The Alvin Show (partially lost animated series; 1961-1962)

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The Alvin Show LP.jpg

The cover of an LP with some music from the series.

Status: Partially Lost

The Alvin Show is an American animated television series. It was the first animated TV show about Alvin and the Chipmunks, and it aired between from October 4, 1961, to September 12, 1962, on CBS on Wednesdays, 7:30-8pm Eastern. It debuted in black and white, and colour versions of the episodes were not seen until the series entered syndication in the fall of 1965.

Each episode was split into 4 different segments; a 7-minute Chipmunks cartoon, 1 music segment performed by the Chipmunks, a 7-minute clip with Clyde Crashcup (a crazy inventor) and a concluding musical clip. It was syndicated on many stations, but it hasn't appeared on TV in several decades, with its last appearance on TV being in 1995 on Nickelodeon. Since then, only 3 episodes have been made available for purchase and 2 VHS tapes with songs from the show in a sing-along format, which are now out of print. Additionally, the segments were frequently rearranged during syndication.

With the advent of the Internet, The Alvin Show became easier to find and watch. In 2008-ish, segments from The Alvin Show were uploaded to YouTube but were taken down by Bagdasarian Productions, the legal owners of the show. In 2012, a Lost Media Wiki user named Rugratskid began re-uploading segments to YouTube, but they were again removed by Bagdasarian. Rugratskid then began collecting any segments he could find and has compiled them on MEGA. He has since uploaded all 26 of the 7 minute Chipmunks cartoons,[1] around 10 of the Clyde Crashcup segments,[2] and around 85% of the music segments.[3] Some of the Clyde Crashcup segments are available for purchase,[4], but most of the content is difficult to find on DVD today.

On September 25th, 2017, LMW user Rugratskid has almost the entire show in his possession. Rugratskid is still missing one segment though, which is titled "Spain."


# The Chipmunks Musical Segment 1 Clyde Crashcup Musical Segment 2 Status
1 Stanley The Eagle Oh Gondaliero Invents Baseball I Wish I Could Speak French Found
2 Sam Valiant, Private Nose August Dear Invents the Bathtub Alvin's Orchestra Found
3 Squares Swanee River Invents the Wife The Magic Mountain Partially Lost
4 Ostrich The Brave Chipmunks Invents the Baby Yankee Doodle Dandy Found
5 Good Neighbor The Little Dog Invents Electricity Old MacDonald Cha Cha Cha Partially Lost
6 Fancy Japanese Banana Invents Music When Johnny Comes Marching Home Partially Lost
7 Alvin’s Alter Ego The Pidgin English Hula Invents the West Chipmunk Fun Partially Lost
8 Sam Valiant, Real Estate Working on the Railroad Invents the Stove Stuck in Arabia Partially Lost
9 Camping Trip Good Morning Song Invents Jokes I Wish I Had a Horse Partially Lost
10 Overworked Alvin Witch Doctor Invents Flight The Chipmunk Song Found
11 Dude Ranch Home on the Range Invents First Aid Alvin for President Partially Lost
12 Jungle Rhythm Lily of Laguna Invents Egypt Row Your Boat Partially Lost
13 Bentley Van Rolls Swing Low Sweet Chariot Invents Self-Preservation Comin' Thru the Rye Partially Lost
14 Good Manners Bicycle Built for Two Invents Physical Fitness Ragtime Cowboy Joe Partially Lost
15 Little League Buffalo Gals Invents the Chair While Strolling in the Park One Day Partially Lost
16 Hillbilly Son Spain Invents the Bed Pop Goes the Weasel Partially Lost
17 Alvin’s Cruise Alvin's Harmonica Invents the Telephone If You Love Me/Alouette Partially Lost
18 Lovesick Dave Coming 'Round the Mountain Invents the Time Machine The Blind-Folded Mice Partially Lost
19 Eagle In Love Sing a Goofy Song Invents Do it Yourself Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Partially Lost
20 Theodore’s Dog Clementine Invents the Shoe Maria from Madrid Partially Lost
21 Haunted House Whistle While You Work Invents Glass My Wild Irish Rose Partially Lost
22 Alvin's Studio Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair This is Your Life, Clyde Crashcup! The Band Played On Partially Lost
23 The Whistler The Alvin Twist Invents the Boat The Man on the Flying Trapeze Partially Lost
24 Sir Alvin Git Along Little Doggies Invents Crashcupland Down in the Valley Partially Lost
25 Disc Jockey Funiculi, Funicula Invents Birthdays Polly Wolly Doodle Partially Lost
26 Eagle Music On Top of Old Smokey Invents Self-Defense America the Beautiful Partially Lost


  1. Alvin Episodes Retrieved 11 Jul '15.
  2. Clyde Crashcup Episodes Retrieved 11 Jul '15.
  3. Music Segments Retrieved 11 Jul '15.
  4. Classic Movies DVD link. Retrieved 11 Jul '15.