Sunday, March 8, 2009

Monster Squad

Holy Monster Christmas, there was nothing ever like The Monster Squad. Now, I'm not talking about the 80s movie of that name-- no, no. I'm talking about the 70s children's show.

For those who will need reminding, back in the 70s there was a period where TV networks found it economical to make low-budget, live-action shows for Saturday morning, to play after cartoons. There were many, but one of these was "The Monster Squad," in which a young criminologist somehow brings to life Dracula, The Frankenstein Monster, and the Wolf Man, whereupon they form a crime-fighting team that tools around in a black Mystery-Machine-style custom van.

I had the board game, seen above.

Below is a link to the opening and a few painful moments of the show itself. I can't speak for the show in its entirety, but no cleverness is to be found here. But for some of you, this will trigger something amazing. For my part, in 1977 I was extraordinarily impressed-- I was five-- and the idea of a team featuring Dracula! and Frankenstein! And the Wolf Man! In a van!-- what more could anyone ask?

(Where did this video come from? Why, from those Archivists of All Things Groovy, .)

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