• The Barkleys

    The Barkleys is an American animated television series that ran from 1972 to 1973 on NBC and was produced by

    DePatie–Freleng Enterprises. [1]


    The cartoon – inspired by the CBS sitcom All in the Family[2] – featured an anthropomorphic dog family consisting of Arnie, a bus driver (voiced by Henry Corden ) and his wife Agnes (voiced by Joan Gerber ). They had two teenagers, Terry and Roger (voiced by

    Julie McWhirter and Steve Lewis respectively) and one younger child, Chester (voiced by Gene Andrusco ).[3]

    The theme song's lyrics ended with the advice "Just remember Arnie Barkley's bark is worse than his bite." Doug Goodwin's theme song used part of "(Be It Ever So Humble) There's No Place Like Home".


    The series was broadcast by NBC from September 9 to December 2, 1972. NBC continued to air reruns until September 1, 1973. Only 13 episodes were produced.

    The series resurfaced in 2016, airing Saturday mornings on the Retro TV network.


    Henry Corden – Arnie Barkley*

    Joan Gerber – Agnes Barkley

    Julie McWhirter – Terry Barkley

    Gene Andrusco – Chester Barkley

    Steve Lewis – Roger Barkley

    Michael Bell – *

    Bob Frank –

    Bob Holt –

    Don Messick –

    Frank Welker –

    Episode list

    NÂș Title Original air date

    1 "Match Breaker" September 9, 1972

    2 "Finders Weepers" September 16, 1972

    3 "Lib and Let Lib" September 23, 1972

    Following Terry's speech about women's rights at the high school, Arnie and Agnes decide to switch jobs for a day.

    4 "Half-Pint Hero" September 30, 1972

    5 "No Place for a Lady" October 7, 1972

    6 "For the Love of Money" October 14, 1972


    "Keeping Up with the Beagles"

    October 21, 1972

    8 "Play No Favorites" October 28, 1972

    9 "Law and Misorder" November 4, 1972

    10 "The Great Disc Jockey" November 11, 1972

    11 "Barkley Beware" November 18, 1972

    12 "Arnie Come Clean" November 25, 1972


    "The Talent Agency Caper"

    December 2, 1972

    DVD release

    On October 20, 2015, Film Chest Media Group released The Barkleys and The Houndcats – 2 DVD Classic Animation Set on DVD in Region 1. [4] This collection features all 13 episodes of the series on DVD for the very first time.


    Created for Television by David H. DePatie , Isadore "Friz" Freleng

    In Association With Joe Ruby , Ken Spears

    Writers: Larry Rhine, Woody Kling, Dennis Marks, David Evans

    Animation Director: David Detiege

    Storyboard Directors: Gerry Chiniquy , Art Leonardi, Cullen Houghtaling, Paul Sommer

    Layout Supervision and Design by Robert Taylor

    Layouts: Cullen Houghtaling, Owen Fitzgerald, Richard Ung, Frank M. Gonzales, Nino Carbe, Wes Herschensohn

    Animation: Don Williams, Manny Gould, Ken Muse, Norm McCabe, Warren Batchelder, Jim Davis, John Gibbs, Bob Richardson , Bob Matz, Bob Bransford, Reuben Timmins, Bob Bemiller

    Background Supervised by Richard H. Thomas, Mary O'Loughlin

    Film Editing Supervised by Lee Gunther

    Film Editors: Joe Siracusa, Allan R. Potter, Roger Donley, Rick Steward

    Title Design by Art Leonardi

    Music by Doug Goodwin

    Music Score Conducted by Eric Rogers

    Music Recording Engineer: Eric A. Tomlinson

    Executive in Charge of Production: Stan Paperny

    Production Supervision: Harry Love

    Camera: Ray Lee, Larry Hogan, John Burton Jr.

    Production Mixer: Steve Orr

    Sound by Producers' Sound Service, Inc.

    Associate Producers: Joe Ruby , Ken Spears

    Produced by David H. DePatie, Friz Freleng


    1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 59.

    ISBN 978-1538103739 .

    2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 112.

    ISBN 978-1476665993 .

    3. ^ Woolery, George W. (1983).

    Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981 . Scarecrow Press. pp. 35–36.

    ISBN 0-8108-1557-5 . Retrieved 14 March 2020.

    4. ^ 2-DVD Set with DePatie-Freleng's 'The Barkleys' and 'The Houndcats' Archived 2015-10-25 at the Wayback Machine

    External links

    The Barkleys on IMDb

    The Barkleys at the Big Cartoon DataBase

    The Barkleys at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on August 27, 2015

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