Curiosity Shop (1971– )

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ABC-TV's Saturday morning series hosted by three children (two boys and one girl) with short skits and songs mixed together with cartoons of an educational (e.g. the story of Icarus) and of... See full summary »

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 Baron Balthazar (1 episode, 1971)
Pamelyn Ferdin ...
 Pam (1 episode, 1971)
John Levin ...
 Gerard (1 episode, 1971)
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 Ralph (1 episode, 1971)
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 Gittel, the Witch (1 episode, 1971)
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ABC-TV's Saturday morning series hosted by three children (two boys and one girl) with short skits and songs mixed together with cartoons of an educational (e.g. the story of Icarus) and of a purely entertainment nature. The focus was the Curiosity Shop itself, a sort of tame Pee-Wee Herman Playhouse full of puppets, action figures and wild and educational props. Written by Keith Weston <jkweston@email.unc.edu>

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"Multiplication Rock," the first of the Scholastic Rock educational shorts which later became collectively known as "School House Rock," debuted on this show. "Three, The Magic Number" was the first segment run. The following week, Multiplication Rock shorts began running between Saturday morning cartoons, soon to be joined by Grammar Rock and America Rock. See more »

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This was indeed a "lost" children's classic that hasn't been seen in decades
18 February 2004 | by (Chapel Hill,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

This was indeed a "lost" children's classic that was never heard from since it's original broadcast more than decades ago. This was probably the best children's show ever made for Saturday Morning TV which basically ran for three seasons on ABC-TV from September of 1971 to September of 1973. I don't know how many episodes were produced for this show,but during its run garnered more Emmy and Peabody awards for best children's programming and likewise this show was at the top of list for execeptional children's entertainment at it's finest,courtesy of its star and also the executive producer of this series,legendary animator Chuck Jones,who was also the CEO and head honcho of children's programming over at ABC-TV during the early 1970's,which Jones was responsible for bringing to the network brilliant shows as well including "Schoolhouse Rock","The Superfriends","The Jackson Five",and other interesting and informative specials which were both live-action and animated.

The Curiosity Shop was not the usual out of the mill animation dreck but out of the ordinary was basically a fun show to watch that was very informative and educational and sometimes there was something special waiting to happen in some of the episodes,but with Chuck Jones behind the helm you'll never know what to expect as long as you got something out of it and you'll learn a great lesson here too. As for the cast,they're were something too,especially the premiere episode which featured actress Shirley Jones of "The Partridge Family" fame,and also cast regulars Pamelyn Ferdin(a well known child actress who was best known for her roles in several TV shows including "Lassie" "The Brady Bunch",and also for her role as Tony Randall's daughter Edna from the series "The Odd Couple"),and also from Kerry MacLane and John Levin,Les Tremayne and Jere Fields,whom the producers brought in during the show's second season and also voiceover work from the greats in the business Mel Blanc,June Foray,Bob Halt,Don Messick,and also from Chuck Jones too.

By the way,the lunchbox from that decade is worth something these days,and its a classic! The Halloween episode is probably the best out of the series,and it explains in detail about horror and also when they did a unmasking scene from "The Phantom Of The Opera"! Impressive! Let's hope that this show resurfaces again especially with the hunger of the cable/satellite markets,or maybe sometime soon cable giant TV Land will bring this back as part of there TV Land Kitschen format,since they have restored countless 1970's Saturday Morning TV classic live-action shows and they may bring this back!


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