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The New Archie and Sabrina Hour

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The New Archie and Sabrina Hour
Based on
Archie Andrews
Developed byBill Danch
Jim Ryan
Written byGeorge Atkins
Dale Kirby
Kathleen Barnes
J. Michael Reaves
Don Glut
Jerry Winnick
Bill Danch
Jim Ryan
David Wise
Directed byDon Towsley
Voices ofJohn Erwin
José Flores
Dallas McKennon
Howard Morris
Jane Webb
Ending theme"Super Witch" (instrumental)
ComposersRay Ellis
Norm Prescott
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Executive producersLou Scheimer
Norm Prescott
ProducerDon Christensen
EditorJim Blodgett
Running time1 hour
Production companyFilmation
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 10 (1977-09-10) –
December 3, 1977 (1977-12-03)
The U.S. of Archie

The New Archie and Sabrina Hour (advertised as The Archie-Sabrina Show) is the seventh and final animated series featuring Archie Comics characters under the Filmation banner.[1] The series premiered on NBC in September 1977, rebroadcasting segments from The Archie Show, as well as brand-new segments featuring Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The show's format featured three segments per episode: a 15-minute one, a 30-minute one, and another 15-minute one—with the segments separated by songs (two songs per episode) and the first segment invariably featuring and emphasizing Sabrina.[2]

Filmation added two new characters into the show: a Latino teenager named Carlos and a robot that Dilton Doiley got from a space center and rebuilt named Q. Carlos only made a few appearances in the comics, beginning in Life with Archie #179 (March 1977). Q was Filmation's nod to Star Wars. At the time, robots were starting to appear everywhere, even on primetime shows.

Low ratings caused the hour-long format to be shelved by October.[3] The show was retooled, then divided into separate 30-minute shows: The Bang-Shang Lollapalooza Show featured Archie's Gang solving mysteries around Riverdale (each 30-minute segment), while Super Witch featured Sabrina solving mysteries using her powers (each pair of 15-minute segments); each show featured one song per episode. The low ratings continued, however, and all three shows were gone by the spring of 1978—thus ending the Archie Comics/Filmation partnership. A failed attempt to continue with the Archie Comics franchise led to The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam! show in 1981, which would have had the Archie characters as superheroes; however, the rights had lapsed, forcing Filmation to create new superheroes similar to the Archie ones-these heroes became part of the 'Hero High' animated segments along with the 'Shazam' ones.

The new segments from this show are listed by Entertainment Rights as The Archie and Sabrina Surprise Package.

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Each hour-long episode was composed of three segments: An Archie short, a Sabrina short, plus a 30-minute Archie episode. Sabrina sometimes appeared in all three cartoons.

