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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Quirky '70s costume series has bizarre appeal decades later.

TV Syndicated Comedy 1971
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Bizarre yet somehow engrossing, this short-lived costumed comedy series from Sid and Marty Krofft takes some getting used to, especially in contrast with modern offerings for kids. It's safe to say today's kids probably haven't seen anything like it, and unless parents happened to catch its brief run in their childhood, it's probably new to them as well. LIDSVILLE's strength lies in its character variety; every hat's speech pattern and personality matches its look, so the party hat really is the life of the party, a cowboy hat talks with a drawl, and so on. And then there's HooDoo, the bumbling villain with a quick temper and countless schemes against the good hats of his town, who still manages to be a sympathetic character in spots.

Lidsville is trippy to watch (it's not surprising that rumors of drug use accompanied the creators' production success), ever silly, and always unpredictable. Viewers who are looking for something different from modern CGI's ability to blur fantasy and reality may want to check this out, as the separation is very clear here. There's enough adult-geared humor to keep grown-ups' interest, but most of it will go over kids' heads. And, in an age where there's pressure to make every moment of screen time count for something, it is nice to appreciate a show solely on its ability to entertain.

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