|Wait Till Your Father Gets Home|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||48|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
|Original network||NBC Syndicated|
|Original release||September 12, 1972 -|
October 8, 1974
Wait Till Your Father Gets Home is an American adult animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions that aired in first-run syndication in the United States from 1972 to 1974. The show originated as a one-time segment on Love, American Style called "Love and the Old-Fashioned Father". The same pilot was later produced with a live cast (starring Van Johnson), but with no success. The show was the first primetime animated sitcom to run for more than a single season since fellow Hanna-Barbera show The Flintstones more than ten years earlier, and would be the only one until The Simpsons seventeen years later. The show was inspired by All in the Family. Since being one of the first primetime animated sitcoms, it was referred as the "great-grandfather of adult animated sitcoms".
The show will be available on HBO Max in 2021.
The 48 episodes feature Tom Bosley as Harry Boyle, a long-suffering suburban everyman dad and restaurant equipment dealer. The Boyle family consists of father Harry; wife Irma (voiced by Joan Gerber); overweight teen feminist crazy daughter Alice; lazy and perpetually unemployed long-haired post-adolescent son Chet who, like his sister, does not want to follow in the morals and values of his parents; and precocious, if rather mercenary, younger son Jamie (voiced by Willie Aames). Harry often bickers with the more liberal Alice and Chet over various social issues of the day, with Irma endeavoring to remain neutral while Jamie is more sympathetic to his father's beliefs. Despite it all, Harry loves his family, and usually tries to support them. Many of the stories revolve around the generation gap between Harry and his children, in which the series' sympathy is typically on his side, leading the character to usually win his arguments.
Despite Harry's conservatism, it pales against that of his neighbor Ralph Kane, who is a John Birch-like ultra-right-wing, fanatically anti-communist who is obsessed with every absurd conspiracy theory and ridiculous urban legend. Following Ralph with his cause is senior citizen Sara Whittaker, whom he addresses as "Sergeant". They have both turned one end of the block into, basically, an armed camp. Although Harry considers Ralph a close friend, he is annoyed at Ralph's extreme attitudes and rarely hesitates to dispute his more ignorant opinions or preempt his more threatening ambitions.
Like many animated series created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, the show contained a laugh track created by the studio. For this show, the studio added a third belly laugh to add a little more "variety" (the only TV series made by Hanna-Barbera to have this added laugh). In addition, the laugh track was also slowed considerably.
During the 1972-73 season, the DePatie-Freleng studio had an animated Saturday morning series called The Barkleys with a very similar family, only they were all dogs. Joan Gerber was also the voice of the "mom" on that show, Agnes. The Barkleys had married couple Arnie and Agnes, teenage kids Terry and Roger, and pre-teen Chester.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||24||September 12, 1972||February 20, 1973|
|2||20||September 11, 1973||January 29, 1974|
|3||4||September 17, 1974||October 8, 1974|
Other "guests" on the series included thinly disguised versions of celebrities who did not provide their own voices, such as guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. When a crooked car dealer on another episode was perceived by real-life Los Angeles car salesman Cal Worthington as being a send-up of him, he sued the studio (Hanna-Barbera), the sponsors (Chevrolet) and the five NBC-owned stations that carried the show.
On June 5, 2007, Warner Home Video released Season 1 of Wait Till Your Father Gets Home on DVD in Region 1 for the Hanna-Barbera Classics Collection. Seasons 2 to 3 of the show will be premiering on DVD in Region 1 from Warner Archive in Fall 2021
|Wait Till Your Father Gets Home: The Complete First Season|
|Set details||Special features||Release dates|
||Retrospective look at the classic show||Region 1|
June 5, 2007