Laurel and Hardy... in space!
Breakfast. Lunch. I said lunch, not launch!
One of the zanier Saturday morning series from Sid & Marty Krofft Productions
, Far Out Space Nuts
aired on CBS
in 1975. Bob Denver and Chuck McCann played Junior and Barney, two NASA janitors who were loading food onto a rocket when a wrong button press
launched them into space.
While trying to return to Earth, our accidental astronauts visited various strange planets. On one of those planets, they met a furry creature whom they named Honk (Patty Maloney
The series wasn't remarkable, but it was entertaining.
This series provides examples of:
- Actor Allusion: Bob Denver's character caused the screwup that launched them into space, and was regularly the cause of further screwups, just like Gilligan.
- All Planets Are Earth-Like
- Caps Lock, Num Lock, Missiles Lock: The premise was based on this trope, when the Lunch Button was mixed up with the Launch Button.
- Celebrity Star: John Carradine was a guest star in one episode; in fact, Bob Denver was so humbled by Carradine's presence on the set, that a number of Carradine's scenes had to be reshot.
- Dueling Shows: Ironically, with ABC's The Lost Saucer, which was another Krofft show that came out the same year, and basically was a carbon copy of this show.
- Expy: Word of God has it that the characters of Junior and Barney were meant to be like Laurel and Hardy.
- Fantastic Comedy
- Fat and Skinny
- It Runs on Nonsensoleum: The launch sequence was stock footage of a Saturn V launch, and the spacecraft resembled an Apollo lunar module. The real Apollo lunar module carried enough fuel to go between lunar orbit and the lunar surface, once. Yet, this spacecraft manages to visit a new planet each week, most of which aren't even planets in our own solar system. (This probably isn't a case of Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale, because the writers weren't Sci Fi writers.)
- Laugh Track
- People in Rubber Suits: Again, a Krofft staple.
- Short Runner: Another Krofft show lasting one season, with 16 episodes.
- Those Two Guys
- What Could Have Been: One of Bob Denver's sons wanted to portray Honk.
- Written By Cast Member: Chuck McCann actually co-created the series, and wrote a number of the episodes.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Another Krofft staple.