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Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales
Genre Live Action/Animation
Starring Charles Nelson Reilly
Jonathan Harris
Alfie Wise
Voices of Kenneth Mars
Allan Melvin
Alan Oppenheimer
Lennie Weinrib
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format Color (initially telecast in Black-and-white)
Original run September 6, 1975 – February 14, 1976

Uncle Croc's Block was a short-lived, hour-long live-action/animated series on ABC, produced by Filmation Associates.

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History

The series parodied other children's series, and was meant to capitalize on NBC's Saturday Night Live, with Charles Nelson Reilly playing the disgruntled titular part, Curt Croc, who hated his job as a children's show host. Also featured were Alfie Wise as his sidekick Mr. Rabbit Ears and Jonathan Harris as the show's director Basil Bitterbottom. Centered around skits were Uncle Croc and a wide variety of parodied characters such as Captain Klangeroo, Bogey Bear, and Steve Exhaustion, The $6.95 Man.

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Cartoon Segments

Between these live-action segments were three cartoon shorts:

  • M-U-S-H (Mangy Unwanted Shabby Heroes): A group of dogs (all voiced by Kenneth Mars) work at at medical base in the arctic. An obvious tongue-in-cheek canine lampoon of M*A*S*H.
  • Fraidy Cat: A cat named Fraidy Cat (voiced by Alan Oppenheimer) is down to his last (of 9, of course!) life and has a constant fear of dying.
  • Wacky and Packy: A prehistoric man and his pet woolly mammoth (both voiced by Allan Melvin) end up trapped in modern times.

Broadcast History

The series premiered @ 10:30 (Eastern), Saturday Morning, September 6, 1975. Unfortunately, Uncle Croc's Block was plastered in network competition with the second half of The Shazam!/Isis Hour (another Filmation property) and Far Out Space Nuts on CBS. The series was cut in half for a 30-minute format, then scrapped on February 14, 1976 after half a season on the air; as a consequence, The ABC Television Network had all but severed ties with Filmation Associates. In an attempt to save ratings, Filmation had planned to repackage the repeated Groovie Goolies episodes as a new segment, redubbed the Super Fiends (capitalizing on the title of rival Hanna-Barbera's Super Friends), but the show was shelved before the change could be incorporated. The popularity of the Goolies and its more striking style might well have helped the sagging ratings. The animated segments were featured in the Filmation syndicated package, The Groovie Goolies and Friends, and would also resurface in the home video market in the 1980s.

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