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The Archie Show

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The Archie Show
The Archie Show.jpg
GenreAnimated sitcom
Created byJohn L. Goldwater (comic)
Bob Montana (character designs)
Based on
Archie Andrews
  • John L. Goldwater
  • Bob Montana
  • Vic Bloom
Written byBob Ogle
Directed byHal Sutherland
StarringDallas McKennon
Howard Morris
Jane Webb
John Erwin
ComposerRay Ellis
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes17 (list of episodes)
ProducersNorm Prescott
Lou Scheimer
Running time20-22 mins. (DVD Release)
Production companyFilmation
DistributorVitt Media International
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 14, 1968 (1968-09-14) –
January 4, 1969 (1969-01-04)

The Archie Show (also known as The Archies) is an American musical animated sitcom television series produced by Filmation for CBS. Based on the Archie Comics, created by Bob Montana in 1941, The Archie Show aired Saturday mornings on CBS from September 1968 to August 1969. The show featured the main characters in the Archie series, including Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle, and Jughead Jones.[1]

In 1969, the show was expanded to an hour and retitled The Archie Comedy Hour, which included a half-hour featuring Sabrina the Teenage Witch.[2] In 1970, the show became Archie's Funhouse, and featured live-action segments.

Filmation continued to produce further Archie television series until 1978, including Archie's TV Funnies (1971-1973), The U.S. of Archie (1974-1976) and The New Archie and Sabrina Hour (1977-1978).[3]


The show revolves around 17-year-old vocalist/rhythm guitarist Archie Andrews and his teen-age pals from Riverdale High School including: his best friend and food fiend drummer Jughead Jones, wise-cracking bassist Reggie Mantle, beautiful, spoiled-rich girl vocalist/keyboardist Veronica Lodge, and attractive, blonde, girl-next-door tomboy vocalist/lead guitarist/percussionist Betty Cooper.[4] On the show, the friends appeared as a bubblegum pop band featuring Archie on lead guitar. The Archies had a real-life No. 1 hit single in 1969 with their song, "Sugar, Sugar", written by Jeff Barry and Andy Kim.[4]

The Archie Show utilized a laugh track, the first such example of the colloquially-titled Saturday morning cartoons.[5] Owing to the success of The Archie Show, most animated series would begin using laugh tracks until the early 1980s. Previous animated series that used laugh tracks, such as The Flintstones and The Jetsons, were broadcast during prime time with the target audience being adults.

A typical episode started with the first Archie story, introduced by Archie and occasionally a different character. Next was a "dance of the week" segment starting with a teaser, then after the commercial break Archie introduced the dance, followed by the song of the week performed by The Archies. After that was a short joke followed by the second Archie story. All 17 episodes of the first show were presented in this format.


The show was broadcast in different formats and under different titles.[2] Some material are believed to be completely lost or destroyed after Hallmark Entertainment bought Filmation's library in 1995.

  • The Archie Show (1968–69)
  • Archie and his New Pals (TV special; 1969): Big Moose and Reggie compete against each other for Class President; Sabrina is introduced as a new Riverdale High student.
  • The Archie Comedy Hour (1969–70): all-new material, now in an hour-long format, contained two Sabrina segments, one at the beginning of the show and one at the end, with a new "The Funhouse" joke segment in the middle that was loosely based on Laugh-In, and also contained regular segments such as Sabrina's Magic Trick and Dilton Doily's Inventions. There was a "Side Show" segment of one-liner jokes, followed by an Archies music segment.
  • Archie's Funhouse (1970–71): an expanded version of the previous series' "Funhouse" format, now featuring an audience of live action kids and the "Giant Jukebox"; a music-heavy incarnation of the series, originally padded to one hour with repeats of segments from The Archie Show.
  • Archie's TV Funnies (1971–73): Archie and the gang run a TV station, presenting a selection of cartoons within the series featuring characters from classic newspaper comic strips.
  • Everything's Archie (1973–74): repeats of previously released material.
  • The U.S. of Archie (1974–76): Archie and the gang re-interpret various events from American history.
  • The New Archie and Sabrina Hour (1977–78): new Archie and Sabrina episodes, plus repeats of earlier material. The series was then divided into two separate 30-minute shows: The Bang-Shang Lollapalooza Show (Archie) and Super Witch (Sabrina).

