The Krofft Supershow episode guide: season two

Continuing our look at the goofy and poorly-documented Krofft Supershow. I recently landed bootleg copies, mostly edited, of the hour-long versions of all 32 episodes of this program. Unfortunately, the copies of season two doing the rounds are in really poor shape. Anyway, until this gets a proper release, and since this hasn’t actually been properly documented in this form anywhere – although somebody at IMDB did a pretty good job with some of the component parts – I thought I’d save this for posterity.

Notes:

1. Season two features the Kaptain Kool and the Kongs that everybody remembers. They’re dressed comparatively sensibly, in denim costumes instead of the glitter-haired multi-color glam rock spandex of season one. They’re also down to a four-piece, as Bert Sommer was not asked back to reprise his role of Flatbush. Unfortunately, their segments were taped at some generic theater in Los Angeles instead of in Atlanta, but of course the Kroffts’ indoor amusement park had closed by then.

2. The first season had seen a small amount of merchandising available, including a lunch box and jigsaw puzzles, but there was a lot more available for season two, including an actual Kaptain Kool and the Kongs LP and comic books, which is why everybody remembers these costumes and not the goofy ones from the first season. I don’t own the record and don’t have musician credits, but while I imagine several LA session players were mostly behind it, Mickey McMeel, who played Turkey, was a real drummer. He played with Three Dog Night for years before landing this silly gig. Many of the songs played in this season were from that album, released by Epic Records in 1978.

3. In a desperate attempt to clear up some disinformation that plagues Wikipedia and IMDB, there were two seasons of Bigfoot & Wildboy. The first season was sixteen episodes, about 12 minutes each, that starred Ray Young, Joseph Butcher, and Monika Ramirez as Suzie Lucas. Ned Romero was an occasional guest star as Suzie’s father, a park ranger.

In the second season of twelve 25-minute episodes (shown in the summer of 1979), Ramirez was replaced by Yvonne Regalado as Cindy. This character’s father was played by Al Wyatt Jr. in a couple of episodes. Both Romero and Wyatt were guest stars; neither actor should be credited as a co-star in this program.

4. Episode 10 of Magic Mongo contains some recycled dinosaur animation from Land of the Lost, and episodes 11-12 of Bigfoot and Wildboy features an alien which is wearing a Sleestak costume from that show with half of a gorilla mask glued on over its mouth. Sometimes you hate to see those pennies get pinched so hard.

5. As with season one, the dates cannot honestly be said to be completely confirmed, because TV Guide was unlikely to have printed show synopses for Saturday morning kiddie shows. Nevertheless, it’s reasonable to assume, given September 10, 1977 as the date of the first broadcast, that it aired new episodes for 16 consecutive weeks before starting repeats. The “next week” previews and clips confirm that the order below is accurate.

The Krofft Supershow season two, episode one, shown September 10, 1977
Magic Mongo: “Zap, You’re in Love” written by Doug & Barbara Tibbles, guest stars Bart Braverman, Larry Larsen, Denise DuBarry
Bigfoot & Wildboy: “Black Box, part one” written by Donald R. Boyle, guest stars Bill Erwin (Old Dan), Laurence Haddon (Major), Bob Basso (George), Terrence Locke (Corporal), Ted Noose (Master Sergeant), James Reynolds (Tech Sergeant)
Song: “Right Direction”
Wonderbug: “The Big Game” written by Lee Maddux, guest stars Casey Kasem, Joe Lo Presti, Florence White, Don Sutton, Steve Yeager

The Krofft Supershow season two, episode two, shown September 17, 1977
Magic Mongo: “The Surfing Contest, part one” written by Fred Fox and Seaman Jacobs, guest stars Bart Braverman, Larry Larsen, Sab Shimono
Bigfoot & Wildboy: “Black Box, part two” written by Donald R. Boyle, guest stars Bill Erwin (Old Dan), Laurence Haddon (Major), Bob Basso (George), Terrence Locke (Corporal), Ted Noose (Master Sergeant), James Reynolds (Tech Sergeant)
Song: “You Saved Me”
Wonderbug: “The Case of the Misfortune Cookie” written by Fred Fox and Seaman Jacobs, guest stars John Lawrence, Mike Wagner, Jay Rasumny

