I watched H.R. Pufnstuf when it premiered in 1969 on NBC. No doubt about it, H.R. Pufnstuf was the craziest tv show for kids I've ever seen. Here I must confess that H.R. Pufnstuf was "too much" for me as a kid. The show was over the top with costumes, music, characters and volume! The show had a laugh track that never stopped. Every line of dialogue followed by endless laughter. H.R. Pufnstuf was loud to my ears and loud to my eyes.
Did I like the show? Well, yes - in a way.
H.R. Pufnstuf is the show you loved when it was over. Monday morning sitting in class I could not stop thinking about H.R. Pufnstuf. The colors and music kept invading my school time. The magic of H.R. Pufnstuf is that it worked on me Mon thru Fri primming me for my next fix on Saturday morning.
Btw, what exactly was H.R. Pufnstuf? You know, the main character, what was it?
I thought H.R. Pufnstuf was a talking, dancing alligator. My sister said it was a giant lizard.
What ever it was it sure was ugly! Man, I kept waiting for old H.R. to bite Jimmy's head off. His mouth was certianly big enough! Two Jimmys in one chew.
OK, OK! H.R. Pufnstuf was a dragon. So please explain to me his cowboy boots? And there was something unsettling about that ugly alligator head with a southern drawl comming out of it! Kinda cool and kinda creepy.
Why did I like that show? It didn't make sense. Giant alligator, happy little boy with a happy talking flute - both too happy (if you know what I mean), crazy witch screamming all day, talking trees, talking houses, talking everything and lastly that giant singing birdlady (sounds like Tina Turner) that did a lead-out and a lead-in at every commercial break . . Wow . . Cool!