Classic TV Shows on DVD

Get it here!

SAVE MONEY
ON EVERYTHING!

TV Commercials on DVD Time Tunnel on DVD Peabody & Sherman cartoons on DVD Carol Burnett Show on DVD Fireball xl5 on DVD The TV Series that travelled from city to city across America :Route 66 on DVD 1950's Saturday Morning Shows Rat Pack Golddiggers Book RAT PACK GOLDDIGGERS
/ / / Classic TV Blog / / / TV Shows on DVD / / / TV on BLU-RAY

 

Romper Room
by YOU, the TVparty viewers, former
Romper Room hostesses and that guy Billy Ingram

HISTORY:

Romper Room was a preschooler that ran in almost every major market in the United States and was broadcast from 1954 until well into the eighties. It was sold to stations in two ways - in standard syndication and also sold like a franchise with a different local host in each city (150 in all). The series was developed by Bert and Nancy Claster who trained many of the local hosts.

Romper Room Toys

The syndicated version was originally filmed in Baltimore, MD (later moving to Chicago) and starred Miss Nancy (Claster). She wasn't originally slated to host but the woman they hired didn't work out; after a short stint, Nancy Claster stepped into the role and into TV history. She was replaced in 1964 by the Claster's daughter, Miss Sally.

All of the hosts, many former kindergarten teachers, spent the half-hour reading from books to the seven or eight kids on the set, teaching the alphabet, manners and values in a gentle way.

 


Romper Room photoThe kids would often go nuts on the show, some wouldn't communicate at all, others would take over the whole show and there was nothing the poor hostess could do but deal with it because they were on a cramped set together for thirty minutes live.

Each show ended with the hostess gazing into the 'Magic Mirror' (just a mirror frame) and saying (changing the names each day): "I see Mary and Hank and William and Virginia and Hannah and all of you boys and girls out there!"

Don't write and ask if anyone has a copy of the Romper Room show you were on as a kid - all the shows were erased to tape the next day's episode!


A RARE PRESERVED EPISODE:

Romper Room"Please, try not to laugh too hard when you watch these clips from Romper Room!

"Here is the story of my day on Romper Room. My Aunt Kathy was working for Ma Bell and volunteering for their Telephone Pioneers of America. She became a member of their clown troupe and thought it would be a great idea to bring me along. Many children are afraid of clowns and having one their height made it less scary. The troupe would go around to hospitals, homes for the handicapped, orphanages or anywhere we could spread cheer. Yes, I learned to do balloon animals!

"The producers of Romper Room found out about the troupe and that they had a young child. We were invited to appear on the show and explain how we became clowns. My mother went out and bought me that lovely dress for the show - and it wasn't even on sale!

Romper Room Hostess"The day we taped, some of the employees of WOR-TV were making a decision about going on strike. The host of Romper Room (Miss Mary Ann) was unhappy and it shows. Being 5, I didn't notice much but my mother and aunt told me about it years later.

"Most of the people were short tempered but were still nice to us. Poor woman, she was trying to be nice to all those kids and worry about her job at the same time.

"The first segment has them singing the days of the week. Miss Mary Ann is holding two cards because one of the kids hadn't shown up yet. He comes in later in the show and she scolds him for being late. I found out that he had been late all week and was a general problem. Backstage, Miss Mary Ann told the crew that he would not be allowed on the set if he was late again.

"I watched most of the show from backstage. My Aunt said I squirmed the entire day. The other clown on the show was the meanest person I had ever met. She used to say nasty things to me to get me to cry or mess up my lines during sketches.

She said something to me before our first segment that upset me so much, I couldn't remember how long I had been a clown (about 2 years) and that my mother made my costume (she is still upset with me for doing that). The mean clown had hurt my hand from holding it!

"After our first segment, we went backstage to a very small dressing room and put on our makeup and costumes. People from WOR kept coming in and introducing themselves and telling us how nice we were for working with the handicapped (back then, they were called retarded). I could have cared less! I wanted to go and watch the show. I was also very upset because Mr. DooBee was not there. He was my favorite.

"After the show, the cast and crew ran around frantically to get ready to do the news. We watched part of it but all they did was talk and it was really boring. Well, at age 5 it was boring.

"Someone from the show gave my mother a tape of the show. About 10 years ago, a friend of ours worked for a studio that had a machine that could transfer the tape to VHS. I hope you enjoy watching the clips, I am glad I can contribute to your page. Hopefully, the condition of the tape is good enough for you."

- V Scott

Thanks for sending the clips, V! There are other great moments from the show - like the argument Miss Mary Ann gets into with one of the kids about GUNS!