The New Archie and Sabrina Hour was subsequently divided into The Bang-Shang Lalapalooza Show and Super Witch during its original network run. While the earlier Archie programs were broadcast by CBS, the last series was on NBC.

Hero High (1981) was planned to be part of The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam! featuring Archie and the gang as superheroes; however, this series was altered at the last minute because Filmation's rights to the "Archie" characters had expired during production and was not renewed.[6]


The "individual" versions of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Groovie Goolies are currently offered by present owner DreamWorks Classics.

Voice cast


TitleOriginal air date
"Episode One"September 14, 1968 (1968-09-14)

  • Story 1: The Added Distraction
  • Dance: The Bubblegum
  • Song: "Bang-Shang-A-Lang"
  • Jughead Short: Fetch
  • Story 2: The Disappearing Act
"Episode Two"September 21, 1968 (1968-09-21)

  • Story 1: A Hard Day's Knight
  • Dance: The Jughead
  • Song: "Boys and Girls"
  • Jughead Short: Shadow Boxing
  • Story 2: Beauty Is Only Fur Deep
"Episode Three"September 28, 1968 (1968-09-28)

  • Story 1: Anchors Away
  • Dance: The Beanie
  • Song: "Truck Driver"
  • Jughead Short: Double Duty
  • Story 2: Jughead's Double
"Episode Four"October 5, 1968 (1968-10-05)

  • Story 1: The Circus
  • Dance: The Hamburger Hop
  • Song: "Catchin' Up On Fun"
  • Jughead Short: Painting
  • Story 2: The Prize Winner
"Episode Five"October 12, 1968 (1968-10-12)

  • Story 1: Flying Saucers
  • Dance: The Stick Shift
  • Song: "Ride, Ride, Ride"
  • Jughead Short: Homework
  • Story 2: Field Trip
"Episode Six"October 19, 1968 (1968-10-19)

  • Story 1: The Marathon Runner
  • Dance: The Veronica Walk
  • Song: "La-Dee-Doo-Down-Down"
  • Jughead Short: Pole Vaulting
  • Story 2: Way Out West
"Episode Seven"October 26, 1968 (1968-10-26)

  • Story 1: Hot Rod Drag
  • Dance: The Betty
  • Song: "You Make Me Wanna Dance"
  • Jughead Short: Research
  • Story 2: Snow Business
"Episode Eight"November 2, 1968 (1968-11-02)

  • Story 1: Chimp Off the Old Block
  • Dance: The Banana Split
  • Song: "Time For Love"
  • Jughead Short: Skiing
  • Story 2: Who's Afraid of Reggie Wolf
"Episode Nine[a]"November 9, 1968 (1968-11-09)

  • Story 1: Kids Day
  • Dance: The Drag
  • Song: "Hide and Seek"
  • Jughead Short: lost
  • Story 2: Jughead 'Sampson' Jones
"Episode Ten"November 16, 1968 (1968-11-16)

  • Story 1: Rocket Rock
  • Dance: The Angel
  • Song: "You Little Angel, You"
  • Jughead Short: Retrieval
  • Story 2: Par One
"Episode Eleven"November 23, 1968 (1968-11-23)

  • Story 1: Groovy Ghosts
  • Dance: The Weatherbee
  • Song: "I'm in Love"
  • Jughead Short: Dancing
  • Story 2: PFC Hot Dog
"Episode Twelve"November 30, 1968 (1968-11-30)

  • Story 1: Surf Bored
  • Dance: The Surfer
  • Song: "Love Light"
  • Jughead Short: Searching
  • Story 2: The Computer
"Episode Thirteen"December 6, 1968 (1968-12-06)

  • Story 1: The Old Sea Dog
  • Dance: The Grundy
  • Song: "Rock and Roll Music"
  • Jughead Short: Late
  • Story 2: Jughead's Girl
"Episode Fourteen"December 13, 1968 (1968-12-13)

