This Day in Television History – September 14th, 1968 – Wacky Races Debuts

An animated series about a crazy cast of racers made its debut on this day in animation history.

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Wacky Races was an original animated series for Hanna-Barbera productions that made its debut on CBS on September 14th, 1968. (Courtesy: Warner Bros.)

Wacky Races was an original animated series for Hanna-Barbera productions that made its debut on CBS on September 14th, 1968.

The concept of the show was simple: A recurring, colorful cast of characters was shown racing across some area, each of them trying to win. One, however, tried to sabotage and cheat his way to victory. That someone was Dick Dastardley and his ever-giggling pooch, Muttley.

The voice cast of the series included Daws Butler, Don Messick, Janet Waldo, and Dave Willock, among others.

Each episode consisted of two shorts, and 17 episodes were made overall.

Two spinoffs were made from Wacky Races: The Perils of Penelope Pistop and Dasdardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines.

A video game adaptation of the series was released for the Sega Dreamcast in 2000. The series would also be parodied in a Dexter’s Laboratory episode named “Dexter’s Wacky Races.”

The series has been released completely on DVD.

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