A boy finds himself trapped in a land populated by living hat-people which is ruled by a crotchety magician.
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 Horatio J. Hoodoo / ... (17 episodes, 1971)
Billie Hayes ...
 Weenie the Genie / ... (17 episodes, 1971)
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 Mark (17 episodes, 1971)
Sharon Baird ...
 Raunchy Rabbit (17 episodes, 1971)
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 Nursie / ... (17 episodes, 1971)
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 Boris / ... (17 episodes, 1971)
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 Mr. Big / ... (17 episodes, 1971)
Hommy Stewart
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Van Snowden ...
 Tonsolini the Opera Hat / ... (17 episodes, 1971)
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 Colonel Poom (17 episodes, 1971)
Buddy Douglas
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 Captain Hooknose / ... (17 episodes, 1971)
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 Mrs. Ring-a-Ding / ... (17 episodes, 1971)
Walker Edmiston ...
 Admiral Scuttlebutt / ... (17 episodes, 1971)
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Young Mark sneaks backstage at a magician's show and manages to fall into a HUGE top hat. The hat is apparently a gateway to another dimension where all the inhabitants are talking, ambulatory hats. The evil magician tries to capture Mark, while Mark and his hat friends try to find a way to get him back to the real world. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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The opening sequence was filmed at Six Flags Over Texas. See more »

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Referenced in Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Show No. 236 (2000) See more »

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Stranger in Strange Land Theme Hampered by Bad Writing
22 August 2012 | by (St. Louis Park, MN) – See all my reviews

I remember watching Lidsville in the early 70s. It was another of the "Stranger in a Strange Land" themed shows from the team of Sid and Marty Krofft as Mark, who fell into a magician's hat and ended up in a land of hats called Lidsville, was captured by the show's villain, Hoo Doo the Magician and he tried to leave and head home but he ended up staying.

Butch Patrick, in his first series since The Munsters was canceled in 1966 was outstanding as Mark. Charles Nelson Reilly, in his role between The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and Match Game was really campy as Hoo Doo, all the way to his green makeup. Let's not forget krofft stalwart Billie Hayes as Weenie the Genie. She even reprises her Witchiepoo role in one episode.

There were also a lot of life-sized puppet characters, including a number that were played by The Hermine Midgets. It was the only series they did and to my knowledge, they were never heard from again.

What I liked about the show were the puppets and psychedelic setting. What i didn't like was the writing. It was full of puns and clichés. Whoever wrote those shows didn't have a lot of TV writing experience.

Aside from the writing, Lidsville was a joy to watch. It was a show that really flipped your lid.


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