  • Story 1: Dilton's Folly
  • Dance: The Rocket Ship
  • Song: "Don't Touch My Guitar"
  • Jughead Short: Fishing
  • Story 2: Lodge Department Stores
"Episode Fifteen"December 20, 1968 (1968-12-20)

  • Story 1: Private Eye Jughead
  • Dance: The Indian
  • Song: "Seventeen Ain't Young"
  • Jughead Short: Ice Cream
  • Story 2: Reggie's Cousin
"Episode Sixteen"December 27, 1968 (1968-12-27)

  • Story 1: Strike Three
  • Dance: The Milkshake
  • Song: "Circle of Blue"
  • Jughead Short: Magic
  • Story 2: Cat Next Door
"Episode Seventeen"January 4, 1969 (1969-01-04)

  • Story 1: Jones Farm
  • Dance: The Touchdown
  • Song: "Kissin'"
  • Jughead Short: Housepaint
  • Story 2: Veronica's Veil


The Archie Show was designed to emulate the live-action series The Monkees by including rock music into each episode.[1]


The franchise's most notable effort was the music element in the form of the animated band The Archies. With vocals provided by Ron Dante and Toni Wine, the fictional group released a series of real-life albums and singles. Their most successful song is "Sugar, Sugar", which stood at the top of the pop charts for four weeks in 1969. "Sugar, Sugar" became the No. 1 song of 1969 on the Billboard charts (there are also many songs, however, that only appeared on the show and its various spin-offs).

A cover of "Sugar, Sugar", performed by Mary Lou Lord with Semisonic, is included on the 1995 tribute album Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits, produced by Ralph Sall for MCA Records.

The show's main composer Ray Ellis would later work on other Filmation projects (using the name of his wife, Yvette Blais).


Hal Erickson, author of Television Cartoon Shows, An Illustrated Encyclopedia described The Archie Show as "not what one could call inspired." Erickson criticized the humor that was described as "executed in a fragmented fashion" and "made doubly obvious by the overuse of a canned laugh track."[1]


The New Archie and Sabrina Hour was later repeated in syndication, and on The Family Channel in a half-hour format as The Archie and Sabrina Surprise Package; this is the version offered by Universal Television, the current rightsholder for most Filmation programs, including the Archies franchise; a previous rightsholder, Entertainment Rights, was acquired by Classic Media in 2009, followed by DreamWorks Animation's purchase of Classic Media in 2012.

Most of the episodes from all of these series were syndicated in 1976 as The Archies (excluding material produced for The New Archie and Sabrina Hour, which did not debut until a year later). The music segments from Comedy Hour were missing in this syndication package, for unknown reasons.

In 2010, the show aired on Retro Television Network.

Home media

Various VHS, Betamax, and laserdisc releases distributed by companies such as New Age Video, Inc. and Embassy Home Entertainment were released in several countries throughout the late '70s and '80s. Four volumes of The Archie Show were released in the early and mid '80s by Thorn EMI Video (later Thorn/EMI HBO Video in the release of its fourth volume) as part of its "Children's Maintee" line of animated shows. Each volume consists three full episodes with some of the other segments intact. All transfers were from unrestored 16mm masters with the original speed (with the exception of the first episode in the second volume) and excellent sound quality.

Single-disc DVD compilations featuring four episodes each were released in 2004. Video transfers were NTSC-based with restored quality. There were four volumes in all.

