My man Johnny Legend compiled this uneven but nevertheless fascinating look at awful TV shows from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Hosted by Skip (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet) Young, we get to see everything from lame variety shows to boring sports programs to goofy commercials. (The Belly Bongo!) I don’t know where Johnny Legend found most of these clips, but be glad he did!
There are scenes from an obscure all-kiddie cowboy show where the lone grown-up in the cast is the villain and the children all have their voices dubbed over by adults. Also featured are also a handful of failed pilots like Suicide Theater (starring a pre-Star Trek DeForest Kelley!), which if ever picked up by a network would showcase a lonesome individual killing themselves every week! But the highlight of the compilation is a crazy ass ad for the United Fund entitled, “The Meanest Man in the World” about a guy doesn’t pledge to charity. That night he goes to sleep and in his dream, we see him kicking the crutches out from crippled kids, slapping milk out of the hands of hungry orphans, and cutting the IV’s from hurricane victims! All of this just because he didn’t pledge 50 cents for charity? Amazing!
Sure, there are a few bits that aren’t very funny and go on for too long, but I have to say that I was thoroughly amused by this collection of some of the oddest TV oddities ever seen. Any fan of Legend’s previous compilation releases such as Sleazemania, Teen Mania and Weird Cartoons will definitely want to check this one out!
AKA: TV Mania.