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Howdy Doody was a children's television program that aired on NBC from 1947 through 1960. The show was extremely popular and is a fond memory for many baby boomers. Originally an hour on Saturdays, the show moved to Monday through Friday, 5:30-6:00 pm EST in 1948. In 1956, it returned to Saturday in a morning timeslot. Beginning in 1954, the NBC test pattern featured a picture of Howdy. The show's host was "Buffalo Bob" (Bob Smith, 1917-1998), who wore cowboy garb. A distinctive feature was the "peanut gallery", on-stage bleachers seating about 40 kids. Each show began with Bob asking, "Say kids, what time is it?" and the kids yelling in unison, "It's Howdy Doody Time!". It was thus one of the first shows to make audience participation a major part. Howdy Doody himself was a freckle-faced boy marionette, and was voiced by Bob Smith. Other puppet characters included Heidi Doody (Howdy's sister), Mr. Bluster, Dilly Dally, Princess Summerfall Winterspring, and the curious Flub-a-Dub (a combination of eight animals). There also were several human characters, most notably Clarabell the clown, who communicated by honking horns on his belt and squirting seltzer, and Chief Thunderthud, who originated the cry "Kowabonga!". Princess Summerfall Winterspring, originally a puppet, was later played by the actress, Judy Tyler. The characters inhabited the fictional town of "Doodyville". Clarabell was first played by Bob Keeshan, who continued in that role until 1949. Keeshan later became Captain Kangaroo. At the end of the final episode, Clarabell (then played by Lew Anderson) broke his series-long silence to say with a sad expression, "Goodbye, kids".

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Last Airing Sep 24, 1960
Premiere December 27, 1947
Episodes 2343
Network NBC
Format/Time Black & White / 30 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
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