Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sigmund and the Sea Monsters

This show was on from 1973-1975 so I missed out on seeing its first run by not being born yet. Luckily for me (and you) there are episode clips here and it's also available on DVD too so pick up a copy!

As my DVD isn't here yet and I've only seen clips online, I'm not particularly well versed on the show so I'll merely give you a brief overview. If anyone has anything to add, please do!

Sigmund was a Sid and Marty Krofft production (which is quite obvious from the picture, in my opinion) and their first show to last more than one season! These guys were of course responsible for a lot of trippy cool kids television that was fun for adults too (especially those that chose to indulge in less than legal entertainment enhancers,) and totally campy.

The show was about a sea monster (Sigmund) who refuses to scare people and so runs away from home ("Dead Man's Point") and his mean brothers. On the beach he meets two boys, Johnny and Scott, who take him home to their clubhouse. The rest of the series revolves around the boys hiding Sigmund from their housekeeper Zelda and Sigmunds' brothers, Blurp and Slurp, who are always trying to forcibly take Sigmund back with them. Later a genie named Sheldon ("Rip" Taylor) was added to spice/silly things up!

Almost every episode featured music to help advance the plot, most of which was written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart (they wrote many of the Monkees' hits) and Wes Ferrell (he did music for the Partridge family among others!) There was an album released featuring some of the more popular songs and Tripping Daisy covered the theme song on a 1995 cd featuring the best of Saturday morning theme songs.

Here's a groovy video that gives you the important plot points:

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