Country of origin
NBC Public Affairs
First episode date
8 October 1961
Final episode date
30 Minutes (Inc. Adverts)
October 8, 1961 (1961-10-08) – 1962 (1962)
Richard Thomas, Jack Lescoulie
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Children's Programming
Children's television series, Family film
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1, 2, 3 Go! is an American filmed children's television series hosted by Jack Lescoulie with Richard Thomas (who would later go on to star in the successful CBS drama series, The Waltons); The show also featured Richard Morse, only for the first episode as The Courier, and Joseph Warren, who portrayed Thomas Jefferson in the first episode.
The 30-minute educational series was telecast on NBC in 1961-62, opening with this theme song:Wonder what it'll be today? What excitement is on its way? You can find out just by saying... 1, 2, 3 Go!
Each episode had a theme and was narrated by Thomas. The show established that adult and child were on an equal footing, sometimes with the child in a superior position. For example, in a show with a theme of cinematic special effects, Lescoulie is struck in the neck by an arrow. Although Richard explains it is only a special effect, Lescoulie remains concerned. In the narration, Richard observes, "Jack was getting worried about the arrow, but I told him to stop crying."
During the Halloween weekend of 1961, Zacherley appeared for an episode exploring haunted houses.
The show was produced by NBC Public Affairs.