Hot Dog is a Saturday morning documentary series for children, seen on NBC from September 12, 1970 to September 4, 1971. Created by Frank Buxton and co-produced by Buxton and Lee Mendelson, the program was notable for its hosts -- Jo Anne Worley, comedian Jonathan Winters and writer and actor Woody Allen. The pilot was televised on NBC March 28, 1970, which starred Worley, Allen and Tom Smothers, who was replaced with Winters when the show became a series.
Based on Buxton's travels as a comedian (and later, as host of the ABC series, Discovery), which took him on tours to various factories, Hot Dog explained, in a humorous manner, how we do things (such as snore) and how things were made (such as the eponymous hot dogs and their buns, plus condiments like mustard).
Seventy topics were covered during the course of this series, which lasted thirteen episodes and rerun the rest of the season.
Some of the music in this series was performed by The Youngbloods.
Syndication and alternate versions
Reruns of Hot Dog was syndicated during the 1977 - 1978 television season, at a time when Allen had firmly established himself as a motion picture star, director, and writer. Portions of Hot Dog were also seen on a local KNBC children's program in Los Angeles, That's Cat, which debuted in 1976.
List of Episodes
- "How do they get toothpaste in the tube?"
- "How do they make a baseball glove?"
- "How do they make a hot dog roll?"
- "How do they make baseballs?"
- "How do they make bowling balls?"
- "How do they make cartoons?"
- "How do they make plywood"
- "How do they make T-shirts?"
- "How do they make a surfboard?"
- "How money is made"
- "Is that really lead in a lead pencil?"
- "What makes popcorn pop?"
- "What's a compass?"
- "Who invented the hot dog?"
The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television, by Wesley Hyatt (Billboard Books, 1997)