Q & A: Lucan; Hot L Baltimore; Winky-Dink And You; Dr. Shrinker

I get a lot of e-mails from people asking me about television shows, made-for-TV movies or miniseries they remember from years or decades past. I try to answer each question as best I can. Every now and then I like to dig through my inbox and pull out a few choice e-mails to answer here at Television Obscurities for everyone to read. Keep reading for today’s questions and answers.

What was the name of the actor who starred in this short lived series [Lucan] about a guy raised by wolves?

Kevin Brophy starred in Lucan as a young man raised by wolves. The series was based on a made-for-TV movied that aired on ABC on Sunday, May 22nd, 1977. Lucan spent a decade living in the wild before being found by Dr. Hoagland (played by John Randolph) and “civilized.” When Hoagland is hurt in a car crash, Lucan is forced to leave the relative safety of Hoagland’s university his way in society all alone. Stockard Channing and Ned Beatty also appeared in the telefilm, which was rebroadcast on Friday, August 5th, 1977.

The weekly series “premiered” on Monday, September 12th, 1977 but was not shown again until December 26th of that year. It aired sporadically during the first few months of 1978 and returned in November 1978 for another short run of episodes.

Was Conchata Ferrell on Hot L Baltimore? and what was the name of the kid’s show that sold you a piece of Saran Wrap and some crayons so you could draw on the screen?

Yes, Conchata Ferrell was in Hot L Baltimore, playing a hooker named April Green. The kid’s show that allowed you to draw on the screen was called Winky-Dink and You, first aired in 1953.

Could you help me remember what the title of an old television show. I believe it was from the 70s. There was a mad scientist who was or is a little person. He had a side kick that wasn’t the most brilliant person in the world. The show kind of reminded me of Gilligan’s Island. The mad scientist was looking for a group of people that he had shrunk. Every episode the shrunken people would have to avoid being captured by the scientist.

The show was actually a segment of The Krofft Supershow called Dr. Shrinker. The Krofft Supershow was a ninety-minute Saturday morning variety show aired on ABC from 1976 to 1978; Dr. Shrinker was shown during the first season. Jay Robinson starred as the aptly named Dr. Shrinker who, with help from his assistant Hugo (played by Billy Barty), developed a shrink ray on his secret island lair. Three kids stumble upon the island and Dr. Shrinker turns his shrink ray on them. Episodes consisted of the kids trying to get away from Dr. Shrinker while Dr. Shrinker and Hugo tried to capture them.

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