Harlem Globetrotters was a CBS network Saturday morning animated series featuring cartoon versions of players from the famous basketball team, the Harlem Globetrotters which consisted of George "Meadowlark" Lemon, Freddie "Curly" Neal, Hubert "Geese" Ausbie, J.C. "Gip" Gipson, Bobby Joe Mason and Paul "Pablo" Robertson.
It was produced by Hanna-Barbera and premiered on September 12, 1970. There were 22 episodes of Harlem Globetrotters were eventually produced: 16 for the 1970-71 season and six more for the 1971-72 season.
The show also has a place in history as being the first Saturday morning cartoon to feature a predominately African-American cast and like any other Saturday morning cartoons of the era, the first-season episodes of the series utilized a laugh track, but by the second season, the full laugh track was replaced by an inferior version created by the studio. The show ended on September 2, 1972, but it later re-run on NBC under the title "The Go-Go Globetrotters."
The show was about the Harlem Globetrotters along with their fictional bus driver\manager, Granny & dog mascot, Dribbles as they toured around the world.
The series worked to a formula where the team travels somewhere and typically get involved in a local conflict that leads to one of the Globetrotters proposing a basketball game to settle the issue.
To ensure the Globetrotters' defeat, the villains rig the contest, but before the second half of the contest, the team always finds a way to even the odds, become all but invincible and win the game.
- Scatman Crothers - George "Meadowlark" Lemon
- Stu Gilliam - Freddie "Curly" Neal
- Johnny Williams - Hubert "Geese" Ausbie
- Richard Elkins - J.C. "Gip" Gipson
- Eddie "Rochester" Anderson - Bobby Joe Mason
- Robert DoQui - Pablo Robertson
- Nancy Wible - "Granny"
- Rudy Clark - Additional voices
- Ken Williams - Additional voices
- Daws Butler - Additional voices
- Henry Corden - Additional voices
- Don Messick - Additional voices
- John Stephenson - Additional voices