Archie's Funhouse

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  • 1970
  • 1 Season
  • 7.6  (119)

The early 1970s featured a number of cartoons that tended towards the silly and politically correct. Archie's Funhouse was one such series, featuring characters from Archie Comics. There were a number of different segments, ranging from skits to songs, with the occasional running gag. The show was an hour long show, and made inroads into pop culture, with some of the first well-known songs on equality, ecology, and other positive messages. There was very little subversive humor, as the show was based on one of the more straight-laced comics. Nonetheless, it was a great show and a fan favorite. There was a very loose structure to each show. Although there were a number of recurring segments, and each show featured three songs from the band, how often each segment showed up was virtually random. The combination of random segments and music made the show a favorite among viewers. Thirty-two songs of the songs were released on the Archie Funnies featuring the Giant Jukebox, with a number of the songs becoming cult classics, such as Mr. Factory, Here Comes The Sun, and We Are All Family, with Mr. Factory being one of the first ecology-based songs. Some of the segments became fan favorites over time. There were three songs per show, featured in the Giant Jukebox segment; it has been argued that this segment changed music videos from simple edits of the performer's filmed sets to giving them a narrative element or giving the music a stylistic representation. There were other segments, such as How to Catch a Man, with Big Ethel attempting to catch Jughead Wile E. Coyote style, The Big, Big World of Sports with Coach Cleats, and a trapeze act featuring Moose and Reggie, with humor of the timeless goofball type. It was an animated variety show, and they had no problem doing strange things, albeit well within a G-rating, on each show. Although it only lasted one season, the show was nonetheless able to go into syndication, and the show was sometimes split in half to better accommodate local schedules. The cast featured regulars such as Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead, with Reggie being the butt of many jokes, with a supporting cast that included Coach Cleats, Big Ethel, Moose, and Professor Wiggins. By combining timely songs with scatter shot humor, the show was able to find itself a niche among viewers, and create a fun time for all involved.

