|Although the Harlem Globetrotters were initially formed in 1927, the franchise's most famous line-up occurred during the mid-sixties to late-seventies, with such memorable players as Meadowlark Lemon, Curly Neal, and Geese Ausbie. These ball dribbling, basket shooting hot-shots were so popular that they burned up the court on their own television cartoon shows, as well as a live action series called The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine.
For the animated series, the Globetrotters “trotted” the world to shoot hoops against opposing teams ranging from the blue ridge mountain ranges of America’s south to the snow-capped mountains of Europe. This series also added two fictional characters to the Globetrotter camp: Granny, a kindly old lady that drove the team bus, and her pet, Dribbles the dog.
NBC’s Go Go Globetrotters was a two-hour program that ran reruns of CBS' animated The Harlem Globetrotters (1970-73), along with old episodes of The C.B. Bears, The Herculoids, and Space Ghost. Later the same year, the Globetrotters returned to television in a new animated series as superheroes in The Super Globetrotters.