Johnny Jupiter (1953–1954)

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Ernest P. Duckweather, a general-store clerk, invents an interplanetary television set, thus developing a friendship with a puppet named Johnny Jupiter.


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Series cast summary:
 B-12 / ... (32 episodes, 1953-1954)
Cliff Hall ...
 Horatio Frisby (31 episodes, 1953-1954)
Pat Peardon ...
 Katherine Frisby (31 episodes, 1953-1954)
Wright King ...
 Ernest P. Duckweather (29 episodes, 1953-1954)
 Ernest P. Duckweather (12 episodes, 1953)


Ernest P. Duckweather, a general-store clerk, invents an interplanetary television set, thus developing a friendship with a puppet named Johnny Jupiter.

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21 March 1953 (USA)  »

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The DuMont version ended on 13 June 1953; the series ended (over ABC) on 29 May 1954. See more »


Narrator: This is the story of Ernest P. Duckweather, who invented the strangest television in the world. On this set he could look through endless space, six hundred million miles away, to far-off Jupiter. In a Jupiterian television station he found three friends: Johnny Jupiter, a human, more or less; Major Domo, chief of the robots; and Reject, the factory-rejected robot who was able to appear and disappear at will. Soon Duckweather found that he could turn to the Jupiterians for help whenever he was ...
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Featured in Science Fiction: A Journey Into the Unknown (1994) See more »

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Reject and Deject
8 February 2009 | by (College Station, Texas) – See all my reviews

I saw Johnny Jupiter on my grandmother's TV also, however it was on the DuMont TV network and the year was 1953. Ironically, my grandparents had a DuMont brand TV cabinet set that included radio and record player. Dallas had ABC (chan.8), NBC (chan.5) and CBS (chan.4) stations and I was significantly older before independent KFJZ (channel 11--now KTVT) started up. Therefore Slam Bang Theater with Micky&Amanda and Icky Twerp or Nightmare with Gorgon are very clear memories from 4-5 years later.

I never saw Johnny Jupiter again after 1953 so my memories of the show are quite fuzzy. I certainly don't remember the Robot being as crude as the pictures I found on the internet earlier today. I always thought that it was unlikely copies of the show could be found since only Kinescopes were possible in 1953. However, other things like Your Show of Shows have turned up, primarily in the Sid Caesar DVDs. Although I've been looking for evidence of Johnny Jupiter being available somewhere, it was only today that I found some guy who lists availability of that 1953 season. I hope to buy it after pay day at end of the month.

Unfortunately, I tend to mix characters from Johnny Jupiter with those from Howdy Doody, but I do know that Johnny's robot "Reject" was generally helpful to Duckweather, while "Deject" came across as his evil twin.

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