Roundhouse (TV series)

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Roundhouse
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GenreSketch comedy
Variety
Created byBuddy Sheffield
Rita Sheffield Hester
Written byBernie Ancheta
Becky Hartman-Edwards
Sheila R. Lawrence
Nancy Neufeld Callaway
Buddy Sheffield
Rita Sheffield
Directed byRita Sheffield
Ron Andreassen
Bruce Gowers
Gary Halvorson
Paul Hoen
Linda Mendoza
Dennis Rosenblatt
Kent Weed
Theme music composerBuddy Sheffield
Composer(s)Benny Hester
Eric Hester
Frank Musker
James Raymond
Marty Walsh
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes52
Production
Location(s)Nickelodeon Studios (Season 1)
CBS Studio Center (Season 2-4)
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Rebel Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channelNickelodeon
Original runAugust 15, 1992 (1992-08-15) – December 24, 1996 (1996-12-24)
 
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Roundhouse
Roundhouselogo.png
GenreSketch comedy
Variety
Created byBuddy Sheffield
Rita Sheffield Hester
Written byBernie Ancheta
Becky Hartman-Edwards
Sheila R. Lawrence
Nancy Neufeld Callaway
Buddy Sheffield
Rita Sheffield
Directed byRita Sheffield
Ron Andreassen
Bruce Gowers
Gary Halvorson
Paul Hoen
Linda Mendoza
Dennis Rosenblatt
Kent Weed
Theme music composerBuddy Sheffield
Composer(s)Benny Hester
Eric Hester
Frank Musker
James Raymond
Marty Walsh
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes52
Production
Location(s)Nickelodeon Studios (Season 1)
CBS Studio Center (Season 2-4)
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Rebel Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channelNickelodeon
Original runAugust 15, 1992 (1992-08-15) – December 24, 1996 (1996-12-24)

Roundhouse is an American sketch comedy television series that aired on Nickelodeon from 1992 through 1996.[1]

Background[edit]

Roundhouse debuted as a part of the original SNICK lineup on Nickelodeon in 1992 and continued airing on the network through the end of 1995.[1]

Buddy Sheffield, a former writer for In Living Color, and Rita Sheffield Hester created and produced the series. Recording artist Benny Hester was the music producer as well as co-producer of the series. They titled the show in reference to the roundhouses used by railroad companies to turn trains around and get them on the right track. This was in line with the show's theme song, in which the characters stated "we can go anywhere from here". In addition, the stage for the show mirrored the interior of a roundhouse.

Episode format[edit]

Each episode revolved around the Anyfamily and their problems in daily life. The half-hour show, taped in front of a visible live audience, was broken up into sketches, dance sequences, and musical performances by both cast members and the house band. After everything is resolved story-wise, a cast member would say the words "Reprise the Theme Song and Roll the Credits", the cast then sang the theme song a cappella with a dance to close the show off. All music used on the show was written specifically for Roundhouse. Crystal Lewis and Shawn Daywalt were the principal vocalists for many of the songs in the first season. After Lewis left the series to pursue a career in Christian contemporary music, she was replaced by Lisa Vale, who left the series after Season 2 due to her pregnancy at the time and was replaced by Amy Ehrlich and Jennifer Cihi for Season 3. Natasha Pearce became the series principal vocalist in Season 4, but Vale returned for the fourth season as well.

Cast[edit]

Dominic Lucero[edit]

Following the show's first season, cast member Dominic Lucero was diagnosed with lymphoma. He left the show for treatment, returning for 3 episodes in the show's third season. During the show's fourth season, Lucero died on July 1, 1994 at the age of 26. The final episode, however, was dedicated to his memory ("This one's for our friend Dominic, who couldn't be here"). His illness was unknown to the viewing audience, because at Lucero's request, his condition was not to be made public. Whereas his name remained in the opening credits for the entirety of the show.

Roundhouse Band[edit]

Episode guide[edit]

Season 1 (1992)[edit]

Season 2 (1993)[edit]

Season 3 (1993-1994)[edit]

Season 4 (1994)[edit]

Production notes[edit]

Sets[edit]

The first season was filmed on Stage 19 at Nickelodeon Studios in Universal Studios Florida, along with the opening credits filmed in the New York section of the park. Remaining seasons were shot on Stage 4 at CBS Studio Center in Hollywood, California.

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearResultAwardCategoryRecipient
1993WonYoung Artist AwardsOutstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Youth Series or Variety ShowCast
1994NominatedOutstanding Youth Ensemble in a Cable or Off Primetime SeriesCast
1993WonCableACE AwardOriginal Song ("I Can Dream")Benny Hester and Buddy Sheffield
1995NominatedOriginal Song ("Second Chance")Eric Hester
1994WonYouth In Film AwardsBest Original Song ("Can't Let Go")Benny Hester and Marty Walsh
1994WonOllie Award[2]Excellence in Television Programming for America's Children - American Center for Children's Television
Roundhouse Producers

Syndication[edit]

YTV in Canada also aired the series during its initial run on Nickelodeon. After the show ceased production in 1994, reruns aired on both BET and MTV.

VHS release[edit]

To date, two episodes have been released on VHS.

EpisodeVHS Title
"New Kid In Town"SNICK: Volume 1: Nick SNICKS Friendship
"You Can't Fire Your Family"SNICK: Volume 2: Nick SNICKS The Family

References[edit]

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