Series: Sigmund and the Sea Monsters
This Saturday morning series, produced by Sid & Marty Krofft Productions for NBC, starred Billy Barty as a sea monster named Sigmund who found his way into the human world. He was befriended by two boys who helped Sigmund elude his sea monster family.The series ran for two seasons, from 1973 to 1975. It was the first Krofft show to last more than one season.
This series provides examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Kidnaping Sigmund has become routine for them!
- And Now For Something Completely Different: One of the few Krofft shows that takes place in the real world (half of the time, anyway).
- Also one of their few shows which doesn't involve people being stranded somewhere far from home and trying to get back (admittedly this case is an inversion, in that Sigmund is happy not being in his regular habitat and his family is trying to get him back by fair means or foul. Usually foul).
- Ascended Fangirl: Margaret Hamilton was a fan of the Kroffts' work, particularly Witchiepoo from H.R. Pufnstuf (she and Billie Hayes later became really good friends).
- All Animals Are Dogs: Prince the Lobster barks and gets walked on a leash.
- Cross Over: With H.R. Pufnstuf. Jack Wild appears in one episode, now established as a famous movie star wanting to take a break (yet, after being on Pufnstuf, he appears dazed and confused by the ruckus with Sigmund and his family). Pufnstuf the character also appeared in a much later episode.
- The Danza: Johnny Whitaker and Scott Kolden played Johnny and Scott Stuart, respectively.
- Drop-In Character: Season Two had a few of these, most notably, Rip Taylor as Sheldon the Sea Genie.
- Expository Theme Tune: The second season used this.
- Expy: Word of God is that Big Daddy and Sweet Mama were modeled after Archie and Edith Bunker (see No Celebrities Were Harmed).
- Fantastic Comedy
- Fish out of Water: Kind of taken to a whole new level.
- Halloween Episode: "Trick or Treat" from Season One, where Sigmund as himself is able to pass for a little boy dressed is a costume.
- Laugh Track
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Big Daddy and Sweet Mama strongly resemble Archie and Edith Bunker.
- Nosy Neighbor: Margaret Hamilton as the busybody neighbor from across the street, who kept seeing Sigmund, but nobody believed her.
- The Other Darrin: Mary Wickes was the housekeeper/babysitter of Season One; Fran Ryan for Season Two.
- Parental Abandonment: Just where the hell were Johnny and Scott's parents supposed to be for two years?
- People in Rubber Suits
- Police Are Useless: Sheriff Chuck Bevans.
- Replaced the Theme Tune: Each of the two seasons had it's own theme song - Season One had "Friends", as sung by Johnny Whitaker, which was originally a song he performed for The World of Sid & Marty Krofft at the Hollywood Bowl, and later used as the theme song for Sigmund (the end titles for Season One had, "Better Run, Better Hide", which was the featured song of the pilot); Season Two's theme song was a more direct ballad about Sigmund being kicked out of his family, and eventually meeting Johnny and Scott and becoming friends.
- Short Runner: Ironically, at two seasons, this show was literally twice as long as most Krofft shows.
- Shout-Out: Considering this is one of the few Krofft shows that takes place in a more realistic world, there were a lot of cultural references, such as:
- Those Two Guys: Sigmund's "meat head" brothers, Blurp and Slurp.
- Treehouse of Fun: More like Johnny and Scott's clubhouse in the backyard.