Skatebirds (TV series)

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Network: CBS
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Distributor: Taft Broadcasting
Original release: September 10, 1977January 21, 1978

Starring: Scatman Crothers
Maurice Cooke
Lennie Weinrib
Bruce Hoyt
Bob Holt
Ken Means
Don Messick
Joe Giamalva
Joe Baker
Ross Martin
Frank Welker
Paul Winchell
Jim MacGeorge
David Jolliffe
Patricia Stich
Bob Hastings
Tara Talboy
John Stephenson
Stephen Parr
Lynn Marie Johnston
Larry Volk
Michael Kermoyan
Micky Dolenz
Susan Davis
Producer(s): Terry Morse, Jr.
Writer(s): Sid Morse
Norman Camaron
Director(s): Sidney Miller
Hollingsworth Morse
Charles A. Nichols
Chris Cuddington
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Skatebirds is a live-action/animated American anthology television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. The series originally aired on CBS. It ran from 1977 to 1978, airing 16 episodes that spanned one season.

The show debuted with segments, The Robonic Stooges, Wonder Wheels, Woofer & Wimper, Dog Detectives and Mystery Island.

Since Hanna-Barbera's All-Star Comedy Ice Revue came out around the same time Skatebirds premiered, the special actually advertised it's premiere, even showing some clips from the show.

Much like The Banana Splits, the series featured musical numbers, although the Skatebird numbers were less closer to bubblegum music, and more about the "Skate-word for today."

The series had a number of instances of being split up for syndication formatting, the first being when the Skatebirds was canceled, and The Robonic Stooges and Woofer & Wimper, Dog Detectives were spun off into their own half hour, and when both came to an end, Skatebirds, Wonder Wheels and The Robonic Stooges were packaged into their own half hour series, with Mystery Island airing with Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels, and Woofer & Wimper, Dog Detectives having an unknown fate.

During airtime on Cartoon Network in the 1990s, it aired for a block called 70's Super Explosion.





Opening Theme Lyrics

Hour version:

It's Skatebird time!
And here come the Skatebirds!

And Scat Cat!

Then the Robonic Stooges!
Plus the spine-tingling suspense-filled excitement of Mystery Island
And the doggone it daffy doings of those dog detectives, Woofer and Wimper!
And more!

The unbelievable adventures of an unbelievable motorcycle, Wonder Wheels!

For all-out fun.
It's Satch!
And Scat Cat

And for suspense, mystery and adventure,
it's the Skatebird show!

Half hour version:

It's Skatebird time!
Starring Knock-Knock,
Satchel and Scooter, those fettered clowns of fantasy!

Along with Willie the Wheeler
And the superhero cycle known as Wonder Wheels.
As well as those three mechanical marvels, the Robonic Stooges!

One big collection of wild, wacky and wonderful characters, the Skatebirds!


Episode Original air date
1x01 September 10, 1977
1x02 September 17, 1977
1x03 September 24, 1977
1x04 October 1, 1977
1x05 October 8, 1977
1x06 October 15, 1977
1x07 October 22, 1977
1x08 October 29, 1977
1x09 November 5, 1977
1x10 November 12, 1977
1x11 November 19, 1977
1x12 November 26, 1977
1x13 December 3, 1977
1x14 December 10, 1977
1x15 December 17, 1977
1x16 December 24, 1977



These identical credits appeared at the end of every episode.


Board game

In 1978, a board game was released by Milton Bradley Company based on the series.

Critical reception

The series was not received well from critics, and is often criticized for being a knockoff of The Banana Splits.

In addition to this, all segments, aside from Mystery Island, were also featured in the unaired ToonHeads special, "The Best of the Worst Cartoons Ever," to which, all were criticized for being "poor ideas."