Harlem Globetrotters (TV series)

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The Harlem Globetrotters
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On-screen title card.
Network: CBS
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Columbia Broadcasting Systems
Distributor: Taft Broadcasting
Original release: September 12, 1970-October 16, 1971
Run time: 20 minutes
Starring: Scatman Crothers
Stu Gilliam
Johnny Williams
Richard Elkins
Eddie Anderson
Robert DoQui
Nancy Wible
Producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Alex Lovy
Music composed by: Ted Nichols
Writer(s): Mike Maltese
Woody Kling
Dalton Sandifer
Tom Dagenais
Director(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Animation director(s): Charles A. Nichols
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Harlem Globetrotters, titled on-screen as The Harlem Globe Trotters (possibly with a missing hyphenation), and also known as The Harlem Globetrotters, is an American animated basketball comedy TV series produced by Hanna-Barbera for CBS' Saturday morning line-up. Each episode was produced and directed by Hanna-Barbera founders, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It ran from 1970 to 1971, airing 22 episodes that spanned two seasons.

Production

Development

Music

The music was composed by Ted Nichols, with musical supervision from Don Kirshner.

Episodes

Episode Number Air date
"The Great Geese Goof-Up" 1x01 September 12, 1970
"Football Zeros" 1x02 September 19, 1970
"Hold That Hillbilly" 1x03 September 26, 1970
"Bad News Cruise" 1x04 October 3, 1970
"Rodeo Duds" 1x05 October 10, 1970
"Double Dribble Double" 1x06 October 17, 1970
"Heir Loons" 1x07 October 24, 1970
"From Scoop to Nuts" 1x08 October 31, 1970
"What a Day for a Birthday" 1x09 November 7, 1970
"It's Snow Vacation" 1x10 November 14, 1970
"The Great Ouch Doors" 1x11 November 21, 1970
"Hooray for Hollywood" 1x12 November 28, 1970
"Shook Up Sheriff" 1x13 December 5, 1970
"Gone to the Dogs" 1x14 December 12, 1970
"The Wild Blue Yonder" 1x15 December 19, 1970
"Long Gone Gip" 1x16 January 2, 1971
"A Pearl of a Game" 2x01 September 9, 1971
"Nothing to Moon About" 2x02 September 18, 1971
"Pardon My Magic" 2x03 September 25, 1971
"Granny's Royal Ruckus" 2x04 October 2, 1971
"Soccer to Me" 2x05 October 9, 1971
"Jungle Jitters" 2x06 October 16, 1971

Cast

Crossovers

Title Number Original air date
The New Scooby-Doo Movies: "The Ghostly Creep from the Deep" 1 November 25, 1972
The New Scooby-Doo Movies: "The Lochness Mess" 2 December 23, 1972
The New Scooby-Doo Movies: "The Mystery of Haunted Island" 3 September 8, 1973

Legacy

An unrelated sequel, The Super Globetrotters, aired in 1979, with a new set of superpowered Globetrotters. The Globetrotters and Hanna-Barbera association ended in 1980, with the oddball TV special, The Harlem Globetrotters Meet Snow White, with another set of Globetrotters. Among the changes in the team, Curly and Geese were always present.

Merchandise

Reading material

The Harlem Globetrotters was the focus of Hanna-Barbera Fun-In #8, which was published by Gold Key Comics in 1972. A few months later, Gold Key Comics published an ongoing series of Harlem Globetrotters for twelve issues between 1972 to 1975.

In popular culture

  • In the September 8, 1986 episode of Jeopardy! a question in the Kids' TV category was "The Cartoon Featuring This Group Used Scatman Crothers as Voice of Meadowlark Lemon" for $200. Susan responded with the answer, "Who are the Cosby Kids?"
  • In the Family Guy episode "Excellence in Broadcasting," John McCain and Rush Limbaugh, joined by a Scooby-Doo-like dog called Hot Dog, are tipped off by the groundskeeper of a mummy burning the American flag at the swamp, but after investigating they don't find what they're looking for. They set some crazy trap involving a pig, which catches the mummy, who they unmask to be "Old Man" Barney Frank, who yells, "And I would've gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling Republicans!" McCain then suddenly turns to celebrity guests, the Harlem Globetrotters, for help. One of them tries to give McCain a high five, but McCain, being the racist he is, turns him down.
  • In "Who the F**k Is Jack McKinney," the fourth episode of Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, Magic Johnson's cartoon fantasy resembles the look of the Harlem Globetrotters cartoon along with similar-looking gags. Granny also makes a cameo in the audience.

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