The Krofft Supershow season two, episode three, shown September 24, 1977
Bigfoot & Wildboy: “UFO, part one” written by Donald R. Boyle, guest stars Ned Romero (Lucas), George Ball (Thortor), Bruce Watson (Zorad)
Wonderbug: “Dirty Larry, Crazy Barry” written by Si Rose, guest stars William Bronder, Taurean Blacque
Song: “Crazy Girl”
Magic Mongo: “The Surfing Contest, part two” written by Don Boyle, Fred Fox, and Seaman Jacobs, guest stars Bart Braverman, Larry Larsen, Sab Shimono

The Krofft Supershow season two, episode four, shown October 1, 1977
Magic Mongo: “Teenage Werewolf” written by Yvette Weinberger, guest stars Bart Braverman, Larry Larsen, Robert Casper
Bigfoot & Wildboy: “UFO, part two” written by Donald R. Boyle, guest stars Ned Romero (Lucas), George Ball (Thortor), Bruce Watson (Zorad)
Song: unknown (not on LP)
Wonderbug: “Fish Story” written by Si Rose, guest stars Patrick J. Cronin, Paulette Breen, Tim Desmond

The Krofft Supershow season two, episode five, shown October 8, 1977
Magic Mongo: “Who’s Got the Mongo?” written by Richard Bluel, guest stars Bart Braverman, Larry Larsen
Bigfoot & Wildboy: “White Wolf, part one” written by Donald R. Boyle, guest stars E.J. Peaker (Dr. Stewart), Christopher Knight (Doug), Brian Farrell (Tom)
Song: unknown (not on LP)
Wonderbug: “Incredible Shrinking Wonderbug” written by Si Rose, guest stars Gordon Jump, Luke Andrews

The Krofft Supershow season two, episode six, shown October 15, 1977
Magic Mongo: “Hermie the Frog” written by Doug & Barbara Tibbles, guest stars Robbie Rist, Anita Keith, Theo Burkhardt, Wayne Bauer
Bigfoot & Wildboy: “White Wolf, part two” written by Donald R. Boyle, guest stars E.J. Peaker (Dr. Stewart), Christopher Knight (Doug), Brian Farrell (Tom)
Song: “You Got it Coming to You”
Wonderbug: “Oil or Nothing” written by Jack Mendelsohn, guest stars A Martinez, Crane Jackson, Joseph Della Sorte

The Krofft Supershow season two, episode seven, shown October 22, 1977
Bigfoot & Wildboy: “Sonic Projector, part one” written by Donald R. Boyle, guest stars David Byrd (Professor), Gary Cashdollar (Victor), Ned Romero (Lucas)
Wonderbug: repeat of 1.12 “Horse Switched” written by Lee Maddux, guest stars Amanda Jones, Claude Jones, Robert Ridgely
Song: “You Put Some Love in My Life”
Magic Mongo: “You Gotta Be a Football Hero” written by Doug & Barbara Tibbles, guest stars Tony Schwab, Lawrence Howard, Bernie Kuby, Karen Fredrik

The Krofft Supershow season two, episode eight, shown October 29, 1977
Bigfoot & Wildboy: “Sonic Projector, part two” written by Donald R. Boyle, guest stars David Byrd (Professor), Gary Cashdollar (Victor), Ned Romero (Lucas)
Wonderbug: repeat of 1.2 “Schlepnapped” written by Mark Fink, guest stars Dick Dinman, Ted Noose, Avery Schreiber
Song: “Sing Me a Song”
Magic Mongo: “Huli’s Vacation” written by Richard Freiman, guest stars Bart Braverman, Larry Larsen, Sab Shimono

