The Littlest Hobo

                                                                          

 

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The Littlest Hobo is a Canadian television series, based upon a 1958 American film directed by Charles R. Rondeau. The show first aired from 1963 to 1965, and was then revived for a popular second run on CTV from 1979 to 1985. All three productions centered around a stray German Shepherd who wanders from town to town, helping people in need. In the movie, the dog was tethered to a lamb for most of the story. Although the concept was similar to that of Lassie, the Littlest Hobo did not have an owner, and despite the attempts of many people to adopt him, he preferred to be on his own, and would head off by himself at the end of each episode. Never actually named on-screen, the dog is therefore often referred to by the name Hobo (though he was often given names by his multitudes of temporary owners). Although there were recurring actors in both series, the only constant was the dog.

 

1963-1965 series

Following the 1958 film, the 1960s TV series was aired in syndication around the world, and is best remembered for a scene (later included in the closing credits of most episodes) showing the dog actually riding a parachute. This was before animal treatment regulations discouraged such activity in film productions.

The German shepherd dogs featured in the 1960s series were owned and trained by Charles "Chuck" Eisenmann. The primary star was London, but several of London's relatives, including Toro, Litlon, and Thorn, also played scenes as the Hobo. Eisenmann recounts many stories from the filming of the series in his 1968 book Stop! Sit! and Think.

Although widely referred to as German Shepherds, the dogs do not have the coloration or markings which are recognized for that breed's standard. Currently this breed is called a "Tamaskan", but no country has accepted the Tamaskan as a registered breed. Their coloration and markings more closely resemble specimens of the Northern Inuit dog which was created by combining several dog breeds, they also closely resemble wolfdog hybrids such as the Saarlooswolfhond or the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog. Similar looking dogs were selected to play the role of the Littlest Hobo, however little information is available about the process to breed them and whether Chuck bred the dogs himself.

 

1979-1985 series

In 1979, CTV revived the series, which unlike the previous series was shot on videotape rather than on film. It aired in the U.S. in syndication. Over six seasons the New Littlest Hobo (as it was sometimes called) featured many big-name Hollywood guest stars (such as Alan Hale, Jr., DeForest Kelley, Morey Amsterdam, Patrick Macnee, Vic Morrow, Henry Gibson, John Carradine, Leslie Nielsen and a young Mike Myers) and plotlines that ranged from traditional "dog helps boy" stories to outlandish secret agent-type tales. Its theme song, "Maybe Tomorrow", was sung by Terry Bush. The song was commercially released in 2005 by Terry Bush as part of his debut album, also entitled Maybe Tomorrow

The dogs that starred in the two series were both named London. It is not known if they were actually related to the dog from the earlier series, although they were of the same breed.

 

Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: Smoke

Original Air Dateó11 October 1979


Season 1, Episode 2: Manhunt: Part 1

Original Air Dateó18 October 1979


Season 1, Episode 3: Manhunt: Part 2

Original Air Dateó25 October 1979


Season 1, Episode 4: The Defector

Original Air Dateó1 November 1979


Season 1, Episode 5: Double Trouble

Original Air Dateó8 November 1979


Season 1, Episode 6: Silent Witness

Original Air Dateó15 November 1979


Season 1, Episode 7: Target for Terror

Original Air Dateó29 November 1979


Season 1, Episode 8: Heritage

Original Air Dateó6 December 1979


Season 1, Episode 9: Little Girl Lost

Original Air Dateó13 December 1979


Season 1, Episode 10: Boy on Wheels

Original Air Dateó20 December 1979


Season 1, Episode 11: Stand-in

Original Air Dateó27 December 1979


Season 1, Episode 12: Second Chance

Original Air Dateó3 January 1980


Season 1, Episode 13: Big Al and Sam Strawberry

Original Air Dateó10 January 1980


Season 1, Episode 14: Give My Regards to Broadway

Original Air Dateó31 January 1980


Season 1, Episode 15: The Last Job

Original Air Dateó7 February 1980


Season 1, Episode 16: Snapshot

Original Air Dateó28 February 1980


Season 1, Episode 17: The Million Dollar Fur Heist

Original Air Dateó6 March 1980


Season 1, Episode 18: Diamonds Are a Dog's Best Friend

Original Air Dateó13 March 1980


Season 1, Episode 19: Romiet and Julio

Original Air Dateó20 March 1980


Season 1, Episode 20: Escape

Original Air Dateó27 March 1980


Season 1, Episode 21: Guardian Angel

Original Air Dateó3 April 1980


Season 1, Episode 22: The Pied Piper

Original Air Dateó10 April 1980


Season 1, Episode 23: Willie and Kate

Original Air Dateó15 May 1980


Season 1, Episode 24: The Further Adventures of Willie and Kate

Original Air Dateó22 May 1980


Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: The Balloonist

Original Air Dateó18 September 1980


Season 2, Episode 2: Duddleman and the Diamond Ring

Original Air Dateó25 September 1980


Season 2, Episode 3: Guinea Pig

Original Air Dateó2 October 1980


Season 2, Episode 4: Trapper

Original Air Dateó9 October 1980


Season 2, Episode 5: The Pearls

Original Air Dateó23 October 1980


Season 2, Episode 6: Carnival of Fear

Original Air Dateó30 October 1980


Season 2, Episode 7: Mystery at the Zoo

Original Air Dateó6 November 1980


Season 2, Episode 8: Sailing Away

Original Air Dateó13 November 1980


Season 2, Episode 9: The Hunt

Original Air Dateó20 November 1980


Season 2, Episode 10: Fast Freddie

Original Air Dateó27 November 1980


Season 2, Episode 11: Licence to Steal

Original Air Dateó4 December 1980


Season 2, Episode 12: Portrait of Danger

Original Air Dateó11 December 1980


Season 2, Episode 13: Ghost Rig

Original Air Dateó18 December 1980


Season 2, Episode 14: Here's Joey Jackson

Original Air Dateó22 January 1981


Season 2, Episode 15: Runaway

Original Air Dateó12 February 1981


Season 2, Episode 16: East Side Angels

Original Air Dateó26 February 1981


Season 2, Episode 17: Mystique

Original Air Dateó5 March 1981


Season 2, Episode 18: The Trail of No Return

Original Air Dateó9 April 1981


Season 3


Season 3, Episode 1: Photo Finish

Original Air Dateó17 September 1981


Season 3, Episode 2: The Secret of Red Hill

Original Air Dateó24 September 1981


Season 3, Episode 3: Wolf Hunt

Original Air Dateó1 October 1981


Season 3, Episode 4: The Day of the Fugitive

Original Air Dateó8 October 1981


Season 3, Episode 5: Suspect

Original Air Dateó29 October 1981


Season 3, Episode 6: War Games

Original Air Dateó5 November 1981


Season 3, Episode 7: The Hero

Original Air Dateó12 November 1981


Season 3, Episode 8: Hidden Room

Original Air Dateó19 November 1981


Season 3, Episode 9: Fussin' and Fightin'

Original Air Dateó26 November 1981


Season 3, Episode 10: The Locket

Original Air Dateó3 December 1981


Season 3, Episode 11: Airport

Original Air Dateó10 December 1981


Season 3, Episode 12: Music Box

Original Air Dateó24 December 1981


Season 3, Episode 13: Mail Order Bride

Original Air Dateó21 January 1982


Season 3, Episode 14: The Clown

Original Air Dateó28 January 1982


Season 3, Episode 15: Once Upon a Tyme

Original Air Dateó4 February 1982


Season 3, Episode 16: A Special Friend

Original Air Dateó25 February 1982


Season 3, Episode 17: Forget Me Not

Original Air Dateó4 March 1982
A woman with amnesia is found wandering around a theme park.


Season 3, Episode 18: Rex Badger P.I.

