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El Rey Network to show marathon of Muhammad Ali's 1977 animated series

Days after news of Muhammad Ali's death on Friday, his effect on our culture remains awe-inspiring. Long considered one of the most famous men in the world, Ali inspired a pop song, released a spoken word album, risked his career to speak out against the Vietnam War and, at one point, persuaded a man to come in off a ledge in Los Angeles.

Larger than life for most of his life, Ali also starred in his own Saturday morning cartoon, "I Am the Greatest: The Adventures of Muhammad Ali," which aired in 1977. In tribute to Ali, the Robert Rodriguez-founded El Rey Network will run a marathon of all 13 episodes of the series beginning on Wednesday, June 8.

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Featuring the voice of Ali along with his publicist Frank Bannister, the series featured the duo traveling the country and solving mysteries, not unlike the "Scooby-Doo" gang. At the time and even now, the conceit, oddly, doesn't sound quite so far-fetched.

The marathon begins at 10 p.m.

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