Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Twisty, turny TV

Sunday's "Lost" finale got us thinking about the weirdest shows from our childhoods.

I think we all agree that a Krofft show -- any Krofft show -- was a one-way ticket to Crazytown. "H.R. Pufnstuf" was a half-hour long freak-out (puff and stuff, indeed). "The Bugaloos" were in the air and everywhere, flying high. And "Lidsville" had to be the wackiest thing Sid & Marty ever put on videotape. "Lost's" hatch, smoke monster and island-moving donkey-wheel ain't got nothing on a world full of talking hats and Charles Nelson Reilly.



Weird? Uh, yeah. But as far as twisty, turny and trippy shows go, "Lost" owes a Hurley-sized debt to "The Prisoner," the 1967-68 classic. Just like "Lost," the show's idyllic setting was just a cover for its freaky experiments, duplicitious residents and mysterious security system (in "Prisoner's" case, a giant bouncing ball) that chased you if you tried to escape. And also just like "Lost," it asked more questions than it answered.

Be seeing you...

2 comments:

Ana Maria said...

...Maybe not twisty tv, but I remember a tv show called "Boo"(early 70's); I used to watch it Saturday mornings, it was a horror/supernatural show; still remember the red, bleeding title to come across the tv screen, "Boo"...did you watch that show? I seem to be the only one that remembers it...

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper said...

Lidsville freaked me out. Remember when we all had no seat belts and could just fling ourselves around in the back seat? I used to slide from the seat to the floor and tell myself I was falling into Lidsville and CREEP myself the heck out.