Heathcliff (1980 TV series)

Also known as 'Heathcliff and Dingbat
Heathcliff and Marmaduke'
Genre Animated series
Created by George Gately (Heathcliff character)
Brad Anderson (Marmaduke character)
Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Story by Tony Benedict
Tom Dagenais
Paul Haggis
Gordon Kent
Michael Maurer
Dalton Sandifer
Buzz Dixon
Elana Lesser
Cliff Ruby
Jack Enyart
Jack Hanrahan
Mark Jones
Don Jurwich
Kayte Kuch
Jim McNamara
Mark Shiney
Directed by Charles A. Nichols
John Kimball
Voices of Mel Blanc
June Foray
Paul Winchell
Henry Corden
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Executive producer(s) Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Producer(s) Jerry Eisenberg
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Ruby-Spears Productions
McNaught Syndicate
United Features Syndicate (season 2)
Distributor Taft Broadcasting
Original network ABC
Picture format NTSC
Audio format Mono
Original release October 4, 1980 (1980-10-04)
Related shows Heathcliff (1984)
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Heathcliff is a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series based on the Heathcliff comic strip created by George Gately and produced by Ruby-Spears Productions. It premiered on ABC on October 4, 1980, with a total of 26 episodes produced under the titles Heathcliff and Dingbat and Heathcliff and Marmaduke.


The first season, called Heathcliff and Dingbat, ran for 13 episodes and included backup segments with Dingbat and the Creeps, who were created for the show. Dingbat and the Creeps revolved around the adventures of three monstrous characters who were self-employed as "Odd Jobs, Inc." which consisted of Dingbat, a vampire dog who used a bat-shaped novelty straw to eat most foods, Sparerib, a strangely rotund skeleton with the ability to change himself into useful items (such as a floor lamp, which he did in the opening credits), and Nobody, a gravelly-voiced jack-o-lantern who led the team and often found them various work.

The second season, called Heathcliff and Marmaduke, ran for 13 episodes and featured backup segments with fellow comic strip character Marmaduke (although the Marmaduke segments are actually the first to be seen in each half-hour show).

Reruns of the second season (Heathcliff and Marmaduke) were seen occasionally on Boomerang.

Two years after this show ended, another one based on Heathcliff was produced by DIC, which was called simply "Heathcliff", although for distinction this series is usually referred to by the expanded title of Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats.



Heathcliff and Dingbat (1980)

Each episode consists of two 5-minute Heatcliff cartoons and two 5-minute "Dingbat and the Creeps" cartoons.

Heathcliff Dingbat and the Creeps Air date
1 Feline Fugitive / Doggone Dogcatcher Football Flunkies / Lumbering Loonies 1980-10-04
2 The Watchcat / Pumping Irony It's a Snow Job for a Creep / Knutty Knights 1980-10-11
3 Great Cop 'n Cat Chase / Milk Run Mayhem Heir Today Gone Tomorrow / U.F. Oafs 1980-10-18
4 Mascot Rumble / Heathcliff of Sherwood Forest Safari Saps / Prized Pooch 1980-10-25
5 Angling Anglers / Cake Flakes Health Nutz / Retail Ruckus 1980-11-01
6 The Mouse Trapper / Lion Around the House Window Washouts / Door to Door Sales Creeps 1980-11-08
7 Robinson Cruise Ho / Heathcliff & the Sleeping Beauty Creep Crop Crack-ups / Nautical Noodnicks 1980-11-15
8 Gold-Digger Daze / Hives Batty Boo-ticians / Carnival Cut-ups 1980-11-22
9 Rodeo Dough / Pinocchio Rides Again Bungling Baby Sitters / Treasure Haunts 1980-11-29
10 Cat In The Beanstalk / The Great Chase LeMans-ter Rally / Beach Blanket Bozos 1980-12-06
11 Kitty a la Carte / Mystery Loves Company French Fried Fracas / Showbiz Shenanigans 1980-12-13
12 Red Hot Riding Hooded Heathcliff / The Great Milk Factory Fracas Service Station Screwballs / No News Is Ghoul News 1980-12-20
13 Star Trick / The Big Fish Story Detective Ding-a-Lings / High Flying Fools 1980-12-27

Heathcliff and Marmaduke (1981)

Each episode consists of a 6-minute Heathcliff cartoon sandwiched between two 6-minute Marmaduke cartoons. Scatman Crothers sang its theme song.

Marmaduke Heathcliff Marmaduke Air date
1 Home Run Rover Gator Go Round Play Grounded 1981-09-12
2 Missy Miseque Crazy Daze Shuttle Off to Buffalo 1981-09-19
3 Wish Bones Caught Cat Napping Wondermutt 1981-09-26
4 Gone with the Whim Dud Boat Seagoing Watchdog 1981-10-03
5 Beach Brawl Of Mice and Menace Tricky Treat 1981-10-10
6 Ghostly Goof Up A Briefcase of Cloak and Dagger Fret Vet 1981-10-17
7 Bearly Camping Tabby and the Pirate Gold Fever Fracas 1981-10-24
8 Police Pooch Mush Heathcliff Mush Bone to Pick with Marmaduke 1981-10-31
9 Surburden Cowboy A Close Encounter Marmaduke of the Movies 1981-11-07
10 Baby Sitting Shenanigans A New Kit on the Block Kitty Sitter 1981-11-14
11 Leapin' Leprechaun Clonin' Around School Daze 1981-11-21
12 Caper Cracker Cat Kit Barking for Dollars 1981-11-28
13 The Lemonade Kid The Great Milk Factory Fracas Double Trouble Maker 1981-12-05

DVD release

On August 14, 2012, Warner Bros. released The Heathcliff and Dingbat Show on DVD in region 1 via their Warner Archive Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively in the US and only through Warner's online store or Amazon.com.[1]


  1. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Heathcliff-DVDs-Announced/17360
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