The New Shmoo

The New Shmoo
Created by Al Capp (the Shmoo character)
Written by Gene Ayres
Art Browne Jr.
Buzz Dixon
Donald F. Glut
Len Janson
Dale Kirby
Glenn Leopold
Chuck Menville
J. Michael Reaves
Jim Ryan
Directed by Ray Patterson
Carl Urbano
Oscar Dufau
George Gordon
Voices of Frank Welker
Dolores Cantu-Primo
Bill Idelson
Chuck McCann
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16
Executive producer(s) Joseph Barbera
William Hanna
Producer(s) Art Scott
Alex Lovy
Running time 11–21 minutes.
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Original network NBC
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 22, 1979 (1979-09-22) – November 15, 1980 (1980-11-15)

The New Shmoo is a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series based on the character from the Li'l Abner comic strip created by Al Capp, produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1979 to November 15, 1980.

The New Shmoo was broadcast in its own half-hour timeslot from September 22, 1979 to December 1, 1979. Following its cancellation and beginning December 8, 1979, episodes of The New Shmoo were incorporated into the 90-minute package show Fred and Barney Meet the Shmoo which also featured combined reruns of The New Fred and Barney Show and The Thing (originally broadcast as Fred and Barney Meet The Thing). Despite the show's title, Fred, Barney, The Thing and Shmoo only met each other in brief bumpers between their individual segments.


Similar to Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! on CBS and later ABC, the show follows a group of teenagers—Mickey, Nita and Billy Joe—who solve mysteries and crimes with their friend, Shmoo. The teens worked for Mighty Mysteries Comics.


During the original NBC run, the program included a short segment called "Sing Along With The Shmoo". In a manner reminiscent of Screen Songs, Shmoo became a bouncing ball, providing visual guidance to song lyrics so that viewers could sing along with the cartoon.


Title Airdate
1"The Amazing Captain Mentor"September 22, 1979
2"The Beast of Black Lake"September 29, 1979
3"The Ber-Shmoo-Da Triangle"October 6, 1979
4"The Crystal Ball of Crime"October 13, 1979
5"Dr. Morton's Monster"October 20, 1979
6"The Energy Robbers from Space"October 27, 1979
7"The Flying Disc of Doom"November 3, 1979
8"The Haunting of Atlantis"November 10, 1979
9"Monster Island"November 17, 1979
10"The Pyramid of Peril"November 24, 1979
11"The Return of Dracula"December 1, 1979
12"Swamp of Evil"December 8, 1979 *
13"The Terror of the Trolls"December 15, 1979 *
14"The Valley Where Time Stood Still"December 22, 1979 *
15"The Wail of the Banshee"December 29, 1979 *
16"The Warlock of Voodoo Island"January 5, 1980 *


Broadcast history

The New Shmoo originally aired in these following formats on NBC:

Production credits

See also

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