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31 Monstrous Failures #13: Sigmund and the Sea Monsters

October 13th, 2011

As a kid, I eagerly awaited each September and its promise of an entire new year of Saturday morning kids’ programming. I would read the double-page ad spreads in my favorite comics, watch the half-hour specials and their tantalizing preview clips, and plan my viewing schedule, pen and TV Guide in hand.

I was still dinosaur-obsessed, and if there was anything almost as good as a dinosaur, it was a sea serpent. So it was that I was really excited about a new show called Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. I noted the plural in that title; there would be multiple sea monsters!

Imagine my dismay when I sat down that first Saturday of the new season, and was confronted by the reality of…

Sigmund and the Sea Monsters!

Johnny Whittaker, whom I knew from his starring role in a contemporary Tom Sawyer movie, was the human star of this Sid and Marty Krofft production, alongside Billy Barty in a seaweed-covered, buggy-eyed suit.

It turned out to be a disposable kiddy situation comedy about a boy who befriended a particularly unthreatening sea monster. He had to keep Sigmund hidden from the eyes of prying adults and safe from his own noisome family, including bumbling brothers Blurp and Slurp. It was the usual Krofft puppet show, complete with laugh track.

I was not pleased.

So, on behalf of my younger self, I would like to offer this belated statement:

Fuck you, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters.

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