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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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