My World and Welcome To It

15 Mar

My World and Welcome To It was a sitcom that ran on NBC in the 1969-1970 season. It was a “critical success”–meaning, of course, a commercial failure. I remember watching a few episodes of it when I was in the fourth grade. I didn’t get much out of it at the time; I suspect that I would appreciate it more as an adult.

AFAIK, it’s the only TV series that has ever featured an artist in the leading role. The late William Windom played a curmudgeonly cartoonist based on James Thurber, the legendary short story writer (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) and longtime cartoonist for The New Yorker. The show featured live action mixed with animated Thurber-like cartoons.

Unfortunately, My World and Welcome to It isn’t available on DVD, but a few grainy episodes have been posted on Youtube, so if you’re not familiar with it, you can at least get a feel for what the show was like. Check one out here:

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