|Running Time||60 minutes (1947-1948), 30 minutes (1948-1960)|
|Starring||Buffalo Bob Smith|
Howdy Doody was a children's television program (with a decidedly frontier/western theme, although other themes also colored the show) that aired on NBC in the United States from 1947 until 1960. It was a pioneer in children's programming and set the pattern for many similar shows. It was also a pioneer in early color production as NBC used the show in part to sell color television sets in the 1950s.
In Orientation, while being held captive by Eko, Sawyer, who has hidden a handgun from his captor, tells Ana-Lucia that the "next time Shaft opens the cage he's going to get a surprising little 'Howdy Doody'". This is in reference to the popular children's show and its decidedly Western theme.