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The Howdy Doody Show 

Puppet Playhouse (original title)
The first nationally televised American children's TV program and a prototype for what followed. Buffalo Bob Smith hosts while the puppet, Howdy Doody, stars.

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E. Roger Muir
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Bob Smith ...  Buffalo Bob / ... 110 episodes, 1947-1960
Robert Keeshan ...  Clarabell the Clown #1 31 episodes, 1947-1953
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The first nationally televised American children's TV program and a prototype for what followed. Buffalo Bob Smith hosts while the puppet, Howdy Doody, stars.

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Family

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TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Howdy Doody See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2343 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (1947-1955)| Color (1955-1960)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first show ever to air more than 1,000 episodes. See more »

Quotes

[final episode. Clarabell speaks for the only time in the show's history]
Clarabell the Clown: Goodbye, kids.
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Connections

Referenced in The Sopranos: Down Neck (1999) See more »

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The very first TV program I ever saw.
19 October 2005 | by atwalters0217See all my reviews

I first saw "Puppet Playhouse" at the age of 5 on a neighbor's 5-inch GE TV (with a magnifying glass over the screen so that we could all see it). At that time, I lived near Buffalo, NY. Buffalo Bob's constant references to places around Buffalo brought the context a little closer. Then there were the old time movies, featuring Mickey McGuire and the Tons of Fun.

I also watched The Camel News Caravan, I Remember Mama, Milton Berle and all sorts of programs which stimulated my curiosity and imagination. And all this without the benefit of special effects that are now available. And, more importantly, a lot more imagination at play, than one would find in later years.

Years later when I'm watching my children watch cartoon characters flying around with devastating rays coming from their bare hands, I quickly devise ways to get the kids away from this stuff. My opinion is that (like another commenter) is that my kids missed some pretty neat stuff.


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