|Created by||Bob Claver|
|Opening theme||"Puffin' Billy (The Captain Kangaroo Theme" |
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||60 minutes / 30 minutes|
|Original run||October 3, 1955 – December 8, 1984|
Captain Kangaroo was a children's television series which aired weekday mornings on the American television network CBS from 1955 until 1984. Children's television series are Television programs designed for and marketed to Children normally broadcast during the Morning and Afternoon Robert James Keeshan ( June 27, 1927 &ndash January 23, 2004) was an American Television producer Hugh Brannum ( January 5, 1910 - April 19, 1987) is an actor best known for his role as " Mr The United States of America —commonly referred to as the CBS Broadcasting Inc ( CBS) is an American radio and Television network. Events 42 BC - First Battle of Philippi: Triumvirs Mark Antony and Octavian fight an indecisive battle with Caesar's The year 1955 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 1955. Events 1609 - Biblioteca Ambrosiana opens its reading room the second public library of Europe. The year 1984 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 1984. Children's television series are Television programs designed for and marketed to Children normally broadcast during the Morning and Afternoon The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A television network is a distribution network for Television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many Television stations CBS Broadcasting Inc ( CBS) is an American radio and Television network. The year 1955 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 1955. The year 1984 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 1984. After a year of absence, in 1986 it moved to Public television when the American Program Service (now American Public Television, Boston) distributed the program with some newly produced segments which were integrated into reruns of past episodes, and finally ended in 1993. American Public Television ( APT) is the largest of the Television syndication distributors of programming for public television stations in the United States A rerun or repeat is a re-airing of an episode of a Radio or Television broadcast. The show was conceived and the title character played by Bob Keeshan, who based the show on "the warm relationship between grandparents and children. Robert James Keeshan ( June 27, 1927 &ndash January 23, 2004) was an American Television producer " Keeshan was the original Clarabell the Clown on the Howdy Doody Show when it aired on NBC. Clarabell the Clown was the mute partner of Howdy Doody. Three actors played Clarabell Howdy Doody was a children's television program (with a decidedly frontier/western theme although other themes also colored the show
It had a very loose structure, built around life in the "Treasure House" (later renamed "The Captain's Place"), where the Captain (whose name came from the big pockets in his coat) would tell stories, meet guests and indulge in silly stunts with regular characters, both humans and puppets. The show was live for its first four years, and was in black-and-white until 1967. Black-and-white is a number of Monochrome forms in Visual arts. In 1983, CBS shortened the hour-long show to a half-hour and moved it to an earlier time-slot. It was cancelled by CBS at the end of 1984.
In the TV season of 1997-1998, an All New Captain Kangaroo was attempted by Saban, best known for the Power Rangers. Saban Entertainment was an independent television production company formed in 1983 by music and television producers Haim Saban and Shuki Levy (who Power Rangers is a long-running American Children's television series adapted from the Japanese Tokusatsu Super Sentai Series, though it The show starred John McDonough as the Captain. Keeshan was invited to appear as "The Admiral", but after seeing sample episodes declined to appear or have any association with it. The show inspired a spinoff, Mister Moose's Fun Time.
Other actors in the show included:
Hugh Brannum played the Captain's main sidekick Mr. Green Jeans and other less-frequently seen characters, such as the New Old Folk Singer, who played a double bass (or "bass fiddle") as if it were a guitar, Mr. Hugh Brannum ( January 5, 1910 - April 19, 1987) is an actor best known for his role as " Mr Mr Green Jeans, played by the actor Hugh "Lumpy" Brannum (b Bainter, the Painter, Percy, and Uncle Backwards.
Cosmo Allegretti created and performed several of the show's best-known puppet characters, including Bunny Rabbit, who always tricked the Captain into giving him carrots, and Mr. Moose, whose riddles and knock-knock jokes invariably ended with hundreds of ping-pong balls cascading from above and hitting the Captain on the head. Captain Kangaroo was a Children's television series which aired weekday mornings on the American Television network CBS from Bunny Rabbit was a Puppet who was an everyday character on the Captain Kangaroo children's television show Mr Moose was a Puppet character (in the form of a Moose) on the Children's television show Captain Kangaroo. A riddle is a Statement or Question having a double or veiled meaning put forth as a Puzzle to be solved The knock-knock joke is a type of Joke, probably the best-known format of the Pun, and is a time-honoured "call and answer" exercise Allegretti was also the actor portraying the Dennis the Apprentice, Miss Frog (the telephone operator), Mr. Whispers, Dancing Bear,Grandfather Clock and Uncle Ralph characters.