Sure enough, it's that little tough guy who ran in late every day. He talks about not being afraid of anything, as long as he's packing a piece. Miss Mary Ann is momentarily stunned - then gets into a five minute conversation with the kid on gun safety, but he'll have none of it. He'll test the gun by firing into a trash can!

You can really see how different some kids are today by watching that clip, and then this one from a recent Maury Show - airing on many of the the same stations that Romper Room aired, same time of day, featuring the same aged kids twenty years later. If we're watching images of post-toddlers going to bootcamps in 2002, one can only imagine what images of children the next generation of television will bring!


"I just viewed your website and I'd like to make a few corrections on your history.

"My name is Molly McCloskey Barber and I was the hostess of Romper Room after Miss Mary Ann in NY. On your site you say Romper Room went off the air in the late 70's. That is incorrect. In 1981 I traveled to Baltimore to replace Miss Sally on the syndicated version of Romper Room.

"The name was changed to Romper Room and Friends. We taped 100 episodes and they ran in syndication until 1992. I then moved to NY and hosted Romper Room and Friends from 1982 until we out of production in 1987 on WOR which then became WWOR.

"They were wonderful years and I really enjoyed being Miss Molly.

"Have a great day, Miss Molly"


1969 - NYC

Romper Room Toys
MORE on ROMPER ROOM
(Viewers share their memories)

Romper Room History
Romper Room Memories
Romper Room Around the USA
Tribute to New York City's Romper Room
Romper Room in Spokane, WA
Romper Room in LA
Romper Room in Pittsburgh
Romper Room in Virginia
Romper Room in Phoenix
Romper Room in Jacksonville, FL
Romper Room in Chicago

Romper Room in Arkansas
Romper Room in Birmingham
Romper Room in Rockford, Il
Romper Room in Memphis

Romper Room in Portland, Maine
Romper Room in New York
Romper Room in Chesterfield, MO
Romper Room in Charlotte, NC
Romper Room in Baltimore
Romper Room in Evansville IN
Romper Room in Witchita
Romper Room in Hawaii
Romper Room in Harrisburg
Romper Room in Cleveland
Romper Room in Orlando
Romper Room in the UK

Hit Shows of the Seventies: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy / Gene Roddenberry in the 1970s / That Girl & TV's Single Working Women / Star Trek Animated / Dark Shadows Movies / The Music Dark Shadows / 1970 TV Shows / Mike Wallace, Virginia Graham & Jim Longworth / Dick Clark / Fall Previews of the 70s / Lance Link, Secret Chimp / Star Wars Holiday Special / Alias Smith and Jones / 1977 Year in Review / Top Ten 1970-76 / The Rockford Files / All in the Family / Sam Hall (Dark Shadows) Interview / Actor Ed Nelson / Death of Archie / Battlestar Galactica / Wonder Woman / Network Jingles / Class of '74 / Happy Days / Good Times / Mr. Bill / Dinah! / Maude / Doris Day Show / Pamelyn Ferdin Interview / The Bicentennial Minute / Jingles & Catch Phrases of the 1970s / Early Cable TV 1970s / TV commercials for Women / TV Moms / Country Music TV Shows of the 1960s & 1970s / Betty White Show / / Tom Bosley / Rodney Dangerfield / How Sanford & Son Ended / Sanford & Son Spin-Off Grady / Great Memoirs / Virginia Graham Show / The "N" Word on TV / 10 Classic Comedy Routines You Have To Laugh At Before You Die / Hollywood Squares / 1970's Teen Idols & The Hudson Brothers / Unsold Pilots / Jackie Cooper / The Good Guys / Match Game / Mannix & Gail Fisher / Bette Midler in the 1970s / Bonus 1970's Stuff: Silent Star Marion Mack / Biff Burger / 1970s Fast Food Chains / Latin Casino

Dish Network

TV Blog

"I was sitting in Honors Physics today, and it was very wacky. We had kids doing whatever they wanted, and lots of noise. The teacher bobbed his head, and quietly said "Please, can we stop the Romper Room?". The phrase soon caught on, and was said every time we got too "insane". We even made a banner with a stop sign, and it said "The Romper Room" and put it outside the class. We even have a magic mirror."
- Sincerely, Brian Rutherford


Romper Room photo

Romper Room logo
Do Bee Here are some songs from the Romper Room soundtrack LP:

The Do Bee Song - young people today, please keep in mind they are NOT saying "doobie".

The Posture Basket Song encouraged good posture.


"I remember Miss Nancy from Romper Room - I think she had dark hair in a page boy. I made my mom put my hair in a page boy to be more like Miss Nancy.

