Hot Fudge

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Hot Fudge
Also known asThe Hot Fudge Show
GenreChildren's television series
StarringArte Johnson (season 1)
Larry Santos
Ron Coden
Amanda Caruthers
Yolanda Williams
Voices ofBob Elnicky
Larry Santos
Ron Coden
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons4
ProducersBarry Hurd
Bob Elnicky
Running time22–24 minutes
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 1976 (1976-09) –
1980 (1980)

Hot Fudge (also known as The Hot Fudge Show) is an American children's television series that was produced in Detroit by WXYZ-TV (owned and operated at the time by ABC) and distributed by the Lexington Broadcast Services Company.[1] Originally airing only in Detroit beginning in 1974, the show grew in popularity and was syndicated nationally from 1976 to 1980;[2] a few of WXYZ's sister ABC-owned stations (including KGO and WLS) carried the program.


Featuring music, songs, and sketches with live actors and puppets (known as the "Mits") in a manner similar to Sesame Street, the show was originally hosted by Arte Johnson. The duo of the bearded musician Larry (Larry Santos) and green, fuzzy, monster-like puppet Seymour (voiced by producer Bob Elnicky) took over after the first season.

Glenn Denver, a puppet parody of John Denver, released an album titled Glenn Denver Sings Country Songs from the Hot Fudge T.V. Show. Three other Hot Fudge albums were released; The Electric Fuzz's Rock 'N Roll from the Hot Fudge T.V. Show, Larry and Seymour Sing Songs from the Hot Fudge T.V. Show, and Hooray For Friendship and 9 Other Hits from the Hot Fudge T.V. Show, Plus Nine More. All of the albums have been released on CD.

A Hot Fudge episode was submitted to the University of Georgia for a Peabody Award in 1974; though not selected for the award itself, it was retained for the university's Peabody Awards Collection Archives.[3] The show won a Puppeteers of America ACT AWARD in 1976.[4]

Sketches and characters[edit]

  • Holy Moley!: A sketch where a simple-minded man (Ron Coden) tries to outwit problems, but gets socked back.
  • Name That Feeling: Professor Emotion (Ron Coden) hosts a parody of Name That Tune in which there were two versions:
Version 1 (Seasons 1 & 2): The day's "Secret Feeling" is revealed, the puppet contestant is introduced and Professor Emotion tries to get the contestant to feel the "Secret Feeling" shown under the window of the contestant's "isolation booth"
Version 2 (Seasons 3 & 4): Puppet contestants watch a video clip of other puppets and try to guess how they feel. This is shown in two parts with an in-show commercial sandwiched in-between.
  • Write On!: A segment where many of the puppet characters read jokes or riddles sent in by kids.
  • Newsreel: Film footage of various items such as paper being produced would be narrated by various kids in the style of a newsreel.
  • Unreasonable Report: News sketches featuring Harry Unreasonable, a parody of news anchor Harry Reasoner.
  • Hot Fudge Gang/The Mits/Happening!: Various sketches featuring children and adults.
  • Detective Tomato (Ron Coden) giving advice to children then leaving through the door behind him, only to have something happen to him when he goes through.
  • Elton Seymour: Seymour playing a tune in the guise of Elton John, usually featured at the beginning of the show.
  • Mr. Nasty (Ron Coden), who loves being booed by his audience, gives tips on how to be as nasty as him...only to have the tables turned on him by his landlady in the end, prompting the audience to applaud.
  • Amanda Caruthers (later replaced by Yolanda Williams) portraying various characters in sketches, often giving kindly advice to the inquiring puppets.

2007 reunion special[edit]

On Wednesday, December 5, 2007, Detroit PBS member station WTVS presented a 90-minute reunion special, featuring the original cast, including Larry and Seymour. The special featured memories of the program interspersed with clips from the series.[5] A rerun of the episode was aired on December 14, 2007.


  • Music From The Hot Fudge Show - single on S.H.Y. Records (1974)
  • Hooray For Friendship And 9 Other Hits From The Hot Fudge T.V. Show (1996)


  1. ^ "Hot Fudge Show, The @ Toonarific Cartoons". Archived from the original on December 31, 2019. Retrieved Apr 7, 2020.
  2. ^ Woolery, George W. (1985). Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981, Part II: Live, Film, and Tape Series. The Scarecrow Press. pp. 228–229. ISBN 0-8108-1651-2.
  3. ^ "Basic Search: Peabody Awards Collection Archives". Archived from the original on August 11, 2017. Retrieved Apr 7, 2020.
  4. ^ "Marilyn O'Connor Miller - Credentials, Awards, Honors, and Affiliations". Archived from the original on 2007-09-14. Retrieved 2007-11-02.
  5. ^ Info from the TV listings at Archived 2007-12-03 at the Wayback Machine

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