A. Robins (and later Sam Levine) played an unusual, mostly mute character known as the Banana Man, who produced huge bunches of bananas from within his coat. Banana Man was a Vaudeville act which became popular with small children due to the Captain Kangaroo program He would also magically pull watermelons from his pockets.  Although he was mute, he would continually hum in a falsetto voice, and when finding several bananas at once in his pocket, would exclaim "Wow!", again in a falsetto voice.
Bill Cosby was a regular on the show from 1980 - 1984, when he did Picture Pages educational segments (as had the Captain himself, from 1978-1980). William Henry Cosby Jr (born July 12 1937 is an American Comedian, Actor, Author, Television producer and Activist. This article is about the US educational television segment For information on the British television programme see Picture Page.
From 1973 until 1978, the late Debbie Weems was a regular on Captain Kangaroo. Deborah "Debbie" Weems ( February 3, 1951 - February 22, 1978) was an American Actress and Singer She played many roles, including Debbie the newspaper reporter, and was also an active puppeteer who did the voice for Baby Duck. Weems also sang on many episodes and recorded an album of songs from Captain Kangaroo.
Jimmy Wall (credited also as "Larry Wall") was a regular on the show from 1968 until 1978. Playing kindly, African-American "Mr. Baxter", he added a sense of calm to the show when all others around him may have been caught up in the silliness. He also starred with the Captain and Mr. Greenjeans in a serialized production entitled "The Missing Paint Mystery" (shown on the program from December, 1969 until 1977; with the exception of 1976) in which the trio travels to Curaçao (a Caribbean island) to confront the playfully evil villain, Garumph (played by Cosmo Allegretti).
Carolyn Mignini played herself and all the women's roles on Captain Kangaroo from 1981 until the program went off the air in 1993.
Kevin Clash was discovered as a puppeteer on a local Baltimore television program and began appearing regularly on Captain Kangaroo from 1980 through 1984. Kevin Clash (born September 17, 1960) is a American Puppeteer whose characters include Elmo, Clifford, Splinter He was the puppeteer for the puppet character Artie (a voice he later used on Sesame Street as Elmo) in puppet segments featuring Ralph and Artie. Sesame Street is an American educational Children's television series and a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard combining He also appeared as himself and as an actor in many of the costume sketches on the program.
John Burstein joined the show in 1980 as Slim Goodbody, a man wearing a bodystocking which showed the internal organs of the human body painted on it in their appropriate locations. Slim Goodbody ("the Superhero of Health " is a Fictional character created and performed by John Burstein. Slim Goodbody ("the Superhero of Health " is a Fictional character created and performed by John Burstein. In Biology, an organ ( Latin: organum, "instrument tool" from Greek όργανον - organon "organ instrument
Bill McCutcheon joined the show after the cancellation of Mr. James William McCutcheon ( May 23, 1924 - January 9, 2002) was an American Character actor known for his roles in film Mayor. In the former show he played Dudley D. Dudley the substitute statue in Mr. Mayor's town square and then made guest appearances on Captain Kangaroo.
A cartoon starring a funnel-capped shape-shifting boy named Tom Terrific was part of the show in the 1950s and 1960s. The word cartoon has various meanings based on several very different forms of Visual art and Illustration. Tom Terrific was an early Animated series on American Television, presented as part of the Captain Kangaroo children's Tom had a sidekick named Mighty Manfred the Wonder Dog, and a nemesis, Crabby Appleton. SideKick was an early Personal Information Manager (PIM Software application by Borland launched in 1983 under Philippe Kahn Other cartoons included Lariat Sam, which was developed by veteran game show announcer Gene Wood, then a show staffer (who also sang the cartoon's theme song). An announcer is a Voice actor who works in Television, Radio or Film, usually providing Narrations News updates Station Gene Wood (born Eugene Edward Wood, October 20, 1925 in Quincy Massachusetts; died May 21, 2004 in Boston Massachusetts
The Canadian-British cartoon "Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings", appeared in the 1970s, featuring a child with magic chalk who could create all sorts of short-lived creations in short adventures (the original version featured a British narrator, but Keeshan's voice was dubbed onto the cartoons for their US airing. Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings is a British children's animated Television programme featuring the adventures of a young child named Simon )
The UK-produced cartoon Ludwig about a magical egg-shaped robot was also included about that time. Ludwig was a surreal 1977 British-made children's cartoon Animation about a magical egg-shaped Gemstone who lived in a Forest. The cartoon's musical score was selections from the works of Beethoven. Ludwig van Beethoven ( English ˈlʊdvɪg væn ˈbeɪtoʊvən, 16 December 1770 &ndash 26 March 1827 was a German Composer and Pianist.
