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Bailey's Comets
Genre Animated
Created by David H. DePatie
Friz Freleng
Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Written by Dalton Sandifer
John W. Dunn
Larz Bourne
Voices of Jim Begg
Daws Butler
Carl Esser
Kathy Gori
Bob Holt
Sarah Kennedy
Don Messick
Karen Smith
Frank Welker
Theme music composer Doug Goodwin
Opening theme "Bailey's Comets Theme" by Every Thing Under the Sun
Ending theme "Bailey's Comets Theme" (instrumental)
Composer(s) Doug Goodwin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 32 (16 half-hours)
Executive producer(s) David H. DePatie
Friz Freleng
Producer(s) Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Editor(s) Rick Steward (editing supervisor)
Joe Siracusa
Jim Blodgett
Allan Potter
Production company(s) DePatie-Freleng Enterprises
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Original network CBS
Original release September 8, 1973 (1973-09-08) – August 31, 1975 (1975-08-31)

Bailey's Comets is a 1973-1975 animated cartoon series that aired on CBS. The second season consisted entirely of reruns. The series was produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises and was created by David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng in association with Joe Ruby and Ken Spears.


Different roller skating teams compete in a worldwide race to different locations searching for clues that will lead them to a million-dollar prize at the end of the race. Besides the teams interfering with each other, there were also outside forces and subplots that would step in to hinder the teams' progress.


Bailey's Comets

The team most favored to win the million-dollar prize were a group of teenagers called Bailey's Comets. This team consisted of:

  • Barnaby Bailey (voiced by Carl Esser) - The handsome, youthful leader of the team. He is the one who called the most shots and having (reluctantly) to take the most risks.
  • Candy (voiced by Karen Smith) - A pretty blonde-haired girl. She is presumably Barnaby's girlfriend, as she is the one who entices him to take the risks when necessary.
  • Sarge (voiced by Kathy Gori in a Brooklyn accent) - A red-haired girl who was the team motivator.
  • Wheelie (voiced by Jim Begg) - The team mechanic who comes up with strange roller skate-based inventions.
  • Bunny (voiced by Sarah Kennedy) - A sweet-natured, yet very ditzy girl.
  • Pudge (voiced by Frank Welker) - Good-natured but prone to trouble; he was on the hefty side, yet had almost no difficulty keeping up with the rest of the team. Was especially fond of bananas, which would prompt Wheelie to refer to him as "Banana Brain" whenever he made a mistake.

Other teams

Bailey's Comets were constantly being hindered by the other skating teams who also interfere with one another. The other skating teams consist of:

  • The Texas Black Hats - A group of outlaw cowboys that rode on roller skate-wearing horses.
  • The Jekyll-Hydes - A group of top hat-wearing English doctors that would turn into hideous green-skinned creatures at the most inopportune times that are led by Henry (voiced by Don Messick).
  • The Ramblin' Rivets - A team consisting of a professor (voiced by Daws Butler) and his robots named Scrappy, Boltsbucket, and Fenderbender. The robots each contained all sorts of mechanical contraptions to help their team in advancing in the races.
  • The Duster Busters - A motorcycle gang. They skated in half-sitting positions as if they were mounted on motorcycles.
  • The Roller Coasters - A circus-based team consisting of a ringmaster (voiced by Don Messick), Hercules the Strongman, Big Bertha the Fat Lady, a lion on roller-skates, a clown that rides on a lion, and an Indian Rubber Man.
  • The Stone Rollers - A team consisting of three roller-skating cavemen and their roller-skating dinosaur (vocal effects provided by Don Messick).
  • The Cosmic Rays - A team consisting of four aliens inside a skating flying saucer.
  • The Gargantuan Giants - Literally, a giant football team that is so huge you would only see their skates onscreen. They were led by a normal-sized coach (voiced by Don Messick) who rode on the skates of one of the other members of his team.
  • The Rockin' Rollers - A rock band.
  • The Broomer Girls - A team of witches on roller skate-equipped brooms that are led by Auntie Hag. They also had a snickering roller-skating cat on their team.
  • The Roller Bears - A team of five roller-skating bears which consist of four bears and one bear cub.
  • The Mystery Mob - A team of skaters that are constantly immersed in a huge cloud of dust with flailing arms and legs. No one knows what they look like.
  • The Yo Ho-Ho's - A team of pirates led by a William Bligh-type pirate captain (voiced by Daws Butler). They use a roller skate-equipped raft. One pirate rows, another pirate serves as the mast where they hold a sail, and the other one rides in a roller skate-equipped barrel that is attached to the raft.
  • The Hairy Mountain Red Eyes - A team of hillbillies. One hillbilly rides in a roller skate-equipped wash bucket while a buck-toothed hillbilly carries a pig.


There were also two commentators named Gabby (voiced by Frank Welker impersonating Howard Cosell) and Dooter Roo (voiced by Daws Butler) keeping constant track of the proceedings from a helicopter. Very rarely, however, did they ever get involved in the actual goings-on of the race.


