19 October 2007 | KUAlum26
Made Saturday Mornings worth being up for again
This show was released when I was junior in high school,and by that age,Saturday Morning 'toons and shows(with maybe the exception of "Pee Wee's Playhouse",a show I personally wasn't all that keen on)were something you didn't frequent anymore(assuming you ever did)and if you did(actually found myself watching "Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future" somewhat regularly back then),you didn't really admit to. But my familiarity with Martin Short(at that time almost entirely based on his short stint on SNL and his movie career to that point)was what lured me back into unabashed Saturday morning viewing and,I must say(!!)it was quite a treat!
Fusing Short's Ed Grimley character--a guy who is absolutely WAY too intensely emotional about pretty much everything--with some other staples of SCTV(where the character originated) such as "Count Floyd's Scary Stories" and some inspired Hanna Barbera animation,this show was enough eye candy and silliness for younger kids(read:ages 5 thru 10) and scattered with enough adult humor to amuse older "kids". The added contributions of SCTV mates Joe Flaherty,Catherine O'Hara,Andrea Martin and Dave Thomas as well as comedic Hall-of-Famer Jonathan Winters made this about as well-rounded a show as possible. Alas,NBC didn't see the response to the show it wanted to see and thus quietly escorted this show off the air after one season. Here's rooting for a DVD release of this show to be forthcoming.