This listing is for the 1955-59 series, not its reincarnations. (Justin Timberlake, Brittney Spears, and Christina Aguilera? Ack.) No, the baby boomer generation was won over by the one with Annette Funicello and Cubby O’Brien, Spin and Marty, and cast members wearing Mousket-ears.
The Mickey Mouse Club was essentially an after-school variety show for kids that offered serials, newsreels, talent performances, and reminders of good moral behavior by show host Jimmy Dodd. Annette quickly became its star, and had a serial based around her – Walt Disney Presents: Annette.
Of the other serials, the two I remember best were Spin and Marty and The Hardy Boys. Both featured actor Tim Considine. Spin Evans and Marty Markham were two boys at the Triple R Ranch who had to learn to get along despite coming from different backgrounds. The Hardy Boys was aired in 19 episodes of 15 minutes each that were produced for the extravagant sum of $5700.
Though original shows were only shown for three seasons, the original Mickey Mouse Club was brought back in half-hour episodes for syndication, and maintained a presence on TV through the early 1960s.
Now’s the time to say goodbye to all our company…M-I-C (See you real soon!) K-E-Y (Why? Because we like you!) M-O-U-S-E.