The Thing (segments)

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The Thing
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The style used for each episode's title card.
Network: NBC
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Original release: September 8—December 1, 1979
Run time: 11 minutes
Starring: Joe Baker
Wayne Morton
Noelle North
Marilyn Schreffler
John Erwin
Art Metrano
Michael Sheehan
John Stephenson
Executive producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin

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The Thing is a series of animated segments as part of Fred and Barney Meet the Thing, produced by Hanna-Barbera for NBC's Saturday morning programming block. It ran in 1979, airing 13 episodes. It is the second and final series based on Marvel Comics' The Fantastic Four, which was a straightforward adaptation of the same name.

*Sigh.* This time around, the Thing/Ben Grimm (sans Fantastic Four) has been reimagined as a man who was caught in a mysterious accident transforming him into the rock-like mutant. Thanks to Professor Harkness, he can transform back into a human due to a special ring called "Ring Thing," but unfortunately, only as a teenager, who comes to be known as "Benjy" Grimm. As if that couldn't get more pathetic, his only friend is Professor Harkness' youngest daughter, a precious girl called Kelly, although they hangout with Kelly's popular older sister and Benjy's completely not innappropriate love interest, Betty, her rich boyfriend, Ronald Radford, and last but not least, their Centerville High teacher, Miss Twilly. Yes, they love nothing more than taking old Miss Twilly on rides on outings, usually on school trips that leave all other students absent for some reason. Benjy also has to deal with the local biker gang led by Spike Hanrahan. *Sigh*




The score was composed by Hoyt Curtin.


Episode Number Air date
"The Picnic Panic" / "Bigfoot Meets the Thing" 1x01 September 8, 1979
"Junkyard Hijinks" / "Gone Away Gulch" 1x02 September 15, 1979
"Circus Stampede" / "The Thing and the Queen" 1x03 September 22, 1979
"Carnival Caper" / "The Thing Blanks Out" 1x04 September 29, 1979
"The Thing Meets the Clunk" / "Beach Party Crashers" 1x05 October 6, 1979
"Decepto the Great" / "The Thing's the Play" 1x06 October 13, 1979
"Double Trouble for the Thing" / "To Thing or Not to Thing" 1x07 October 20, 1979
"The Big Bike Race" / "The Thing and the Treasure Hunt" 1x08 October 27, 1979
"Out to Launch" / "The Day the Ring Didn't Do a Thing" 1x09 November 3, 1979
"A Hot Air Affair at the Fair" / "The Thing Goes to the Dogs" 1x10 November 10, 1979
"The Thing Goes Camping" / "Dude Ranch Rodeo" 1x11 November 17, 1979
"Photo Finish" / "Lights, Action, Thing!" 1x12 November 24, 1979
"The Thing and the Captain's Ghost" / "The Thing and the Absent-Minded Inventor" 1x13 December 1, 1979`