The U.S. of Archie

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The U.S. of Archie
The U.S. of Archie.jpg
Genre Comedy, Historical
Created by Bob Montana (characters)
John Goldwater (comic)
Directed by Hal Sutherland
Starring Dallas McKennon
Howard Morris
Jane Webb
John Erwin
Voices of Dallas McKennon
Howard Morris
Jane Webb
John Erwin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Norm Prescott
Lou Scheimer
Running time 30 minutes (with commercials)
Production company(s) Filmation
Release
Original network CBS
Audio format Mono
Original release September 7, 1974 – September 1976
Chronology
Preceded by Archie's TV Funnies
Followed by The New Archie and Sabrina Hour

The U.S. of Archie is a Saturday morning cartoon show on CBS from September 7, 1974 to September 1976. A spin-off of the popular Archie comic books and television show, it featured Archie, Jughead, and the other Riverdale High student regulars re-enacting famous scenes throughout American history, taking full advantage of the Bicentennial in the months leading up to it. These re-enactments were termed by Archie during the show to be historical accounts featuring the "ancestors" of the current Archie gang; surprisingly, these ancestors were nearly identical to Archie et. al. and were seemingly close friends of famous people in several eras of American history. It was produced by Filmation founders and producers Lou Scheimer and Norm Prescott.

The musical segments appear after the episode ends, which are songs about the covered topic. The characters were slightly re-drawn with new clothing but some of the animations were recycled.

It ran for a total of sixteen episodes, but due to its educational agenda, lacked the music and comedy elements which had made the other Archie cartoons so successful. After spending its first four months on Saturday mornings, it was moved to the less-popular Sunday morning schedule in January 1975, where it remained in repeats until September 1976.

Jackie Mills, a Hollywood producer, produced all of the music for The U.S. of Archie. Jackie had also produced Bobby Sherman and the Brady Bunch Kids. The lead singer on The U.S. of Archie was Tom McKenzie, who earlier appeared on some of the Groovie Goolies's songs. Tom was a member of the Doodletown Pipers singing group, which also included Augie Johnson, Oren Waters, Mic "Michele" Bell, Teresa Graves, and Dean Chapman.

Beginning on March 29, 2010, U.S. of Archie started airing on the Retro Television Network.

Voices

Episodes

No. Title Original air date
1 "The Underground Railroad" September 7, 1974 (1974-09-07)
2 "Gold" September 14, 1974 (1974-09-14)
3 "The Day of the Ladies" September 21, 1974 (1974-09-21)
4 "The Star Spangled Banner" September 28, 1974 (1974-09-28)
5 "The Wright Brothers" October 5, 1974 (1974-10-05)
6 "The Roughrider" October 12, 1974 (1974-10-12)
7 "The Golden Spike" October 19, 1974 (1974-10-19)
8 "Flame of Freedom" October 26, 1974 (1974-10-26)
9 "There She Blows" November 2, 1974 (1974-11-02)
10 "Stay Not These Men" November 9, 1974 (1974-11-09)
11 "The Giver" November 16, 1974 (1974-11-16)
12 "Mr. Watson, Come Here" November 23, 1974 (1974-11-23)
13 "The Crime of Ignorance" November 30, 1974 (1974-11-30)
14 "The Great Divide" December 7, 1974 (1974-12-07)
15 "Fulton's Folly" December 14, 1974 (1974-12-14)
16 "Wizard of Menlo Park" December 21, 1974 (1974-12-21)

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