No. Title Original air date
1 "Skateroo to the Carlsbad Clue" September 8, 1973 (1973-09-08)
The skating teams race to Carlsbad Caverns. Auntie Hag of the Broomer Girls gives a hillbilly girl a love potion to make any boy skater that she catches fall in love with her. The clue is seen by all of the teams.
2 "To Win or Toulouse" September 15, 1973 (1973-09-15)
The skating teams race to Paris, France, where Bailey's Comets gets mixed up with a smuggler named Pierre who had smuggled a diamond into one of the bananas that came into Pudge's possession. The Ramblin' Rivets, the Duster Busters and the Yo Ho-Ho's plan to take advantage of this by making sure that Bailey's Comets does not catch Pierre. Afterwards, the clue is found by Bailey's Comets.
3 "Raja and Out" September 22, 1973 (1973-09-22)
The skating teams travel to the palace of the Raja of Punjab, India, who holds the next clue. The Raja then has the skaters compete to rescue his daughter from an evil fakir in order to get the next clue. The clue is found by the Broomer Girls.
4 "Ghost of a Clue" September 29, 1973 (1973-09-29)
The skating teams are in London in a race to Nottingham Castle. When Bailey's Comets end up in another castle, they come across the Ghost of Sir Tremblelot whose family coat of arms was stolen, which ends up intensifying the search when the other teams get involved. The clue is found by Bailey's Comets.
5 "Heading Home" October 6, 1973 (1973-10-06)
6 "Roman Race Run" October 13, 1973 (1973-10-13)
7 "Transylvania Mad Transit" October 20, 1973 (1973-10-20)
The skating teams race through Transylvania to get to Frankenstein's castle. Auntie Hag of the Broomer Girls casts a thunderstorm spell that causes Bailey's Comets and the Jekyll-Hydes to stumble upon Dr. Dracula's castle where he plans to make both teams act like the other. The clue is found by Bailey's Comets.
8 "Philippine Flip-Flop" October 27, 1973 (1973-10-27)
The skating teams are in the Philippines, where Bailey's Comets stumble into a valley where Pudge unknowingly saves a tribe of natives from a giant lizard and the natives want Pudge to deal with a giant gorilla. The Yo Ho-Ho's, the Ramblin' Rivets, and the Hairy Mountain Red Eyes plan to make sure that Bailey's Comets never leave the valley. The clue is found by Bailey's Comets.
9 "Space Race" November 3, 1973 (1973-11-03)
10 "Slow 'n' Go to Tokyo" November 10, 1973 (1973-11-10)
11 "Loch Ness Mess" November 17, 1973 (1973-11-17)
The skating teams are in Scotland, where the clue is in the Loch which ends up getting the Loch Ness Monster involved and Bailey's Comets is ordered by a police officer to get it back to Loch Ness in two hours or they will go to jail. The Texas Black Hats, the Jekyll-Hydes, and the Ramblin' Rivets plan to take advantage of this by planning to keep the Loch Ness Monster from going back into Loch Ness. Although Bailey's Comets find the clue, the rest of the skating teams manage to see it from a distance.
12 "Deep Blue Clue" November 24, 1973 (1973-11-24)
13 "South American Slip-Up" December 1, 1973 (1973-12-01)
14 "Gold Fever Goof-Up" December 8, 1973 (1973-12-08)
The skating teams are in Mexico, heading to the Mayan ruins to find the next clue. Auntie Hag of the Broomer Girls casts a gold fever spell on Pudge that causes him to get mixed up with some prospectors. The clue is found by Bailey's Comets.
15 "A Kooky Clue and a Mummy, Too" December 15, 1973 (1973-12-15)
16 "Kenya Catch That Clue" December 22, 1973 (1973-12-22)
17 "An Abominable Clue" December 29, 1973 (1973-12-29)
18 "Madagascar Mix-Up" January 5, 1974 (1974-01-05)
19 "Bear Blunder Down Under" January 12, 1974 (1974-01-12)
20 "Trans-Turkey Foul-Up" January 19, 1974 (1974-01-19)
The skating teams race through Turkey to the Istanbul Museum. Bailey's Comets encounter Bad Luck Ali Booboo and bring him along in a plan to change his bad luck streak. During the race, Ali Booboo's bad luck causes problems for Bailey's Comets and the other skating teams. The clue is found by Bailey's Comets.
21 "Amazon Jungle Bungle" January 26, 1974 (1974-01-26)
The skating teams are in the jungles of Brazil, where they are racing towards Sugarloaf Mountain. When Wheelie falls into the Amazon River following the Jekyll-Hydes shrinking the bridge, he is saved by an Amazon Jungle Woman named Magogo, who does not want Wheelie to go. Things get worse when Magogo's old boyfriend Bruto shows up to dispose of Wheelie. The clue is found by the Rockin' Rollers.
22 "Swiss Swap Switch" February 2, 1974 (1974-02-02)
23 "Hawaii Five Uh-Oh" February 9, 1974 (1974-02-09)
24 "Heidelberg Robot Hang-Up" February 16, 1974 (1974-02-16)
25 "Netherlands Bubble Trouble" February 23, 1974 (1974-02-23)
26 "Too Strong for Hong Kong" March 2, 1974 (1974-03-02)
27 "A Doggone Danish Clue" March 9, 1974 (1974-03-09)
28 "Hungarian Cluelosh" March 16, 1974 (1974-03-16)
29 "Gobi Desert Goof-Up" March 23, 1974 (1974-03-23)
30 "Sargasso Sea You Later" March 30, 1974 (1974-03-30)
31 "Fast Lap in Lapland" April 6, 1974 (1974-04-06)
32 "What's Buzzin', Canadian Cousin?" April 13, 1974 (1974-04-13)


  • Jim Begg - Wheelie
  • Daws Butler - Dooter Roo, Pirate Captain, Professor
  • Carl Esser - Barnaby Bailey
  • Kathy Gori - Sarge
  • Bob Holt - Dude
  • Sarah Kennedy - Bunny
  • Don Messick - Henry, Gargantuan Giants' Coach, Ringmaster, Stone Rollers' Dinosaur
  • Karen Smith - Candy
  • Frank Welker - Pudge, Gabby
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