Monday, January 10, 2011

Classic Clip Monday: The Bugaloos

When I was a kid, I wanted to be Joy of The Bugaloos. I watched the show, had the comic book, and longed for her pink ballet outfit, wings, and slippers.

It was...not the world's best show. The characters had simplistic names that told their personality (Courage! IQ! Harmony!) and not only was the villain Martha Raye, but Billy Barty played their firefly pal. It only ran one season, but man, when I see it again, I just crack up. (Watch them sing happy birthday to Joy here!)

Did you ever watch The Bugaloos? They were part of the Krofft empire, of course. Also, the uber-catchy theme song was written by the songwriters who wrote "Killing Me Softly With His Song." Now THAT'S some 1970s musical trivia for ya right there.
Although it only lasted one sad season, you can now buy The Bugaloos on DVD. Were you a fan?


Brian said...

I was about 5 or 6 when the Bugaloos were on, and I remember thinking then how weird it was. I read something later where the pretty much everyone associated with the show was high on acid all the time. Not surprising...

Tempest127 said...

I loved "The Bugaloos" series as a kid and still do. (Thank Heaven for DVDs)! It was a wonderful series starring a quartet of sweet-faced young Brits (including the first black star of a U.S. kid's series)...and one nasty old witch (the otherwise adorable Martha Raye). The characters remained bright, charming and engaging despite their repeated unhappy run-ins with the dreadful Benita Bizarre and her rotten flunkies (Funky Rat, Woofer and Tweeter). Upon reviewing the series last year, I realized that it help to reinforce my life-long mistrust of adults. More importantly, The Bugaloos left me with a great love of nature and beautiful gardens and the series gave us some truly enjoyable music to last a lifetime.