October 01, 2022

SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH (1970)

 

SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH (1970) / SABRINA AND THE GROOVIE GOOLIES / THE SABRINA COMEDY HOUR
(CBS, September 12- December 26, 1970)
 
Filmation Associates

 

 

MAIN CAST:

Jane WebbSabrina Spellman, Aunt Hilda, Aunt Zelda, Della the Head Witch, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Miss Grundy, Big Ethel, various
Dallas McKennonSalem, Archie Andrews, Hot Dog, Mr. Weatherbee, Pop Tate, Mr. Lodge, Coach Kleats, various
Howard Morris – Ambrose, Jughead Jones, Moose Mason, Dilton Doiley, Hot Dog Jr., various
Don Messick – Harvey Kinkle, Spencer, Chili Dog, various
John ErwinReggie Mantle, Hexter, various
Treva Frazee – Ophelia
Larry Mann – Boneapart, various
Larry Storch – Drac, Hagatha, Ghoulihand, Batso, Ratso, Icky, various

 

 For the history of Sabrina, check out the post here.

 

When Filmation acquired the rights to adapt Archie ComicsSabrina, the Teenage Witch, she was still a fairly new and minor character; only appearing sporadically in the pages of the anthology Archie’s Mad House. To test her out with audiences, it was decided to include her as part of the expanded The Archie Show, The Archie Comedy Hour. The Sabrina segments proved a hit with audiences, and for her second season on the air she was split off into her own series. Sort of.


Sabrina with her cousins Wolfie, Drac and Frankie.

In similar fashion, Filmation had another untested property they wanted to do. Called The Groovie Goolies, it was their comedic take on the Universal Monsters combined with a healthy dose of Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. Since both featured witches, they paired them up with Sabrina to form Sabrina and The Groovie Goolies (alternatively known as The Sabrina Comedy Hour). Both shows were developed by Jack Mendelsohn, with Jim Mulligan also working on Goolies.


Sabrina with Salem.


 The first half hour focused on the adventures of Sabrina Spellman (Jane Webb), your ordinary teenage girl attending ordinary Riverdale High. Well, ordinary except for the fact that she was a witch accidentally created by her aunts, Hilda and Zelda (both also Webb). They sought to create another wicked witch like themselves and instead mixed in the ingredients for a typical teenaged girl. Residing with them was their magical cat, Salem (Dallas McKennon), and occasionally popping in to cause trouble was warlock cousin Ambrose (Howard Morris, replacing John Erwin from the previous season). Sabrina’s human friends consisted of her bumbling boyfriend Harvey Kinkle (Don Messick), best friend Ophelia (Treva Frazee), girl-crazy Archie Andrews (McKennon), mischievous Reggie Mantle (Erwin), girl-next-door Betty Cooper, spoiled rich girl Veronica Lodge (both Webb), eternally-hungry Jughead Jones, big lummox Moose Mason, and genius Dilton Doiley (all Morris). Head witch Della (Webb) frequently popped in to give Sabrina a headache; especially when tasking her with watching her naughty nephew, Hexter (Erwin).

Rocking out with the Goolies.

The second half hour focused on the Goolies, who were members of a band based out of a creepy castle called Horrible Hall. The primary group was comprised of Drac (Larry Storch), a pastiche of Dracula, the short-tempered leader who played the pipe organ; Frankie (Howard Morris, doing a loose impersonation of Boris Karloff), based on Frankenstein’s monster, who was the easygoing head of the Muscleleum Gymnasium and played either bone xylophones or drums (later misinformation would call Frankie the son of Drac and Hagatha); and Wolfie (also Morris), based on the wolfman, who spoke in a mix of beatnik, surfer and hippie slang and played a lyre-like instrument. Despite the separation of the two shows, the characters often crossed over. The Goolies were said to be Sabrina’s cousins, and typically she had to try and keep their true natures a secret from her mortal friends lest her own witchcraft be exposed. 


Sabrina spending time with Aunts Hilda and Zelda.


 Sabrina and the Groovie Goolies debuted on CBS on September 12, 1970. The series was written by Mendelsohn and Mulligan with Bob Ogle, Chuck Menville, Len Janson, Jim Ryan and Bill Danch. The series’ music was provided by Horta-Mahana Corp. and Jan Moore, with the background score done by Ray Ellis and David Jeffrey. The series was a hit, becoming the highest-rated children’s program of 1970. Despite that, however, this would be the last time new episodes of Sabrina would be produced until 1977 in The New Archie and Sabrina Hour.

