Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: The Red Hand Gang (1977)

In 1977, the live-action explosion was starting to fade out on Saturday mornings. Producer William D'Angelo, having failed the year before with Monster Squad, came up with a new adventure series that actually had a little bit of the Little Rascals in its pedigree.

The Red Hand Gang, unfortunately, was buried near the bottom of NBC's lineup because of the declining interest in live-action programming, and lasted one season. The most recognizable name in the cast is that of Matthew Laborteaux, better known for his stint on the network's Little House on the Prarie. The rest of the kids were hardly heard from again after Red Hand was cancelled. Laborteaux would give crime fighting another shot in the 80's, starring in CBS' Whiz Kids, which, like Red Hand, didn't last very long.

70skidvid uploaded the open to YouTube:

I cannot give a fair rating, since I never saw the show. It's too bad NBC never gave any consideration to reviving the series for a new generation after shying away from cartoons in the 90's.......!

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