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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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.
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||Year(s)||Seasons|
|Marlee Mantin||1964-1965, 1968|
|Bobby "Buzz" Watkins||1963-1965||*||-||-||-|
|Miles Clark||1963-1965, 1968||*||-||-||-|
|William "Shing-Ying" Yao||1963||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Nick "Nicky" Anderson||1962-1965||-||-||-||-|
|Anna "Annie" Douglas||1962-1965||-||-||-|
|Emmanuel "Emily" Clark||1963-1964||-||-||-|
|Carrie "Caroline" Lopez/Yopez||1964-1968||-||-||-|
|Johnny "John" Vassar||1968||-||-||-||-||-|
|Robert "Bob" Fretz||1967||-||-||-||-||-|
See Also 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)