The Archie Comedy Hour
New to the show was Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Sabrina was a sweet girl who had to keep her witchcraft a secret from her Riverdale pals. Also new to the show was "Side Show", a segment patterned after Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, blackouts and, of course, songs. It spawned two hit singles during the series, "Sugar Sugar" and "Jingle Jangle."
Episodes from The Archie Show were shown at the tail end of this show and the original hour-long format of Archie's Funhouse, the show from the next season in 1970. Many people mistake this for the hour-long version of "The Archie Comedy Hour" in 1969. "The Archie Comedy Hour" was actually comprised of all new material; none of it had been shown on the previous season's The Archie Show. On the night following the show's premiere, CBS screened a primetime special titled Archie and His New Pals. In the special, Sabrina is introduced as the newcomer and with all the hustle and bustle regarding a school election she has difficulty making friends. School hulk Big Moose eventually befriends Sabrina (after Moose himself making a shambles from election activities) and she helps Moose win the election over egomaniac Reggie Mantle.
Segments from The Archie Comedy Hour were later shown in a 30-minute format show called Everything's Archie on Saturday mornings on CBS in 1973. The show was called The Archie/Sabrina Show in non-USA markets. (The Archie/Sabrina Hour would air on NBC in the 1977 season as an all-new show. At mid-season it was broken up into two separate shows, Bang Shang Lalapalooza and Super Witch). This show would mark the last time that the song segments from The Archie Comedy Hour were shown on TV. For whatever reason, those song segments were not made available in the syndicated Archie package in 1977, and the film elements for most of them are now missing.
The Archie Comedy Hour was produced by Filmation Associates. Classic Media, which now owns some of the Filmation properties (including its shows based on the Archie Comics properties), is the show's distributor.
|Dal McKennon||Archie Andrews||1|
|Hot Dog Jr.||1|
|Howard Morris||Forsythe P. "Jughead" Jones||1|
|John Irwin||Reggie Mantle||1|
|Ron Dante||Archie (singing voice)||1|
|Toni Wine||Veronica (singing voice)||1|
|Season One||September 13, 1969||January 3, 1970||17|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series