Ding Dong School
|Ding Dong School|
|Presented by||Frances Horwich|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||25 Minutes|
|Original release||November 24, 1952 – December 28, 1956|
Ding Dong School, billed as "the nursery school of the air", was a half-hour children's TV show which began on WNBQ-TV (now WMAQ-TV) in Chicago, Illinois a few months before its four-year run on NBC (albeit still produced in the WNBQ studios).
The program was presented from a child's point of view. A 1953 magazine article reported, "Low-angled cameras see everything at Lilliputian eye-level, stories and activities are paced at the slow rate just right for small ears and hands."
A precursor to both Sesame Street and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, the show was hosted live by Frances Horwich (aka "Miss Frances"), and at one point was the most popular TV series aimed at preschoolers.
The show and its host, Miss Frances, were mentioned in the comic strip Peanuts in 1955 and 1956. In the February 20, 1956 Peanuts comic, Lucy refers to the "Ding Dong School" tv show as the one that her mother allows her to watch if she eats all of her breakfast.
The show was revived in 1959 as a syndicated program, now videotaped and distributed by National Telefilm Associates. This iteration ran until 1965.
Five NBC kinescoped episodes from 1954-1955 are housed at the Library of Congress, in the J. Fred and Leslie W. MacDonald Collection.
- "Ding Dong School". Radio and Television Mirror 41 (1): 16–17. December 1953.
- Ding Dong School at the Internet Movie Database
- Ding Dong School is available for free download at the Internet Archive
- Tribute Website
- MST3K-style Parody
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