Wait Till Your Father Gets Home
|Wait Till Your Father Gets Home|
DVD menu showing the series title altogether, unlike the series itself.
|Original release:||September 12, 1972—October 8, 1974|
|Run time:||23 minutes|
|Executive producer(s):||William Hanna|
|Music composed by:||Richard Bowden|
|Animation director(s):||Peter Luschwitz|
Wait Till Your Father Gets Home is an American animated comedy-drama television series produced by Hanna-Barbera for NBC. It ran from 1972 to 1974, airing 48 episodes that spanned three seasons. It was the last prime time animated sitcom from Hanna-Barbera, up until Capitol Critters in 1992. Although geared towards adults, its apparent accessibility for the whole family allowed it to be aired on Cartoon Network and Boomerang in their heydays.
Harry Boyle—a middle-aged conservative suburbanite—must deal with the problems his family presents him, which includes wife Irma, and their three kids; the outspoken feminist, yet boy-crazy daughter, Alice, long-haired and unemployed first son, Chet, and second younger son, Jamie. Despite his old-fashioned values, he also has to deal with his next door neighbor, Ralph Kane; an ultra-right wing, anti-communist conspiracist.
Only the first season is available on DVD.
Following the success of Norman Lear's All in the Family sitcom, Hanna-Barbera created the show at a time when their cartoons started to get outnumbered by the sitcom's realism. Whereas their two previous sitcoms—The Flintstones and The Jetsons—were set in fantastical time periods, Wait Till Your Father Gets Home set itself apart by taking place in the then-current, modern world. Taking a page from All in the Family, the show also focused on topics such as the generation gap, sex, and bigotry; topics that were seldomly brought up in TV animation prior.
As for the art style, Hanna-Barbera brought in Playboy magazine artist, Marty Murphy, to design the characters of the show. Due to his output, Wait Till Your Father Gets Home further distinguished itself from the studio's contemporaries, both in art style and overall tone.
The pilot, "Love and the Old-Fashioned Father," made its debut on the TV anthology series Love, American Style, on February 11, 1972. Following this, the first episode of the series aired on September 12 of the same year.
- Tom Bosley as Harry Boyle
- Joan Gerber as Irma Boyle
- Kristina Holland as Alice Boyle
- David Hayward (season 1) and Lennie Weinrib (seasons 1-3) as Chet Boyle
- Jackie Haley (season 1) and Willie Aames (seasons 1-3) as Jamie Boyle
- Frank Burns as Ralph Kane
- Lyons, Michael (2022). Make Toon For Daddy: The 50th Anniversary of “Wait Til Your Father Gets Home”. Cartoon Research (2022). Retrieved on October 14, 2022.