Worlds collide.


For the 1971 season, CBS split up the two shows into their own half-hours. Reruns of both seasons’ worth of episodes continued on Saturday morning under the newly-titled Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. The Groovie Goolies became its own entity, completely omitting Sabrina from their intro, and was moved to Sunday morning to air alongside Tom and Jerry; however, they remained in the Sabrina episodes in which they appeared. Sabrina remained on the network until 1973 and would be sold into syndication with Archie and Goolies in 1976.

Sabrina and The Archie gang.


With Sabrina’s new media attention, Archie finally gave her a series of her own with the first volume of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch in 1971. Before that, Sabrina began appearing as a regular feature in the anthology series Archie’s TV Laugh-Out (a play on the Laugh-In title), which starred all of Archie’s televised characters and introduced Harvey and Ambrose alongside Comedy Hour. Episodes of the series were released as part of the Archie & Friends compilations Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Archie’s Classic Cartoons by Nostalgia Ventures in 2004. A complete series DVD set was released by Classic Media in 2012, followed by a 10 episode collection from 20th Century Fox. The series set was reissued by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment in 2019.
 
 

EPISODE GUIDE (see The Archie Comedy Hour for the previous season):
“Short Changed / Rose-Colored Glasses” (9/12/70) – Reggie comes over for lunch and ends up doused with a shrinking potion by Hilda. / Hilda’s rose-colored glasses give Mr. Weatherbee a skewed view of the world.
 
“Mis-Guided Tour / Living Dolls” (9/19/70) – Sabrina’s bringing Hexter on a class trip has Miss Grundy doubting her sanity. / Hida shrinks the Goolies and they’re discovered by The Archies.
 
“That Old Track Magic / Cake Bake” (9/26/70) – A concussion causes Ambrose to help Riverdale high’s oppoents in the track meet. / Hagatha and Hilda fight dirty to beat each other in a cake-baking contest.
 
“Moose’s Alter-Falter / Hot Rod Derby” (10/3/70) – Sabrina must get Moose’s good and bad sides back under control. / Sabrina gets roped into helping Wolfie with the local car race.
 
“Mortal Terror / The Bear Facts” (10/10/70) – Della grants Sabrina’s wish to be mortal, which ends up spoiling her bowling date with Reggie. / Riverdale High’s photography class decides to set up in the same area the Goolies have decided to inhabit.
 
“Weather or Not / Child Care” (10/17/70) – Sabrina’s magic-altering illness ends up getting Jughead expelled from school. / Sabrina conjures a dragon to entertain her Goolie cousins, but it ends up going out of control in town.
 
“Flying Sorcery / Witches Golf Open” (10/24/70) – Reggie catches Sabrina emerging from a flying saucer. / The Archies play caddy for Hilda and the Goolies during a nighttime golf game.
 
“Too Many Cooks / Rummage Sale” (10/31/70) – Archie and Reggie make a bet to stay in an empty mansion the same night as an annual witches gathering there. / The Goolies’ contributions to the school’s rummage sale ends up leading to problems for Sabrina.
 
“Ambrose’s Amulet / High School Drop-Ins” (11/7/70) – Ambrose loans Big Ethel his amulet, forgetting it changes people into animals. / The Goolies decide to get a high school education.
 
“Auto-Biography / Big Deal” (11/14/70) – Hilda accidentally turns herself into Archie’s car. / Ratso and Batso dog-sit Hot Dog, whom Hauntleroy causes to grow as large as a house.
 
“Tragic Magic / Frankie” (11/21/70) – Jughead enlists Sabrina’s help to be a better magician for the charity magic show. / Frankie just wants to help out his friends, but all his efforts always end in disaster.
 
“A Nose for News / Beached” (11/28/70) – When Reggie is made editor of the school paper he starts blackmailing his fellow students with their embarrassing secrets. / Sabrina’s beach day is spent keeping the Goolies hidden and protecting her friends from bullies.
 
“Ouch” (12/5/70) – Sabrina must keep Hilda’s loud music from disturbing the neighbors.
 
“Smog” (12/12/70) – Sabrina must intervene when smoke from Horrible Hall gets Archie’s Pollution Committee to investigate.
 
“Dirty Pool” (12/19/70) – Sabrina and the Goolies ask The Archies to help stop the pollution of Horrible Hall’s moat by the Crosstown Gang’s car-wash.
 
“The Grayed Outdoors” (12/26/70) – Sabrina and the Goolies must protect the environment from the Crosstown Gang’s construction of a bike track.