Original Air Dateó11 March 1982


Season 4


Season 4, Episode 1: Napoleon

Original Air Dateó16 September 1982


Season 4, Episode 2: Home Free

Original Air Dateó23 September 1982


Season 4, Episode 3: Back to Nature

Original Air Dateó30 September 1982


Season 4, Episode 4: The Imaginative Invalid

Original Air Dateó7 October 1982


Season 4, Episode 5: Finders Keepers

Original Air Dateó14 October 1982


Season 4, Episode 6: Happy Birthday Mom

Original Air Dateó21 October 1982


Season 4, Episode 7: The Spirit of Thunder Rock: Part 1

Original Air Dateó28 October 1982


Season 4, Episode 8: The Spirit of Thunder Rock: Part 2

Original Air Dateó4 November 1982


Season 4, Episode 9: The Spirit of Thunder Rock: Part 3

Original Air Dateó11 November 1982


Season 4, Episode 10: Rabies

Original Air Dateó18 November 1982


Season 4, Episode 11: Day for Fright

Original Air Dateó25 November 1982


Season 4, Episode 12: Trooper

Original Air Dateó2 December 1982


Season 4, Episode 13: The Loneliest Day of the Week

Original Air Dateó27 January 1983


Season 4, Episode 14: Double Vision

Original Air Dateó3 February 1983


Season 4, Episode 15: Winner Take All

Original Air Dateó10 February 1983


Season 4, Episode 16: Small Pleasures

Original Air Dateó3 March 1983


Season 4, Episode 17: The Five Labours of Hercules: Part 1

Original Air Dateó17 March 1983


Season 4, Episode 18: The Five Labours of Hercules: Part 2

Original Air Dateó24 March 1983


Season 5


Season 5, Episode 1: Rookie

Original Air Dateó15 September 1983


Season 5, Episode 2: Scavenger Hunt: Part 1

Original Air Dateó22 September 1983


Season 5, Episode 3: Scavenger Hunt: Part 2

Original Air Dateó29 September 1983


Season 5, Episode 4: Second Sight

Original Air Dateó6 October 1983


Season 5, Episode 5: Trucker

Original Air Dateó13 October 1983


Season 5, Episode 6: Born to Run

Original Air Dateó20 October 1983


Season 5, Episode 7: Tempest Probe

Original Air Dateó27 October 1983


Season 5, Episode 8: Lumberjacks

Original Air Dateó3 November 1983


Season 5, Episode 9: Passage

Original Air Dateó10 November 1983


Season 5, Episode 10: Sartech: Part 1

Original Air Dateó17 November 1983


Season 5, Episode 11: Sartech: Part 2

Original Air Dateó1 December 1983


Season 5, Episode 12: Dragonslayer

Original Air Dateó19 January 1984


Season 5, Episode 13: The Genesis Tapes: Part 1

Original Air Dateó26 January 1984


Season 5, Episode 14: The Genesis Tapes: Part 2

Original Air Dateó2 February 1984


Season 5, Episode 15: Ghost Station

Original Air Dateó23 February 1984


Season 5, Episode 16: Indian Summer

Original Air Dateó1 March 1984


Season 5, Episode 17: Applejack

Original Air Dateó8 March 1984


Season 5, Episode 18: Sheep in Wolf's Clothing

Original Air Dateó15 March 1984


Season 6


Season 6, Episode 1: Second Best

Original Air Dateó13 September 1984


Season 6, Episode 2: Three Monkeys of Bah Roghar: Part 1

Original Air Dateó20 September 1984


Season 6, Episode 3: Three Monkeys of Bah Roghar: Part 2

Original Air Dateó27 September 1984


Season 6, Episode 4: Rodeo

Original Air Dateó4 October 1984


Season 6, Episode 5: One Door Closes

Original Air Dateó11 October 1984


Season 6, Episode 6: Lucky

Original Air Dateó18 October 1984


Season 6, Episode 7: Arrivederci Roma

Original Air Dateó25 October 1984


Season 6, Episode 8: The Good Shepherd

Original Air Dateó1 November 1984


Season 6, Episode 9: Matchmaker

Original Air Dateó8 November 1984


Season 6, Episode 10: Firehorse: Part 1

Original Air Dateó15 November 1984


Season 6, Episode 11: Firehorse: Part 2

Original Air Dateó22 November 1984


Season 6, Episode 12: Prodigal Son

Original Air Dateó29 November 1984


Season 6, Episode 13: Torque

Original Air Dateó31 January 1985


Season 6, Episode 14: Small Change

Original Air Dateó7 February 1985


Season 6, Episode 15: Voyageurs: Part 1

Original Air Dateó14 February 1985


Season 6, Episode 16: Voyageurs: Part 2

Original Air Dateó21 February 1985


Season 6, Episode 17: Liar, Liar

Original Air Dateó28 February 1985


Season 6, Episode 18: Pandora

Original Air Dateó7 March 1985

 

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Genre Adventure | Drama | Family
Directed By Mario Azzopardi
Jan Darnley-Smith
Voices of  
Narrated by  
Counrty of origin Canada
No. of episodes 6 seasons
Running Time 30 mins
Original Run 1979 - 1985
Language English

 

 

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