The Krofft Supershow season two, episode nine, shown November 5, 1977
Magic Mongo: “The Kissing Bandit” written by Doug & Barbara Tibbles, guest stars Bart Braverman, Larry Larsen, Ralph Byers
Bigfoot & Wildboy: “Abominable Snowman, part one” written by Donald R. Boyle, guest stars David Hurst (Dr. Porthos), Christopher Brown (Toby), Lawrason Driscoll (Hawkins)
Song: “Without You I Can’t Go On”
Wonderbug: repeat of 1.7 “Wonderbug Express” written by Jim Brochu, guest stars James Jeter, Arny Soboloff

The Krofft Supershow season two, episode ten, shown November 12, 1977
Bigfoot & Wildboy: “Abominable Snowman, part two” written by Donald R. Boyle, guest stars David Hurst (Dr. Porthos), Christopher Brown (Toby), Lawrason Driscoll (Hawkins)
Wonderbug: repeat of 1.9 “Schlep O’Clock Rock” written by Earle Doud & Chuck McCann, guest stars Jeremy Foster, Tony Schwab, Philip Simms
Song: unknown (not on LP)
Magic Mongo: “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby” written by Doug & Barbara Tibbles, guest stars Bart Braverman, Larry Larsen

The Krofft Supershow season two, episode eleven, shown November 19, 1977
Magic Mongo: “The Big Switch” written by Doug & Barbara Tibbles, guest stars Bart Braverman, Larry Larsen
Bigfoot & Wildboy: “The Secret Monolith, part one” written by Donald R. Boyle, guest stars Amanda McBroom (Barbara), Nick Holt (Joe)
Song: “The Whole World Will Be Dancin'”
Wonderbug: repeat of 1.11 “14-Karat Wonderbug” written by Duane Poole & Dick Robbins, guest stars Vince Martorano, Mickey Morton, Steve Pearlman

The Krofft Supershow season two, episode twelve, shown November 26, 1977
Magic Mongo: “I Cluck You Not” written by Doug & Barbara Tibbles, guest stars Rick Podell, Russ Marin, Charles Hallahan
Bigfoot & Wildboy: “The Secret Monolith, part two” written by Donald R. Boyle, guest stars Amanda McBroom (Barbara), Nick Holt (Joe)
Song: unknown (not on LP)
Wonderbug: repeat of 1.3 “I Kidd You Not” written by Jack Mendelsohn, guest stars Billie Hayes, Frank Christi, Steve Kanaly

The Krofft Supershow season two, episode thirteen, shown December 3, 1977
Bigfoot & Wildboy: “The Invisible Trappers, part one” written by Donald R. Boyle, guest stars Paul Larson (Colonel), William Glover (Dawkins)
Wonderbug: repeat of 1.1 “Go West, Young Schlepcar” written by Duane Poole & Dick Robbins, guest stars Richard Foronjy, Read Morgan
Song: “True Love is On the Way”
Magic Mongo: “Two Faces of Donald” written by Fred Fox and Seaman Jacobs, guest stars Victor Bevine, Eddie Benton

The Krofft Supershow season two, episode fourteen, shown December 10, 1977
Magic Mongo: “Musical Magic” written by Doug & Barbara Tibbles, guest stars Bart Braverman, Larry Larsen, Louise DuArt
Bigfoot & Wildboy: “The Invisible Trappers, part two” written by Donald R. Boyle, guest stars Paul Larson (Colonel), William Glover (Dawkins)
Song: “When You Feel It”
Wonderbug: repeat of 1.15 “The Not So Great Race” written by Fred S. Fox & Seaman Jacobs, guest stars Al Checco, Sandy Kenyon, Hilary Thompson

The Krofft Supershow season two, episode fifteen, shown December 17, 1977
Magic Mongo: “The Heist” written by Doug & Barbara Tibbles, guest stars Russell Shannon, Zale Kessler, Bruce Lazarus
Bigfoot & Wildboy: “The Amazon Contest, part one” written by guest stars Cynthia Sikes (Kyra), Dee Wallace (Deeda), Rick Beckner (Bert), Donna Garrett (Tarla), Glynn Rubin (Orkla)
Song: “What Do You Say to Love”
Wonderbug: repeat of 1.4 “Keep on Schleppin” written by Mark Fink, guest stars Carmen Filipi, Sid Haig, Ken Johnson

