Uncle Croc's Block

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Uncle Croc's Block
Uncle Croc's Block.jpg
Genre Live Action/Animation
Starring Charles Nelson Reilly
Jonathan Harris
Alfie Wise
Voices of Kenneth Mars
Allan Melvin
Alan Oppenheimer
Robert Ridgely
Lennie Weinrib
Bob Holt
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) Norm Prescott
Lou Scheimer
Dick Rosenbloom
Running time 60 minutes, later 30 minutes
Production company(s) Filmation
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format Color
Original run September 6, 1975 – February 14, 1976

Uncle Croc's Block was a short-lived, hour-long live-action/animated series on ABC, produced by Filmation.

History[edit]

A spoof of kid shows, Charles Nelson Reilly played the titular Uncle Croc, a crocodile who hated his job as the show's host. Also featured were Alfie Wise as his rabbit sidekick Mr. Rabbit Ears and Jonathan Harris as Basil Bitterbottom, the show-within-a-show's frustrated director.

Star Time[edit]

Each episode contained a "Star Time" segment, in which parodies of popular characters would appear, usually making denigrating remarks about the show and/or its staff, and demonstrating their abilities (or lack thereof). Guests included:

  • Captain Klangeroo - He is a parody of Captain Kangaroo.
    • Mr. Mean Jeans (played by Huntz Hall) - He is a parody of Mr. Greenjeans.
  • Witchie Goo Goo (played by Phyllis Diller) - A witch whose prince-conjuring spell always summons Basil to her.
  • Captain Marbles/Billy Bratson (played by Marvin Kaplan as Captain Marbles) - Billy Bratson says "Shazowy" in order to turn into the superhero Captain Marbles, in the same way Billy Batson would transform into Captain Marvel by saying “Shazam!”.
  • Old Bogey Bear - A manic-depressant bear. He is a parody of Yogi Bear.
  • Miss Invis - A woman who falsely claimed to be able to make herself invisible.

Cartoon Segments[edit]

The show also included the cartoon shorts:

Broadcast history[edit]

The series premiered at 10:30 AM ET on September 6, 1975. Unfortunately, Uncle Croc's Block was up against the second half of hugely popular The Shazam!/Isis Hour (another Filmation property) and Far Out Space Nuts on CBS. The show, which was fitted with an adult laugh track, was shortened to 30 minutes, then scrapped on February 14, 1976 after half a season on the air.

As a result of the show's poor performance, ABC president Fred Silverman severed all ties with Filmation and began commissioning its Saturday morning cartoons from Hanna-Barbera, with whom Silverman had a working relationship during his time at CBS. In an attempt to save ratings, Filmation had planned to repackage the repeated Groovie Goolies episodes as a new segment, redubbed the Super Fiends (capitalizing on the title of rival Hanna-Barbera's Super Friends), but the show was shelved before the change could be incorporated. The animated segments were featured in the Filmation syndicated package, The Groovie Goolies and Friends, and would also resurface in the home video market in the 1980s.

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