Channel Umptee-3

Channel Umptee-3
Genre Cartoon series
Created by Chris Headrick
Don Jurwich
Directed by Chris Headrick
Don Jurwich
Michael Peraza Jr.
David Schwartz
Bob Seeley
Voices of (See article)
Theme music composer Walter Murphy
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) John Baskin
Norman Lear
Producer(s) Jim George
Peggy George
Jeff Kline
Robert Seeley
Ping Warner
Running time 30 minutes (with commercials)
Production company(s) Adelaide Productions
Act III Television
Enchanted George Productions
Columbia TriStar Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network The WB (Kids' WB)
Audio format Dolby Surround
Original release October 25, 1997 – February 20, 1998

Channel Umptee-3 (also known simply as Umptee-3) is a Saturday morning animated television series created by Jim George and produced by Norman Lear that aired on The WB in 1997.[1][2] Ogden Ostrich, Sheldon S. Cargo (a snail), and Holey Moley (a mole, of course) drive around the world in a van with their own underground television station, while fleeing the wrath of corporate-villain Stickley Rickets (Stickley and his henchmen are often called “The Frumps” by Ogden). This one-season cartoon show was designed to teach kids to appreciate the wonders of everyday things, such as sleep and water. The title is derived from the fictitious number “umpteen.” It was also the last television series that Lear was involved in as an executive producer.


Channel Umptee-3, which exists between other channels and is broadcast from a mobile station, tries to focus on a specific topic in each episode, but is usually diverted from it and shifted onto another topic; e.g., one episode started out discussing cats, but quickly segued into the subject of ownership (which was the real topic of that show). Meanwhile, “The Frumps” (i.e., Stickley Rickets and his henchmen) would try to shut the station down or increase their own power, but whatever plan they came up with would fail.

The show made great use of stock footage, as did the earlier WB show Freakazoid! Also, the show sometimes made references to well-known movies and TV shows; e.g., the episode “Yours, Mine, and Ours” included references to Cats, Harvey, Star Wars, Dragnet, and The People’s Court, and the title was that of a classic movie.

Characters and voices

The Umptees

The Frumps

Other voices

Other voice actors who appeared on the show included:


Title Topic Original air date
1"The Music Show"MusicOctober 25, 1997 (1997-10-25)
2"Umptee Sunrise"The sunNovember 1, 1997 (1997-11-01)
3"The U.F.O. Show"UFOs and extraterrestrial lifeNovember 8, 1997 (1997-11-08)
4"What’s So Funny"Laughter and humorNovember 15, 1997 (1997-11-15)
5"The Now Voyagers"TimeNovember 22, 1997 (1997-11-22)
6"Just Add Water"WaterDecember 6, 1997 (1997-12-06)
7"Perchance to Dream"Sleep and dreamsDecember 19, 1997 (1997-12-19)
8"Sale of the Century"MoneyJanuary 2, 1998 (1998-01-02)
9"The Fear Show"FearJanuary 9, 1998 (1998-01-09)
10"The Weather Show"WeatherJanuary 16, 1998 (1998-01-16)
11"Yours, Mine, and Ours"OwnershipFebruary 6, 1998 (1998-02-06)
12"The Lying Show"Truth and liesFebruary 13, 1998 (1998-02-13)
13"Words Are Weird"WordsFebruary 20, 1998 (1998-02-20)


  1. Unknown author (September 14, 1997). "WB's "Umptee-3" has Norman Lear's signature". Variety. USA. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
  2. James Collins; Jeanne McDowell; William Tynan (November 24, 1997). "TELEVISION: TUBE FOR TOTS". Time Magazine. USA. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
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