Uncle Croc's Block is an hour-long live-action/animated television series. It was produced by Filmation, and broadcast on ABC in 1975–6.
1 History 2 Star Time 3 Cartoon segments 4 Broadcast history 5 References 6 External links
History As a spoof of kid shows, Charles Nelson Reilly played the eponymous Uncle Croc, a crocodile that hated his job as the show's host and was implied to be at least somewhat inebriated throughout the series (he hiccups during the theme song, for example). Also featured were Alfie Wise as his rabbit sidekick, Mr. Rabbit Ears, and Jonathan Harris as Basil Bitterbottom, the show-within-a-show's frustrated director. Star Time Each episode contained a "Star Time" segment, in which parodies of popular characters appeared, usually making denigrating remarks about the show and/or its staff, and demonstrating their abilities (or lack thereof). Guests included:
Captain Klangeroo is a parody of Captain Kangaroo.
Mr. Mean Jeans (played by Huntz Hall) is a parody of Mr. Greenjeans.
Sherlock Domes (played by Carl Ballantine) is a parody of Sherlock Holmes.
Dr. Watkins (played by Stanley Adams) is the sidekick of Sherlock Domes. He is a parody of Dr. Watson.
Witchie Goo Goo (played by Phyllis Diller) is a witch whose prince-conjuring spell always summons a never-willing Basil to her. Junie the Genie (played by Alice Ghostley) is a teenaged genie. She is a parody of Jeannie from I Dream of Jeannie. Billy Bratson (played by Marvin Kaplan as Captain Marbles) says "Shazowie" to turn into the superhero Captain Marbles, in the same way Billy Batson transformed into Captain Marvel by saying "Shazam!". Steve Exhaustion, The $6.95 Man (played by Robert Ridgely) is a cyborg that always falls apart. He is a parody of Steve Austin, The Six Million Dollar Man. Old Fogey Bear is a manic-depressive bear. He is a parody of Yogi Bear. Miss Invis is a woman who falsely claims to be able to make herself invisible.
Cartoon segments The show also included the cartoon shorts:
M*U*S*H (short for Mangy Unwanted Shabby Heroes): Sled dogs (voiced by Kenneth Mars and Robert Ridgely) work at a medical outpost in the frozen wasteland of upper Saboonia. This cartoon is a lampoon of M*A*S*H. Fraidy Cat: Fraidy Cat (voiced by Alan Oppenheimer) is haunted by the ghosts of eight of his nine lives (each voiced by Lennie Weinrib). Wacky and Packy: A prehistoric caveman and his pet woolly mammoth (both voiced by Allan Melvin) end up trapped in modern times.
Broadcast history The series premiered at 10:30 am ET on September 6, 1975. Unfortunately, Uncle Croc's Block was up against the second half of hugely popular The Shazam!/Isis Hour (another Filmation property) and Far Out Space Nuts on CBS. The show, which was fitted with an adult laugh track, was shortened to 30 minutes, then scrapped on February 14, 1976, after half a season on the air. As a result of the show's poor performance, ABC president Fred Silverman severed all ties with Filmation and began commissioning its Saturday morning cartoons from Hanna-Barbera, with which he had had a working relationship during his time at CBS. In an attempt to save ratings, Filmation had planned to repackage the repeated Groovie Goolies episodes as a new segment, redubbed the Super Fiends (capitalizing on the title of rival Hanna-Barbera's Super Friends), but the show was shelved before the change could be incorporated. The animated segments were featured in the Filmation syndicated package, The Groovie Goolies and Friends, and also resurfaced in the home video market in the 1980s. References
Erickson, Hal. Television Cartoon Shows: The shows, M-Z. p. 882. Terrace, Vincent. Television: 1970-1980. p. 206.
Uncle Croc's Block at the Big Cartoon DataBase
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Children's programming on the American Broadcasting Company in the 1970s
First-run animated series
The New Casper Cartoon Show (1963–70) The Smokey the Bear Show (1969–70) The Cattanooga Cats Show (1969–71) Hot Wheels (1969–71) Skyhawks (1969–71) The Adventures of Gulliver (1968–70) Fantastic Voyage (1968–70) Will the Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down (1970–72) The Road Runner Show (1971–73) The Funky Phantom (1971–73) The Jackson 5ive (1971–73) The Osmonds (1972–74) The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (1972–74) The Brady Kids (1972–74) Kid Power (1972–74) Yogi's Gang (1973–75) Super Friends (1973–74) Lassie's Rescue Rangers (1973–75) Goober and the Ghost Chasers (1973–75) Mission: Magic! (1973–74) Hong Kong Phooey (1974–76) The New Adventures of Gilligan (1974–77) Devlin (1974–76) These Are the Days (1974–76) The Tom and Jerry Show (1975–77) The Great Grape Ape Show (1975–76) The Oddball Couple (1975–77) Jabberjaw (1976–78) The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour (1976–77) The Mumbly Cartoon Show (1976–77) The All-New Super Friends Hour (1977–78) Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics (The Scooby-Doo Show Laff-A-Lympics Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels) (1977–79) Fangface (1978–79) Challenge of the Super Friends (1978–79) The All-New Pink Panther Show (1978–79) The World's Greatest Super Friends (1979–80) The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show (Mighty Man and Yukk Rickety Rocket) (1979–81) Spider-Woman (1979–80) Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo (1979–80)
First-run live-action series
American Bandstand (1957–87) Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp (1970–72) Here Come the Double Deckers (1970–72) Lidsville (1971–73) Curiosity Shop (1971–73) Make a Wish (1971–76) Korg: 70,000 B.C. (1974–75) The Lost Saucer (1975–76) Uncle Croc's Block (1975–76) The Krofft Supershow (1976–78)
Bigfoot and Wildboy Dr. Shrinker Electra Woman and Dyna Girl Magic Mongo Wonderbug
Junior Almost Anything Goes (1976–78) Animals, Animals, Animals (1976–81) ABC Weekend Special (1977–97) Kids Are People Too (1978–82)
George of the Jungle (1967–70) Bewitched (1972–73) Jonny Quest (1970–72) H.R. Pufnstuf (1972–73) The Monkees (1972–73) The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show (1972) The Roman Holidays (1972) Speed Buggy (1976) Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1978)
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