Remember that one day when you could wake up without an alarm? When you would get your favorite bowl of cereal and sit between the hours of 8 and 12? This is a blog dedicated to the greatest time of our childhood: Saturday mornings. The television programs you watched, the memories attached to them, and maybe introducing you to something you didn't realize existed. Updated every weekend.
Foofur with his gang: Fencer, Louis, Rocki, Fritz-Carlos, Annabell & Hazel.
Created by Phil Mendez, the series centered
on the titular Foofur (Frank Welker), a blue bloodhound who inhabited
his late master’s mansion at 32 Maple Street in the town of Willowby. Living
with him was a ragtag band of strays, including his niece Rocki (Christina
Lange); street-smart bulldog
Louis (Dick Gautier); sensitive and near-sighted Old English
Sheepdog Annabell (Susan Tolsky), who had feelings for Louis; hoity toity cocker spaniel Hazel
(Pat Carroll) and her French, mustachioed Miniature Schnauzer
husband Fritz-Carlos (Jonathan Schmock); and martial arts enthusiast cat Fencer
(Eugene Williams), who spoke in jive and wore a samurai headband. Additionally,
three Rat Brothers claiming “squatters rights” were also on hand: Sammy (Chick
Vennera), Baby (Peter Cullen) and Chucky (Allan Melvin mostly, sometimes
Welker). They generally took delight in tormenting Fencer, however were not above
helping out Foofur and the gang when it benefitted them in some way.
Escrow and a client being run off by a ghost trick.
chief antagonist was executor of the estate Mrs. Amelia Escrow (Susan Silo),
whose attempts to sell the property were always foiled by Foofur and company
without her knowledge. Only her chihuahua Pepe (Don Messick)
knew about the residents and always got his comeuppance when he tried to expose
them. Additionally, they were harassed by a pair of dogcatchers, Mel (David
Doyle) and Harvey (Michael Bell); a local gang of cats led by Vinnie (Cullen);
and on a personal level for Foofur, arrogant Afghan Hound Burtrand
(William Callaway) constantly making a play for his girlfriend, basset hound Dolly (Susan
“A Little off the Top / A Clean Sweep” (9/13/86) – Helping
Fritz get over his hair loss is complicated by half his mustache being shaved
off. / While the dogs clean the house, dogcatchers come to clean them out for Mrs.
“A Moving Experience” (9/20/86) – While helping a pregnant
dog give birth, the gang must keep movers from absconding with their house due
to an address mix up.
“Dogstyles of the Rich & Famous” (9/27/86) – Mrs. Escrow
stays in the house while the paint in hers dries, leading the dogs to a fancy mansion
where a burglary is in progress.
“Foofur Falls in Love” (10/4/86) – A basset hound turns
Foofur’s head, but he has some competition for her affection.
“The Last Resort / Thicker than Water” (10/11/86) – Rocki
befriends an obedience school runaway. / Foofur is prepared to donate blood to
Fencer when Foofur believes he was injured after being angrily dismissed for
getting Dolly’s collar stuck on himself.
“Hot Over the Collar / A-Job Hunting We Will Go” (10/18/86) –
Mel and Harvey set up a phony dog show to trap the dogs. / Pepe makes the dogs
work odd jobs to earn the $100 to pay Mrs. Escrow’s house tax before they’re
all kicked out.
“A Royal Pain / Nothing to Sneeze At” (10/25/86) – Fencer
attempts to find new homes for a group of cats that were tossed out of theirs. /
Fencer catches a cold after the dogs give him a bath.
“Country Club Chaos / You Dirty Rat” (11/1/86) – Foofur,
Rocki, Fencer and Dolly attempt to save a fox cub from a group of hunters. /
Foofur kicks the Rat Brothers out of the house and they go to a shipyard rat
“This Little Piggy’s on TV / Fencer’s Freaky Friday”
(11/8/86) – The dogs try to help a pig reconnect with his now-famous
girlfriend. / Superstitious twins decide to go on a treasure hunt on Friday the
“Legal Beagles / Bon Voyage Rocki” (11/15/86) – A con
artist’s dog fakes an injury and threatens to sue Mrs. Escrow. / Rocki is faced
with a choice: stay with Foofur or go out to see with her father.
“Russian Through New York / Fritz-Carlos Bombs Out” (11/22/86)
– A guided tour turns into protection duty when the dogs must protect a Russian
dog from a pair of thieves. / Hazel’s old boyfriend comes to visit, making
Fritz very jealous.
“New Tricks” (11/29/86) – Rocki is kidnapped to perform her
tricks in a circus act.
“Mad Dogs and Englishmen” (12/6/86) – Louis, Foofur and
Fencer head to London to rescue Annabell from an English spy.
“Pepe’s Pet Peeve / Clothes Make the Dog” (9/3/87) – Pepe
recruits help to remove a dog named Killer from Mrs. Escrow’s house. / Pepe asks
Foofur for help in winning the heart of a poodle from the dog show.
“Boot Camp Blues / My Pharaoh Lady” (9/10/87) – Fritz tries
to reenlist for the Foreign Legion but instead ends up in the Army with Foofur
and Louis. / Fencer’s interest in an archaeologist’s cat leads him to learn he
may be related to a mummified cat.
“Winging It / Alone at Last, Darling” (9/17/87) - / Foofur
helps Fritz and Hazel get onto a cruise.
“The Dog’s Meow / What Price Fleadom?” (10/3/87) – Louis is
hypnotized into believing he’s a cat. / Circus fleas end up moving into Hazel’s
“Just Bumming Around / Friend Foofur’s Foul Up” (10/10/87) –
Rocki is grounded when she runs away with Irma’s pups. / Foofur and a lookalike
friend trade places with Burt knowing about the switch.
“Fencer Finds a Family / Tooth or Consequences” (10/17/87) –
A prank causes Fencer to decide to leave the group. / Foofur is too afraid of
going to the dentist to get his toothache dealt with.
“Just Like Magic / The Nose Knows” (10/24/87) – A Magician chooses
to practice at the house just as the Rat Brothers convince Fencer he’s on his
last life. / Foofur teaches Rocki how to track.
“Louis Sees the Light / Weekend in the Condo” (10/31/87) –
Louis must keep his seeing-eye dog friend safe from Mel and Harvey. / The dogs
must foil an attempted condo burglary.
“Puppy Love / Annabell Goes Punk” (11/7/87) – Rocki gets a
crush on the star of some dog food ads, but Foofur has his doubts about him. / A
makeover causes Annabell to start hanging out with a new group of friends.
“Rocki’s Big Fib / Bye, Bye, Birdie” (11/14/87) – Foofur thinks
Rocki is lying about a white alligator in the sewers while the Rat Brothers are
lying to get out of paying a cheese tax. / The dogs think Fencer swallowed
Mrs. Escrow’s canary.
“Fencer Gets Soul / You Bet Your Life” (11/21/87) – Fencer
plans to join a singing group in New Orleans. / A crooked dog gets Hazel
addicted to rat race games.
“Annabell Gets Framed / Scary Harry” (11/28/87) – Accidentally
wearing Mrs. Escrow’s glasses shows that Annabell needs some of her own. / Rocki
undergoes an initiation to join a club by staying overnight in a condemned dog
“Look Homeward, Foofur” (12/5/87) – Foofur reminisces about
his past and how he met his friends.