Baggy Pants and the Nitwits

Baggy Pants and the Nitwits
Genre Cartoon series
Created by Arte Johnson
Directed by Brad Case
Gerry Chiniquy
Sid Marcus
Robert McKimson
Spencer Peel
Voices of Ruth Buzzi
Arte Johnson
Composer(s) Steve DePatie
Doug Goodwin
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Producer(s) David H. DePatie
Friz Freleng
Editor(s) Rick Steward
Running time 30 min.
Original network NBC
Original release September 10 – November 26, 1977

Baggy Pants and the Nitwits is a 1977 animated series, produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises and broadcast on NBC.


Each half-hour episode of Baggy Pants and the Nitwits contained two cartoon segments: the Baggy Pants segment and the The Nitwits segment.

Baggy Pants is an anthropomorphic cat dressed as Charlie Chaplin's "Tramp" character, right down to the mustache and cane. His misadventures are somewhat reminiscent of Chaplin's, and there is no spoken dialogue in his cartoons.

The Nitwits is about an elderly superhero named Tyrone, who has come out of retirement, and his wife Gladys. These two were based on the characters whom Arte Johnson and Ruth Buzzi acted out in sketches on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, when they were regulars on that program, and the same two actors provided the characters's voices. (Johnson himself was credited, in the opening titles of the according segment, as having "created [The Nitwits] for television.")

The series ran for 13 episodes; it has not been released on home video.

Episode list

Baggy Pants / Nitwits Air date
1"Construction Caper / Earthquake McBash"September 10, 1977 (1977-09-10)
2"Lost Dog / The Dynamic Energy Robber"September 17, 1977 (1977-09-17)
3"Hobo and Forgetful Freddy / Splish Splash"September 24, 1977 (1977-09-24)
4"The Moving Man / The Hopeless Diamond Caper"September 28, 1977 (1977-09-28)
5"Circus Circus / The Evil Father Nature"October 1, 1977 (1977-10-01)
6"The Painter's Helper / Mercury Mike and His Jet Bike"October 8, 1977 (1977-10-08)
7"Electric Girlfriend / Rustle Hustle"October 15, 1977 (1977-10-15)
8"A Pressing Job / False Face Filbert"October 22, 1977 (1977-10-22)
9"A Haunting Experience / Genie Meanie"October 29, 1977 (1977-10-29)
10"Horse Laff / Chicken Lady"November 5, 1977 (1977-11-05)
11"The Magician's Assistant / Simple Simon and the Mad Pieman"November 12, 1977 (1977-11-12)
12"The Frog / The Hole Thing!"November 19, 1977 (1977-11-19)
13"Beach Fun / Ratman!"November 26, 1977 (1977-11-26)


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