The Roman Holidays

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The Roman Holidays
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The Roman Holidays title card
Genre animation
Created by Hanna Barbera
Voices of Dave Willock
Shirley Mitchell
Stanley Livingston
Pamelyn Ferdin
Daws Butler
Dom DeLuise
Hal Smith
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 9, 1972 – December 2, 1972

The Roman Holidays is a Hanna-Barbera animated television series that was broadcast in 1972 on NBC. It ran for 13 episodes before being cancelled, and reruns were later shown on the USA Cartoon Express during the 1980s.

Plot[edit]

Very similar in theme to both The Flintstones and The Jetsons, The Roman Holidays brought a look at "modern-day" life in Ancient Rome, around 63 AD (with a 1970s touch), as seen through the eyes of Augustus "Gus" Holiday and his family. The opening showed a chariot traffic jam and a TV showing football on Channel "IV" (NBC was seen on TV Channel 4 in cities like New York, Los Angeles, San Antonio and Boston). An Ancient Roman setting was actually one of the ideas that Hanna-Barbera considered as they were working to create The Flintstones.

Gus, his wife Laurie, their daughter Precocia (who, besides being the youngest of the family, is very intellectual) and their teen-aged son Happius,(nicknamed "Hap") reside in the Venus de Milo Arms run by their landlord Mr. Evictus, who excites Gus's tagline "Evictus will evict us!". Gus works for a bossy supervisor named Mr. Tycoonius at the Forum Construction Company, and after a hard day's marble lifting, he was greeted by the Holidays' pet, a lion named Brutus (who sounded a bit like Snagglepuss). Rounding out the cast is Hap's girlfriend, Groovia.

Like many Hanna-Barbera series produced in the 1970s, the show was fitted with an inferior laugh track.

Episodes[edit]

Episode number Episode name Production number Air date Synopsis
RH-1 Double Date 58-1 September 9, 1972
RH-2 The Lion's Share 58-2 September 16, 1972
RH-3 Star For A Day 58-3 September 23, 1972 Happy meets his twin, Davey Cassius (David Cassidy parody) & they swap places.
RH-4 Hero-Sandwiched 58-4 September 30, 1972
RH-5 The Big Split-Up 58-5 October 7, 1972
RH-6 Hectic Holiday 58-6 October 14, 1972
RH-7 Switch Is Which? 58-7 October 21, 1972
RH-8 That's Show Biz 58-8 October 28, 1972
RH-9 Double Dilemma 58-9 November 4, 1972 Augustus has to attend a musical recital featuring Percosia & compete in a bowling tournament.
RH-10 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Chariot Wash 58-10 November 11, 1972
RH-11 Buried Treasure 58-11 November 18, 1972
RH-12 Cyrano De Happius 58-12 November 25, 1972
RH-13 Father Of The Year 58-13 December 2, 1972 Augustus & Mr. Evictus compete for Father of the Year.

Cast[edit]

The Roman Holidays in other languages[edit]

Comics[edit]

Gold Key produced a comic book based on the series from November 1972 to August 1973. Only four issues were published. Pete Alvarado drew the first three; Jack Manning drew the final issue.[1]

Home video release[edit]

The first episode, "Double Date", is available on the DVD Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s Volume 1.

On April 23, 2013, Warner Archive released The Roman Holidays: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection. This is a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.[2]

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