Young Samson

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Young Samson
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On-screen title card.
Network: NBC
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Distributor: The Program Exchange
Original release: September 9, 1967August 31, 1968

Starring: Tim Matthieson
Don Messick
Producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Music composed by: Ted Nichols
Director(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Second title card
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Original title card.

Young Samson, also known as Young Samson & Goliath, is an American animated fantasy television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for NBC's Saturday morning children's programming. It ran from 1967 to 1968, airing 26 episodes.

The series has had a couple of pratfalls. The first was having the initial name of the series being called Samson & Goliath, but was changed to avoid confusion with the Christian stop motion series Davey & Goliath, while the other was when Young Samson should be packaged together with The Space Kidettes, but in order to do that some genius decided that the master copies should be shortened in length, leaving the syndicated edits as the only extant broadcast quality versions of the episodes, as well as General Mills having destroyed the remaining six episodes of the series in order to package it with The Space Kidettes.

A teenager named Samson, and his dog, Goliath, travel the globe on a motorbike, but when trouble comes, Samson hits his golden wristbands together, turning him into a super-powered superhero, and a second slam turns Goliath into a super-powered lion. Together, they fight off the forces of evil.

The entire series has been released on DVD.




The music was composed by Ted Nichols.


Title Number Original air date
"The Curse of Monatabu" 1x01 September 9, 1967
"The Aurora Borealis Creature" 1x02 September 16, 1967
"The Great Colossus" 1x03 September 23, 1967
"Cold Wind from Venus" 1x04 September 30, 1967
"The SSX-19" 1x05 October 7, 1967
"Operation Peril" 1x06 October 14, 1967
"The Secret of Evil Island" 1x07 October 21, 1967
"The Monsteroids" 1x08 October 28, 1967
"The Idol Rama-Keesh" 1x09 November 4, 1967
"Salamandro" 1x10 November 11, 1967
"Baron Von Skull" 1x11 November 18, 1967
"Moon Rendezvous" 1x12 November 25, 1967
"The Lost City of the Dragon Men" 1x13 December 2, 1967
"The Colossal Coral Creature" 1x14 December 9, 1967
"Zuran's Creature" 1x15 December 16, 1967
"The Dome" 1x16 December 23, 1967
"Nerod" 1x17 December 30, 1967
"The Terrible Dr. Desto" 1x18 January 6, 1968
"From Out of the Deep" 1x19 January 13, 1968
"Thing from the Black Mountains" 1x20 January 20, 1968