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The Banana Splits and Friends Show

Classic kids' show mixes cartoons and music.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence & scariness

Some mild violence in some of the show's cartoon segments. For example, in Danger Island, pirates attack the protagonists -- but there's no bloodshed, and the fights are mainly executed in jest.

Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this fun, zany classic kids' series doesn't pretend to have any educational objectives -- it's all about entertainment. Overall, the characters are enjoyable, and there's not really any offensive content, but the show lacks structure.

What's the story?

THE BANANA SPLITS AND FRIENDS SHOW is a very '60s mix of live action and animation. During their original TV run from 1968-1970, the four wacky Splits -- Fleegle, a beagle (voiced by Paul Winchell); Bingo, a gorilla (Daws Butler); Drooper, a lion (Allan Melvin); and Snorky, an elephant (Don Messick) -- were considered The Beatles (or maybe The Monkees...) of kids' TV, with hits like "The Tra La La Song," "Wait Till Tomorrow," and "Long Live Love." When the Splits aren't singing, they're often driving around in go-carts and challenging their rivals, The Sour Grapes. They also take breaks to show some cartoons -- popular segments included Danger Island and The Arabian Nights.

Is it any good?


This series is no Baby Einstein, but it's a lot of fun, and it does expose kids to music -- which is always a good thing. In fact, one of the show's most endearing elements is its music. All of the songs are optimistic; many are about love. Kids will want to jam to the bubblegum pop, and parents will appreciate the late-'60s hippie flavor. It's worth noting that the show does have a rather psychedelic backdrop, and the influences of the late '60 are very evident.

Since it has so many different segments, the show changes gears all the time, which sometimes makes it feel a little unstructured. And the energy level is extremely high -- great for pumping a kid up before a soccer game, but less-than-ideal for pre-nap viewing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about being silly and enjoying life. Why is it important to laugh and be silly sometimes? Do the Banana Splits enjoy life? Why is having fun such an important part of life?

TV details

Premiere date:September 7, 1968
Cast:Allan Melvin, Daws Butler, Paul Winchell
Genre:Kids Musical TV
Topics:Music and sing-along, Puppets
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:DVD

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Teen, 13 years old Written byThreeDaysGracesGirl November 3, 2010
I watched it a few times when I was bored. Big mistake. I don't like it. (Probably because it's meant for four year olds.)
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old June 3, 2009


nascar, you talk how great the show is,but you gave it 1 star!
Parent Written byMetal Daddy July 24, 2011

Mindless fun

This is just clean, mindless fun for youngsters. There are live action skits between the cartoons and kids will love it. I watched it when I was a kid and now my kids watch it and they range in age from 2 to 13. Sid and Marty Kroft had their hands in this and any child of the '70s know those folks. This is much better than some of the stuff being pumped out today.