  • Archie & Friends featuring The Archie Show includes three episodes of The Archie Show (#9, #3 and #5 as per Genius Entertainment's Complete Series DVD set; #9 has the song and dance segments substituted from #16). Also included is one episode of U.S. Of Archie ("The Star Spangled Banner") and a segment from The Archie Comedy Hour (from show #1, "Coke Machine," as per the Genius Entertainment Archie's Funhouse: The Complete Series DVD set).
  • Archie & Friends featuring Sabrina the Teenage Witch includes three Sabrina half-hours ("Pet Shop"/"Funny Bunny," "Blue Whale"/"Football Game," and "Frankie"/"Beached"), one episode of U.S. Of Archie ("The Day Of The Ladies"), and a segment from The Archie Comedy Hour ("Shadow Boxing" from show #1 as per Genius Entertainment's Archie's Funhouse: The Complete Series DVD set).
  • Archie & Friends featuring Archie's TV Funnies includes three episodes of Archie's TV Funnies ("Riverdale Grand Prix Auto Race," "The Riverdale Air Circus," and "The Ghost Of Swedlow Swamp"), one episode of U.S. Of Archie ("The Wright Brothers"), and a segment from The Archie Comedy Hour ("Jughead Pulls Fire Hose" from show #3 as per Genius Entertainment's Archie's Funhouse: The Complete Series DVD set).
  • Archie & Friends featuring Archie's Classic Cartoons includes one episode each of The Archie Show ("Rocket Rock"/"Par One"), The Archie And Sabrina Surprise Package ("Tops In Cops"), Archie's TV Funnies ("Flying Saucer"), U.S. Of Archie ("The Roughrider"), and a segment from The Archie Comedy Hour ("Telephone" from show #6 as per Genius Entertainment's Archie's Funhouse: The Complete Series DVD set).

On July 31, 2007, Genius Products released The Archie Show on DVD in Region 1 for the first time. The DVD-set included a packaged booklet and a special comic strip related to the Archies.

On March 4, 2008, Genius Products, LLC released Archie's Funhouse on DVD in Region 1 for the first time.[7] Unlike the previous release however, there is no packaged booklet, and thus there is no additional information other than the bonus features contained on the discs. Additionally, while the original negatives for the "Sugar, Sugar" video were found, the "Jingle Jangle" video was sourced from an NTSC-based video transfer (however, the negatives were recovered for two episodes of the show: episodes 15 and 16; all other episodes (including the "Funhouse" segments from The Archie Comedy Hour) were sourced from the PAL video masters). The 16 episodes themselves are presented in re-edited half-hour formats. Missing are brief bumpers and repeated segments from The Archie Show, already released in their own collection. The set also includes the TV special Archie And his New Pals and seven compilation episodes culled from The Archie Comedy Hour (but featuring the Archie's Funhouse opening and closing titles). The seven compilation episodes account for the "Funhouse" and "Side Show" segments from 14 episodes of The Archie Comedy Hour. No other music segments from that season (apart from "Sugar, Sugar," "Jingle Jangle," and a performance of "Get On The Line" from Archie and his New Pals) are included. This leaves two original episodes of The Archie Comedy Hour unrepresented altogether; that season's original opening, closing and bumpers are also absent. Genius Entertainment released the Sabrina The Teenage Witch segments from that season on DVD as part of their own set on April 29, 2008.

DVD name Ep # Release date
The Archie Show: The Complete Series 17 July 31, 2007
Archie's Funhouse: The Complete Series 16 March 4, 2008
Sabrina the Teenage Witch: The Complete Animated Series 31 April 29, 2008


  1. ^ According to the packaged booklet from the complete series set of The Archie Show, the original film negatives for the dance (the "Drag")/song ("Hide and Seek") segment on the "Kids' Day/Jughead 'Sampson' Jones" episode were lost, and they had to be sourced from a mediocre video transfer; not even the PAL video transfers were available (many of Entertainment Rights' Region 1 in-house Filmation releases are sourced from PAL-based video transfers, including this series). This may be due to Hallmark Entertainment purposely destroying the original film rolls, the original mag audio tracks, and other archival material related to the shows back in the '90s since Hallmark's short-sighted policy only allowed the company to distribute the in-house Filmation shows outside of the United States. The dance segment before the commercial break and the Jughead short during the episode were also not transferred for unknown reasons, leaving them lost for years.


  1. ^ a b c Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 90–94. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  2. ^ a b Woolery, George W. (1983). Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981. Scarecrow Press. pp. 20-23. ISBN 0-8108-1557-5. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  3. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 40–43. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  4. ^ a b CD liner notes: Saturday Mornings: Cartoons’ Greatest Hits, 1995 MCA Records
  5. ^ 2007 Interview with Lou Scheimer from The Archie Show: The Complete Series (1968) DVD, Disc 2
  6. ^ Jim Hill Media: 2003-12-04[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2011-05-08. Retrieved 2010-12-27.

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