A little wooden puppet who dressed like a cowboy and had his own show, also starring Buffalo Bob Smith (human), Clarabell the Clown (human), Flubadub, Phineas T. Bluster and Dilly Dally. Every episode started out with the question, "What time is it, kids?" to which everybody in the audience shouted, "It's Howdy Doody time!" and then the song would begin. You may remember this intro from Back to the Future III when Marty goes back to 1954 and gets waken up by the show.

The Howdy Doody Show was actually quite ground-breaking. Before then, there were no TV shows for children. NBC decided they would try a children's television show and adapted the Howdy Doody show from the radio, broadcast on NBC radio. And the rest is history.

Currently, there is a legal battle going on over custody of Howdy Doody between the family of Rufus Rose and the Detroit Institute of the Arts. For more info on this custody battle, see The Howdy Doody Internet Conspiracy.

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