The Osmonds (TV series)

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The Osmonds
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Directed by Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Jules Bass
Voices of Paul Frees
Iris Rainer
Alan Osmond
Wayne Osmond
Merrill Osmond
Jay Osmond
Donny Osmond
Jimmy Osmond
Country of origin United States
United Kingdom
No. of episodes 17
Production
Producer(s) Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Jules Bass
Running time 30 min.
Production company(s) Rankin/Bass Productions
Halas and Batchelor
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original network ABC
Original release September 9 (1972-09-09) – December 30, 1972 (1972-12-30)

The Osmonds is a 1972 ABC-TV Saturday morning cartoon series produced by Rankin/Bass Productions starring the Osmond Brothers, who all voiced their animated selves. Each episode features the family in a different location around the world, with young Jimmy's antics usually driving the plot of the episode. As with most television series oriented around bands, the Osmonds' songs were featured prominently in the series.

Like The Jackson 5ive, it used an laugh track created by Rankin/Bass.[1]

No. Title Original airdate
1 "And Away They Go" September 9, 1972 (1972-09-09)

The pilot episode, introducing the six brothers, their pet, and Donny's biggest fan. The brothers have a chance to audition to go around the world, but Jimmy and their dog, Fuji ruin their chances.

Songs: "One Bad Apple", "Go Away Little Girl"
2 "China" September 16, 1972 (1972-09-16)

The brothers arrive in China and there are bad vibes in between Jimmy and Fuji. The brothers play a ping pong game for America vs. China.

Songs: "Don't Panic", "Sweet and Innocent"
3 "Jimmy and James in London" September 23, 1972 (1972-09-23)

The brothers visit London and Jimmy is mistaken for a prince who looks exactly like him.

Songs: "In the Rest of My Life", "Why"
4 "Sir Donald of Bavaria" September 30, 1972 (1972-09-30)

The brothers arrive in Bavaria and Donny is sent back in time and meets a princess.

Songs: "Do You Want Me (We Can Make it Together)", "Business"
5 "Paris" October 7, 1972 (1972-10-07)

The brothers are in Paris and they must save a restaurant from going out of business.

Songs: "Promise Me", "Shuckin' and Jivin'"
6 "Monte Carlo" October 14, 1972 (1972-10-14)

The brothers are in Monte Carlo and Jimmy makes a very popular movie. Donny falls for the wrong girl.

Songs: "Wake Up Little Susie", "Getcha Goin' My Way"

Note: The Osmonds single, Crazy Horses, and their album of the same name was released on this date.
7 "Denmark" October 21, 1972 (1972-10-21)

The brothers arrive in Denmark and Jimmy travels with a mermaid underwater.

Songs: "Love Me", "Hold Her Tight"
8 "India" October 28, 1972 (1972-10-28)

The brothers arrive in India and Jimmy makes friends with a genie.

Songs: "And You Love Me", "Hey Girl"
9 "The Yukon" November 4, 1972 (1972-11-04)

Jimmy accidentally books the brothers to go to the Yukon.

Songs: "All I Have to Do Is Dream", "My Drum"
10 "The Black Forest" November 11, 1972 (1972-11-11)

The brothers have to fix a clock or a whole town would be put to sleep forever.

Songs: "Going Going Gone (To Somebody Else)", "Girl"
11 "Italy" November 18, 1972 (1972-11-18)

Jimmy finds a coin worth lots of money and a girl tries to get it from him by going on a date with Donny.

Songs: "What Could It Be", "This Guy's in Love with You"
12 "Australia" November 25, 1972 (1972-11-25)

They visit Australia and a kangaroo falls in love with Jimmy.

Songs: "It's You Babe", "Lonely Boy"
13 "Transylvania" December 2, 1972 (1972-12-02)

They are invited to a vampire's party.

Songs: "Killer Joe", "We All Fall Down"
14 "Rio" December 9, 1972 (1972-12-09)

They visit Rio and Jimmy gets lost at a costume contest.

Songs: "Pretty Blue Eyes", "Hey Mr. Taxi"

Note: This episode was aired on Donny's 15th birthday.
15 "Don Osmondo in Spain" December 16, 1972 (1972-12-16)

The brothers arrive in Spain and Donny becomes a bullfighter to impress a girl.

Songs: "Puppy Love", "Yo-Yo"
16 "Luck of The Osmonds" December 23, 1972 (1972-12-23)

The brothers arrive in Ireland and Jimmy is mistaken for a leprechaun.

Songs: "Down by the Lazy River", "Long Haired Lover from Liverpool"

Note: This episode's air date coincided with Jimmy's "Long Haired Lover from Liverpool" reaching "Christmas number one" in the United Kingdom.
17 "Coming Home to Utah" December 30, 1972 (1972-12-30)

The Osmonds return home to Utah.

Songs: "Utah", "Too Young"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Iverson, Paul R. (February 1994, rev. December 2012), The Advent of the Laugh Track (2nd ed.), Hempstead, New York: Hofstra University Archives Check date values in: |date= (help)

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