Widower Steve Douglas raises three sons with the help of his father-in-law, and is later aided by the boys' great-uncle. An adopted son, a stepdaughter, wives, and another generation of sons join the loving family in later seasons.
12-year-old Corky has been adopted by a traveling circus owned by Big Time Champion. He is water boy to baby elephant Bimbo and otherwise participates in the behind-the-scenes life of the circus. Written by
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One of Micky Dolenz's competitors for his role in "Circus Boy" was singer-songwriter Paul Williams. Ten years later, Williams competed with Dolenz again, for a role in The Monkees (1966). Williams didn't resent Dolenz for beating him out twice, and the Monkees later recorded one of his songs, "Someday Man". See more »
I never knew this 50s' TV series existed until I saw it for the first time on the "Antenna TV" channel several weeks ago. Well, all I can say is that over the years, I hadn't missed much.
In my opinion, the only interesting aspect of this show is seeing Mickey Dolenz in the title role playing an orphan working in a circus as an animal trainer. (Dolenz of course would go on to achieve much greater fame as an adult as the drummer for the 60s' rock group the Monkees.) Aside from seeing Dolenz as a small child, this series doesn't offer much else. As with most TV sitcoms from the 50s, time has done a great deal of harm to "Circus Boy." Many of the story lines of various episodes are overly sentimental and, by today's standards, ludicrously naive. It's really no wonder that this short-lived series only lasted two seasons.
"Antenna TV" should up its game by providing better quality programming.
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