Friday, March 27, 2009

The Bugaloos

For my first post in the Flashback Friday category, I'm gonna chat about one of my favorite TV shows as a kid, you know, back in the day (the 70's, for anyone taking note). LOL. I was a huge fan of the shows created by Sid and Marty Krofft, who created not only The Bugaloos, but also the classic, H.R. Pufnstuf!

Meet the Bugaloos

The Bugaloos were a group of four teenagers, who just happened to have wings and antennae, and they lived in Tranquility Forest. They were British, and they also had a rock band--which, natch, gave them an excuse to squeeze songs into each episode. Their arch enemy on the show was named--get this--Benita Bizarre, and she was jealous of The Bugaloos and wanted their musical talent. So she was constantly trying to capture The Bugaloos or destroy them. Benita was played by the amazing Martha Raye...I recognized her later when she began as a spokesperson in Polident commercials in the 70's. And one of my favorite characters on the show was "Sparky." Sparky was a firefly, played in full costume by Billy Barty.

This show didn't run very long...just a couple of years. But it was a staple of my Saturday mornings while it was on. And since they lived in a veritable fairy land, this may be the reason that I have always had a fondness for fairies and sprites, and all kinds of fantasy creatures! So, does anyone else remember The Bugaloos?!