Trivia / Captain Kangaroo

  • Hey, It's That Guy!: A young Tony Hawk appears in this short on skateboarding starting at 0:37.
    • Kevin Clash (aka Elmo) got his start as a puppeteer on Captain Kangaroo in the 1980s.
  • The Danza: Deborah Weems as Debbie.
  • The Other Darrin: John McDonough in the 1997 revival.
  • Screwed by the Network: After years of loyal service to CBS, the network rewarded Captain K in 1981 by pushing the show into an earlier time slot and cutting its running time and budget, all in order to use his traditional time slot to air a CBS Morning News Show to compete with NBC's The Today Show and ABC's Good Morning, America. Then in 1982, CBS moved the series to Saturday mornings and gave back the half hour that it lost, only to take it back again in 1984. These moves irritated Bob Keeshan to the point that he left the network as soon as his contract expired at the end of 1984. A bit of poetic justice: The CBS News show traditionally runs third to the two other shows.
  • What Could Have Been: In 1974, a contract dispute with CBS nearly got the Captain's show canceled. CBS had Hanna-Barbera prepare a pre-schoolers animated show to replace it. The dispute was settled, the Captain stayed, and word is that Joe Barbera threw a celebratory banquet even though his show wouldn't be made because "I didn't want to be the man who got Captain Kangaroo canceled!"