These Are the Days (TV series)

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These Are the Days
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Genre Animated
Voices of Frank Cady
Micky Dolenz
Moosie Drier
Sam Edwards
Jackie Earle Haley
Henry Jones
June Lockhart
Andrew Parks
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 16
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network ABC
Original release September 7, 1974 – September 27, 1975

These Are the Days was a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series produced by the Hanna-Barbera studios and broadcast on ABC from September 7, 1974, to September 27, 1975. The series, although critically acclaimed, only lasted 16 episodes. Each episode had a run time of 30 minutes. The show ran in a similar fashion to the popular television series The Waltons. Along with Devlin, it was also one of the very few dramatic programs to be produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, known primarily for slapstick comedies and action-adventure cartoons. Warner Bros. owns the rights to all three shows, having acquired Lorimar Productions (which produced The Waltons) and Hanna-Barbera Productions.


Set at the turn of the 20th century in an old town called Elmsville, it portrayed the everyday lives of the Day family, which consisted of a widow, her three children and her father. Various family members and their interaction with friends and neighbors, usually ending with a lesson learned.



No. Title Original air date
1 "Sensible Ben" September 7, 1974 (1974-09-07)
An introduction to the Day family and their friends.
2 "The Fire Brigade" September 14, 1974 (1974-09-14)
Grandpa Day loses his job as a fireman when he is told he is too old to do the job.
3 "Danny's Musical Dilemma" September 21, 1974 (1974-09-21)
Danny is torn between doing what he wants to do and what he should do. The Day family has their annual family reunion on the same day as the tryouts for a band that he wants to join. He only has a few hours left to make his decision.
4 "Danny Runs Away" September 28, 1974 (1974-09-28)
Jeff tries to play peacemaker between Ben and Danny, only to have it backfire on him. Danny gets so upset by the situation that he decides to run away from home. Ben and Jeff set out to find their brother before he gets too far away or is injured.
5 "Ben for President" October 5, 1974 (1974-10-05)
Ben decides to make a run for class President and hopes for the support of his family and friends. He finds himself disappointed when one of his supporters becomes a challenger for the job.
6 "The Good Luck Charm" October 12, 1974 (1974-10-12)
7 "Kathy's Job" October 19, 1974 (1974-10-19)
8 "The Runaway Horse" October 26, 1974 (1974-10-26)
9 "How Ben Was Cowed" November 2, 1974 (1974-11-02)
10 "Grandpa and the Great Cyclic Harmonium Swindle" November 9, 1974 (1974-11-09)
11 "The Visitor" November 16, 1974 (1974-11-16)
12 "The Most Precious Gift of All" November 23, 1974 (1974-11-23)
13 "The Spa" September 6, 1975 (1975-09-06)
14 "Hello Mrs. McGivern, Goodbye" September 13, 1975 (1975-09-13)
15 "The Balloon" September 20, 1975 (1975-09-20)
16 "The Feud" September 27, 1975 (1975-09-27)

Home Media releases[edit]

There has yet to be a DVD of the complete series from Warner Archive.

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