilation episodes account for the "Funhouse" and "Side Show" segments from 14 episodes of "The Archie Comedy Hour". No other music segments from that season (apart from "Sugar, Sugar," "Jingle Jangle," and a performance of "Get On The Line" from "Archie And His New Pals") are included. This leaves two original episodes of "The Archie Comedy Hour" unrepresented altogether; that season's original opening, closing and bumpers also are absent. Genius Entertainment released the "Sabrina The Teenage Witch" segments from that season on DVD as part of their own set on April 29 2008.

External links

* [ The Archie Show] on the Internet Movie Database
* [ "The Archie Show" on]
* [ The Final Taxi Podcast on Archie Comics' publisher Richard Goldwater]
* [ Welcome To "The Archie Show"]


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