H.R. Pufnstuf

Reading articles on the Internet I came across this one recently. It’s about a kids show from the 70’s that was all about the stoned psychedelic culture wave in that period. The character H.R. Pufnstuf is actually a friendly dragon (if you are a little familiar with drug culture you’ll understand why just from the title this appears to be something special) .

“Readers who were watching kids’ TV during the early 1970’s will remember a psychedelically strange show called H.R. Pufnstuf. Like many good things from that era, H.R. Pufnstuf was full of nods to the prevailing stoner counter-culture, and included many sly pot and drug references which most of us likely missed as children.”

“Launched in 1969, the Summer of Love, the show revolved around the adventures of Jimmy, a young boy trapped on the magical Living Island, where virtually every object, animal and plant can talk and move. In each of the 17 zany episodes, the evil Witchiepoo tries to steal Jimmy’s talking golden flute, named Freddy, while Jimmy tries to escape the island and return home. Jimmy is protected and guided by the island’s Mayor – a friendly dragon named H.R. Pufnstuf – and his many friends.”

Read the whole article here.

~ by riot on 12 December 2006.

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