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The Howdy Doody Show was one of the first and easily the most popular children's television show in the 1950s and a reflection of the wonder, technical fascination, and business realities associated with early television. While Howdy and his friends entertained American children, they also sold television sets to American parents and demonstrated the potential of the new medium to advertisers.
Added: 19th July 2007
Posted By: BKV
When Howdy Doody Time first aired, it was only a 15-minute show. Imagine that! A 15-minute show!
|Posted by: Naomi on 2007-08-04
Yes, probably had only one 60 second (live) commercial as well.
Howdy Doodywas originally
ment to be seen on NBC TV as a
one time holiday kids tv special
back in late December of 1947.
The show wasn't even titled
Howdy Doody..it was originally
titledPuppet Playhouse Presents!
and it was seen on Saturday evening
At the end of the show Mr.Smith
(Bob Smith's name on the show wasn't
Buffalo Bob..it was Mr.Smith)said to
the viewers and to the members of
The Peanut GallerySee you Next Week
He wasn't supposed to say that..
Nevertheless..the heads of NBC TV
brought the show back and it was
seen on Saturday evenings.
Until the latter part of January of
The show was seen Mon,Weds
and Friday evenings.
By that time The show was fully
scripted,more puppet and live
characters were added along with
songs and comedy skits and the
show was titledHowdy Doody.
The series didn't move back to
Saturdays..until 1957 and it was
seen on Saturday mornings..
Until HDfinally ended it's run on
NBC TV on Saturday morning September
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