No.TitleOriginal air date
1a"Chief Archie"September 10, 1977 (1977-09-10)
Reggie's reckless behavior causes him to lose the title of Honorary Chief of Police to Archie, and to show him up, Reggie tries to prove that Sabrina is responsible for recent locker room vandalism.
1b"Alter Ego"September 10, 1977 (1977-09-10)
Sabrina’s mirror-image cousin, Demeana, wreaks havoc upon Riverdale, and Reggie has a particularly unpleasant adventure. After banishing her to the fourth dimension, Sabrina wipes Reggie’s memory and asks him on a date.
1c"French Deception"September 10, 1977 (1977-09-10)
Dilton attempts to build a translator for Fifi, the new French foreign exchange student, but a jealous Betty and Veronica sabotage the machinery.
2a"Me and My Shadow"September 17, 1977 (1977-09-17)
Everywhere that Jughead goes, he’s steps behind his cousin Ace, who’s impersonating him and pulling pranks on the residents of Riverdale.
2b"Goolie Sitter"September 17, 1977 (1977-09-17)
When the Groovie Goolies jot off to the Monster of the Year Awards, Sabrina babysits Hauntleroy, Ratso, Batso, and Hexter. She tries to clean up at Horrible Hall, and then takes the boys bowling and to the park. Everywhere they go, Hauntleroy appears to create pandemonium, when in fact, it's the other three boys tormenting him.
2c"Dilton's Invention"September 17, 1977 (1977-09-17)
Dilton puts Q through a series of rigorous tests before taking him to Washington D.C. to compete in a science tournament. Q seems to be a shoo-in to win until a female robot emerges at the competition and steals his heart.
3a"There Is No Place Like Outer Space"September 24, 1977 (1977-09-24)
Wonders await the gang at the space center. It’s all fun and games, but the situation escalates when they accidentally blast off to the stars in a space station, where Reggie is abducted by chicken-like aliens.
3b"Cliché Castle"September 24, 1977 (1977-09-24)
Sabrina attempts to stay out of sight when Reggie and Moose get stranded at Horrible Hall. A storm has put her magic on the fritz, so the teenager is initially unable to fix their car. The boys spend the evening wandering through the castle, encountering a variety of Goolies and ghosts.
3c"Carlos' Cool Caper"September 24, 1977 (1977-09-24)
Reggie becomes jealous when everyone fawns over Carlos’s mural, which makes him the prime suspect when it’s vandalized.
4a"A Moving Experience"October 1, 1977 (1977-10-01)
On a field trip to the forest, Moose frightens Miss Grundy by dressing up as Bigfoot. When she doesn’t come to school the next day, Archie discovers she's moving and mistakenly assumes she’s quit. Thinking the gang is to blame, he attempts to intervene but worsens the situation.
4b"Witch Picnic"October 1, 1977 (1977-10-01)
Sabrina suggests that the Archies go on a picnic, not realizing that it’s the day when Miss Della and the other witches are having a convention in the Riverdale Woods. After failing to convince both parties to relocate their festivities, Sabrina tries to keep the Archie game safe from harm.
4c"The Talent Show"October 1, 1977 (1977-10-01)
For the talent show, Betty, Veronica, and Ethel do a dance; Carlos shows off his frisbee skills; Moose and Reggie perform magic; Archie and Jughead perform a skit; and Sabrina merely spectates. After the show, the gang is swindled by two conmen who are masquerading as Hollywood agents.
5a"Robert Blueford"October 8, 1977 (1977-10-08)
Everyone gets bitten by the acting bug when Hollywood heartthrob Robert Blueford comes to town to shoot a movie. Reggie gets fed up with the actor hogging all of the attention, so he hires Blueford to star in the school film with the intention of embarrassing him.
5b"Moose on the Loose"October 8, 1977 (1977-10-08)
When Sabrina and Moose swap bodies in the funhouse, Hilda and Zelda work feverishly to reverse the spell.
5c"Weatherbee-Fuddled"October 8, 1977 (1977-10-08)
The witches don’t like what they hear when Mr. Weatherbee gives a lecture on "Superstitions and Other Nonsense," so they cast a spell on him to make everything he says come true. It starts out fairly harmlessly, but eventually, the witches lose their powers and everyone on earth is transformed into a bird.
6a"Tops in Cops"October 15, 1977 (1977-10-15)
At Crime Prevention Week, Reggie is inspired to open a detective agency, and he thinks “the power of positive thinking” is working in his favor - but it turns out that Sabrina’s magic has simply rubbed off on him. Things get spooky when the gang investigates a haunted house.
6b"Pot Luck"October 15, 1977 (1977-10-15)
Sabrina brings a cauldron to Veronica's to cook chili in, not knowing that it’s cursed.
6c"TV Witch Watchers"October 15, 1977 (1977-10-15)
Aunt Hilda is appalled by the game show that Sabrina is watching, so she and Aunt Hilda head to the TV station and change all the programming to horror.
7a"Track and Field"October 22, 1977 (1977-10-22)
