Until I saw the following video, I considered myself a connoisseur of sorts on kids shows of the 1970s. I guess I was fortunate in that I missed this particular show: Lidsville, a Sid & Marty Kroft production where they apparently asked kids to join them on an acid trip.
The premise is that a teenaged boy falls into a magician’s giant magical hat into a land of living hats where people are seemingly required by law to engage in cheesy comedy to the tune of a generic laugh track.
To its…I dunno, credit?…it boasts a cast that includes: Butch Patrick (who old timers like myself may remember as Eddie Munster from The Munsters); Billie Hayes as Weenie the Genie, who you may recognize as Witchiepoo from H.R. Pufnstuf (another Sid & Marty Kroft gem); and — how can it get better you ask? — Charles Nelson Reilly as Merlo the Magician, a fitting precursor to his stint on Match Game.
Oh – and for purists, there was also a comic book version! I’m guessing that the show’s fans used to buy these to use as rolling paper.