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Captain Kangaroo (TV Series 1955–1992) Poster

(1955–1992)

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Also available in a computer colorized version.
When the series was cancelled from CBS in 1984, the show found a new home on Public Television. From September, 1986 to November, 1992, 65 episodes from the 70's and 80's of the show played on PBS in severely altered re-runs. Altered in the sense that everything except the running storyline of the episode was cut, resulting in the running time dropping from one hour to 12 to 17 minutes. To fill the running time, elements from the 1981-1982 "Wake up" version (none of which were made into PBS versions), and other late episodes, such as Bill Cosby's "Picture Pages" segments, and scenes with Kevin Clash's troupe of puppets, making each episode around 28 minutes on PBS. These versions also featured a new theme song (the much more upbeat "Here Comes Captain Kangaroo!" theme replaced the CBS "Good Morning, Captain" opening) and opening credit segment, showing clips from the series rather than the previous, partly animated opening. One of the many hour-long videos released in 1984-1986 (when the show was between homes) was "Captain Kangaroo and His Friends". This tape featured PBS-like versions of the episodes featuring Joan Rivers, Phil Donahue, and Dolly Parton, as well as scenes with Town Clown and the Bananna Man. New intro's with the Captain were also inserted. Reportedly, this has been aired as a special on PBS during pledge drives while the show was on the air.

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Trivia | Goofs | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Connections | Soundtracks

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