Sabrina accidentally turns Moose into the smartest man in the world. Suddenly, everyone wants him -- especially a sinister pair of foreign thugs in trenchcoats.
7b"Funny Paper Caper"October 22, 1977 (1977-10-22)
To punish Reggie for meddling in Sabrina’s affairs, Aunt Hilda uses her magic on the Archies, making it seem as if Reggie is to blame.
7c"Chimp Gone Ape"October 22, 1977 (1977-10-22)
When Miss Grundy borrows a chimp from the zoo, the Archies find themselves babysitting it over the weekend.
8a"Where There Is Smoke"October 29, 1977 (1977-10-29)
During Fire Prevention Week, the gang gets to visit the fire station, and Jughead’s pratfalls cause him to get expelled from school - twice!
8b"Teenage Grundy"October 29, 1977 (1977-10-29)
Sabrina reverts Miss Grundy to a teenager and passes her off as Geraldine, a new student. Complications ensue when Reggie falls for her.
8c"Talent Test"October 29, 1977 (1977-10-29)
When Reggie learns that Jughead is auditioning Hot Dog for a TV commercial, he puts on a dog suit but runs into problems on the way to audition.
9a"Archie's Millions"November 5, 1977 (1977-11-05)
A rich golfer bets Mr. Weatherbee and the gang they can’t spend a million dollars within 24 hours. If they lose, the principal loses everything, so they try unloading cash in stocks, real estate, art, and other extravagances, but the money keeps multiplying.
9b"Talking Bird"November 5, 1977 (1977-11-05)
Moose accidentally injures a bird, so Sabrina revives it and gives it the ability to speak. When Reggie gets wind of the situation, he decides to steal the bird, start an act, and make a ton of cash!
9c"All Washed Up"November 5, 1977 (1977-11-05)
The gang starts a car wash. Dilton finds a way to make it more efficient utilizing computer-age technology, but things go wrong.
10a"Career Day"November 12, 1977 (1977-11-12)
The kids are placed into jobs. Sabrina and Big Ethel work at a construction site; Reggie and Moose work as moving men; Betty and Veronica work at a beauty salon; Dilton and Q work at a restaurant; Archie mentions he works at a car wash. Later, everyone gets into the act at P.T. Boredom’s circus, where Jughead found employment.
10b"Merlin's Story"November 12, 1977 (1977-11-12)
While visiting the mediaeval fair, Carlos remarks that he doesn’t believe Merlin the magician was real, causing Sabrina to accidentally conjures him up.
10c"A Colorful Experience"November 12, 1977 (1977-11-12)
After the gang agrees to paint Miss Grundy’s house, Reggie and Moose arrive four hours early in an effort to hog all the credit.
11a"The Quixote Caper"November 19, 1977 (1977-11-19)
Lightning interference causes Dilton’s genealogy experiment to go awry, whisking Carlos’s quixotic ancestor, Don Carlos, away to the present.
11b"Teenie the Terror"November 19, 1977 (1977-11-19)
Hot Dog digs up trouble for the Archies when he unearths a lamp containing Teenie, an old magic schoolmate of Sabrina's.
11c"The Last Windup"November 19, 1977 (1977-11-19)
Ronnie and Clyde pursue Q through a toy shop.
12a"Pirate Key"November 26, 1977 (1977-11-26)
When the gang ends up shipwrecked on Pirate’s Island, they find themselves contending with an alligator, parrot, bear, shark, and a pair of ghosts on a hunt for a fabled treasure.
12b"Cartoonie Loonie"November 26, 1977 (1977-11-26)
Reggie is upset that his friends won't let him direct an animated film for Miss Grundy's class, so he sabotages the production, and then switches the film for his own cartoon.
12c"Bon Appetite"November 26, 1977 (1977-11-26)
The Archies run Carlos's family restaurant while his parents are away in Mexico.
13a"On the 'Q' Tee"December 3, 1977 (1977-12-03)
After Reggie embarrasses Veronica at the school dance, Dilton offers to test their compatibility with his computer, but Reggie tries to sabotage the experiment. To get even, Dilton transforms his robot sidekick Q into android Miss Q Tee, who charms Reggie and accompanies him to the next dance.
13b"Party Pooper"December 3, 1977 (1977-12-03)
Miss Della tries to get even with the Spellmans for forgetting her birthday, unaware that she's sabotaging her own surprise party.
13c"Funhouse"December 3, 1977 (1977-12-03)
An homage to Archie's Funhouse finds Dilton introducing his funhouse-in-a-box, which explodes into a series of rapid-fire gags.

Home media

In the 1980s, New Age Video Inc. released two VHS releases of the syndication version of the format, Archie's Millions and Archie and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.[citation needed]

In 2009, the complete series was released on Region 4 DVD in Australia and New Zealand as The Archie and Sabrina Surprise Package.[citation needed]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 90–94. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  3. ^ "1977 Saturday Mornings". Retrieved 2010-12-27.

Additional source

  • Lenburg, Jeff, Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons, First Edition.

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