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Charles Nelson Reilly, Saturday morning kids star -- VIDEO

by Richard Keller, posted Jun 2nd 2007 3:01PM

Charles Nelson Reilly as Hoo Doo on LidsvilleWe all remember Charles Nelson Reilly, who passed away early this week, from his days on Match Game. Even people who weren't alive during the original run of the show (surprisingly, there are so many of you) know how good he was on that program from the repeats that are shown on GSN. But, what you may not know, or may not want to remember, is that Mr. Reilly was also a star of Saturday morning kids fare back in the early 1970's.

His biggest role was as Hoo Doo, the evil magician from the Sid & Marty Kroftt psychedelic extravaganza Lidsville. Hoo Doo was the nemesis of young teen Mark (played by Butch Patrick) who landed in Lidsville, a land populated by living hats, after falling into the magic hat of one Merlino the Magician. In each (or nearly each) episode Hoo Doo tried to thwart Mark's attempts to return to his home with the aid of Weenie the Genie (Billy Hayes, Witchiepoo of H.R. Pufnstuf) and various good hats.

The show ran on ABC from 1971 to 1973, and then on NBC from 1973 to 1974. A year later Reilly returned to Saturday Morning television with Uncle Croc's Block, where he hosted live-action scenes between three Filmation cartoons. I couldn't find any video of Uncle Croc, but I did find the groovy opening to Lidsville on, wherelse, YouTube. You can enjoy the very long intro after the jump.

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Jon B. Knutson

Probably the main reason that you can't find video of Uncle Croc's Block is that there were only three episodes aired before ABC dropped the show (the last Filmation show ever on ABC, and reportedly one of the biggest moneymakers for Filmation ever, since ABC still paid for the full 13 episodes, even the ones that never aired). One of the segments from Uncle Croc's Block, "Fraidy Cat" is being released on DVD along with "The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty".

June 04 2007 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jose Chung rocks!

June 03 2007 at 10:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I heard a co-worker talking about "Lidsville" a few weeks ago. I honestly don't remember that show, and I was a Saturday morning cartoon junkie.

June 03 2007 at 8:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How could you forget about his role as the D.O.R.C. on NBC's Spacecats?


June 03 2007 at 3:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thats little Eddie Munster as the kid who falls into the Hat.

June 02 2007 at 8:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bonnie Vent

Hi All,

There is a little tribute on the Butch Patrick website:

and Charles Nelson Reilly will be mentioned on "This Week" on ABC tomorrow.

Bonnie Vent
Genesis Creations Entertainment

June 02 2007 at 7:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sean Copeland

Here's to a scrumtrelescent man!

June 02 2007 at 4:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Loved those shows growing up! I don't know what kind of drugs Sid & Marty were on but they were something special; Pufnstuf, Bugaloos, Lidsville, Sigmund, Land of the Lost (Chaka!!!). You gotta love em...

June 02 2007 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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