The Barkleys
Created byDavid H. DePatie
Friz Freleng
Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Written byLarry Rhine
Woody Kling
Dennis Marks
David Evans
Directed byDavid Detiege
Voices ofHenry Corden
Joan Gerber
Julie McWhirter
Steve Lewis
Gene Andrusco
Michael Bell
Bob Frank
Don Messick
Bob Holt
Frank Welker
ComposerDoug Goodwin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
ProducersDavid H. DePatie
Friz Freleng
EditorsLee Gunther
Roger Donley
Allan R. Potter
Joe Siracusa
Rick Steward
Camera setupRay Lee
Larry Hogan
John Burton, Jr.
Running time30 minutes (22 minutes minus commercials)
Production companyDePatie–Freleng Enterprises
Original networkNBC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 9 (1972-09-09) –
December 2, 1972 (1972-12-02)

The Barkleys is an American animated television series that aired in Autumn of 1972 on NBC and was produced by DePatie–Freleng Enterprises.[1]


The cartoon – inspired by the CBS sitcom All in the Family[2] – featured an anthropomorphic dog family consisting of Arnie, a bus driver (voiced by Henry Corden) and his wife Agnes (voiced by Joan Gerber). They had two teenagers, Terry and Roger (voiced by Julie McWhirter and Steve Lewis respectively) and one younger child, Chester (voiced by Gene Andrusco).[3]

The theme song's lyrics ended with the advice "Just remember Arnie Barkley's bark is worse than his bite." Doug Goodwin's theme song used part of "(Be It Ever So Humble) There's No Place Like Home".


The series was broadcast by NBC from September 9 to December 2, 1972. NBC continued to air reruns until September 1, 1973. Only 13 episodes were produced.

The series resurfaced in 2016, airing Saturday mornings on the Retro TV network. It is currently streaming daily on the Classic Toons channel on Pluto TV


Episode list

Title Original air date
1"Match Breaker"September 9, 1972 (1972-09-09)
2"Finders Weepers"September 16, 1972 (1972-09-16)
3"Lib and Let Lib"September 23, 1972 (1972-09-23)
Following Terry's speech about women's rights at the high school, Arnie and Agnes decide to switch jobs for a day.
4"Half-Pint Hero"September 30, 1972 (1972-09-30)
5"No Place for a Lady"October 7, 1972 (1972-10-07)
6"For the Love of Money"October 14, 1972 (1972-10-14)
7"Keeping Up with the Beagles"October 21, 1972 (1972-10-21)
8"Play No Favorites"October 28, 1972 (1972-10-28)
9"Law and Misorder"November 4, 1972 (1972-11-04)
10"The Great Disc Jockey"November 11, 1972 (1972-11-11)
11"Barkley Beware"November 18, 1972 (1972-11-18)
12"Arnie Come Clean"November 25, 1972 (1972-11-25)
13"The Talent Agency Caper"December 2, 1972 (1972-12-02)

DVD release

On October 20, 2015, Film Chest Media Group released The Barkleys and The Houndcats – 2 DVD Classic Animation Set on DVD in Region 1.[4] This collection features all 13 episodes of the series on DVD for the very first time.



  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 59. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 112. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  3. ^ Woolery, George W. (1983). Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981. Scarecrow Press. pp. 35–36. ISBN 0-8108-1557-5. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  4. ^ 2-DVD Set with DePatie-Freleng's 'The Barkleys' and 'The Houndcats' Archived 2015-10-25 at the Wayback Machine