Friday, December 23, 2016

Family Toons: Devlin in The Storyteller (1974)

Ella Spiel has been uploading tons of Hanna-Barbera toons from the 60's & 70's, some of which we've presented the last few days. The latest comes from the short-lived 1974 series, Devlin.

1974 was a year for drama at H-B, and not of the superhero kind. ABC had a trio of dramas, the live-action Korg: 70,000 B. C. and the animated Devlin & These Are The Days. CBS, of course, had Valley of the Dinosaurs, and the lone comedy was over at NBC (Wheelie & the Chopper Bunch, of course). Unfortunately, all of H-B's freshman crop ended up cancelled at season's end.

"The Storyteller" is the series finale of Devlin. Ernie, Tod, & Sandy (Michael Bell, Micky Dolenz, Michelle Robinson) meet their father's old highway patrol partner (John Stephenson). As the title implies, the fellow has a little penchant for tall tales......

Where ABC failed this series---and Days, a Waltons clone, for that matter---was not taking full advantage of the content and showcasing it in primetime at least once or twice, not including fall previews.

Rating: B.

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