Child's Play - A Look Back at Long Lost Kid Friendly Horror TV Shows!
"The Far Out Space Nuts" (1970)
I'll tell you who could forget them. YOU. If they were as revered as they deserve to be, I wouldn't have to be writing this thing to make you aware of it. Now then... the show capitalized on the whole "Gilligan's Island" vibe, even going so far as to bring in Gilligan himself, Bob Denver, as Junior to accidentally pilot a spaceship with his "Skipper-like" buddy Barney (played by Chuck McCann) that eventually gets stranded on far-away worlds that are home to wacky aliens and their eventual extraterrestrial sidekick Honk, who was played by Patty Maloney. The comedy here is pretty much as goofy as it comes, but it doesn't matter. This shit still rules AND it has a badass theme song. FTW.
Now that we've blasted off into space, let's land again... in a museum. Why a museum? Because that's the home of the...
"Monster Squad" (1970)
Long before we found out that the Wolf Man had nards or the scary German guy was offering anybody pie, the original Monster Squad was comprised of museum caretaker Walter (Fred Grandy), who stored a handy crime computer inside of an Egyptian sarcophagus that when activated reanimates wax figures of the Frankenstein Monster, The Wolf Man, and Dracula to speed off into the night via their black Monster Squad van to nab themselves some bad guys. Yep, this one is indeed a strange affair, but the monsters - with the exception of Frankenstein - all play it relatively straight, and Dracula (played by Henry Polic II) can even be considered downright scary... at least appearance-wise because he's rocking some serious fangs. I don't know about you cats, but I'd rather trust these creatures of the night with my well-being than any politician who supposedly has the country's best interests at heart.
And finally it all leads to this...