Davey and Goliathis an Americanclay-animatedchildren's television series, whose central characters were created byArt Clokey, Ruth Clokey, andDick Sutcliffe,and which was produced first by theUnited Lutheran Church in Americaand later by theLutheran Church in America. The show was aimed at a youth audience, and generally dealt with issues such as respect for authority, sharing and prejudice.Eventually these themes included serious issues such as racism, death, religious intolerance and vandalism. Each 15-minute episode features the adventures of Davey Hansen and his "talking" dogGoliath(although only Davey and the viewer can hear him speak) as they learn the love ofGodthrough everyday occurrences. Many of the episodes also feature Davey's parents John and Elaine, his sister Sally, as well as Davey's friends: Jimmy, Teddy, and Nathaniel in earlier episodes, and Jonathan, Jimmy, Nicky, and Cisco in later ones.
In general, the characters found themselves in situations that had to be overcome by placing theirfaithin God.Davey's friends Nathaniel (in the 1960s episodes) and Jonathan (in the 1970s episodes) wereblack, and were some of the first black characters to appear as friends of a television show's lead character.
Following Clokey's success with theGumbyseries,Davey and Goliathpremiered in syndication on February 25, 1961as a Saturday feature, and lasted until 1965. By May 1961, it was reported that "Millions of children in cities and towns across the United States and Canada are talking about two new television stars, 'Davey and Goliath'."
After its initial run, several 30-minute holiday special episodes were created in the late 1960s. The series then resumed with some new characters in 1971 and continued until 1973. In 1975, a final 30-minute summer episode was created. In 2004, Joe Clokey produced a new special, "Davey and Goliath's Snowboard Christmas".