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It's 'Howdy Doody' on DVD For the First Time Ever

25 Jun, 2008 By: Kyra Kudick

It's “Howdy Doody” time — again. Mill Creek Entertainment, known for its “value” line of DVDs, has cut a deal with NBC Universal Television, DVD, Music and Consumer Products Group to release 40 of 126 licensed episodes of “The Howdy Doody Show.”

It marks the first time the classic children's television show, which went on the air in 1947, has been available on DVD.

Mill Creek will release the initial 40-episode collection, in a five-disc boxed set, on Nov. 4, at a suggested retail price of $29.98. A total of nine DVD compilations are planned in the coming months.

“A generation of Americans grew up watching ‘Howdy Doody,’ said Ian Warfield, president and COO of Mill Creek Entertainment. “We're so pleased that through Mill Creek's deal with NBC we are able to bring these classic shows to viewers who enjoyed watching ‘Howdy Doody' growing up, their children and their grandchildren today on DVD.”

When “The Howdy Doody Show” debuted on TV more than 60 years ago, only 20,000 American homes had TV sets, and NBC only had stations in six TV markets. The show was credited as a major factor in the subsequent growth of NBC. A total of 2,543 episodes were produced before the final episode aired on Dec. 30, 1960.

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