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Really Big Caesar/Acrobats
23. Really Big Caesar/Acrobats
February 13, 1971
The gang serves up more movie parodies on "The Early Early Show". The lineup includes a spoof of the 1931 gangster epic Little Caesar, with Archie as Edward G. Robinson and Dilton Doily as George Raft) (who wasn't even in the original film).
All Tied Up/Tennis Courts
22. All Tied Up/Tennis Courts
February 6, 1971
In another performance of the Funhouse Magic Show, Reggie performs his famous "escape" act, only to get into a knotty dilemma thanks to his assistant Moose.
Jungle Doctor/Lake
21. Jungle Doctor/Lake
January 30, 1971
In another installment of "The Early Early Show", the gang presents their own versions of Hollywood classics. Jughead and Dilton Doily star in "Scraggly and Livingstone."
Fishing Trip/Mr. Factory
20. Fishing Trip/Mr. Factory
January 23, 1971
The Funhouse "Trashathon" sets out to clean up America, despite Reggie's "help" and Coach Cleats' leap over a row of garbage cans. Big Ethel uses a glider, a backpack propellor and an ancient roadster in her campaign to ensnare Jughead.
Space Spectacular/Fresh Air
19. Space Spectacular/Fresh Air
January 16, 1971
Archie and the gang go to outer space, figuratively speaking. Jughead whistles a "space song", Big Ethel performs a musical space walk, Moose does imitations of the stars (in the sky, not in Hollywood), and Rocket Reggie brings up the rear as usual.
Mind Reading/Fast Bucks
18. Mind Reading/Fast Bucks
January 9, 1971
Welcome to Archie's Funhouse Riverboat, where anything can happy and probably will. On this occasion, "Swami" Moose performs a mind-reading act assisted by Veronica.
Flying Fools/Birthday Dinner
17. Flying Fools/Birthday Dinner
January 2, 1971
The Funhouse "Trashathon" sets out to clean up America, despite Reggie's "help" and Coach Cleats' leap over a row of garbage cans. Big Ethel uses a glider, a backpack propellor and an ancient roadster in her campaign to ensnare Jughead.
Harp/Painting Archie
16. Harp/Painting Archie
December 26, 1970
This time we're treated to a showcase from the Riverdale High Cultural Center. Big Ethel plays the harp, but not for long and Moose impersonates George Washington.
Trashman/Baseball
15. Trashman/Baseball
December 19, 1970
Archie puts on a Funhouse vaudeville show, with Moose and Reggie teaming for a song-and-dance act, magician Jughead promising to make Hot Dog disappear, and Coach Cleats pulling out another dubious strong-man routine.
Fayre/Nature Photography
14. Fayre/Nature Photography
December 12, 1970
The Fun House County Fair promise to dazzles the live audience. Sidshow attractions include Betty trying to guess Veronica's weight, and Jughead passing off Hot Dog as a "talking dog" (it's an old joke but a reliable one).
Chef's Kitchen/Professor's Magical Tricks
13. Chef's Kitchen/Professor's Magical Tricks
December 5, 1970
It's "Archie's Amateur Show" today, as Reggie mixes up an egg souffle and leads a kiddie orchestra, Moose does bird calls, Big Ethel juggles, Mr. Weatherby attempts a "one man band" act, Coach Cleats tackles the trampoline.
Ethel's Rocket/Mr. Weatherby's Camping Corner
12. Ethel's Rocket/Mr. Weatherby's Camping Corner
November 28, 1970
Archie stages a rodeo, featuring trick rider Reggie (assuming he ever gets on the horse) and expert (?) rope twirler Texas Moose. Elswhere, Big Ethel performs a human cannonball act, the better to ensare her hearthrob Jughead.
Snowball Skating/Bumsteer's Annual Rodeo
11. Snowball Skating/Bumsteer's Annual Rodeo
November 21, 1970
The gang gathers together to perform an ice-skating act, featuring Mr. Weatherby in a Santa suit and Reggie attempting to "jump the polar bears" (guess there weren't any sharks).
Magic Reggie/Surf's Up
10. Magic Reggie/Surf's Up
November 14, 1970
Reggie the Great's magic act doesn't quite live up to its hype. Betty and Veronica perform a yodelling act with the "help" of Moose. Coach Cleats performs a highly suspect act of strength.
Animal Antics/Roller Rink
9. Animal Antics/Roller Rink
November 7, 1970
As Archie welcomes the viewers to today's big show, Reggie tries vainly to stir up audience interest for his new act.
Ice Block/Circus Act
8. Ice Block/Circus Act
October 31, 1970
Circus ringmaster Archie introduces that intrepid team of Reggie and Moose as they perform a death-defying trapeze act. Betty weaves a web of half-truths as she adds another entry to her diary.
Seesaw/Drive-in
7. Seesaw/Drive-in
October 24, 1970
Archie, Reggie and Moose perform a death-defying seesaw act. Artist Jughead paints a picture of Reggie with a few surrealistic embellishments. The "Little Archies" give a bath to Mr. Weatherby's dog Fluff.
Telephone/Door
6. Telephone/Door
October 17, 1970
Archie encounters several kinds of trouble when he answers an old-fashioned telephone. Mr. Weatherby gives a lesson in paddling a canoe. Jughead imagines himself at sea on a whaler, in pursuit of "Mopey Dick."
Piano Movers/Light Show
5. Piano Movers/Light Show
October 10, 1970
It's Laurel and Hardy redux, as Archie and Moose try to deliver a balky piano up a steep hill. Later, Archie films an old-fashioned melodramatic movie, with Betty tied to the tracks by Reggie, and Jughead running the train--without brakes.
Paint Your Car/Breaking Car
4. Paint Your Car/Breaking Car
October 3, 1970
Archies paints his jalopy with the "help" of Jughead's new high-powered (and low-functioning) spray gun. Reggie shows off his ski-jumping skills to an unimpressed Veronica.
Jughead Pulls Fire-Hose/Cannon
3. Jughead Pulls Fire-Hose/Cannon
September 26, 1970
While Jughead performs a running gag with a fire hose (which looks more like a rope!), Mr. Weatherby demonstrates how to pitch a pup tent, a painting of a kite springs to life, and Reggie dreams of being a fearless elephant hunter.
Photo Machine/Elevator
2. Photo Machine/Elevator
September 19, 1970
Archie tries out a talking photo machine, but the results are hardly to his liking. Outside the Fun House, Professor Jughead gives a skiing lesson, and later tries to elude Big Ethel as she attempts to capture him with "the old tiger-pit trick."
Coke Head/Shadow Boxing
1. Coke Head/Shadow Boxing
September 12, 1970
Archie tries to use a soda pop machine, only to get everything except something to drink: hot dogs, alarm clocks, and even "Reggie in a Bottle."
Description

The early 1970s featured a number of cartoons that tended towards the silly and politically correct. Archie's Funhouse was one such series, featuring characters from Archie Comics. There were a number of different segments, ranging from skits to songs, with the occasional running gag. The show was an hour long show, and made inroads into pop culture, with some of the first well-known songs on equality, ecology, and other positive messages. There was very little subversive humor, as the show was based on one of the more straight-laced comics. Nonetheless, it was a great show and a fan favorite.

There was a very loose structure to each show. Although there were a number of recurring segments, and each show featured three songs from the band, how often each segment showed up was virtually random. The combination of random segments and music made the show a favorite among viewers. Thirty-two songs of the songs were released on the Archie Funnies featuring the Giant Jukebox, with a number of the songs becoming cult classics, such as Mr. Factory, Here Comes The Sun, and We Are All Family, with Mr. Factory being one of the first ecology-based songs.

Some of the segments became fan favorites over time. There were three songs per show, featured in the Giant Jukebox segment; it has been argued that this segment changed music videos from simple edits of the performer's filmed sets to giving them a narrative element or giving the music a stylistic representation. There were other segments, such as How to Catch a Man, with Big Ethel attempting to catch Jughead Wile E. Coyote style, The Big, Big World of Sports with Coach Cleats, and a trapeze act featuring Moose and Reggie, with humor of the timeless goofball type. It was an animated variety show, and they had no problem doing strange things, albeit well within a G-rating, on each show.

Although it only lasted one season, the show was nonetheless able to go into syndication, and the show was sometimes split in half to better accommodate local schedules. The cast featured regulars such as Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead, with Reggie being the butt of many jokes, with a supporting cast that included Coach Cleats, Big Ethel, Moose, and Professor Wiggins. By combining timely songs with scatter shot humor, the show was able to find itself a niche among viewers, and create a fun time for all involved.

  • Premiere Date
    September 12, 1970
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (119)