Baggy Pants and the Nitwits

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Baggy Pants and the Nitwits
GenreCartoon series
Created byArte Johnson
Directed byBrad Case
Gerry Chiniquy
Sid Marcus
Robert McKimson
Spencer Peel
Voices ofRuth Buzzi
Arte Johnson
Composer(s)Steve DePatie
Doug Goodwin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Producer(s)David H. DePatie
Friz Freleng
Editor(s)Rick Steward
Running time30 min.
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 10 – December 3, 1977

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


Though the characters appeared together in the show's introduction, they each appeared separately in their own episodes. Each 30-minute episode of Baggy Pants and the Nitwits contained two segments: one for Baggy Pants and the other for The Nitwits.

Baggy Pants is an anthropomorphic cat dressed as Charlie Chaplin's "Tramp" character, right down to the mustache and cane. Similar to Chaplin and the Pink Panther, Baggy Pants pantomimed in all his misadventures, with very little or no spoken dialogue in his segments.

The Nitwits is about an elderly superhero named Tyrone (voiced by Arte Johnson) who, due to public demand, re-emerged from retirement to again fight crime with help from his wife Gladys (Ruth Buzzi), taking assignments at his own discretion (according to the announcer in the introduction). Tyrone and Gladys were based on "Tyrone F. Horneigh" and "Gladys Ormphby", sketch characters performed by Johnson and Buzzi when they were regulars on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. (In the opening titles of "Nitwits" segment, Johnson himself was credited with 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 Air date
1"Construction Caper / Earthquake McBash"September 10, 1977 (1977-09-10)
2"Lost Dog / The Dynamic Energy Robber"September 17, 1977 (1977-09-17)
3"Baggy Pants and Forgetful Freddy / Splish Splash"September 24, 1977 (1977-09-24)
4"The Moving Man / The Hopeless Diamond Caper"October 1, 1977 (1977-10-01)
5"Circus Circus / The Evil Father Nature"October 8, 1977 (1977-10-08)
6"The Painter's Helper / Mercury Mike and His Jet Bike"October 15, 1977 (1977-10-15)
7"Electric Girlfriend / Rustle Hustle"October 22, 1977 (1977-10-22)
8"A Pressing Job / False Face Filbert"October 29, 1977 (1977-10-29)
9"A Haunting Experience / Genie Meanie"November 5, 1977 (1977-11-05)
10"Horse Laff / Chicken Lady"November 12, 1977 (1977-11-12)
11"The Magician's Assistant / Simple Simon and the Mad Pieman"November 19, 1977 (1977-11-19)
12"The Frog / The Hole Thing!"November 26, 1977 (1977-11-26)
13"Beach Fun / Ratman!"December 3, 1977 (1977-12-03)


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