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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3 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was only 3 when I watched this according to the air! I remember it fondly and for a long time wondered if it was a product of my imagination. Mostly I remembered William Windom and the interspersed drawn segments, then the girl who played his daughter (I think....memory is funny that way, and I was only 3). Can anyone tell me if this show is available on DVD or anything? I would LOVE to see it again.I really hope it is. So rarely these days do I remember a show so fondly. From what I do remember, this is/was a definite one of a kind show. William Windom was also an excellent actor in this show too, he has to have been...since he was burned into my memory at such a young age. Thankfully it was his appearance as Woody on a rerun of Mama's Family that jogged my mind and made me rush to IMDb to see if he was listed. Thanks to this wonderful site I now know I didn't make it all up...and my memory isn't THAT bad.

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