R.I.P. Marty Krofft, who partnered with brother Sid to create an empire of kid's TV shows

They started by designing sets and costumes for Hanna-Barbera and shaped the landscape of children's TV in the Seventies. Marty Krofft was 86.

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If you were the kind of kid fascinated by live action shows over cartoons when you woke up on Saturdays, Sid and Marty Krofft were the ones behind the shows that made your mornings. Our first glimpse into their imaginations came via the Hanna-Barbera production The Banana Splits Adventure Hour, with colorful sets and costumes designed by the Krofft brothers in 1968. The show was such a hit, the network asked the Kroffts to develop their own series.

The result was H.R. Pufnstuf, a short-lived yet beloved series that gained new life in syndication. It starred a bright yellow dragon which was a human-sized puppet costume originally created for the Hemisfair '68 World’s Fair in San Antonio.

Their ideas changed the look of children's TV, as the pair released series after series of extremely memorable characters, from H.R. Pufnstuf to Sigmund and the Sea Monsters and the whole cast of The Land of the Lost.

Taking a break from children's programming, the Krofft brothers turned their sights to producing variety shows in the mid 1970s, when the genre was bigger than ever on television. The most successful show was Donny & Marie, which ran for three years. However, the success wasn't matched with The Brady Bunch Hour and Pink Lady and Jeff.

The brothers didn't stop working after the golden age of television, however; even having a brand-new series on Nickelodeon from 2015-2017, Mutt & Stuff. As recent as 2017 they were involved in the Amazon Prime reboot of Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, starring David Arquette. 

Fortunately, Marty was given plenty of flowers when he was still around to enjoy them. In 2018, the Kroffts were given an Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award for their work over the years. In 2020, the brothers earned their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for contributions to television. There was even a "Krofft Kon", a convention held in 2022 in California, where fans had a chance to meet the Kroffts and actors from their television series.

Marty Krofft passed at 86 years of age.


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CalvinOrlandi 1 month ago
With the weird themes and costumes on this show you have to wonder what stuff was H.R. puffin?

H.R. Pufnstuf who's your friend when things get rough
H.R. Pufnstuf can't do a little cause he can't do enough

They also had a show called Lidsville. Sail away Jimmy but keep a look out for Cling and Clang.
jtkrifkan2002 1 month ago
Wasn't there a Kroft theme park inside was is now the CNN building in Atlanta?
VaughnBaskin 2 months ago
I Hope that next year MeTV can add some iconic Krofft Klassics to be part of the Weekday afternoon lineup and the Sunday morning lineup along with ThunderBirds, The Flintstones, and The Jetsons.
Yort 2 months ago
Thank god for Sid and Marty Krofft. When I was a kid Land of the Lost was my favorite show. Their entire embodiment of work was about love.
GTStang08 2 months ago
Wow!...Marty and his brother Sid created some interesting shows for youth back in the day. I grew up with The Banana Splits, H.R. Pufnstuf, The Bugaloos, Land of the Lost, and Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. Equipped with a bowl of either Alpha-Bits, Golden Grahams, Honey Combs, or Quisp cereal and my G.I. Joe action figure by my side, I was primed up for a Saturday morning filled with kids cartoons and shows. And, the commercials were catered for children as well, unlike like todays little 3 hour block of cartoons with commercials trying to promote a pharmaceutical for h.i.v., depression, or vision problems. Then it's more commercials about which lawyer to hire because someone caused your road accident...lol It's ridiculous and ruins the vibe. I feel for today's youth. Now this is on regular antenna television, most of the cartoons on cable (for kids) nowadays, is just garbage.

NOTHING will replace the innocence of an era of great morning cartoons and television shows for children in the 60's, 70's, and even the early 80's, and Marty and Sid Krofft helped bring that to us.
R.I.P. Marty.
Runeshaper 2 months ago
R.I.P. Marty Krofft. Sounds like both he and his brother = LEGENDS!
Bapa1 2 months ago
Creative guy, but never cared for his shows.
Peter_Falk_Fan 2 months ago
I watched The Banana Splits when it was in syndication. I watched "The Land of the Lost" sometimes, too.

R.I.P. Marty Krofft
AnnaRentzVandenhazel 2 months ago
Don't forget Lidsville, starring Charles Nelson Reilly as the evil magician Hoodoo, and Billie Hayes, who played Witchipoo in HR Pufenstuf, as Weenie the Genie. There was also an episode where Witchipoo visited Hoodoo, so Billie Hayes pulled double duty that day.

PS Billie Hayes also played a witch on an episode of Bewitched, where Tabitha zapped herself into the story of Hansel and Gretel.
Lidsville had Eddie Munster himself (Butch Patrick) in it.
bradyguy Bapa1 2 months ago
Yeah, it did. I'm 58 and I can still sing EVERY word of the themes to Pufnstuf and LIdsville...

LOVED Horatio J. Hoodoo (But WHY not an H. middle initial??) and Wilhelmina W. Witchiepoo!! The W. stood for "WHACK" (for real!). Is it because she was always hitting Orson and Seymour??

Thanks Marty!! And Sid...
And one of Billie's last roles is "Cackling Witch" in Shrek Forever After...so obvious that it was her, if you knew her...

She and June Foray as WB's Witch Hazel....classic!!
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