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Network: ABC
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Distributor: Taft Broadcasting
Original release: September 7December 21, 1974
Run time: 23 minutes
Starring: Michael Bell
Micky Dolenz
Michelle Robinson
Norman Alden
Executive producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s): Iwao Takamoto
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Writer(s): Norman Katkov
Willie Gilbert
Sam Locke
Paul Roberts
Maurice Tombragel
Rik Vollaerts
Carey Wilber
Shimon Wincelberg
Director(s): Charles A. Nichols
Art Scott (voices)
Wally Burr (voices)

Devlin is an American animated action-drama TV series produced by Hanna-Barbera for ABC's Saturday morning line-up. It ran in 1974, airing 16 episodes that spanned one season.

Stunt motorcyclist Ernie Devlin travels with his younger siblings in a circus, teaching morals and life lessons wherever they go.

The entire series has been released on DVD.



Drawing inspiration from motorcyclist Evel Knievel — a daredevil known famously in the '70s for his death-defying stunts — Hanna-Barbera produced the series for ABC in their Saturday morning line-up.[1] The original title for the show was Wild Wheels, and the title character would have been called "Dare" Devlin. Concerned that the show might get potential backlash for glorifying dangerous stunts, ABC nixed the title, changed the character's name to Ernie, and mandated the regular presentation of safety tips.[2] It was one of the few H-B shows of the decade that focused on dramatic elements.



The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin, credited as musical director, with supervision from Paul DeKorte.


Episode Number Original air date
"Victory Over Fear" 1x01 September 7, 1974
"Hero Worshipper" 1x02 September 14, 1974
"Save That Lion" 1x03 September 21, 1974
"Tod's Triumph" 1x04 September 28, 1974
"Up, Up and Away" 1x05 October 5, 1974
The Challenge" 1x06 October 12, 1974
"Sandy's Choice" 1x07 October 19, 1974
"Sandy's Idol" 1x08 October 26, 1974
"The Big Blast" 1x09 November 2, 1974
"Innocent or Guilty" 1x10 November 9, 1974
"Like Father, Like Son" 1x11 November 16, 1974
"Jester's Secret" 1x12 November 23, 1974
"The Stowaway" 1x13 November 30, 1974
"Sandy's Turn" 1x14 December 7, 1974
"Sandy's Decision" 1x15 December 14, 1974
"The Storyteller" 1x16 December 21, 1974



Title Number Original air date
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: "The Devlin Made Me Do It" 1 April 25, 2004
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: "Grodin" 2 October 29, 2006


30 years later, Ernie made several guest appearances on the Adult Swim spoof Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, now elderly and in a marriage with Tangy Devlin. He also took on counter prescription drugs, which made the once-famed hero into a bad role model for highly impressionable children. Outside of the two main guest spots, he had cameos in other episodes, as well as the TV special, Harvey Birdman: Attorney General.


  1. ^ Woolery, George W. (1983). Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981. Scarecrow Press. pp. 79–81. ISBN 0-8108-1557-5. Retrieved November 4, 2022.
  2. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 152–153. ISBN 978-1538103739.