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The Krofft Supershow

The Krofft Supershow is a Saturday morning children's variety show, produced by Sid and Marty Krofft. It aired for two seasons from September 11, 1976, to September 2, 1978, on ABC

Background Edit

The show was composed of several live-action segments, hosted by "Kaptain Kool and the Kongs", a rock band created for the series. The season-one (1976–1977) segments were "Dr. Shrinker", "Electra Woman and Dyna Girl", and "Wonderbug", plus reruns of The Lost Saucer for the first half of the season (they were dropped when the show was cut from 90 minutes to one hour). For season two (1977–1978), "Dr. Shrinker" and "Electra Woman and Dyna Girl" were dropped and replaced with "Bigfoot and Wildboy" and "Magic Mongo." Each live-action section was about 15 minutes in length.

Instead of a third season, the show was massively revamped (and moved to NBC) to feature the then-popular Bay City Rollers. Now retitled The Krofft Superstar Hour, Kaptain Kool and the Kongs were replaced by the Rollers, and new live-action segments "Horror Hotel" and "The Lost Island" replaced the older ones.

Show segments Edit

Kaptain Kool and the Kongs Edit

This group was a manufactured band responsible for hosting the show, introduction of the other live-action segments, and performing skits and songs.

For the first season, Kaptain Kool and the Kongs were portrayed as a wacky glam rock band. Segments were filmed at the short-lived World of Sid and Marty Krofft indoor amusement park in Atlanta.

For season two, their image was toned down, and they were downsized from a five-person band to a four-person band. Their season-two segments were filmed in a studio with an audience of children.

Most of the songs were written by the Osmonds.[1] After they were replaced by the Bay City Rollers, the group made appearances on other Sid and Marty Krofft productions, including Donny & MarieThe Brady Bunch Variety Hour, and The Krofft Komedy Hour. They also made an appearance on Dick Clark's American Bandstand and they starred in two primetime TV specials featuring previews of ABC's Saturday-morning lineup.

Cast:

  • Kaptain Kool: Michael Lembeck
  • Superchick: Debra Clinger
  • Turkey: Mickey McMeel
  • Nashville: Louise DuArt
  • Flatbush: Bert Sommer (Season 1 only)

Two albums were released featuring Kaptain Kool and the Kongs, both in 1978: the self-titled Kaptain Kool and the Kongs featured the band singing, and Stories From the Krofft TV Supershow includes several comedy skits. In addition, they released one single, "And I Never Dreamed", written by Harvey Scales backed with "Sing Me a Song".[2]

Dr. Shrinker Edit

Main article: Dr. Shrinker

Dr. Shrinker is an evil scientist with a lab on an uncharted island. When teenagers Brad, B.J., and Gordie are stranded on the island, Dr. Shrinker subjects them to his shrinker machine. They manage to escape the lab in miniature form; the series follows their adventures as they try to evade the clutches of the mad scientist and his assistant Hugo.

Cast:

  • Dr. Shrinker: Jay Robinson
  • Hugo: Billy Barty
  • Brad: Ted Eccles
  • B.J.: Susan Lawrence
  • Gordie: Jeff MacKay

Electra Woman and Dyna Girl Edit

Main article: Electra Woman and Dyna Girl

Lori and Judy, reporters for Newsmaker magazine, are secretly Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, crime-fighting superheroines. Assisted by their friend Frank Heflin, they fought such supervillains as the Pharaoh and Cleopatra, the Sorcerer, Glitter Rock, Ali Baba, Spider Lady, and the Empress of Evil.

Cast:

  • Electra Woman/Lori: Deidre Hall
  • Dyna Girl/Judy: Judy Strangis
  • Frank Heflin: Norman Alden

Wonderbug Edit

Main article: Wonderbug

Barry, C.C., and Susan are three teenaged friends who fixed up an old dune buggy (which they dubbed "Schlepcar"). When they attach a magic horn to the car, Schlepcar comes to life as Wonderbug. Wonderbug could fly, and helped the teens fight crime.

Cast:

  • Barry: David Levy
  • C.C.: Jack Baker (as John Anthony Bailey)
  • Susan: Carol Anne Seflinger
  • Wonderbug (voice): Frank Welker

Magic Mongo Edit

When teenagers Donald, Lorraine, and Kristy find an old bottle, they discover it is the home of a genie nameed Mongo. Mongo's magical attempts to help his young masters lead to many wacky misadventures.

Cast:

  • Mongo: Lennie Weinrib
  • Donald: Paul Hinckley
  • Lorraine: Helaine Lembeck
  • Kristy: Robin Dearden
  • Ace: Bart Braverman
  • Duncey: Larry Larsen

Bigfoot and Wildboy Edit

Main article: Bigfoot and Wildboy

After Wildboy was orphaned in the Pacific Northwest, he was found and raised by Bigfoot, the legendary man-beast of the forest. The two work together to fight those who would harm the forest. They were aided in the first season by Suzie, 12-year-old daughter of Ranger Lucas; in the second season, Suzie was replaced by Cindy, a young archeology student.

The episodes of "Bigfoot and Wildboy" that aired on The Krofft Supershow were 15 minutes in length. In 1979, ABC brought back the show as a stand-alone series by editing the 15-minute segments into 30-minute episodes. New episodes were also filmed and aired in the summer of 1979.

Cast:

  • Bigfoot: Ray Young
  • Wildboy: Joseph Butcher
  • Suzie: Monika Ramirez
  • Ranger Lucas: Ned Romero
  • Cindy: Yvonne Regalado
  • Cindy's father: Al Wyatt, Jr.

References Edit

  1. ^ Trivia entry at the Internet Movie Database. Last accessed 27 February 2007.
  2. ^ Entry at Rate Your Music. Last accessed 27 February 2007.

External links Edit

  • The Krofft Supershow on IMDb
  • Bigfoot and Wildboy at Episodeguides.com
  • Krofft Supershow at the Weird World of Sid and Marty Krofft fanpage
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