Also appearing in the 1970s was The Most Important Person, a short series of five-minute segments on the importance of life. These segments would later be incorporated into most syndication prints of The Underdog Show. Underdog was an American Animated television series that debuted on October 3 1964 on the NBC network and continued in syndication
There was also a cartoon series called "The Toothbrush Family". Based on an extended family of hygiene utensils as the name suggests, they would embark on adventures based in the bathroom, like water skiing in the tub, or rescuing friends caught in the drain. Episodes were just a couple of minutes each.
A silent cartoon in the 1970s named "Crystal Tipps" featured the adventures of a young girl. Crystal Tipps and Alistair was a British Cartoon produced for the BBC featuring a girl (Crystal Tipps and her dog (Alistair Later reruns were narrated by the voice of Mr. Moose.
Another UK favorite, The Wombles were also featured. The Wombles are characters created by Author Elisabeth Beresford originally appearing in a series of children's novels from 1968
Among the special guests who made periodic appearances were ventriloquist Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop, Mister Rogers (Fred Rogers) appeared in a 1975 episode, where he and the Captain try to restore an old gramophone. 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Rita Moreno (born December 11, 1931) is a singer dancer and multiple award-winning actress Arte Johnson (born January 20, 1929) full name Arthur Stanton Eric Johnson, is an American comic Actor. Fannie Flagg (born Patricia Neal September 21, 1944 in Birmingham Alabama) is an American author and actress Gale Gordon ( February 20, 1906 – June 30, 1995) was an American character actor Lucie Désirée Arnaz (born July 17, 1951) is an American Actress. Kenneth Ronald "Ken" Berry (born November 3, 1933 in Moline Illinois) is an American Dancer, and comedic Actor } Mike Farrell (born February 6 1939 is an American actor best known for his role as Captain B Richard Schulefand ( December 1, 1923 – April 17, 1987) an American Actor and Comedian known professionally Jonathan Southworth “John” Ritter ( September 17, 1948 &ndash September 11 Eli Herschel Wallach (born December 7, 1915) is an American BAFTA - Tony Award - and Emmy Award -winning and Golden Anne Jackson (born September 3, 1926) is an American Actress of stage screen and television Gerald "Jerry" Stiller (born June 8 1927 is an American Emmy Award -nominated Comedian and actor Anne Meara (born September 20 1929 is an American Comedian and actress. Jack Gilford ( July 25, 1908  &ndash June 4, 1990 was an Academy Award - and Tony Award -nominated and Daytime Emmy Award Paul Anthony Sorvino (born April 13 1939 is an American actor whose solid career has largely been the portrayal of authority figures both as a legal enforcer and criminal in television Hal Linden (b March 20, 1931) is an American actor and television director Mary Kay Place (born September 23 1947) is an American Actress, Singer, director and Screen writer. Walter Slezak ( May 3, 1902 – April 21, 1983) was an Austrian Actor. Carol Elaine Channing (b January 31 1921, Seattle Washington) is an American Singer and actress. Alan Wolf Arkin (born March 26 1934 is an American Actor and director. Adam Arkin (born August 19, 1956) by playwright Donald Margulies. .
Beginning in the mid '70s and continuing through the decade, the show would open with several different people wishing the Captain 'good morning'. Many of the openings featured non-celebrities, but also featured stars from hit TV shows, most of which broadcast over CBS. CBS Broadcasting Inc ( CBS) is an American radio and Television network. The montage of 'good mornings' would always end with the Captain himself returning the greeting before the opening credits ran.
