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.
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