SATURDAY MORNING STREAMING SEPTEMBER 2022

 This is what Saturday morning favorites are available to stream this month on the major services. NOTE: Not all titles are available on the 1st, and availability is subject to change at the providers' discretion.



The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo

A Pup Named Scooby-Doo

Amethyst: Princess of Gem World (DC Nation shorts)

Angelina Ballerina

Atom Ant

Back at the Barnyard

Batman Beyond

Batman: The Animated Series

Blaze and the Monster Machines

Bobby’s World

Bunnicula

Busytown Mysteries

Cadillacs and Dinosaurs

Cave Kids

Cool McCool

CyberSix (certain areas)

Denver the Last Dinosaur

Dog City

Droopy: Master Detective

Duck Dodgers

Flying Rhino Junior High

Freakazoid!

Garfield & Friends

The Gumby Show

Horseland

LEGO Ninjago

Max & Ruby

Medabots

Mister T

Monster Rancher

My Pet Monster

Mythic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend

Ned’s Newt

The New Scooby-Doo Movies

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures

Pelswick

Pokémon the Series: Gold and Silver

Pokémon the Series: Ruby & Saffire

Pokémon the Series: XY

Pokémon the Series: XYZ

Popeye and Son

Pound Puppies (2010)

The Real Ghostbusters

ReBoot

Richie Rich

Rusty Rivets

Sabrina’s Secret Life

Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!

Shazam! (1974)

Shimmer & Shine

The Smurfs

Sonic Boom

Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM)

Sonic X

SpongeBob SquarePants

Strange Days at Blake Holsey High

Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries

Tales from the Cryptkeeper

Taz-Mania

Tenkai Knights

Thomas and Friends

Tom and Jerry Kids

Tom and Jerry Show

Tom and Jerry Tales

Transformers: Cyberverse

Turtles Forever

Wacky Races (1967)

What’s New, Scooby-Doo?

WildC.A.T.s.: Covert Action Teams

Xiaolin Chronicles

Yogi’s Galaxy Goof-Ups

Yogi’s Space Race

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal



Jackie Chan Adventures

Jeannie

The Karate Kid: The Series

Men in Black: The Series

Monster Rancher (NEW!)

Partridge Family 2200 A.D.

The Real Ghostbusters

ReBoot

Street Fighter: The Series

The Weird Al Show




101 Dalmatians: The Series

Amphibia

Avengers: United They Stand

Big City Greens (NEW EPISODES!)

Big Hero 6: The Series

Bunk’d

Chibi Tiny Tales

Coop and Cami Ask the World

Darkwing Duck

Dino Ranch

Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears

Disney’s Doug (Disney episodes)

Doc McStuffins

DuckTales (2017)

Elena of Avalor

Gargoyles/Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles

The Ghost and Molly McGee

Gigantosaurus

Goof Troop

Hercules: The Animated Series

Jake and the Neverland Pirates

LEGO Star Wars All-Stars

Lilo & Stitch: The Series

The Lion Guard

The Little Mermaid: The Animated Series

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Mickey Mouse

Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series

Milo Murphy’s Law

Mira, Royal Detective

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir

Miraculous World: New York, United Heroez

Miraculous World: Shanghai, the Legend of Ladydragon

The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

The Owl House

Pepper Ann

Pickle and Peanut

Puppy Dog Pals (NEW EPISODES!)

Recess

The Rocketeer (2019)

Roll it Back

Schoolhouse Rock!

Silver Surfer: The Animated Series

The Spectacular Spider-Man (NEW!) (1 season)

Spider-Man (1981)

Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends

Spider-Man Unlimited

Spider-Man: The Animated Series

Spider-Woman

Star vs. the Forces of Evil

Star Wars: Droids

Star Wars: Ewoks

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Tangled: The Series/Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure

Teacher’s Pet

Timon & Pumbaa

Vampirina

Walk the Prank

Wolverine and the X-Men

X-Men: Evolution

X-Men: The Animated Series




Apple and Onion

Aquaman (1967)

Batman Beyond

Batman: The Animated Series

Ben 10 (2005)

Ben 10 (2016)

Ben 10: Omniverse

Beware the Batman

Care Bears: Unlock the Magic

Craig of the Creek

Green Lantern: The Animated Series

Josie and the Pussycats

Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space

Love Monster

Lucas the Spider

Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo!

The Scooby-Doo Show

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

Sesame Street

The Smurfs (1981)

Static Shock

Super Friends

Superman: The Animated Series

The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries

Teen Titans Go! (NEW EPISODES!)

