"Pretty close to a remission," Harper's doctor says.
The co-creator of a slew of 1970s children's programming regarded as both beloved childhood memories and the height of psychedelic camp, Sid Krofft and his brother Marty co-produced such eye-popping, live-action shows as "H. R. Pufnstuf" (NBC, 1969-1971), "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters" (NBC, 1973-75) and "Land of the Lost" (NBC, 1974-77). A childhood fascination with puppetry led to a popular one-man show in the 1960s, which in turn provided Krofft with a pathway to television as costume designer for "The Banana Splits Adventure Hour" (NBC, 1968-1970). Soon the Kroffts were creating their own series, which blended oversized creature costumes with young actors, canned laughter and bright colors. By the mid-1970s, the Kroffts' success with children led to the primetime, where they brought their fanciful sensibilities to "Donny and Marie" (ABC, 1976-79) before changing viewer tastes rendered their carnival/variety show approach obsolete. Sid and Marty Krofft spent the better part of the next three decades attempting to repackage their library for new audiences, though the results - including a big budget film version of "Lost" (2009) - failed to capture the quirky innocence of the series. But their best work lived on with a generation of adults who remembered their candy-colored fantasy worlds as a weekly trip to a happier, if occasionally stranger place. LessThe co-creator of a slew of 1970s children's programming regarded as both beloved childhood memories and the height of psychedelic … More