CULT FACTION

For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

The U.S. of Archie

The U.S. of Archie was a Saturday morning cartoon that originally ran from September 7, 1974 to September 1976. A spinoff 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, even though this meant they had identical ancestors who were always close friends in nearly every era 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. The series was an instant flop. 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.

Related Posts
Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999)

Based on Marilyn Sadler and Roger Bollen's book of the same name, Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century was directed Read more

The Secret of the Sword (1985)

He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword was produced by Filmation. Although released before the series She-Ra: Princess of Read more

The Secret of Isis

The Secret of Isis aka Isis ran for two seasons (a total of 22 episodes) between 1975 and 1977. It starred Read more

The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty

The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty is a children's television show alternating animation and live footage segments. It took the Read more

The Rise of Skywalker – One 40 Something’s ‘Obsessed Fanboy’ pre-release thoughts…

No one likes an 'I told you so', so let's get the unpleasant bit out of the way. I told Read more

The New Adventures of Superman

The New Adventures of Superman is a series of six-minute animated Superman adventures produced by Filmation that were broadcast between Read more

The New Adventures of Gilligan

The New Adventures of Gilligan is basically the same plot as the original sitcom Gilligan's Island. It ran for two seasons Read more

The Hardy Boys

The Hardy Boys is an animated series, produced by Filmation and aired Saturday mornings on ABC in 1969. It featured Read more

The Brady Kids

The Brady Kids was an animated television series, produced by Filmation in association with Paramount Television and seen on ABC from 1972 to Read more

Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle

"The jungle: Here I was born; and here my parents died when I was but an infant. I would have Read more

Founded Cult Faction in 2014; previously crawled out of the Black Lodge in 1976, only to find himself in the Village.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: