Who's asking: Karen Olson, New Haven, CT
Today's question is a complete rip-off because it's the subject of Karen's post over at First Offenders, but I'm past deadline on a few things and don't have time to be original. Anyway, I love this question. Leave your own responses below.
My favorite Saturday morning shows in childhood weren't the cartoons, but the Sid & Marty Krofft live-action shows: "H.R. Pufnstuf," "Sigmund & the Sea Monsters," "Lidsville," and most of all, "The Bugaloos," which was only on for one season, I think. A friend of mine who acquired a Krofft box set last year says that these shows are not as good as we remember them; that's bound to be true, but I suspect they are still surreal and marvelous in their own sinister ways.
On the cartoon side, I did love the original "Scooby Doo," but my twin sister and I were special fans of a show called "Mission: Magic," which featured a young Rick Springfield as a rock musician who toured with a magical schoolteacher and her students. I mentioned this show at dinner not long ago, but couldn't remember the name of the show; my friends were skeptical, but the show ran for two seasons, and you can watch the opening credits here.
And while you're surfing YouTube, check out the trailer for Joseph Finder's next book, POWER PLAY, here.