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School and the Backyard Gang was an American variety television show that aired intermittently from 1962 to 2002. Created by Julie Aigner-Clark (Not the On

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The Cast

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e you are thinking of) and produced by Walt Disney Productions, the program was first televised from 1962 to 1968 by CBS, featuring a regular but ever-changing cast of mostly teen performers. Reruns were broadcast by ABC on weekday afternoons during the 1968 Season, right after American Bandstand.

Series Plot Edit

When Childrens' Television was popular with younger audiences, Disney executives felt that it had become dated over the years. Their Answer was to create a TV Show, One geared toward contemporary audiences. The Backyard Gang had Rainbow Shirts. This version of the series is notable for featuring a number of cast members who went on to international success in music and acting, including Connie Stevens, John Vassar, Kelly Vrooman, Steve Jobs, Bob Fretz, Anthony Field, and Caroline Lopez (Yopez). This Version had studio audience, a fairly small group.

Former Backyard Gang Member Connie Stevens guest starred on an episode during the revival's first season. Stevens, along with John Vassar, Miles Henderson, Bob Fretz, Iesha Couric, and Kelly Vrooman on the Revival's 69th Episode, during Season 4. Maddie Thompson and Anthony Field were reunited in the Show's 84th Episode, during Season 5.

Scheduling and air times Edit

From the first through fifth seasons, the series aired Monday through Friday, at 5:30pm. Through Season 6, the show aired Monday to Thursday. In its final season, Season 7, it aired Thursdays only at 7:00 pm (later moved a half hour later, to 7:30). The series premiered Monday, April 24, 1962 , ended production in October 1968, and aired its last original episode in 1996, although Andy Griffiths and the show were pushed past Midnight. Seasons 3 and 5 had the most episodes (55, each season). Seasons 4 and 6 were shorter, having about 35 episodes each. The remaining seasons were a standard 45 episodes (44 in Season 7), each.

Plays Edit

The show was known for its sketch comedy. Some of the sketches played off well-known movies, musicals and even cartoons, as well as holiday-related skits. During the final season, some of the skits showed everyday occurrences experienced by teens, often teaching viewers a lesson on how to handle real-life situations.

Music Videos Edit

The series featured music videos of the Backyard Gang singing their versions of popular songs in front of a live studio audience. This became one of the most popular segments.

Concerts and Preformances Edit

A unique feature to the show was the Backyard Gang performing concerts on certain days (which were usually taped the day before or in the summer, when the kids had more time). During the final season, the concerts were replaced primarily by live performances that featured singing and dancing in front of the audience.

Theme Days Edit

This Version had Different Themes like the Upcoming Revival.

The Themes Were Edit

  • Symphony of Fun Day – Mondays (Seasons 1–5), Tuesdays (Season 6)
  • Guest Star Day – Tuesdays (Seasons 1–5), Mondays (Season 6)
  • Surprise Day – Wednesdays (seasons 1–5)
  • Poetry Day – Thursdays (Seasons 1–4, 6), Fridays (season 5)
  • World of Colors Day – Fridays (Seasons 1–4), Thursdays (Season 5), Wednesdays (Season 6)

Backyard Gang Roster Edit

The 33 Backyard Gang members and the seasons they were featured in:


Backyard Gang Members
Backyard Gang Members Year(s) Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Marlee Mantin 1964-1965, 1968
David Luther 1962-1965
Emmi Morton 1962-1965 * - -
Jamal Long 1962-1965 * - -
Rachel Riddle 1962-1963 * - - -
Bobby "Buzz" Watkins 1963-1965 * - - -
Miles Clark 1963-1965, 1968 * - - -
Sarah Smith 1963-1964 - - - -
Murray Mason 1963-1965 - - - - -
William "Shing-Ying" Yao 1963 - - - - - -
Don Grady 1963 - - - - - -
Levell Ganders 1965 - - -
Kenny Long 1964 - -
Antonio Telfer 1964 - -
Iesha Couric 1962-1965 - -
Connie Stevens 1962-1966 - - - -
Nick "Nicky" Anderson 1962-1965 - - - -
Anna "Annie" Douglas 1962-1965 - - -
Emmanuel "Emily" Clark 1963-1964 - - -
Maddie Thompson 1964-1968 - - -
Carrie "Caroline" Lopez/Yopez 1964-1968 - - -
Steve Jobs 1964-1967 - - -
Aline Fretz 1964-1968 - - -
Kelly Vrooman 1964-1968 - - -
Anthony Field 1967-1968 - - - - -
Johnny "John" Vassar 1968 - - - - -
Robert "Bob" Fretz 1967 - - - - -

See Also Edit

Refrences Edit

  • A Episode of "Steven Universe" shows the Season 3 Cast (David, Emmi, Jamal, Annie, Connie, Kelly, Steve, Aline, Maddie, Addie, Caroline, Iesha, Nicky, Buzz, Murray, Sarah, Antonio, Miles, Emily, Joe, Kenny, and Marlee)
  • Rachel, Jamal, Emmi, and David are in the Berenstein Bears (2003 TV Series)


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