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Network: NBC
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Original release: April 23May 7, 1982

Starring: Don Messick
Lennie Weinrib
Producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Harry Love (co-producer)
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Director(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera

Jokebook is an American animated television comedy skit sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera for NBC. It ran in 1982, airing 3 episodes that spanned one season, although additionally the series had 7 episodes made, only 3 episodes were aired due to lack of viewer interest.



Harry Love, one of Joseph Barbera's closest pals and confidantes at the time, was in charge of story content for the series, as he was looking to create a cutting edge cartoon comedy series. After executives at NBC saw the first rough cut, they were aghast and refused to air the series, which caused Hanna-Barbera to scramble and try to reanimate some of the material, including major sections of the episodes having to be thrown out, forcing HB to go on a frantic search for animated short films to pad out the Jokebook episodes.[1]



The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin.

Opening theme song lyrics

Oh yeah, yeah
Oh yeah.

Remember life is a jokebook, nothin' but a jokebook.
Even though the joke is on you.

And if you start feeling old, there's only one way to go.
Only one thing you can do.

You gotta open up your jokebook.
Writing up your out-book.
Things aren't as bad as you think.

Your going laugh, shake, give your smile a break, and put a little joke in your life.

Oh yeah, put a little joke in your life.

in your life!

Ha, ha, ha!


Title Number Original air date
"Episode 1" 1x01 April 23, 1982
"Episode 2" 1x02 April 30, 1982
"Episode 3" 1x03 May 7, 1982
"Episode 4" 1x04 Unaired
"Episode 5" 1x05 Unaired
"Episode 6" 1x06 Unaired
"Episode 7" 1x07 Unaired



Some clips from seemly unavailable episodes were later used for some of the HBTV music videos, particularly of the Lovebirds segments.

Although the series was never rebroadcasted on neither Cartoon Network or Boomerang–likely due to its adult-themed nature–It was featured for the unaired ToonHeads special, "The Best of the Worst Cartoons Ever."


  1. ^ Yowp Don M. (May 18, 2012). "The Failure That Really Was". Yowp. Retrieved January 19, 2023.