Show Type: Sitcom
First Telecast: September 15, 1969
Last Telecast: September 7, 1972
John Monroe..... William Windom
Ellen Monroe..... Joan Hotchkis
Lydia Monroe..... Lisa Gerritsen
Hamilton Greeley..... Harold J. Stone
Philip Jensen..... Henry Morgan
This series was loosley based on the works of the late James Thurber. John Monroe was a writer and cartoonist whose overly active imagination was often as much of a problem as it was a blessing.
As with most Thurber characters, John was a little bit unsatisfied with his work, concerned about the direction his life was taking, and scared of women! In his imaginary secret world, he was king, but in real-life, he was somewhat dominated by his wife, Ellen, and terrified of Lydia, his daughter. He would constantly speak about the predatory nature of women and was convinced that their sole purpose on Earth was to make his life miserable. Other than John's wife and daughter, the only two regulars were his publisher, Hamilton Greeley and cynical fellow writer Philip Jensen.
Each episode opened with John making observations on a given situation before walking into an animated Thurber-like home in which his wife was reaching around to devour him. The use of Thurber-like cartoons to picture John's fears, as well as his dream world, gave the series a pleasant aspect of fantasy.
In the summer of 1972, CBS reran episodes of the original NBC series.
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