Thursday, March 11, 2010


Toobworld Central is about the only place where puppets are not treated as second-class citizens, unlike the rest of the TV Universe. Sure, TV characters and other human beings interact with them - within boundaries - but not on a regular basis.

If they did, we would have seen them as regular characters in other TV shows that weren't puppet shows. Eva Longoria appeared on 'Sesame Street'; so why aren't there Muppets living on Wisteria Lane in 'Desperate Housewives'?

Toobworld Central wants to treat all TV characters as equals, whether they be human, extra-terrestrial, robot, talking animals, reincarnated automobiles, or puppets. And that's why we try to induct a TV puppet into the TV Crossover Hall of Fame once a year.

This year we redress a major oversight with the induction of the Grandmaster of all TV Puppetry, Mr. Howdy Doody!

And it doesn't seem right that we would do so without his buddy, Buffalo Bob Smith! Here's a list of the credits that serve as their qualifications for entry:

Andy's Funhouse (1979)

"The New Howdy Doody Show" (1976)

"Happy Days"
- The Howdy Doody Show (1975)

"Puppet Playhouse"

"Howdy Doody"

Howdy Doody and His Magic Hat (1954)

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (1987)

"The New Hollywood Squares"
- Episode dated 9 March 1987

It's Howdy Doody Time (1987)

NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration (1986)

The Solid Gold Show (1977)

"Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"
- Episode #5.1 (1971)

"What's My Line?"
- Episode dated 15 August 1954

"Quantum Leap"
- Genesis: Part 1 - September 13, 1956 (1989)

I'm sorry this situation has finally been addressed and that Howdy Doody and Buffalo Bob are at last members of the TV Crossover Hall of Fame.

We never meant to string them along.....

Sorry about that, Chief.


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