Where's Huddles?

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Where's Huddles?
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On-screen title card.
Created by: William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Network: CBS
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Distributor: Taft Broadcasting
Original release: July 1September 2, 1970
Starring: Cliff Norton
Mel Blanc
Jean Vander Pyl
Marie Wilson
Paul Lynde
Herb Jeffries
Don Messick
Alan Reed
Dick Enberg
Producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Director(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera

Where's Huddles? is an American animated television sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera for CBS. It ran in 1970, airing 10 episodes. It was a short-lived prime-time animated series geared towards adults, although its accessibility for the whole family allowed it to be aired on Cartoon Network and Boomerang in their heydays.

It was the final prime time animated sitcom from Hanna-Barbera up until Fish Police in 1992, although it wasn't the final as a whole with prime time becoming popular again after the success of The Simpsons.

The show served as a summer replacement for The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour when it was coming to an end.

Much like The Flintstones, the series follows a Honeymooners-like format, in this case, it centers around the life of two pro-football players who live next door to one another and their lives on-and-off the field.

After its ten-episode run, the characters had rare outside appearances with Ed making a cameo in the Laff-A-Lympics Marvel Comics story "The Ends of the Earth" and a Fumbles clip being featured when dogs from HB were being presented in Hanna-Barbera's 50th: A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration.

Production

Development

After the success of The Flintstones, and when a summer replacement was needed for The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour when it was coming to an end on CBS in 1970, a pilot was pitched and sold to Hanna-Barbera, the reel/animatic were made by Iwao Takamoto, Jerry Eisenberg, and Willie Ito. The pitch followed a series about pro football players and what they do with their lives outside of football. The first episode went into production and was first aired on July 1, 1970, the series lasted until September 2, 1970, only producing 10 episodes as a whole.

Ed Huddles was based on that of Walter Matthau.

According to the pilot pitch, the series was originally going for a more cartoonish look, but was changed to match more of a realistic look (similar to that of Scooby-Doo).

Music

Opening theme song lyrics

There's a family down the street, the Huddles! The McCoys live right next door.
Yes I know, the girls are alright Marge and Penny, but the fella's, they play football you know. Savages, that's what they are.



Give the ball and a cheer for Huddles,
with a point after touch down every time!

Savages!

Closing theme song lyrics

There's a family down the street, the Huddles! The McCoys live right next door.




Give the ball and a cheer for Huddles, and he's over the old goal line!

With a point after touch down every time!

Episodes

Episode Number Air date
"The Old Swimming Hole" 1x01 July 1, 1970
"A Weighty Problem" 1x02 July 8, 1970
"The Ramblin' Wreck" 1x03 July 15, 1970
"The Offensives" 1x04 July 22, 1970
"Hot Dog Hannah" 1x05 July 29, 1970
"To Catch a Thief" 1x06 August 5, 1970
"Get That Letter Back" 1x07 August 12, 1970
"The Odd Trio" 1x08 August 19, 1970
"A Sticky Affair" 1x09 August 26, 1970
"One Man's Family" 1x10 September 2, 1970

Cast

References