Sid and Marty Krofft: A Critical Study of Saturday Morning Children's Television, 1969-1993

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McFarland, Sep 1, 1998 - Performing Arts - 303 pages
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H.R. Pufnstuf, Lidsville, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Land of the Lost: For a generation of children growing up in the late sixties and early seventies, these were some of the most memorable shows on Saturday morning television. At a time when television cartoons had lost some of their luster, two puppeteers named Sid and Marty Krofft put together a series of shows that captivated children. Using colorful sets and mysterious lands full of characters that had boundless energy, the Kroffts created a new form of children's television, rooted in the medium's earliest shows but nevertheless original in its concept. This work first provides a history of the Kroffts' pretelevision career, then offers discussions of their 11 Saturday morning shows. Complete cast and credit information is enhanced by interviews with many of the actors and actresses, behind-the-scenes information, print reviews of the series, and plot listings of the individual episodes. The H.R. Pufnstuf feature film, the brothers' other television work, and their short-lived indoor theme park are also detailed.

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This was extremely informative. Just like may others I lived for Saturday morning television. It was only because a friend of mine was telling me that she shows her kid these programs via netflix that started our conversation of Kroft superstars. Since she did not watch these in her childhood, I took it upon myself to "educate" her on these shows. Only then I was realizing how much I did not know. I found this site & started reading it & could not stop. Even if I am only one person, this article made me very happy if only for a while. Thank you for this.  


2H R Pufnstuf
3Pufnstuf The Movie
4The Bugaloos
6Sigmund and the Sea Monsters
7Land of the Lost 974976
8The Lost Saucer
9Far Out Space Nuts
10The Krot Supershow
11Krot Superstar HourThe Bay City Rollers
13Land of the Lost 99994
14Krot at Night
Puf versus Mayor McCheese

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Hal Erickson has written several media-related books for McFarland, and was for many years a primary editor of the All-Movie Guide website. He lives and works in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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