Clue Club is an animated comedy series that aired Saturday mornings on CBS. It was one of the Hanna-Barbera studio's myriad clones of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, which this show replaced on CBS a month ahead of the usual fall premieres in 1976.
The series involved a quartet of youngsters who dabble in cracking crimes that the resident law enforcement, Sheriff Bagley, seemingly can't. Larry is the gum-popping straight-laced head of the team, D.D. is the wiseacre in a deerstalker cap, Pepper is the show's eye candy and usually trades barbs with D.D., and Dotty (Pepper's cute little sister) is the youngest member--the team's troubleshooter back at home base. The team's two dogs are Woofer (a bloodhound who takes credit for solving the crime) and Wimper (a basset who knows better).
The show is quite like Scooby Doo in that the mysteries and crimes are set up as faux supernatural events with the usual telegraphed-ahead-of-time denouements. The main difference is basically Dotty using computer technology (for 1976) and her own science savvy to ferret out whodunnit which Larry uses to put two-and-two together. Only Dotty isn't able to accompany the others on their missions because she's only 13. Yet she shows up at the unmasking each week with an alibi why she's there.
Clue Club premiered on August 14, 1976, a full month before the fall season, replacing Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! at the 9:30 AM time spot on CBS so Scooby could prepare for his move to ABC. A year later, the episodes were pared down to 10 minutes a pop and appeared as a segment of Hanna-Barbera's The Skatebirds show and was rebranded Woofer & Wimper: Dog Detectives. That following January, The Robonic Stooges was split off from The Skatebirds as its own half-hour CBS series, rebranded as The Three Robonic Stooges and took Woofer & Wimper with it.
Clue Club was the second series to be animated at Hanna-Barbera's Australia studio in Sydney (the first was 1974's Valley of the Dinosaurs). Other H-B shows had been animated in Australia since 1971, but they were farmed out to independent studios there.
Warner Bros. Television is the distributor for Clue Club.
|Jim Mac George||Wimper|
|John Stephenson||Sheriff Bagley|
|Season One||August 14, 1976||November 27, 1976||16|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
|The Complete Series||August 11, 2015 (WA)||2|
(WA)--Through Warner Archive.