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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »


Series cast summary:
 Puppeteer (1 episode, 1953)
Cecil Bill
(1 episode, 1953)
Colonel Richard Crackie
(1 episode, 1953)
Oliver J. Dragon
(1 episode, 1953)
(1 episode, 1953)
Madame Ooglepuss
(1 episode, 1953)
Fletcher Rabbit
(1 episode, 1953)
Buelah Witch
(1 episode, 1953)
Doloras Dragon
(1 episode, 1953)
 Fran (1 episode, 1953)
(1 episode, 1953)


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Family | Comedy





Release Date:

13 October 1947 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One episode of the show was broadcast in color in fall 1949, in Washington, D.C., as a demonstration to the FCC of RCA's line-sequential color TV system. The same episode was performed live a second time the same afternoon, for network broadcast in black and white, but using the experimental color cameras. See more »


Referenced in Mister Peepers: Wes' Bachelor Party (1952) See more »

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A valuable part of TV history; fun for all ages!
29 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember the Kuklapolitans when they were on PBS and when they hosted the CBS Childrens Theatre back in the 70s, and my aunts and uncles watched them frequently when they were growing up. This was clearly one of the best TV puppet theatres (although I also enjoyed Garfield Goose when I was a kid... anyone growing up in Chicago during the 60s and early 70s remembers this local favorite!), and Fran Allison was an absolutely charming hostess. I was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of a Christmas special they performed in 1979(!!!) called "'Tis the Season to be Ollie", where the Kuklapolitans try to come up with a new idea for a holiday show. Ollie's idea of making it a glitzy production, complete with sequined disco outfits, mirror ball and strobe lights, is priceless! For television history buffs, the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago has this available on a wonderful DVD-R, which also includes classic 1950s holiday cartoons "Hardrock, Coco and Joe" (a/k/a "The Three Little Dwarfs"), "Suzie Snowflake" and "Frosty the Snowman".

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