Big John, Little John (1976–1977)

TV Series  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy
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A middle-aged schoolteacher transforms into a 12-year-old boy at inopportune moments.

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Complete series cast summary:
 Big John Martin (13 episodes, 1976)
 Little John Martin (13 episodes, 1976)
 Marjorie Martin (13 episodes, 1976)
Mike Darnell ...
 Ricky Martin (13 episodes, 1976)
 Bertha Bottomly (13 episodes, 1976)
 Homer (3 episodes, 1976)
Cari Anne Warder ...
 Valerie (3 episodes, 1976)
Stephen H. Cassidy ...
 Stanley (3 episodes, 1976)


Junior high school science teacher John Martin, on a vacation in Florida, drinks from the legendary Fountain of Youth allegedly discovered by Ponce de Leon. A few weeks later, he transforms into a 12-year-old version of himself. The change is temporary, but from then on, John proceeds to randomly switch back and forth from "Big John" to "Little John" and back again at unexpected moments. John's wife and son were in on the secret, explaining "Little John" away as their nephew, but the struggle to keep John's secret made up most of the show's humor. Miss Bottomly was the matronly school principal who harbored Dr. Bellowsesque suspicions about John. Written by Marty McKee <>

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Release Date:

11 September 1976 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Video John, Film John
8 October 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This series was shown by the BBC apparently, ahead of the US, as we got it around May/June 1976. I got the recent region 2 DVD release by Fabulous and did expect it to be extremely cheesy seen again today, but it's not as bad as all that. The only really bad aspect of the series was it was made on video, but then transferred to film. No idea though if it was copied after it was transferred from NTSC to PAL to film, or if it was copied direct to film from NTSC video and then transferred to tape again, then converted to PAL for the UK, it could even have been just badly telecined to film. Apart from the visual look, which a lot of people don't really notice anyway, it's still enjoyable. Some of it though, as it was made in the mid-70s, can come across as very un-PC and a lot of the story lines are just plain ridiculous too.

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