The Barkleys

The Barkleys
Genre Animation
Created by David H. DePatie
Friz Freleng
Joe Ruby
Written by Heywood Kling
Dennis Marks
David Evans
Voices of Henry Corden
Joan Gerber
Julie McWhirter
Steve Lewis
Composer(s) Doug Goodwin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Producer(s) Friz Freleng
Editor(s) Roger Donley
Allan R. Potter
Joe Siracusa
Rick Steward
Production company(s) DePatie-Freleng Enterprises
Original network NBC
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 9, 1972 (1972-09-09) – September 1, 1973 (1973-09-01)

The Barkleys is an American animated television series that ran from 1972 to 1973 on NBC and was produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises.


The cartoon - inspired by the CBS sitcom All in the Family - featured an anthropomorphic dog family consisting of Arnie, a bus driver (voiced by Henry Corden) and his wife Agnes (voiced by Joan Gerber). They had two teenagers, Terry and Roger (voiced by Julie McWhirter and Steve Lewis respectively) and one younger child, Chester (voiced by Gene Andrusco).[1]

The theme song's lyrics ended with the advice "Just remember Arnie Barkley's bark is worse than his bite." This meant that Arnie's grouchy, unsociable front concealed a softer heart which he rarely allowed to show. Doug Goodwin's theme song used part of "(Be It Ever So Humble) There's No Place Like Home".


The series was broadcast by NBC from September 9 to December 2, 1972. NBC continued to air reruns until September 1, 1973. Only 13 episodes were produced.

The series resurfaced in 2016, airing on the classic TV network Retro TV on Saturday mornings.


Episode list

  1. Match Breaker / 9.Sep.1972
  2. Finders Weepers / 16.Sep.1972
  3. Lib And Let Lib / 23.Sep.1972
  4. Half-Pint Hero / 30.Sep.1972
  5. No Place for a Lady / 7.Oct.1972
  6. For the Love of Money / 14.Oct.1972
  7. Keeping Up with the Beagles / 21.Oct.1972
  8. Play No Favorites / 28.Oct.1972
  9. Law and Missorder / 4.Nov.1972
  10. The Great Disc Jockey / 11.Nov.1972
  11. Barkley Beware / 18.Nov.1972
  12. Arnie Come Clean / 25.Nov.1972
  13. The Talent Agency Caper / 2.Dec.1972

DVD release

On October 20, 2015, Film Chest Media Group released The Barkleys and The Houndcats - 2 DVD Classic Animation Set on DVD in Region 1.[2] This collection features all 13 episodes of the series on DVD for the very first time.



  1. The Barkleys - TV
  2. 2-DVD Set with DePatie-Freleng's 'The Barkleys' and 'The Houndcats'
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