Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Game Time: H. R. Pufnstuf on the Dating Game (1972)

Christmas was yesterday, but I couldn't pass this up until next year. In fact, I meant to use it during Countdown to Christmas, but forgot.

Anyway, the year is 1972. H. R. Pufnstuf had moved from NBC to ABC, still rerunning the same episodes first produced 3 years earlier, and the last time that Pufnstuf had appeared in a first-run episode was a guest shot on Lidsville in 1971. With Pufnstuf entrenched on Sunday mornings on ABC, as opposed to Saturdays, but not getting enough eyeballs (due to affiliates blacking the show out for local or syndicated programming), ABC brokered a deal between the Kroffts and Chuck Barris to have Pufnstuf (voiced as usual by Len Weinrib) to appear on a Christmas Day edition of The Dating Game with Jim Lange. As Lange notes in introducing Pufnstuf, the mayor of the Magic Island was appearing at Knotts Berry Farm at the time.

This is from a broadcast that aired on Game Show Network (GSN).

Don't ya think they could've located Jack Wild for this spot?

Rating: B.


magicdog said...

I must agree - Jack Wild might have been a better option. Unless he was going through his drug induced hazes by that time.

hobbyfan said...

That's a possibility.