The Herculoids (TV series)

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This article refers to the TV series. For the group, see Herculoids.
The Herculoids
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On-screen title card.
Created by: Alex Toth
Network: CBS
NBC
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Distributor: Taft Broadcasting
Original release: September 9, 1967January 6, 1968; September 12November 21, 1981
Starring: Mike Road
Virginia Gregg
Teddy Eccles
Sparky Marcus
Don Messick
Producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Art Scott
Music composed by: Ted Nichols
Writer(s): Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
David Scott
Director(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Animation director(s): Charles A. Nichols

The Herculoids is an American animated scifi-fantasy/action adventure TV series produced by Hanna-Barbera (H-B) for CBS' Saturday morning children's programming. It ran from 1967 to 1968, airing 18 episodes. In 1981, it was revived for a further 11 episodes as segments of Space Stars on NBC.

A technologically primitive human family, with the help of a group of mysterious alien creatures known as the Herculoids, defend the planet of Amzot from technically superior threats from outer space. In the revival, the series was set 1,000 years in the future, and without reason, Amzot was renamed Quasar.

The same year the series premiered, there was a crossover in the Space Ghost episode "The Molten Monsters of Moltar."

In 2016, DC Comics reimagined the series (which included retconning the two different eras) in Future Quest and Future Quest Presents.

The entire original series has been released on both DVD and Blu-ray Disc, and the entire revival has been released on DVD.

Production

Development

Casting

Music

The score was composed by Ted Nichols, who was credited as musical director.

Episodes

Title Number Original air date
"The Pirates" / "Sarko the Arkman" 1x01 September 9, 1967
"The Pod Creatures" / "Mekkor" 1x02 September 16, 1967
"The Beaked People" / "The Raiders" 1x03 September 23, 1967
"The Mole Men" / "The Lost Dorgyte" 1x04 September 30, 1967
"The Spider-Man" / "The Android People" 1x05 October 7, 1967
"Defeat of Ogron" / "Prisoners of the Bubblemen" 1x06 October 14, 1967
"Mekkano, the Machine Master" / "Tiny World of Terror" 1x07 October 21, 1967
"The Gladiators of Kyanite" / "Temple of Trax" 1x08 October 28, 1967
"The Time Creatures" / "The Raider Apes" 1x09 November 4, 1967
"The Zorbots" / "The Electrode Men" 1x10 November 11, 1967
"Destroyer Ants" / "Swamp Monster" 1x11 November 18, 1967
"Mission of the Amatons" / "Queen Skorra" 1x12 November 25, 1967
"Laser Lancers" / "Attack of the Faceless People" 1x13 December 2, 1967
"The Mutoids" / "The Crystallites" 1x14 December 9, 1967
"Return of the Sta-Lak" / "Revenge of the Pirates" 1x15 December 16, 1967
"Ruler of the Reptons" / "The Antidote" 1x16 December 23, 1967
"Attack from Space" / "The Return of Torrak" 1x17 December 30, 1967
"The Island of Gravitas" / "Malak and the Metal Apes" 1x18 January 6, 1968

Space Stars

Title Number Original air date
"The Ice Monster" 2x01 September 12, 1981
"The Purple Menace" 2x02 September 19, 1981
"The Firebird" 2x03 September 26, 1981
"The Energy Creature" 2x04 October 3, 1981
"The Snake Riders" 2x05 October 10, 1981
"The Buccaneer" 2x06 October 17, 1981
"The Thunderbolt" 2x07 October 24, 1981
"Return of the Ancients" 2x08 October 31, 1981
"Space Trappers" 2x09 November 7, 1981
"The Invisibles" 2x10 November 14, 1981
"Mindbender" 2x11 November 21, 1981

Cast

Credits

These identical credits appeared at the end of every episode of the original series.

In popular culture

  • In the Family Guy episode "8 Simple Rules for Buying My Teenage Daughter," Lois interviews Gloop for a babysitting job, but she can't understand him. Gloop seems to be offended and talks more gibberish when Lois asks him to leave, which he does but not before getting Tundro to fire rocks at her. It should be noted that when Lois asks for a reference from his previous "employers," she refers to them as the Herculoids when the Herculoids are in fact the creatures that are friends with the family, which included both Gloop and Tundro.
  • In the Venture Bros. episode "Twenty Years to Midnight," young Rusty wrote a letter to the Herculoids, calling them hippies for not fighting in the Vietnam war.

Comic Book Men

References