Adults of the 70s had a plethora of variety shows to keep them entertained, from Sonny and Cher to Donnie and Marie. It only made sense that the kids might prefer a pint-sized version. Debuting in 1976 on ABC’s Saturday morning lineup, The Krofft Supershow was a live-action variety show produced by brothers Sid and Marty Krofft that featured both musical entertainment and a number of adventure based segments to ensure that there was something for every young viewer to enjoy.
Acting as emcees and musical performers were the inimitable Kaptain Kool and the Kongs, a rock group koncocted especially for children’s television. Besides offering their own unique brand of musical stylings, they served to fill in the gaps between a number of live-action segments.
Electrawoman and Dynagirl was a playful parody of Batman and Robin, featuring a dynamic female duo of reporters whose caped alter-egos cruised around in the Electracar and used an assortment of high-tech gadgets to battle various villains. Wonderbug was a broken down old rust bucket of a dune buggy that would transform into a shiny alter-ego when its horn was tooted. It also had the ability to not only talk, but drive itself around while its trio of teen owners did their best to solve crimes. Dr. Shrinker was the story of a mad scientist who shrunk three teens to a height of six-inches tall after they accidentally crash-landed their plane on his island. And finally, reruns were shown of The Lost Saucer, which starred Ruth Buzzi and Jim Nabors as a pair of bumbling extraterrestrial astronauts.
When the 1977 season rolled around, Wonderbug was sent to the network junkyard and replaced with a show about an inept genie called Magic Mongo, and a show about a pair of furry compadres, Bigfoot and Wildboy.
By 1978, it was time for a new network and a new name. The show moved to NBC and was renamed The Bay City Rollers Show after the Scottish-bred boy band that took over the hosting duties. Unfortunately, the boys from Bay City weren’t enough to save the sinking ship and within four months, the series was cancelled.
But the memories linger with many a former kid, of Saturday mornings spent curled up in a blanket, watching this colorful collection of characters embark upon their weekly adventures. If you were one of them, we’d love to hear your recollections of The Krofft Supershow in our comments section.