Lidsville (1971–1973)

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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)
Joan Gerber ...
 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 role of Weenie the Genie was originally slated to be played by pint-sized actor Billy Barty. As production neared, Barty became ill and was unable to appear, so the creators asked Billie Hayes to take the part. See more »

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It's the kick-kick-kickiest!
22 August 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you thought H.R. Pufinstuf was tripped out, Lidsville really upped the ante big time! Teen-ager Mark (Butch Patrick, a/k/a Eddie Munster) is captivated by a magic show at an amusement park and decides to stay behind after the show to see if he can discover any of the magician's secrets. He touches the top hat, which grows to an enormous size, then climbs up top to have a look and falls into the hat, spiraling into the trippy land known as Lidsville. This parallel universe is inhabited by life-size versions of almost every type of headgear imaginable, plus a benevolent Weenie the Genie and the deliciously evil Hoo-Doo the magician. Episodes revolve around Hoo-Doo's efforts to retrieve a magic ring in Mark's possession and Mark's efforts to return home to the real world. As an 8-year-old child, this was fun, colorful and visually stimulating, but in retrospect how can you NOT think psychedelics played a major role in bringing this show to life? As a side note, I remember Lidsville was the feature attraction of the 1973 Ice Capades, and seeing all those hats on skates, gliding on the ice at the Chicago Stadium is indelibly etched into my memory 30 years later!!!


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