This Day in Television History – September 7th, 1974 – Hong Kong Phooey Debuts

An animated series about a dog who moonlights as a Kung-Fu-fighting hero made its debut on this day in television history.

Hong Kong Phooey, developed by Hanna-Barbera Productions, was an animated series that debuted on ABC on September 7th, 1974.

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Hong Kong Phooey, developed by Hanna-Barbera Productions, was an animated series that debuted on ABC on September 7th, 1974. (Courtesy: Hanna-Barbera / Turner / Warner Bros.)

The show focuses on the anthropomorphic character of Penry, a dog who works as a janitor at a police station, but also moonlights as Hong Kong Phooey, fighting crime with the help techniques learned from a Kung Fu book. Phooey gets help from his cat, Spot.

The lead character was voiced by Scatman Crothers, with other voices provided by Joe Ross and Don Messick.

Each episode typically consisted of two shorts. The series only lasted for a short amount of time, with 16 30-minute episodes airing through December of 1974. The show was repeated on Cartoon Network frequently during the 80s and 90s. The series has also been released on DVD.

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