The Krofft Supershow season two, episode sixteen, shown December 24, 1977
Magic Mongo: “That Old Mongo Magic” written by Don Boyle, guest stars Bart Braverman, Larry Larsen, Roy Stuart
Bigfoot & Wildboy: “The Amazon Contest, part two” written by guest stars Cynthia Sikes (Kyra), Dee Wallace (Deeda), Rick Beckner (Bert), Donna Garrett (Tarla), Glynn Rubin (Orkla)
Song: “When I’m Loving You”
Wonderbug: repeat of 1.6 “The Big Bink Bank Bungle” written by Earle Doud & Chuck McCann, guest stars Robert H. Burns, Sam Haggin, Anthony Ponzini

The Krofft Supershow was goofy, ridiculous, often incredibly stupid, and downright delightful for under-elevens. I wish I hadn’t had to finally buy bootlegs in order to actually nail down what was in which episode – especially from the pinhead company where I found them, geez – but it sure would be wonderful for Sid and Marty’s company to finally collect this show for home video. I can’t swear I’d sit down and watch every episode of Magic Mongo, but with stock footage of Grumpy in one episode and Louise DuArt playing Nashville in another, there are a few worth a smile or ten. I would preorder Blu-ray sets immediately.

But what I really, really, really want to see collected and restored is The Krofft Superstar Hour. There aren’t any bootlegs of that show. It’s a story for another time and place

Bigfoot and Wildboy 2.3 – Birth of a Titan

If you recognized the guest monster this week, you’re doing better than me. That’s Carel Struycken, who would later appear in Twin Peaks and the ’90s Addams Family movies, as “The Titan,” one of his very first credited roles. He looks so young that even though he was 29 or 30 when he made this, our son asked “How are a couple of teenagers from middle school supposed to steal plutonium?” So why’s he been painted red and given a clown wig? Well, he gingerly touched a plutonium bar and the room filled with smoke and he looked like that. Every time we reach what must surely be the silliest thing in any of these episodes, they up and prove me wrong.

Our son wasn’t impressed. He liked the other two, but this one left him bored. He could have been building worlds in Minecraft.

That’s the last of the Bigfoot and Wildboy episodes that we’ll watch for the blog. Home-taped copies of the first season can be found on YouTube, since The Krofft Supershow was repeated by a Cox cable conglomerate. Six of the twelve episodes of the second season were released on home video: five on VHS and one on DVD. I never ran across the remaining six when I was tape trading, and they haven’t made their way to YouTube yet. I wonder whether we’ll ever see them.

Bigfoot and Wildboy 2.11 – Outlaw Bigfoot

Regular readers know that we mostly adhere to a no-bootlegs rule here – although we’re going to cheat in about three months – and I’ve already posted about the one and only episode of Bigfoot and Wildboy that’s ever made it to DVD back in 2016. But then I was rearranging the closet and stumbled upon my old VHS copy of three other episodes from the show’s second season. I bought it from the dearly missed Oxford Books on Atlanta’s Pharr Road in the mid-nineties.

Embassy Home Video, under the Children’s Treasures banner, released two volumes of several different Sid & Marty Krofft shows in 1988. Most of these sets contained the first four episodes of various shows, but Bigfoot and Wildboy got a really weird release. Embassy’s two tapes of this show skipped season one entirely – these were the sixteen episodes that co-starred Monica Ramirez and were each about 12 minutes long – and jumped to season two, with Yvonne Regalado. The first tape contained the first two installments, but the second has slightly edited copies of what appears to be episodes 11, 7, and 3, linked together into a 72-minute TV-movie.

(A misfiring synapse suggests to me that there was one other Krofft show that Embassy Video might have presented this way, with three linked-together episodes on the second volume. I may be wrong, but if I ever confirm that, I’ll edit this post.)

