18. Al Lewis was originally lined up as host
Keeshan wasn’t in fact the first choice to take on the now iconic role of Captain Kangaroo. Interestingly, CBS originally had children’s TV host Al Lewis in mind. However, his management refused to break his contract and the producers were forced to look elsewhere. And the rest, as they say, is history.
17. It’s the longest-running children’s show on commercial TV
Having aired from 1955 until 1984, Captain Kangaroo holds the record for the most enduring children’s show in commercial TV history. Indeed, while Sesame Street may have run for longer, it is only now in its first years on a commercial channel.
16. It was one of the first racially-integrated children’s shows
Not only is Captain Kangaroo the longest-running children’s TV show on a commercial network, it is also deemed by many to be the first racially-integrated one. And that’s thanks to the casting of James Wall, an African-American stage manager who made the move into acting when he landed the role of the Captain’s all-knowing neighbor Mr. Baxter.