Where's Huddles?

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Where's Huddles?
Genre Animation
Sports
Comedy
Sitcom
Voices of Cliff Norton
Mel Blanc
Jean Vander Pyl
Marie Wilson
Paul Lynde
Herb Jeffries
Don Messick
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 10
Production
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run July 1, 1970 – September 2, 1970

Where's Huddles? is a Hanna-Barbera animated television program which premiered on CBS on July 1, 1970 and ran for ten episodes as a summer replacement show (for The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour) until September 2 (repeats were shown on the network's Sunday afternoon schedule in the summer of 1971). It was similar in style to the studio's considerably more successful The Flintstones, and it used several of the same essential plots and voice actors. Also, like The Flintstones, and unlike many other animated series, Where's Huddles? aired in the evening during prime time, had a laugh track, and had somewhat adult themes. All ten episodes were produced and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.

The show's premise involved a professional football quarterback named Ed Huddles (voiced by Cliff Norton) and his neighbor, the team's center Bubba McCoy (voiced by Mel Blanc). They played for a team called The Rhinos. Other characters included Ed's wife Marge Huddles (voiced by Jean Vander Pyl, also the voice of Wilma Flintstone), their rather jovial if acerbic neighbor Claude Pertwee (voiced by Paul Lynde) who tended to refer to Ed and Bubba as "savages" {Pertwee's only friend is a spoiled cat named "Beverley"}; their teammate Freight Train (voiced by Herb Jeffries), and their daughter Pom-Pom. Bubba's wife Penny McCoy was played by comedic actress Marie Wilson in her final role before her death from cancer in 1972.

The Rhinos' football announcer was voiced by actual sportscaster Dick Enberg, who at the time was the voice of the Los Angeles Rams. Alan Reed had a recurring role as Mad Dog Maloney, the Rhinos' coach. The Huddles had a dog named Fumbles, voiced by Don Messick, who also provided the voices for cartoon dogs Scooby-Doo, Astro, and Muttley. Fumbles, much like Muttley, would often laugh at someone's misfortune, but whereas Muttley's laugh was wheezy in nature, Fumbles' laugh was more guttural.

Unlike other Hanna-Barbera roles he was playing at the time, Paul Lynde was actually credited for his role in this series as Claude Pertwee. His other roles in Hanna-Barbera productions, such as Mildew Wolf and the 'Hooded Claw', had been uncredited. In addition to the Huddles television series, there was also a comic book (with art by Roger Armstrong) which ran for three issues from Gold Key/Whitman Comics in 1971.

Episodes[edit]

HUD-1. The Old Swimming Hole (prod. #52-1, 7/1/1970)
HUD-2. A Weighty Problem (prod. #52-2, 7/8/1970)
HUD-3. The Ramblin' Wreck (prod. #52-3, 7/15/1970)
HUD-4. The Offensives (prod. #52-6, 7/22/1970)
HUD-5. Hot Dog Hannah (prod. #52-5, 7/29/1970)
HUD-6. To Catch A Thief (prod. #52-4, 8/5/1970)
HUD-7. Get That Letter Back (prod. #52-7, 8/12/1970)
HUD-8. The Odd Trio (prod. #52-8, 8/19/1970)
HUD-9. A Sticky Affair (prod. #52-9, 8/26/1970)
HUD-10. One Man's Family (prod. #52-10, 9/2/1970)