Saturday, March 01, 2014

Geek TV: Dr. Shrinker

ShrinkerjayConcept: Mad scientist invents a shrink ray. When three young adults crash land on his island, he uses the ray to shrink them down, then tries to capture them to prove his ray works, while the trio tries to regain their normal size.

Total Episodes: 16 (as part of the Krofft Supershow)

Original Air Dates: September 11, 1976 – September 2, 1977

Original Network: ABC

Characters:

Dr. Shrinker (Jay Robinson): The title character, no wonder he decided to invent a shrink ray, it seems his name gave him no choice!

Hugo (Billy Barty): Dr. Shrinker's Assistant.

Brad Fulton (Ted Eccles), B.J. Masterson (Susan Lawrence), and Gordie Masterson (Jeff MacKay): Collectively referred to as “The Shrinkies,” Brad and the Masterson siblings spend each episode trying to get restored to normal size while evading Dr. Shrinker and Hugo.

Geek Pedigree:

Jay Robinson had previously been seen in episodes of The Wild Wild West (“The Night of the Sedgewick Curse”), Star Trek (“Elann of Troyius”), Bewitched (“Samanth's Caesar Salad” and “The Phrase is Familiar”), Planet of the Apes (“Tomorrow's Tide”), Kolchak: The Night Stalker (“Chopper”). He later appeared on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (“Planet of the Amazon Women”), The Sword and the Sorcerer, Voyagers! (“Created Equal), Tales of the Gold Monkey (“Last Chance Louie”), Dracula (1992), and voicing characters in the 1999 series Mad Jack the Pirate. He died on September 27, 2013 at the age of 83.

Billy Barty started his career acting opposite Mickey Rooney, playing his little brother, but his first genre roles were in Alice and Wonderland (1933, playing a White Pawn and the Baby), The Bride of Frankenstein (a baby again), was a regular on The Spike Jones Show, played the Court Jester in The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, played Googy Gopher and Orville Pelican in Pufnstuf, guested in two episodes of Get Smart (“Ironhand” and “Hello, Columbus – Goodbye, America”), played Sparky the Firefly in The Bugaloos, Sigmund in Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, guested in The Ghost Busters (“The Maltese Monkey”), The Lost Saucer (“Transylvania 2300”), and later appeared in The Man From Atlantis (“Deadly Carnival”), The Lord of the Rings (1978, he was the rotoscope model for Bilbo and Sam), and many other roles. He died in 2000.

Ted Eccles previously guested in episodes of Mister Ed (“No Horses Allowed”), The Munsters (“Herman the Great”), and voiced Dorno in The Herculoids and Tooly in the “Three Musketeers” segments of The Banana Splits Adventure Hour.

Jeff MacKay didn't have any geek roles prior to this, but later played Cpl Komma in three episodes of Battlestar Galactica, guested in two episodes of The Greatest American Hero (“The Greatest American Hero” and “The Beast in the Black”), played Corky on Tales of the Gold Monkey, and voiced Fireflight on The Transformers.

Susan Lawrence had previously guested in an episode of Isis (“Girl Driver”) and later guested in two episodes of Mork & Mindy (“A Mommy for Morky” and “Yes, Sir, That's My Baby”).

Jack Regas directed several episodes, and he'd previously directed the 1975 TV movie version of It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman, seven episodes of The Lost Saucer, and also directed episodes of Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, Wonderbug, and Out of This World. Fellow series director Bob Lally directed episodes of Sigmund and the Sea Monsters and Land of the Lost.

Geek Guests: None

DVD Release: A few episodes have been featured on Krofft compilation DVDs, and a complete DVD set was being discussed in 2006, but nothing's come out so far.

Website: None 

2 comments:

  1. One of my favorite Krofft shows!

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  2. "Slowly I Turn" is the only Dr. Shrinker episode I'm aware of that showed up on any of the Krofft DVD sets. What other episodes are available? I've been eagerly awaiting a complete Dr. Shrinker DVD set, but at this point I'm pretty sure it'll never happen. What a shame.

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