The original show started with the teaser, then the opening credits, then a repeat segment from the first season of "The Archie Show", then new funhouse stuff including Thunderbolt Theater and the Giant Jukebox songs. Then another segment from the first season was shown, and then a Dance of the Week from the first season and a song from the first season were shown.
Archie and his friends had already enjoyed twenty-seven years of popularity in comic book form by the time they made it to Saturday morning television. The various Archies series (nine over the course of twenty years) mixed quick, Laugh-In inspired comic sketches with adventures and pop music.
Archie's Funhouse announced the return to a half-hour format for the kids from Riverdale High, as Filmation spun Sabrina the Teenage Witch off into a series of her own. Funhouse took the emphasis off of the musical group The Archies (a real band fronted by studio musician Ron Dante, with the number one hit "Sugar, Sugar" to their credit), and although their music was still a major part of the program, the format changed to more of a variety-oriented show.
"Archie's Fun House" was originally shown as a one-hour show on CBS in 1970/71. The fun house segments of the previous season's "Archie's Comedy Hour" were so popular and successful, that it was decided to create a 30-minute show wrapped around this format. However, the Archie franchise was still incredibly popular, so CBS still wanted a one-hour show for them. So elements of the first season show, "The Archie Show" were incorporated with the new animation to create a one-hour show called "Archie's Fun House." When the show later went into syndication, the old material was removed, and "Archie's Fun House" became a 30-minute show.
The animated show was added to footage of a live-action audience of children sitting in a theater "watching" Archie and the gang as they performed music and short comedic sketches, known as ‘blackouts.' This is the series that featured ‘Archie's Giant Jukebox,' a popular attraction at Archie's Funhouse. The original show started with the teaser, then the opening credits, then a repeat segment from the first season of "The Archie Show", then new funhouse stuff including Thunderbolt Theater and the Giant Jukebox songs. Then another segment from the first season was shown, and then a Dance of the Week from the first season and a song from the first season were shown.
Many critics of Saturday morning television consider this to be the strongest of the Archie series, but after one year, it was time for yet another name change, this time to Everything's Archie.
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