Among the celebrity greeters:
Other regular features included The Magic Drawing Board and the Captain's "Reading Stories" sessions, which introduced kids to stories such as Curious George and Make Way for Ducklings. Shari Lewis (born Sonia Phyllis Hurwitz; January 17, 1933 – August 2, 1998) was a Jewish American Sandra Dale “Sandy” Dennis ( April 27, 1937 – March 2, 1992) was an Academy Award - and Tony Award - winning American Eli Herschel Wallach (born December 7, 1915) is an American BAFTA - Tony Award - and Emmy Award -winning and Golden Joan Rivers (born Joan Alexandra Molinsky; June 8, 1933) is an American Comedian, Actress, Talk show Imogene Fernandez de Coca ( November 18[[ 908]] – June 2[[ 001]] was an American Emmy -winning comic actress best known for her role opposite Bold text Phyllis Diller (born Phyllis Driver, July 17, 1917) is a Golden Globe -nominated American comedienne Charlotte Rae (born April 22 1926) is an American actress and singer known for her portrayal of Edna Garrett in the Sitcoms Ruth Buzzi (born July 24, 1936) is an American actress and Comedian of Theatre, Film, and Television. Minnie Pearl was the stage name of Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon ( October 25, 1912 - March 4, 1996) Roberta Peters ( May 4, 1930) is an American Coloratura Soprano who enjoyed a long and distinguished career at the Metropolitan Opera Phillip John "Phil" Donahue (born December 21, 1935 in Cleveland Ohio) is an American media personality and Writer, best known as Margaret Julia “Marlo” Thomas (born November 21, 1937) is an American actress, who first achieved fame on the TV series That Pearl Mae Bailey ( March 29, 1918 – August 17, 1990) was an American singer and actress Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American Country music Singer / Songwriter, Author, actress John Denver (December 31 1943 &ndash October 12 1997 born Henry John Deutschendorf Jr Penny Marshall (born October 15, 1942) is an American Golden Globe-nominated actress producer and director Cynthia Jane "Cindy" Williams (born August 22 1947) is a BAFTA and Golden Globe Award nominated American actress best known for starring Andy Samuel Griffith (born June 1, 1926) is an American Actor, producer, Writer, director The Smothers Brothers are an American music-and- Comedy team consisting of the brothers Tom ("Tommy" and Dick Smothers. Arte Johnson (born January 20, 1929) full name Arthur Stanton Eric Johnson, is an American comic Actor. Jonathan Southworth “John” Ritter ( September 17, 1948 &ndash September 11 Eli Herschel Wallach (born December 7, 1915) is an American BAFTA - Tony Award - and Emmy Award -winning and Golden Stiller and Meara ( Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara) a husband and wife comedy team were a big hit in the 1960s and '70s making frequent appearances on television variety Carol Elaine Channing (b January 31 1921, Seattle Washington) is an American Singer and actress. Alan Wolf Arkin (born March 26 1934 is an American Actor and director. The Bob Newhart Show is the name of two different Television series, both starring comedian Bob Newhart. Charles "Charlie" Brown is the main character in the Comic Robert William Barker (Born December 12 1923) is a nineteen-time Emmy Award -winning former American Television Game show Gavin MacLeod (born February 28, 1930) is an American Actor most notable for playing Murray Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Jamie Farr (born Jameel Joseph Farah on July 1, 1934) is an American television and Film Actor and popular Game show Curious George is the Protagonist of a series of popular Children's books by the same name written by Hans Augusto Rey and Margret Rey. Make Way for Ducklings is a children's Picture book written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey. The Sweet Pickles books were featured. Sweet Pickles is a series of 40 children's books by Ruth Lerner Perle, Jacquelyn Reinach, and Richard Hefter (who also created
Keeshan also had a recurring role as "The Town Clown", a pantomime piece that took place in and around the exposed wagon home of a tramp-like circus clown. Like the character of Clarabelle that he played on Howdy Doody, the Town Clown never spoke. Howdy Doody was a children's television program (with a decidedly frontier/western theme although other themes also colored the show
The original theme song to Captain Kangaroo (titled Puffin' Billy) was used from 1955–1974. It was an instrumental, written by Edward G. White. Edward George White (1910 - 1994 was a British composer of Light music. The track was from a British stock music production library known as the Chappell Recorded Music Library which was sold through a New York agency called Emil Ascher. The tune's original title referred to a British steam locomotive. (This tune was used on other programs on both sides of the Atlantic. For example, two years before Captain Kangaroo, it served as the wrap-up music for an episode of the radio program Rocky Fortune called "Murder Among the Statues". In its native United Kingdom, it became famous as the theme to the weekly BBC radio program Children's Favourites from 1952 to 1966, and is still widely recognised by the post-war generation. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located Children's Favourites was a BBC Radio programme from 1954 broadcast on the Light Programme on Saturday mornings from 900 It was later used in the Enid Blyton parody Five Go Mad in Dorset and in a number of British TV adverts. Enid Mary Blyton ( August 11 1897 &ndash November 28 1968) was a British children's writer. Five Go Mad in Dorset was the first of the long-running series of Comic Strip Presents ) The "Puffin' Billy" theme played as the opening of each episode, with the music continuing until the Captain hung his large ring of keys on a nail (which seemed to act as a switch to turn off the music). If the Captain's keys ever slipped off the nail, the music would begin playing again.
