The Charlie Horse Music Pizza

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The Charlie Horse Music Pizza
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 20
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Golden Books Family Entertainment
Original channel PBS
Original run January 5, 1998 – May 18, 1998
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. Re-runs aired until late 1999, with infrequent airings throughout 2000. 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.


Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiere Season finale
1 20 January 5, 1998 (1998-01-05) May 18, 1998 (1998-05-18)

Season 1[edit]

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

VHS Releases[edit]

There Are VHS Tapes in 1998 to 1999 Releases from PBS Home Video and Warner Home Video.

# List of Volumes and more Release Date
1 Volume 1 May 12, 1998
2 Volume 2 May 12, 1998
3 Volume 3 September 1, 1998
4 Volume 4 September 1, 1998

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