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Retro TV shows: Memories of the '60s and '70s

Nancy Price co-founded SheKnows.com in 1999, and now serves as Executive Editor and CEM (Chief Executive of Miscellany). In the midst of growing several award-winning websites over the past decade (woo!), she also served as the editor-in...

Trip down memory lane: '60s & '70s TV

In the days before DVDs, before videotape -- heck, even before many of us had color TV -- plain ol' live television was a big deal. Here's a look at a few videos from some of the most memorable (if not truly the best) TV shows from the Gen Xers' childhood years.

H.R. Pufnstuf

HR Pufnstuf DVD"H.R. Pufnstuf! Who's your friend when things get rough? H.R. Pufnstuf! Doesn't do a little 'cause he can't do enough!"

A boy named Jimmy has a magic flute, and Witchiepoo -- a wicked witch -- kidnaps Jimmy to steal the flute. But before she can, the day is saved by none other than H.R. Pufnstuf, a huge-headed creature that was supposedly a dragon of some sort.

The plot sounds simple -- maybe even boring -- but because it was a way trippy show from Sid & Marty Krofft, the "H.R. Pufnstuf" TV program was immensely memorable... if for no reason other than the oddball costumes and characters. (Also, remember Witchiepoo's song, "Oranges sporanges"?)

But even the superfreak factor couldn't keep the show going too long. "H.R. Pufnstuf" lasted just 17 episodes, from 1969-1970.

Check out the "H.R. Pufnstuf" TV show's opening credits (which also has a quickie plot overview) below!

Want to relive those good ol' days in higher quality? Buy the "H.R. Pufnstuf" boxed set!

But wait! There's more!

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