In 1957, lyricist Mary Rogers penned lyrics to the tune, creating a newly titled Captain Kangaroo song.
In 1974, a new theme song was composed for Captain Kangaroo, written by composer Robert L. Brush. As the new theme used similar melodic elements from the original theme, Edward G. White's name was added to the song credits.
Much later, around the 1980s, Schoolhouse Rock mainstay Lynn Ahrens (who composed and performed a few CK songs herself), composed a new theme, entitled "Here Comes Captain Kangaroo". Schoolhouse Rock! is a series of animated musical educational short films that aired during Saturday morning children's programming on U Lynn Ahrens (born October 1, 1948) is an American Musical theatre Lyricist who most-frequently works with Stephen Flaherty
While Captain Kangaroo was still in planning stages, CBS executives had the idea of hiring Al Lewis, a very popular kids' show host in Cincinnati (ABC was running Lewis' show at that time), to host their show, but Lewis' managers refused to release him from his contract. CBS Broadcasting Inc ( CBS) is an American radio and Television network. The Uncle Al Show was a children's television program originating in Cincinnati. The American Broadcasting Company ( ABC) is an American Television network. Lewis' local kids show went off the air in Cincinnati a year after Captain Kangaroo left CBS. )
For the first three months, Captain Kangaroo was only seen on weekday mornings. Thereafter, until 1969, the successful Captain was also seen on Saturday mornings. One exception was the 1964 to 1965 season, which saw the broadcast replaced on Saturdays by a Keeshan vehicle called Mr. Mayor. After 1969 and until 1982 it was seen on weekdays only again. Except for pre-emption for news coverage, notably the three-day continuous coverage of the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, and a few shows that were 45 minutes, the show aired a full 60 minutes on weekday mornings until 1981. The assassination of John F Kennedy, the thirty-fifth President of the United States, took place on Friday November 22 1963 in Dallas Texas It was broadcast in color from September 11, 1967 onward. Events 9 - The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest ends 506 - The Bishops of Visigothic Gaul Year 1967 ( MCMLXVII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the 1967 Gregorian calendar.
The audience of children could never compete in the ratings with such entertainment/news shows as The Today Show, although it won Emmy Awards three times as Outstanding Children's entertainment series in 1978-1979, 1982-1983 and 1983-1984. But in the fall season of 1981, to make more room for CBS Morning News, the Captain was moved to an earlier time slot of 7 a. CBS Morning News is the half-hour daily television broadcast from CBS News that airs following Up to the Minute. m. and cut to 30 minutes, sporting a new title Wake Up with the Captain. In the fall of 1982, it was moved Saturday mornings to 7 a. m. (6 a. m. Central, Mountain, and Pacific). A rerun from recent years was offered to CBS affiliates to run Sunday morning in place of the cartoon reruns offered before. Most CBS affiliates only cleared Saturday mornings after that. Still a third of the CBS affiliates no longer ran Captain Kangaroo at all after 1982. It was finally canceled altogether at the end of 1984 due to lack of clearances from affiliates.
