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Art Clokey, the creator of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gumby}}'', produced this syndicated ReligiousEdutainment series in the early 1960s for one of the predecessors of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It centered on a young boy named Davey Hansen and his talking dog, Goliath. When Goliath speaks, only Davey can hear him. More information: http://www.daveyandgoliath.org/

''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episodes "Bart the Lover", "Simpsons Bible Stories", "HOMR" and "Ned 'n' Edna's Blend" all include mocking references to ''Davey and Goliath''. Creator/AdultSwim's ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' started as a direct parody (at least, that's what popular belief will tell you)[[note]]the show's creator only says it was inspired by ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'', but the homage in the character design seems obvious[[/note]].
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!!This series provides examples of:
* AnAesop
* TheAllAmericanBoy: Davey.
* AnimatedSeries
* BlackBestFriend: Jonathan Reed is one of the earliest examples.
* BlindBlackGuy: An episode involving Jonathan's cousin, who was temporarily blind after an operation.
* TheBully: The title character in "Bully Up a Tree" harasses Davey until he winds up, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin caught in a tree]]. He is disarmed and learns his lesson when Davey shows kindness and rescues him.
* CatchPhrase: Goliath often worriedly remarks, "I don't know, Davey..."
* CharacterCelebrityEndorsement: Davey and Goliath appeared in a Mountain Dew [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaDxcVPxB3g ad]] in the early 2000s. The ELCA used the profits from the ad to make ''Davey and Goliath's Snowboard Christmas''.
* {{Claymation}}
* FantasticRacism: In one episode, Goliath dislikes another neighborhood dog because the other dog has spots. Eventually he learns the {{Aesop}} that color doesn't matter and what counts is the heart on the inside. (This parallels a storyline in which Davey confronts racial prejudice with his friend Scottie.)
* FourFingeredHands
* JesusTaboo: Although the series was produced by the Lutheran Church, the characters rarely mentioned specific religious terms, to ensure the show had a broad appeal.
* KarmicTwistEnding: In one episode, Jimmy rushes past an injured girl in order to collect a "Good Neighbor" balloon at a festival. Davey stops to help the girl and as a result doesn't receive his balloon. The episode concludes with Jimmy boasting that he's a good neighbor since he has the balloon to prove it-- and to his dismay the balloon pops right in his face.
* RealSongThemeTune: "A Mighty Fortress is Our God", a hymn written by Martin Luther in the 16th century.
* TalkingAnimal: Goliath.
* TotallyRadical: ''Davey and Goliath's Snowboard Christmas'', a special produced by the ELCA in 2004.
* WhamEpisode: The Easter special episode, where Davey's grandmother dies.
* WhatTheHellHero: In a later episode, Goliath pulls a child out of the way of an oncoming ambulance and, when the child points at his ear in explanation, Davey angrily retorts, "You bet you oughta shoot yourself, for being so dumb!" Once Davey learns that the boy is in fact deaf, he feels appropriately remorseful for his words. But still, geez, Davey.
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