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Local Kids' TV 

In the early years of U.S. television, virtually every local station had a locally produced program aimed at children. For the most part, they had several things in common: they were ... See full summary »

Director:

Steve Boettcher (as Steven J. Boettcher)

Writer:

Mike Trinklein
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Episode credited cast:
Gordon L. Berry Gordon L. Berry ... Himself
Ernest Borgnine ... Himself / Guest Villain on Captain Video
Daws Butler ... Himself (archive footage)
Dan Castellaneta ... Himself
Pinto Colvig ... Bozo the Clown (voice) (archive footage)
Joan Ganz Cooney ... Herself / Sesame Street Producer
Bill Cosby ... Himself / Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
Stan Freberg ... Himself / Beany and Cecil Show
Kelsey Grammer ... Narrator (voice)
Susan Harmon Susan Harmon ... Herself
Jim Henson ... Himself / Kermit the Frog from The Muppets (archive footage)
Sharon Kelley Sharon Kelley ... Herself / Director of Wally and Ladmo Show
Mary Ann King Mary Ann King ... Herself / Romper Room
Marlene Manderfield Marlene Manderfield ... Herself / Romper Room
Chuck McCann ... Himself / Puppet Hotel
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In the early years of U.S. television, virtually every local station had a locally produced program aimed at children. For the most part, they had several things in common: they were broadcast live, operated on a shoestring budget, had a central character (often a clown), included puppets and a live studio audience made up of local children. Shows such as Bozo the Clown (1959) and The Wallace and Ladmo Show (1954) ( also known as the Wallace and Ladmo Show) made celebrities of Chuck McCann, Pat McMahon and Willard Scott. By the 1960s, Jim Henson had his own take on puppets, which he called Muppets, which became nationally known with the advent of Sesame Street (1969). One major innovation was to franchise a children's show for local production. Perhaps the most successful program of this type was Romper Room and Friends (1953) which at its peak was being produced in over 100 locations. For Bill Cosby, his Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972) was the first platform for African-American... Written by garykmcd

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8 February 2011 (USA) See more »

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Although uncredited, this episode features footage from the local Atlanta, Ga. edition of "The Popeye Club". See more »

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Features Sesame Street (1969) See more »

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