The Charlie Horse Music Pizza

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The Charlie Horse Music Pizza
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Genre Family Entertainment
Written by Colman deKay
Directed by Niles Davenport
Stan Jacobson
Presented by Shari Lewis
Starring Dom DeLuise
Wezley Morris
Chancz Perry
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 23
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Golden Books Family Entertainment
KCET
Release
Original channel PBS
Original release January 5, 1998 – January 30, 1998 (hiatus)
January 1999 (returned)
Chronology
Related shows Lamb Chop's Play-Along

The Charlie Horse Music Pizza is a children's television show that was shown on PBS in the United States from January to May 1998. Three Episodes returned January 1999. Re-runs aired until late 2000, with infrequent airings throughout 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2006. Re-runs are currently airing, again, on PBJ. It is a spin-off of the series Lamb Chop's Play-Along and was hosted by Shari Lewis, whose strong belief in the benefits of music education for children led to the creation of the series.

The show takes place around a pizzeria on the beach. Alongside the original cast of Lamb Chop, Hush Puppy, Charlie Horse, and Shari, Charlie Horse Music Pizza introduced four new characters – Take-Out, a big anthropomorphized orangutan who makes deliveries on roller skates (played by Chancz Perry); Fingers, a giant purple raccoon that lives in the dumpster behind the pizzeria (played by Gordon Robertson); Cookie the soft-hearted, opera-loving cook (played by Dom DeLuise); and Junior, who works at the pizzeria part-time, and plays musical instruments, such as the tuba for his high school marching band (played by Wezley Morris).

The series was put on hiatus after the May 18 episode aired due to Lewis' treatment in a local hospital. It was then cancelled when she died on August 2.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiere Season finale
1 20 January 5, 1998 (1998-01-05) May 29, 1998 (1998-05-29)
2 3 January 3, 1999 (1999-01-03) January 17, 1999 (1999-01-17)

Season 1[edit]

# List of Episodes Release Date Release Date #1 Release Date #2 Release Date #3 Release Date #4
1 Back Story January 5, 1998 February 2, 1998 March 2, 1998 March 30, 1998 April 27, 1998
May 25, 1998
2 My Dog Has Fleas January 6, 1998 February 3, 1998 March 3, 1998 March 31, 1998 April 28, 1998
May 26, 1998
3 Musicians of Bremen January 7, 1998 February 4, 1998 March 4, 1998 April 1, 1998 April 29, 1998
May 27, 1998
4 Blow Hard January 8, 1998 February 5, 1998 March 5, 1998 April 2, 1998 April 30, 1998
May 28, 1998
5 Follow the Leader January 9, 1998 February 6, 1998 March 6, 1998 April 3, 1998 May 1, 1998
May 29, 1998
6 Spooky Opera Show January 12, 1998 February 9, 1998 March 9, 1998 April 6, 1998 May 4, 1998
7 A Pirate's Life January 13, 1998 February 10, 1998 March 10, 1998 April 7, 1998 May 5, 1998
8 The Audition January 14, 1998 February 11, 1998 March 11, 1998 April 8, 1998 May 6, 1998
9 Group Soup January 15, 1998 February 12, 1998 March 12, 1998 April 9, 1998 May 7, 1998
10 Rapunzel January 16, 1998 February 13, 1998 March 13, 1998 April 10, 1998 May 8, 1998
11 Toy Exchange January 19, 1998 February 16, 1998 March 16, 1998 April 13, 1998 May 11, 1998
12 Charlie on the Run January 20, 1998 February 17, 1998 March 17, 1998 April 14, 1998 May 12, 1998
13 Wise Queen January 21, 1998 February 18, 1998 March 18, 1998 April 15, 1998 May 13, 1998
14 Star-Spangled Charlie January 22, 1998 February 19, 1998 March 19, 1998 April 16, 1998 May 14, 1998
15 Charlie's Ant January 23, 1998 February 20, 1998 March 20, 1998 April 17, 1998 May 15, 1998
16 Whistle While You Work January 26, 1998 February 23, 1998 March 23, 1998 April 20, 1998 May 18, 1998
17 Jazzy January 27, 1998 February 24, 1998 March 24, 1998 April 21, 1998 May 19, 1998
18 Hush Puppy the Hero January 28, 1998 February 25, 1998 March 25, 1998 April 22, 1998 May 20, 1998
19 Can I Sing You My Song? January 29, 1998 February 26, 1998 March 26, 1998 April 23, 1998 May 21, 1998
20 Drum Show January 30, 1998 February 27, 1998 March 27, 1998 April 24, 1998 May 22, 1998
21 One Man Band January 3, 1999 June 13, 1999 December 29, 2000 May 7, 2001
22 The George & Bill Show January 10, 1999 June 20, 1999 May 14, 2001
23 Goodbye, Hello January 17, 1999

VHS Releases[edit]

There Are VHS Tapes in 2002 Releases from Sony Wonder.

# List of Volumes and more Release Date
1 Volume 1 May 12, 2001
2 Volume 2 May 12, 2001
3 Volume 3 September 1, 2001
4 Volume 4 September 1, 2001

Funding[edit]

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