September 7, 1968: The Banana Splits Adventure Hour debuts on US TV

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The Banana Splits Adventure Hour (1968-1970)

The Banana Splits Adventure Hour was an hour-long, packaged television variety program featuring The Banana Splits, a fictional rock band composed of four funny animal characters. The costumed hosts of the show were Fleegle (guitar, vocals), Bingo (drums, vocals), Drooper (bass, vocals) and Snorky (keyboards, effects).

The series was produced by Hanna-Barbera, and ran for 31 episodes on NBC Saturday mornings, from September 7, 1968, to September 5, 1970. The costumes and sets were designed by Sid and Marty Krofft, and the series’ sponsor was Kellogg’s Cereals. The show featured both live action and animated segments, and was Hanna-Barbera’s first foray into mixing live action with animation.

The format of the show was loosely based on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.

The show’s live-action segment Danger Island, a cliffhanger serial, ran alongside the animated segments Arabian Knights and The Three Musketeers. Actor Jan-Michael Vincent appeared in Danger Island. All the live-action material filmed for the series’ first season was directed by Richard Donner.

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