Blondie (1968 TV series)
The Bumstead family.
|Also known as||''The New Blondie''|
|Created by||Chic Young|
|Written by||Danny Simon|
|Directed by||Norman Abbott
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||14 (1 unaired)|
|Executive producer(s)||Al Brodax|
Irving Paley (assistant)
|Running time||24 mins.|
|Production company(s)||Kayro Productions
King Features Syndicate
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution (worldwide)
CBS Television Distribution (USA)
|Original release||September 26, 1968– January 9, 1969|
Blondie (also known as The New Blondie) is an American sitcom that aired on CBS during the 1968–69 television season. The series is an updated version of the 1957 TV series that was based on the comic strip of the same name. The series stars Patricia Harty at the title character and Will Hutchins as her husband Dagwood Bumstead. Jim Backus played Dagwood's boss Mr. Dithers, with his real life wife Henny Backus playing Cora Dithers. The series also featured the noted child character actress Pamelyn Ferdin as the Bumstead's daughter, Cookie, and character actor Bryan O'Byrne as the hapless mailman, always getting run over by Dagwood hurrying out the door, late for work.
Blondie stars Patricia Harty and Will Hutchins as Blondie and Dagwood Bumstead, a suburban couple raising a precocious daughter. Plots mixed typical sitcom tropes from home life and work life. The series is best remembered for its opening theme, which featured the comic strip characters in animated form before transforming into the actors playing the characters.
Like the 1957 version, which lasted only one season, the series was not a hit, lasting a total of 13 weeks before being canceled.
- Patricia Harty as Blondie
- Will Hutchins as Dagwood Bumstead
- Jim Backus as Mr. Dithers
- Pamelyn Ferdin as Cookie
- Peter Robbins as Alexander
- Henny Backus as Mrs. Cora Dithers
- Bobbi Jordan as Tootsie Woodley
- Bryan O'Byrne as the mailman Mr. Beasley
Ferdin and Robbins would later reunite on the 1969 television special It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown and the 1969 film A Boy Named Charlie Brown, being the last time Robbins played Charlie Brown.
This version of the series, jointly produced by CBS Productions (which owns the distribution rights in the United States), King Features Syndicate and Kayro Productions, ran from September 26, 1968, to January 9, 1969.
|1||"Sayanora Dagwood"||September 26, 1968||1|
|2||"My Camp Runneth Over"||October 3, 1968||8|
|3||"Blondie-Flower Child"||October 10, 1968||4|
|4||"The Gladiators"||October 17, 1968||9|
|5||"Angel in Disguise"||October 31, 1968||10|
|6||"Dither's Damned Dog"||November 7, 1968||2|
|7||"Dagwood the Wheeler Dealer"||November 14, 1968||6|
|8||"Blondie's Good Citizen"||November 21, 1968||3|
|9||"Blondie's Birthday"||December 5, 1968||13|
|10||"Marriage Menders"||December 12, 1968||5|
|11||"Blondie's Masquerade"||December 19, 1968||11|
|12||"Once Upon a Guru"||December 26, 1968||7|
|13||"Pick on a Bully Your Own Size"||January 9, 1969||14|
|14||"Run Buddy Run"||N/A||--|
- Blondie Goes to Hollywood, by Carol Lynn Scherling. Albany, 2010. BearManor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-401-9.