The Archie Show

The Archie Show
Created by John Goldwater (comic)
Bob Montana (character designs)
Directed by Hal Sutherland
Starring Dallas McKennon
Howard Morris
Jane Webb
John Erwin
Composer(s) Ray Ellis
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 17
(two 11 min. segments per half hour)
Producer(s) Norm Prescott
Lou Scheimer
Running time 2224 minutes
Production company(s) Filmation
Original network CBS
Original release September 14, 1968 (1968-09-14) – August 30, 1969 (1969-08-30)
Followed by The Archie Comedy Hour

The Archie Show is a Saturday morning cartoon animated series produced by Filmation. Based on the Archie comic books, created by Bob Montana in 1941, The Archie Show debuted on CBS in September 1968 and lasted for one season. A total of 17 half-hour shows, each containing two 11 minute segments, were aired. Archie cartoons continued to be aired in various forms until 1978.


The show revolves around 17-year-old Archie Andrews and his teen-age pals from Riverdale High School including: his best friend and food fiend Jughead Jones, wise-cracking Reggie Mantle, beautiful, spoiled-rich brunette Veronica Lodge, and attractive, blonde, girl-next-door tomboy Betty Cooper.[1] On the show, the friends appeared as a bubblegum pop band featuring Archie on lead guitar. The Archies had a real-life #1 hit single in 1969 with their song, "Sugar, Sugar", written by Jeff Barry and Andy Kim.[1]

The Archie Show contained a laugh track, the first Saturday morning cartoon to do so[2] (using the success of The Archie Show as a template, nearly all cartoon series would utilize laugh tracks until the early 1980s). Previous cartoon series, such as Rocky and Bullwinkle, The Flintstones and The Jetsons, had utilized laugh tracks. However, these shows were broadcast during prime time with the target audience being adults.

A typical episode started with the first Archie story, introduced by Archie and occasionally a different character. Next was a "dance of the week" segment starting with a teaser, then after the commercial break Archie introduced the dance, followed by the song of the week performed by The Archies. After that was a short joke followed by the 2nd Archie story. All 17 half hours were presented in this format.


The Archie Show was designed to emulate the live-action series The Monkees by including rock music into each episode.[3][4]



No. Title Original air date
1"Episode 1A / Episode 1B"September 14, 1968 (1968-09-14)
2"The Added Distraction / Who Is Afraid of Reggie Wolf"September 21, 1968 (1968-09-21)
3"A Hard Day's Knight / Chimp Off the Old Block"September 28, 1968 (1968-09-28)
4"Beauty Is Only Fur Deep / The Disappearing Act"October 5, 1968 (1968-10-05)
5"The Prize Winner / The Circus"October 12, 1968 (1968-10-12)
6"Hot Rod Drag / Jughead's Double"October 19, 1968 (1968-10-19)
7"The Great Marathon / Field Trip"October 26, 1968 (1968-10-26)
8"Snow Business / Anchor's Away"November 2, 1968 (1968-11-02)
9"Way-Out Like West / Flying Saucers"November 9, 1968 (1968-11-09)
10"The Computer / Jughead 'Sampson' Jones"November 16, 1968 (1968-11-16)
11"Kids Day / Par One"November 23, 1968 (1968-11-23)
12"PFC Hot Dog / Groovy Ghosts"November 30, 1968 (1968-11-30)
13"Rocket Rock / The Old Sea Dog"December 7, 1968 (1968-12-07)
14"Jughead's Girl / Dilton's Folly"December 14, 1968 (1968-12-14)
15"Private Eye Jughead / Strike Three"December 21, 1968 (1968-12-21)
16"Reggie's Cousin / Cat Next Door"December 28, 1968 (1968-12-28)
17"The Jones Farm / Veronica's Veil"January 4, 1969 (1969-01-04)


The franchise's most notable effort was the music element in the form of the animated garage band, The Archies. With vocals provided by Ron Dante and Toni Wine, the fictional group released a series of real-life albums and singles. Their most successful song is "Sugar, Sugar", which stood at the top of the pop charts for four weeks in 1969. "Sugar, Sugar" became the number 1 song of 1969 on the Billboard charts. (There are also many songs, however, that only appeared on the show and its various spin-offs.)

