The Banana Splits retro TV show

In its original run, The Banana Splits Adventure Hour lasted only 31 episodes, but its funky brand of psychedelia had a lasting impact on a lot of kids born in the sixties. (Your author can attest to this fact.)

The show was created by Hanna-Barbera Productions — the team behind The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, The Jetsons and Scooby-Doo, among others — with the help of Sid and Marty Krofft, who would go on to create the also-trippy H R Pufnstuf, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, and Land of the Lost.

The premise? A sort of variety show (loosely inspired by Laugh-In) starring a rock band comprised of four outrageously-costumed animal characters (inspired by The Monkees). The stars were Bingo – gorilla (drums/vocals); Drooper – lion (bass/vocals); Fleegle – beagle (guitar/vocals); and Snorky – elephant (keyboards/synth).

Saturday morning television would never be the same again.

Banana Splits TV show characters

Banana Splits is the newest kids’ show group

There’s a swinging new group on today’s scene that made their national debut recently as the stars and hosts of “The Banana Splits Adventure Hour” on the NBC Television Network, Saturdays.

The Banana Splits is the group and their names are Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper and Snorky. The four rock musicians’ and comedians’ zany lives revolve around a “happening” place called the Banana Pad, which is a youngster’s dream house chock-full of all the really fun things kids would have in a combination bed-rec- den room.

The pad is decorated with such things as posters and pop art, but for the most part, you can find mechanical devices which include a robot, reacting trash cans and mailboxes, a fireman’s pole and many other gadgets.

Also, the Splits each have a dune buggy for “wheels,” and the buggies resemble each of their respective appearances. They are used by the boys around the Banana Pad and for their outdoor antics.

Group spokesman

Fleegle, who sings lead and plays guitar, is the spokesman for the group. Cool, authoritative, and usually in control of every situation, Fleegle is always slightly frustrated by the behavior of the others. Although he’s a born leader and organizer, Fleegle is not as bright as he thinks. And off-stage he considers himself a present-day Don Juan, which sometimes proves to be quite amusing. Nevertheless, Fleegle is a very likable guy.

Bingo, the drummer with the Splits, is a simple, good-natured fellow. He doesn’t realize his great physical strength and is forever breaking things. Bingo is usually assigned all the heavy tasks, but he invariably manages to smash everything he attempts to clean or move. He’s a great drummer, though, and would do practically anything to help a friend.

The third member, Drooper, delights in fast-talking the others, especially Bingo, knowing that it confuses the big fellow. de is the ultra-hip hippie of the Splits who is always on, always 3001, and always trying to con someone. Drooper, who also plays guitar, is the group prankster and makes certain hat Bingo and Snorky receive the blame when one of his tricks backfires. Most of Drooper’s life is devoted to devising diabolical schemes to shift his share of work in the pad to Bingo and Snorky.

Plays organ

Snorky plays the organ and is considered the run of the four. He is always late, seldom does anything right, and gets blamed for absolutely everything, even when he’s innocent. Bingo is protective of the little guy, but he can never stop Snorky from accepting a dare, which Snorky will always do.

Among other things, Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper and Snorky sing, tell jokes and introduce the exciting regularly featured segments of the show.

The show is produced by the award-winning team of Hanna-Barbara.

The Banana Splits Adventure Hour (1968)


Banana Splits opening credits & theme song


Who remembers the Banana Splits kids TV show

The Banana Splits theme song (full lyrics)

(also known as “The Tra-la-la song”)

The Banana Splits TV show

Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la (x4)

the-banana-splits-retro-hanna-barbera-tv-show (2)One banana, two banana
Three banana, four
Four bananas make a bunch
And so do many more
Over hill and highway
The banana buggies go
Comin’ on to bring you
The Banana Splits Show

Makin’ up a mess of fun (x2)
Lots of fun for everyone

Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la (x4)

Four banana, three banana
Two banana, one
All bananas playing in the bright warm sun
Flippin’ like a pancake, poppin’ like a cork
Fleagle, Bingo, Drooper an’ Snork

Makin’ up a mess of fun (x2)
Lots of fun for everyone

Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la (x4)

Two banana, four banana
One banana, three
Swingin’ like a bunch of monkeys
Hangin’ from a tree
Hey there everybody
Won’t you come along and see
How much like banana splits
Everyone can be

Makin’ up a mess of fun (x2)
Lots of fun for everyone

Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la (x4)

Banana Splits cover


About this story

Source publication: Article from The Evening Sun (Baltimore, Maryland) - October 10, 1968

Filed under: 1960s, Entertainment, For children, Music, Television shows, Video

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