John Monroe observes and comments on life, to the bemusement of his rather sensible wife Ellen (Joan Hotchkis) and intelligent, questioning daughter Lydia (Lisa Gerritsen). Monroe's ... See full summary »




1970   1969  
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »


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Complete series cast summary:
 John Monroe (26 episodes, 1969-1970)
Joan Hotchkis ...
 Ellen Monroe (26 episodes, 1969-1970)
Lisa Gerritsen ...
 Lydia Monroe (26 episodes, 1969-1970)
Henry Morgan ...
 Philip Jensen (17 episodes, 1969-1970)
 Hamilton Greeley (16 episodes, 1969-1970)


John Monroe observes and comments on life, to the bemusement of his rather sensible wife Ellen (Joan Hotchkis) and intelligent, questioning daughter Lydia (Lisa Gerritsen). Monroe's frequent daydreams and fantasies are usually based on James Thurber, cartoonist for The New Yorker, material. It took several tries before the life and work of James Thurber was successfully adapted into a weekly television series. Two failed pilots, broadcast in 1959 and 1961, eventually led to NBC scheduling My World and Welcome To It on Mondays for the 1969-1970 season. The sitcom starred William Windom as John Monroe [the character based on James Thurber] and featured a combination of live-action and animation. Despite many positive reviews, moderate Nielsen ratings led NBC to cancel the series after one season. It then went on to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series. Written by bostontolalaland

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15 September 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das ist meine Welt  »

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1.33 : 1
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Series was based upon the writings of humorist and social commentator James Thurber. The show also included animated cartoons that were in James Thurber's style. See more »

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From the animated opening credit roll: Based on stories, inspirational pieces, cartoons, and things that go bump in the night. By James Thurber. After the credit roll is complete, the animated dog starts to chase James Thurber's name. See more »

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Has stuck in my mind since childhood.
23 August 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I looked up this show because I was watching a video of "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" and recognized William Windom. In fact I have always recognized him whenever I have seen him, thinking "There's that guy who was in the show with the cartoons when I was little."

For some reason scenes from the show have always stuck in my mind, and I've always had an awareness that the show was something special, even though I was only 6 when it was on and haven't seen it since. Finally I figured I had to know what it was (since no one I know even remembers that such a show existed). So I came on here and looked up William Windom, and read with interest the description of it from Mr. Leone. I, too, wish it were possible to see the show again now.

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