Uncle Croc's Block

Uncle Croc's Block
Genre Live Action/Animation
Starring Charles Nelson Reilly
Jonathan Harris
Alfie Wise
Voices of Kenneth Mars
Allan Melvin
Alan Oppenheimer
Robert Ridgely
Lennie Weinrib
Bob Holt
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Running time 60 minutes, later 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format Color
Original run September 6, 1975 – February 14, 1976

Uncle Croc's Block was a short-lived, hour-long live-action/animated series on ABC, produced by Filmation Associates.

History

A spoof of kid shows, Charles Nelson Reilly played the titular Uncle Croc, who hated his job as the show's host. Also featured were Alfie Wise as his sidekick Mr. Rabbit Ears and Jonathan Harris as Basil Bitterbottom, the show-within-a-show's frustrated director.

Each episode contained a "Star Time" segment, in which parodies of popular characters would appear, usually making denigrating remarks about the show and/or its staff, and demonstrating their abilities (or lack thereof). Guests included:

  • Captain Klangeroo
  • Old Fogey Bear
  • Miss Invis - A woman who falsely claimed to be able to make herself invisible.

Cartoon Segments

The show also included the cartoon shorts:

Broadcast history

The series premiered at 10:30 AM ET on September 6, 1975. Unfortunately, Uncle Croc's Block was up against the second half of hugely popular The Shazam!/Isis Hour (another Filmation property) and Far Out Space Nuts on CBS. The series was cut in half for a 30-minute format, then scrapped on February 14, 1976 after half a season on the air. As a result of the show's poor performance, ABC president Fred Silverman severed all ties with Filmation and began commissioning its Saturday morning cartoons from Hanna-Barbera, with whom Silverman had a working relationship during his time at CBS. In an attempt to save ratings, Filmation had planned to repackage the repeated Groovie Goolies episodes as a new segment, redubbed the Super Fiends (capitalizing on the title of rival Hanna-Barbera's Super Friends), but the show was shelved before the change could be incorporated. The popularity of the Goolies and its more striking style might well have helped the sagging ratings. The animated segments were featured in the Filmation syndicated package, The Groovie Goolies and Friends, and would also resurface in the home video market in the 1980s.

External links

  • : Nostalgia

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