Tuesday, October 19, 2021

1986 Kidstime with T.X. Critter

Kidstime was a local children's tv show broadcast by WTXX Channel 20 (now WCCT-TV) in Waterbury, Connecticut in the 1980s and early 1990s. It was originally hosted by Mike Imfeld and his puppet companions with his cohost being T.X. Critter, a yellow precursor to ALF as he was created and performed by the same puppeteer, Paul Fusco, a few years before the hit NBC TV show of the same name. Kidstime was a Sunday morning 30 min TV show, thirty-second spots called Kidstime Express aired between commercials during weekday afternoon cartoons. At some point, Imfeld was replaced by Lauren DeLisa, who remained the host until the show was canceled in 1993.

The Kidstime Zone is the title of the 1986 Halloween episode and is hosted by Mike Imfeld dressed as Count Dracula. Ignatius Grippa's comment on YouTube best describes the first half: This video is so bizarre starting with the use of Alfred Hitchcock (and not Rod Serling) for a Twilight Zone bit? The goofy kids with their generic costume ideas and identical vocal inflections. The safety tips bit is like a hostage video. One kid winks when he says only go to houses that have lights on outside.

The rest of the video contains segments with Donald Dipman reporting from Halloween parties being held at various schools, The Bride of Frankenstein helps Mike make pumpkin cookies, T.X. reads one of his Terror Tales, Frankenstein's monster shows Mike and T.X. a boa constrictor, a tarantula, and a great horned owl. Mike asks Dracula (Bela Lugosi), Frankenstein's monster (Boris Karloff) and the Wolfman (Lon Chaney Jr.) various questions followed by the Monster Mash closing out the show. Priceless!

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