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Betty, Archie Andrews and Veronica
 

Prod. and Airdates:

 

September 1968 - August 1969, CBS

Filmation Associates

Theme Song: The Archie Show

 
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rchie and his friends made their comic book debut in 1941. Beginning in 1968, Filmation took on the task of bringing the characters to animated form with The Archie Show.

 

Archie, Veronica, Betty, Reggie and Jughead attended Riverdale High School, they enjoyed spending time together as most teens do, and their hangout of choice was Pop's Chok'lit Shoppe. Archie was an all-American boy who formed the nucleus of the group. Superficial, brunette beauty Veronica and blond-haired Betty vied for the affections of Archie, but were otherwise good friends. The self-absorbed, troublemaker Reggie did his best to steal the attention of Veronica, but she only had eyes for Archie. Reggie's penchant for selfish schemes and underhanded tricks was the cause of most of the gang's comic misadventures. Unfortunately for Reggie, his shenanigans always backfired and he ended up getting the worst of every situation. The last of the friends was Jughead, who had a huge appetite but a small intellect. He also had a white sheepdog named Hot Dog, who normally accompanied the gang. In many situations viewers were privy to Hot Dog's thoughts, which were presented as dialogue spoken directly to the audience.

 

 

A number of secondary characters made regular spot appearances on the show. Associated with Riverdale High were teachers Miss Grundy and Coach Kleats, Principal Mr. Weatherbee, jock Big Moose and the school's self-described genius Dilton Doily. The kids' parents were also seen on occasion, along with Pops, the owner of Pop's Chok'lit Shoppe.

 

Each episode consisted of two, 8-minute stories separated by three short segments. The first short segment was called the "dance of the week," where one or more of the kids taught the audience a new dance step. This was followed by a song performed by the entire gang. Although the series is in large part remembered for its music (performed by a real live band called The Archies), Archie and his friends didn't actually perform in a band during the regular part of the show; they were only shown performing during the musical segment at the mid-point in the show. The third segment consisted of a very short skit in which some type of joke was told or played out.

 

After the show's initial season, new episodes continued to be produced under a variety of titles and formats (that changed almost yearly) until 1978. New versions of the show included The Archie Comedy Hour (1969), Archie's Fun House (1970), Archie's TV Funnies (1971), Everything's Archie (1973), The U.S. of Archie (1974), The New Archie/Sabrina Hour (1977) and Archie's Bang-Shang Lalapalooza Show (1977). After a ten year hiatus a new version of the series was produced called The New Archies (1987), followed twelve years later by Archie's Weird Mysteries (1999).

 
   

 

Cast

Archie Andrews

Dallas McKennon

Hot Dog

Dallas McKennon

Mr. Weatherbee

Dallas McKennon

Chuck Clayton

Dallas McKennon

Mr. Lodge

Dallas McKennon

Coach Kleats

Dallas McKennon

Jughead Jones

Howard Morris

Big Moose

Howard Morris

Pops

Howard Morris

Dilton Doily

Howard Morris

Betty Cooper

Jane Webb

Veronica Lodge

Jane Webb

Miss Grundy

Jane Webb

Big Ethel

Jane Webb

Reggie Mantle

John Erwin

 

 

 

 

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  Episodes  
 
 

The Added Distraction / The Disappearing Act

A Hard Day's Knight / Beauty is Only Fur Deep

Anchors Away / Jughead's Double

The Circus / The Prize Winner

Flying Saucers / Field Trip

The Marathon / Way-Out Like West

Hot Rod Drag / Snowbusiness

A Chimp Off the Old Block / Who's Afraid of Reggie Wolf

Kids' Day / Jughead "Sampson" Jones

Rocket Rock / Par One

Groovy Ghosts / P.F.C. Hot Dog

Surf-bored / The Computer

The Old Sea Dog / Jughead's Girl

Dilton's Folly / Lodge's Dept. Store

Private Eye Jughead / Reggie's Cousin

Strike Three / The Cat Next Door

The Jones Farm / Veronica's Veil

 

 

 

Pop's Chok'lit Shoppe
Riverdale High School

 

 

 

 

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