Baggy Pants and the Nitwits

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Baggy Pants and the Nitwits
Genre Cartoon series
Directed by Brad Case
Gerry Chiniquy
Sid Marcus
Robert McKimson
Spencer Peel
Voices of Ruth Buzzi
Arte Johnson
Composer(s) Steve DePatie
Doug Goodwin
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Producer(s) David H. DePatie
Friz Freleng
Editor(s) Rick Steward
Running time 30 min.
Original channel NBC
Original release September 10, 1977 – November 26, 1977

Baggy Pants and the Nitwits is a 1977 animated series, produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises and broadcast on NBC.


Each half-hour episode of Baggy Pants and the Nitwits contained two cartoon segments: the Baggy Pants segment and the The Nitwits segment.

Baggy Pants is an anthropomorphic cat dressed as Charlie Chaplin's "Tramp" character, right down to the mustache and cane. His misadventures are somewhat reminiscent of Chaplin's, and there is no spoken dialogue in his cartoons.

The Nitwits is about an elderly superhero named Tyrone, who has come out of retirement, and his wife Gladys. These two were based on the characters whom Arte Johnson and Ruth Buzzi acted out in sketches on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, when they were regulars on that program, and the same two actors provided the characters's voices. (Johnson himself was credited, in the opening titles of the according segment, as having "created [The Nitwits] for television.")

The series ran for 13 episodes; it has not been released on home video.

Episode list[edit]

Baggy Pants Nitwits Airdate
1 "Construction Caper" "Earthquake McBash" Sep 10, 1977
2 "Lost Dog" "The Dynamic Energy Robber" Sep 17, 1977
3 "Hobo and Forgetful Freddy" "Splish Splash" Sep 24, 1977
4 "The Movie Man" "The Hopeless Diamond Caper" Sep 28, 1977
5 "Circus Circus" "The Evil Father Nature" Oct 1, 1977
6 "The Painter's Helper" "Mercury Mike and his Jet Bike" Oct 8, 1977
7 "Electric Girlfriend" "Rustle Hustle" Oct 15, 1977
8 "A Pressing Job" "False Face Filbert" Oct 22, 1977
9 "A Haunting Experience" "Genie Meanie" Oct 29, 1977
10 "Horse Laff" "Chicken Lady" Nov 5, 1977
11 "The Magician's Assistant" "Simple Simon and the Mad Pieman" Nov 12, 1977
12 "The Frog" "The Hole Thing!" Nov 19, 1977
13 "Beach Fun" "Ratman!" Nov 26, 1977


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