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Bigfoot and Wildboy

Entry updated 4 April 2017. Tagged: TV.

Juvenile tv series (1977-1979). Kroft Entertainment for ABC-TV. Executive producers Sid and Marty Kroft. Producer Donald R Boyle. Directors included Boyle, Irving J Moore, Gordon Wiles. Writers unknown. Cast includes Joseph Butcher, Monica Ramirez, Yvonne Regalado, Ned Romero, Al Wyatt Jr and Ray Young. 20 (or 28) 30-minute episodes. Colour.

In the back-story, Wildboy (Butcher) – no given name revealed – was orphaned as a young child of perhaps seven through an unspecified accident in the Pacific Northwest USA. Adopted by one of the legendary Sasquatch or Bigfoot (Young) (see Apes as Human), he was raised by this friendly being rather as Tarzan was by apes. When the series begins he is a teenager. The two travel about the general area, often rescuing people in distress and encountering various opponents. The latter include Aliens, a small tribe of Amazons, a dangerous meteorite, a Vampire, a revived mummy, and a hostile Abominable Snowman or Yeti. National Forest Ranger Lucas (Romero) has responsibility for much of the pair's area of operations, while his daughter Suzie (Ramirez) secretly knows of their existence. In the second season, Lucas and Cindy leave the region while young archaeology student Cindy (Regalado) arrives to become the title characters' new friend.

First aired as a fifteen-minute segment of The Kroft Super Show, the series proved popular enough to win its own time slot as a series of a further twelve 30-minute episodes in the summer of 1979. The fifteen-minute segments were edited together to make longer-form instalments when the series was sold for syndication; the exact total number of total episodes seems to be unknown. [GSt]


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