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The Banana Splits
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TV Series
    (September 7, 1968-September 5, 1970)
    Saturday morning children's show modeled on Rowan and Martin's Laugh In
    Featured a gorilla (Bingo), a lion (Drooper), a dog (Fleegle), and an elephant (Snorky) and their adventures playing in a rock band, telling jokes, and their rivalry with the Sour Grapes Gang
    Between the Banana Splits skits, cartoon shorts were shown, including 'The Arabian Knights,' 'The Three Musketeers,' 'The Adventures of Gulliver' and the live action adventure series 'Danger Island'
    Original title, 'The Banana Bunch'
    Full title was 'The Banana Splits Adventure Hour'
    Also known as 'The Banana Splits and Friends'
    The original series has been hopelessly chopped up for syndication and DVD release (and some segments lost) so that watching the show as it was originally broadcast is impossible.
    Some of the humor was way over the heads of the target third grade and under crowd and some of the violence pushed the envelope for the same audience.
    That damn theme song over and over again which somehow reached #97 on the Billboard charts and has been recorded by Liz Phair.
    Two sets of men wore the animal suits -- one for acting, one for the band sets -- and another three men provided the voices.
    They had a hit album!
    There was a surprising amount of talent behind/in the show, including Richard Donner,, Jan-Michael Vincent, Shari Lewis and Paul Winchell.
    They inspired cartoons and comic books and their merchandise has been in great demand then and now.
    Shirley Hillstrom, who played Charley, a member of the Sour Grapes Gang, has developed a cult like following over the years.
    It was as much fun to watch as anything in the history of television.

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