"Before cookies and milk everyone on the show would say a prayer: "God is Great, God is good, and we thank him for our food." I always got hungry for cookies. Did John Lennon base his song "Clean Up Time" on Romper Room? I still use that expression. Also calling people Do-bees and Don't-Bees, I seriously considered kindergarten teaching due to that show. That was a fine hour in my TV memory."

- a reader

Romper Room
Miss Louise, NYC's Romper Room hostess circa 1969.
Photo supplied by Chris Bischoff.


Classic TV Shows on DVD

TV on DVD/ /Holiday Specials on DVD
TV Commercials on DVD
TV Shows on BLU-RAY

1950's Saturday Morning Showsclassic Kid's TV Commercials

Classic Commercials on DVDTV Commercials on DVD

Little Rascals on DVDWhen Things Were Rotten on DVD

 



DO YOU HAVE FOOTAGE, PICTURES OR STORIES ABOUT ROMPER ROOM?
HELP US PRESERVE TV HISTORY!

 

Shop Amazon's New Kindle Fire

Spirit of Christmas on DVD

Rankin Bass Christmas Specials on DVD

Bob Hope Christmas DVD

Doris Day Christmas Shows on DVD

Shari Lewis Christmas on DVD

Local Kid Shows / Movie Stars on TV / Saturday Morning Shows / Video Vault / TV Goodbyes / Fabulous Fifties / Unseen Scenes / Game Shows / Requested Forgotten TV Shows / The Super Sixties / The New * * Shows / 1980's Wrestling / TV Blog

TVparty! Classic TV
Classic TV on the Internet!

TV's Embarrassing Moments / Action Shows of the Sixties / TVparty Mysteries and Scandals / Variety Shows of the 1970s / The Eighties / The Laugh Track / 1970's Hit Shows / Response to TVparty / Search the Site / Add Your Comments

TV Kid Shows

Classic TV Commercials / 1950's TV / 1960's TV / 1970's TV / TV Games / Honey Boo Boo / Lucy Shows / Classic Cars / John Wayne / Gene Roddenberry / Rockford Files / Sea Hunt / Superman on DVD / Toy Gun Ads / Flip Wilson Show / Big Blue Marble / Monty Hall / Carrascolendas / Mr. Dressup / Major Mudd / Chief Halftown / Baby Daphne / Sheriff John / Winchell & Mahoney / Fireball X-L5 / Mr. Wizard / Captain Noah / Thanksgiving Day Specials / Disney's First Christmas Special / Saturday Morning Cartoons / The Magic Garden / Amahl & the Night Visitors / Holiday Toy Commercials / Lucy & Desi's Last Christmas Show / Joey Heatherton / Fat Albert / The Virginian / Bewitched / Death of John Wayne / 1974 Saturday Mornings / Chuck McCann / Rudolph Collectables / Shrimpenstein / Local Popeye Shows / New Treasure Hunt / 1966 ABC TV Shows / 1967 TV Shows / 1968 TV Shows / Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes & Baby Doll / Fridays / TV Moms / Red Skelton / Star Wars / KISS / Lancelot Link / Saturday Morning Cartoons / The Magic Garden / Wonder Woman / Classic Comic Books / Andy Griffith / Cher / TV Shows on DVD / Outtakes & Bloopers / 1967 TV Shows / Romper Room / ABC Movie of the Week / The Goldbergs / Daws Butler Commercials / Saturday Morning Commercials / Captain Kangaroo / Chicago Local Kiddie Shows / Boston Local TV / Philly Local TV / NYC Local Kid Shows / Amos 'n' Andy / Electric Company / Bette Davis / Judy Garland / Christmas Specials / Redd Foxx / Good Times / Sitcom Houses / What's Happening! / Winky Dink & You / Sonny & Cher / Smothers Brothers / Commercial Icons of the 1960s / Soupy Sales / TV Terrorists / Irwin Allen / The Untouchables / Carol Burnett Show / Batman TV Show / Green Hornet / Today Show History / Our Gang / Doris Day Show / 1970's Commercials For Women / Bill Cosby in the 1970s / The Golddiggers / Lola Falana / 1970s TV Shows / David Bowie on TV / Hudson Brothers / Jackie Gleason / Hollywood Squares / Match Game / The Andy Williams Show / The Flip Wilson Show / Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour / The Bobby Darin Show / The Richard Pryor Show / George Burns / Celebrity Commercials / Rudolph / Movie Posters & More! 

Kid's TV Commercials Time Tunnel on DVD Little Rascals on DVD Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom on DVd Carol Burnett Show on DVD
Looking for classic TV on DVD?/See below:
Tarzan TV show on DVD