Arabian Knights (segments)

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This article is about the TV series. For the team itself, see Arabian Knights. For The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang episode, see Arabian Knights (episode).
Arabian Knights
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On-screen title card.
Network: NBC
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Original release: September 7, 1968January 4, 1969

Starring: Jay North
John Stephenson
Frank Gerstle
Shari Lewis
Henry Corden
Don Messick
Paul Frees
Producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera

Director(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera

Arabian Knights is an American animated fantasy action series of segments as part of the live-action variety show The Banana Splits Adventure Hour, produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for NBC's Saturday morning programming. It ran from 1968 and 1969, airing 18 episodes that spanned one season. The series takes inspiration from the classic work of Middle Eastern literature, Arabian Nights.

In the series, Bakaar, the Black Sultan, has invaded Baghdad and taken the throne of Prince Turhan by force. Narrowly escaping capture and possibly death, Turhan heads to his cousin's city just in time to save her. In his rescue of Princess Nida, he was aided by Fariik, the magician, the superhuman Raseem, his super spinning pet donkey, Zazuum, and Bez, who can magically shapeshift into any animal he chooses. Together, they pledge to drive Bakaar and his men out of Baghdad by forming the Arabian Knights.

The entire series has been released on DVD.





Episode Number Original air date
"Joining of the Knights" 1x01 September 7, 1968
"The Ransom" 1x02 September 14, 1968
"A Trap for Turhan" 1x03 September 21, 1968
"The Great Gold Robbery" 1x04 September 28, 1968
"The Wizard Ramnizar" 1x05 October 5, 1968
"Sky Raiders of the Desert" 1x06 October 12, 1968
"The Challenge" 1x07 October 19, 1968
"Isle of Treachery" 1x08 October 26, 1968
"The Sultan's Plot" 1x09 November 2, 1968
"The Reluctant Empress" 1x10 November 9, 1968
"The Coronation of Bakaar" 1x11 November 16, 1968
"The Great Brass Beast" 1x12 November 23, 1968
"The Fabulous Fair" 1x13 December 30, 1968
"The Desert Pirates" 1x14 December 7, 1968
"The Jewels of Joowar" 1x15 December 14, 1968
"The Spy" 1x16 December 21, 1968
"The Prisoner" 1x17 December 28, 1968
"The Royal Visitor" 1x18 January 4, 1969