1 9 7 1 – 1 9 7 6 (USA)
60 minute episodes
After being a supporting act on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Groovie Goolies spun off a year later as kind of a comic rapid-fire ghoul revue.
The thin storyline had a group of monsters – the Groovie Goolies – who resided at Horrible Hall as boarders of Tom Drac the vampire (voiced by Larry Storch); his wife Hagatha (Jane Webb), who had a cat called Salem and a mischievous broom called Broom Hilda (also voiced by Jane Webb); and their son Frankie, who resembled Dr Frankenstein’s monster and had a pet dinosaur named Rover.
Among the joke-spewing renters were Wolfie the wolfman (Howard Morris); the Thing Eating Plant; Orville Mummy; Dr Jekyll-Hyde the two-headed doctor; Fatso and Batso the vampire kids; the disembodied Ghoulihand; Bella La Ghostly the switchboard operator; the Ask It Casket; Boneapart the collapsing skeleton, and various other rocking ghosts.
It concluded with a Laugh-In-type joke wall segment, just one aspect of the series that was influenced by the NBC nighttime variety show which ran from 1968-73.
After a year’s run, the series ran in repeats in 1975 as a stopgap replacement after Uncle Crocs Block failed.