If our son, at age five, was a little small for such an outre program as this, at nine, he’s at the prime age. This is a dopey program for kids, and even though we’ve left the tech behind, he had a lot of fun with this. “I’m already tired of the slow motion,” he told me, which might provide a clue as to why he’s revisited several shows and movies we’ve watched together, but has let the eight seasons of Bionic action collect a little dust. Later on, the two villains use a laser to make the boulders that Bigfoot throws at them vanish. No ray on the film, and no explosion, because those cost money, they just edited the film to make the big rock disappear. “Okay, that is a stupid laser,” he snorted.

“Outlaw Bigfoot” concerns two villains played by a pair of omnipresent seventies TV villains, Sorrell Booke and John Milford. Taking advantage of the least competent armored car delivery guards in the world, Milford plants a recording of Wildboy yelling for help underneath the truck, so that Bigfoot will stop the truck, scare the guards off, and rip open the back door. Then the baddies can steal some plutonium once he leaves. Bigfoot himself is not as unbelievable as these dimwit guards. It’s perfect pablum for kids, and amusing silliness for those of us old enough to know better.

Bigfoot and Wildboy 2.10 – Return of the Vampire

Bigfoot and Wildboy is a very unusual example of a Krofft show that got a second lease on life. It started as the dramatic, cliffhanging installment of the second season of The Krofft Supershow in the 1977-78 season, with sixteen two-part episodes comprising eight stories. These featured Monika Ramirez as a character called Susie, who assisted Bigfoot and Wildboy as they defended “the great northwest” from a variety of alien, supernatural, and super-scientific threats.

ABC asked the Kroffts for another season of twelve half-hour episodes, even as they lost the overall variety show that was Bigfoot and Wildboy‘s home to NBC. More on that tomorrow. Then, weirdly, ABC put the twelve half-hours on the shelf and didn’t screen them until the tail end of the 1978-79 season, burning them off in the summer instead of promoting them in the fall. I’ve always been curious about this. It feels like petulant retribution for the Kroffts decamping their successful program to another network.

Of course, Bigfoot was never bigger than in the 1970s. Kids today – like ours – have no frame of reference for what a bizarre icon of popular culture Bigfoot was back then. Ours also had no prior experience with the 1970s shorthand for showing a character running really fast by having the character run in slow motion. He’ll be seeing that again in the future, you can bet. Bigfoot made as much sense as the lead character in a 1970s kids’ show as a dune buggy did. It was the seventies, man.

The twelve half-hour episodes of Bigfoot and Wildboy, which saw Yvonne Regalado replace Ramirez as another character, Cindy, hint at what Shazam! and Isis might have been like with supervillain threats. Each week, Bigfoot (Ray Young) and his human pal Wildboy (Joseph Butcher) save the land from space invaders, babbling subterranean magic-users, low-rent Incredible Hulk knockoffs, mummies, and, in this episode, a vampire countess played by pretty Deborah Ryan. (You remember her from KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park; she was the one who figured that rock bands keep track of all the members of the audience, as opposed to, you know, venue security.)

I was a little disappointed that Rhino picked a slightly atypical episode of the show. Most episodes that I’ve seen were filmed on 16mm almost entirely on location, but this one is mostly a studio venture set in a labyrinth of caves. On the other hand, that worked perfectly for our kid, who was scared out of his wits by the vampire and her plans, and the feel of getting lost underground in a “jigsaw puzzle” of tunnels. This was one of the scariest things he’s ever seen, even though it follows the tame rules of children’s TV and doesn’t allow the vampire to bite anybody onscreen, and has her power cut off by the lid of her box, which isn’t referred to as a coffin. She certainly isn’t staked through the heart. That didn’t matter; he was scrunched up in a tight ball with his head under the blanket for about the whole show.

While neither Butcher nor Regalado had very many acting parts, Ray Young stayed pretty busy until his death in 1999, usually playing really big, mean-looking people. I’m afraid the casting director this week sort of worked against him by hiring Mickey Morton – Solomon Grundy in Legends of the Superheroes – as one of the human servants of the vampire. Everybody in these shows should be looking up at Bigfoot, not meeting the actor’s sight line!