The Batman

Total DramaRama

We Baby Bears

What’s New, Scooby-Doo?

Young Justice




Animaniacs (1993)

Ben 10 (2005)

Ben 10: Omniverse

Doc McStuffins

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (season 9 only)

My Little Pony: Pony Life

Pickle and Peanut

Pikwik Pack

Pinky & the Brain

Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain

Pokémon the Series: XY

Pokémon the Series: XY Kalos Quest

Pokémon the Series: XYZ

Saved by the Bell (1989)

Sonic Boom!

Sonic X

Star vs. the Forces of Evil

Teen Titans Go!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)

The Tick (1994)

Tiny Toon Adventures

Where’s Waldo? (2019) (season 1)

Yu-Gi-Oh!

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal




44 Cats

Angelina Ballerina

Bakugan: Battle Planet

Beyblade Burst Evolution

Beyblade Burst Rise

Beyblade Burst Surge

Beyblade Burst Turbo

DC Super Hero Girls (2019)

Gigantosaurus

Goosebumps

Hotel Transylvania: The Series

LEGO City Adventures

LEGO Friends

LEGO Ninjago (NEW EPISODES!)

The Magic School Bus (1993)

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir (season 1-3)

Molang

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Tales of Canterlot High

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (4 seasons)

Oggy and the Cockroaches

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures

Pokémon Indigo League

Pokémon Journeys

Power Players

Power Rangers Beast Morphers

Power Rangers Dino Fury

Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel

Rabbids Invasion

Saved by the Bell (1989)

Sonic X

The Spectacular Spider-Man

Transformers: Cyberverse

Transformers: Rescue Bots (season 1)

Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy

Winx Club

Yu-Gi-Oh!





The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3

All Grown Up!

Alvinnn!!! And the Chipmunks

Archie’s Weird Mysteries

Blaze and the Monster Machines

Breadwinners

Bunsen is a Beast

The Cassagrandes

ChalkZone

Doug (Nickelodeon episodes)

Garfield and Friends

Heathcliff (1984)

Inspector Gadget (1983)

It’s Pony

LEGO City Adventures

The Loud House

Madeline/The New Adventures of Madeline

Max & Ruby

The New Archies

Oswald

The Penguins of Madagascar

Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Ryan’s Mystery Playdate

Shimmer and Shine

Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM)

SpongeBob SquarePants

Star Trek: The Animated Series

Strawberry Shortcake’s Berry Bitty Adventures

Super Mario World

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) (2 seasons) (NEW EPISODES!)

Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?




3-2-1 Penguins!

Angelina Ballerina

Beethoven: The Series

Fievel’s American Tails

The Mummy: The Animated Series

The New Woody Woodpecker Show

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures

Postman Pat

Roger Ramjet

The Savage Dragon

Saved by the Bell (1989)

Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Bitty Adventures

Strawberry Shortcake: Berry in the Big City

The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat

The Weird Al Show

Where’s Waldo? (2019)

Wing Commander Academy

Yu-Gi-Oh!




The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo

The Adventures of Flash Gordon

The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police

Anatole

Angelina Ballerina

Archie’s Weird Mysteries

Bump in the Night

Cadillacs and Dinosaurs

City Guys

Conan the Adventurer

Cool McCool

DC Nation Shorts

Denver the Last Dinosaur

Dino Squad

Dog City

Flying Rhino Junior High

Freakazoid!

G.I. Joe: Sigma 6

Garfield and Friends

Horseland

Inspector Gadget (1983)

Jem

The Karate Kid: The Series

LEGO Friends

LEGO Ninjago

Littlest Pet Shop (2012)

Madeline/The New Adventures of Madeline

Medabots

The Mini Munsters (ABC Saturday Superstar Movie)

Monster Rancher

My Pet Monster

Mythic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend

Ned’s Newt

The New Archies

Oggy and the Cockroaches

Pelswick

Popeye and Son

Pound Puppies (2010)

ReBoot

Rescue Heroes

Sabrina’s Secret Life

Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo!

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

Shazam! (1974)

Shelldon

Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century

SheZow

Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) (Spanish only)

Sonic X

Stargate: Infinity

Strawberry Shortcake’s Berry Bitty Adventures

The Super Globetrotters

Super Mario World

Tales from the Cryptkeeper

Transformers: Animated

Transformers: Beast Machines

Transformers: Cybertron

Transformers: Energon

Ultraforce

The Wacky World of Tex Avery

The Weird Al Show

Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?

Wild C.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams

Yu-Gi-Oh!

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal