Quite simply, content is king. There is one show that rises above all others. It had subversive political satire. It had educational elements. It had subtle humor.
From 1959 to 1962 it was known as Rocky and His Friends
From 1962 to 1964 it was known as The Bullwinkle Show
. (The new network insisted on a name change.)
In syndication continuously from 1964 through 2014 - an incredible 50 years - it was Rocky and Bullwinkle
. The five years of material was repeated ten times per year in daily broadcasts, yet never got old.
Each show began with a parade, oddly similar to the "Electric Lights" parade at Disneyland.
The main thread was a serial drama, very reminiscent of the Republic Pictures serial dramas of the 1920s - 1960s, or even older radio serials, concerning the adventures of the heroic Rocket J. Squirrel and the lovable but bungling Bullwinkle J. Moose. Their main opposition were the frightening Soviet spies Boris Badenov and his sexy Natasha Fatale.
The other parts of the show were:
Fractured Fairy Tales
- Wickedly twisted re-tellings of the midievel tales. Renamed "Aesop's Fables
" in some episodes, when they needed more material to satirize.
Peabody's Improbable History
- Smart dog Professor Peabody and his assistant Sherman having historical adventures in the "Wayback Machine".
The Adventures of Dudley Do-Right
- based on that most famous serial drama, Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin
. Perhaps with a little "Perils of Pauline" thrown in for variations. Complete with arch-villian Snidely Whiplash and his equally evil dog Smedley.
Each 30-minute show was divided in to five 4-minute segments, two of which were the main theme and between these one episode of the three other segments above.
At the end of each show, the parade ends and a sanitation worker sweeps up the deposits left by the actors on the road.
There can be only one, and that one is "Rocky and Bullwinkle