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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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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The 60's of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"
23 October 2004 | by (TAMPA, FL) – See all my reviews

I remember being thrilled to learn that "My World and Welcome to It" was based on James Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." I recognized the similarities right away after reading the book, which was pretty amazing to me since I was just a kid. I'd love to see it in syndication. Lisa Gerritsen was a wonderful child actress and William Windom was perfect as John Monroe (aka "Walter"). It was well written and well acted. What more could you ask for? It was the perfect mix of reality and fantasy. Most of us live vicariously through television or film a few hours a day, so why not see it through the eyes of the master? We all have a little bit of John Monroe in us. "My World and Welcome to It" is the ultimate in escapism...for just a little while.

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