A cover of "Sugar, Sugar", performed by Mary Lou Lord with Semisonic, is included on the 1995 tribute album Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits, produced by Ralph Sall for MCA Records.

The show's main composer Ray Ellis would later work on other Filmation projects (using the name of his wife, Yvette Blais).


The New Archie and Sabrina Hour was subsequently divided into The Bang-Shang Lalapalooza Show and Sabrina: Super Witch during its original network run. While the other Archie shows were on CBS, these shows were on NBC. It was later repeated in syndication, and on The Family Channel in a half-hour format as The Archie and Sabrina Surprise Package; this is the version offered by Universal Television, the current rightsholder for most Filmation programs, including The Archies franchise; a previous rightsholder, Entertainment Rights, was acquired by Classic Media in 2009, followed by DreamWorks Animation's purchase of Classic Media in 2012.

Collectively, most episodes of these series were later put into television syndication in 1976 as The Archies (excluding material produced for The New Archie and Sabrina Hour, which did not debut until a year later). Strangely, the music segments from "Comedy Hour" were missing in this syndication package.

In 2010, the show began airing on Retro Television Network.


Hal Erickson, author of Television Cartoon Shows, An Illustrated Encyclopedia described The Archie Show as "not what one could call inspired."[6] Erickson criticized the humor that was described as "executed in a fragmented fashion" and "made doubly obvious by the overuse of a canned laughtrack."[6]


The "individual" versions of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Groovie Goolies (both first seen in 1971) are the versions that offered by Entertainment Rights.

Home release

Single-disc DVD compilations featuring four episodes each were released in 2004. There were four volumes in all:

On July 31, 2007, Genius Products released The Archie Show on DVD in Region 1 for the first time. According to the packaged booklet, the negatives for the dance (the "Drag")/song ("Hide and Seek") segment on the "Kids' Day/Jughead 'Sampson' Jones" episode were lost and had to be sourced from a mediocre video transfer; not even the PAL video transfers were available (many of Entertainment Rights' Region 1 Filmation releases are sourced from PAL-based video transfers, including this series). The video transfer is NTSC-based. In addition, the introduction to the dance segment which occurs before going to commercial is also lost, along with the "joke" segment featured between the weekly song and second Archie story.

On March 4, 2008, Genius Products released Archie's Funhouse on DVD in Region 1 for the first time.[7] Unlike the previous release however, there is no packaged booklet, and thus there is no additional information other than the bonus features contained on the discs. Additionally, while the original negatives for the Sugar Sugar video were found, the "Jingle Jangle" video was sourced from an NTSC-based video transfer (however, the negatives were recovered for two episodes of the show: episodes 15 and 16; all other episodes [including the "Funhouse" segments from The Archie Comedy Hour] were sourced from the PAL video masters). The 16 episodes themselves are presented in re-edited half-hour formats. Missing are brief bumpers and repeated segments from The Archie Show, already released in their own collection. The set also includes the TV special Archie And His New Pals and seven compilation episodes culled from The Archie Comedy Hour (but featuring Archie's Funhouse opening and closing titles). The seven compilation episodes account for the "Funhouse" and "Side Show" segments from 14 episodes of The Archie Comedy Hour. No other music segments from that season (apart from "Sugar, Sugar," "Jingle Jangle," and a performance of "Get On The Line" from Archie And His New Pals) are included. This leaves two original episodes of The Archie Comedy Hour unrepresented altogether; that season's original opening, closing and bumpers also are absent. Genius Entertainment released the Sabrina The Teenage Witch segments from that season on DVD as part of their own set on April 29, 2008.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The Archie Show: The Complete Series 17 July 31, 2007
Archie's Funhouse: The Complete Series 16 March 4, 2008
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - The Complete Animated Series 31 April 29, 2008


  1. 1 2 CD liner notes: Saturday Mornings: Cartoons’ Greatest Hits, 1995 MCA Records
  2. 2007 Interview with Lou Scheimer from The Archie Show: The Complete Series (1968) DVD, Disc 2
  3. Erickson, 2005. p.92
  4. Lead singer Ron Dante and the songwriters of "Sugar Sugar", Andy Kim and Jeff Barry have verified that "Sugar, Sugar" was always meant for The Archies.
  5. Jim Hill Media: 2003-12-04
  6. 1 2 Erickson, 2005. p.93
  7. "". Retrieved 2010-12-27.


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