Just over a year later, Captain Kangaroo ran in reruns on PBS television stations from 1986-1993, with funding from PBS stations, School Zone Publishing Company and from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation is a major private grant -making Private foundation based in Chicago that has awarded more than US$4 billion American Public Television, then known as the "Interregional Program Service", distributed the show, along with Britder Associates (Bob Keeshan's production company), and the Riehl Company, owned by former WPBT-TV station manager Dale Riehl. American Public Television ( APT) is the largest of the Television syndication distributors of programming for public television stations in the United States WPBT is the Callsign of a PBS member public Television station in Miami Florida, serving the South Florida region
The show was on the air for 29 years, making it one of the longest-running network children's program series. Sesame Street, insulated from the Nielsen Ratings wars, holds the record for 38 years (as of Fall 2007) and still counting. Sesame Street is an American educational Children's television series and a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard combining Nielsen Ratings are audience measurement systems developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the Audience size and composition of television Several of the original Sesame Street writers and producers were hired from the Captain Kangaroo staff to help produce and direct the Sesame Street program when it went on the air in 1969.
The original director of the program was Peter Birch who helmed the program for its first 25 years. Peter Birch may refer to Peter Birch (actor, a British actor Peter Birch (Emmerdale, a fictional character in Emmerdale Producer Jim Hirschfeld took over as director following Birch's heart attack in 1980 and continued directing as well as producing throughout the rest of the history of the show which finally went off the air in 1993.
Rock musician Frank Zappa wrote a composition named "Mr. Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21 1940 – December 4 1993 was an American Composer, Electric guitarist Record producer and Film director Green Genes" on his album Uncle Meat and a sequel, "Son of Mr. Uncle Meat, released in 1969 is the soundtrack to The Mothers of Invention 's long-delayed film of the same name; the front cover designed by Green Genes" on his album Hot Rats. Hot Rats is the second solo album by Frank Zappa. It was released in October 1969 This led to the urban legend that Zappa was the son of Hugh Brannum, the actor who played the character Mr. Green Jeans on Captain Kangaroo. Hugh Brannum ( January 5, 1910 - April 19, 1987) is an actor best known for his role as " Mr Mr Green Jeans, played by the actor Hugh "Lumpy" Brannum (b
Many popular songs make reference to Captain Kangaroo, including the Statler Brothers' 1965 hit song Flowers on the Wall (later covered by Eric Heatherly); the "Weird Al" Yankovic song "The Brady Bunch"; the Bloodhound Gang's Your Only Friends Are Make Believe; and the VeggieTales song, The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything. The Statler Brothers are an American Country music group founded in 1955 in Staunton Virginia. " Flowers on the Wall " is a song made famous by Country music group The Statler Brothers. Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic (ˈjæŋkəvɪk born October 23 1959 is a Grammy Award winning American singer Musician, actor satirist VeggieTales is a series of English language children's computer animated Films featuring Anthropomorphic Vegetables " The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything " is a single released by Christian rock band Relient K.
In the first season Get Smart episode, "KAOS in Control", a reference to Captain Kangaroo is the clue by which Maxwell Smart discovers that a CONTROL scientist is in fact an enemy agent. Get Smart is an American comedy television series that satirized the secret agent genre
In the Doctor Who episode "Remembrance of the Daleks", the Puffin' Billy song is clearly heard during a café scene, although it is meant to be from the 1950s and 1960s BBC radio program Children's Favourites and not from Captain Kangaroo, which would have been unknown to the general public of Britain at the time. Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. Remembrance of the Daleks is a serial in the British Science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast Children's Favourites was a BBC Radio programme from 1954 broadcast on the Light Programme on Saturday mornings from 900
A Sunday Shoe strip has a character admiring somebody on TV: "He looks great for his age", "He's a great communicator", etc. Shoe is the name of a Comic strip that was written and drawn by its creator Jeff MacNelly until his death in 2000 The reader is led to believe he was referring to President Ronald Reagan, but in the last panel it turns out he has been referring to Captain Kangaroo.
In the Scrubs episode "My Advice to You", Dr. Scrubs is an Emmy and Peabody Award -winning American Comedy-drama that premiered on October 2 2001 on NBC. The following is a complete episode list for the television show Scrubs, which began being broadcast on October 2 2001 Cox states that he doesn't want to hear anything from Dr. Kelso unless it's "Oh god, I'm dying. . . but this isn't right, this is Hell. Hitler, Moussolini. . . Captain Kangaroo, that's weird. "
In the Arrested Development episode "Good Grief", in the 'on the next . " Good Grief " is the twenty-sixth episode aired of TV comedy series Arrested Development. . . ' section, Buster 'finds out about the death of Captain Kangaroo', and destroys the family living room.
Television appearances on network shows by Captain Kangaroo:
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