Kukla, Fran and Ollie

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NBC (ended 1957)

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Kukla, Fran and Ollie

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One of the first television puppet shows, originally designed for children, but soon watched by more adults than children. Burr Tillstrom created and performed all the characters, including Kukla, the leader of the troupe, and Ollie, a single-toothed dragon. Fran Allison was the usually the only human to appear onscreen. All shows in the 1950s were live and ad-libbed. The series returned in the 60s and 70s in taped formats.
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  • The first great television puppet show.

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    "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" is amazing once you see more than a couple of episodes. The characters all become so real that you can't believe there is only one puppeteer! And the live shows from the 1950s have an edge that has rarely been matched in any ensemble show. It's too bad that so few episodes are available for purchase - if someone could air the over 700 shows that exist, people would quickly see what made this show so popular among literary greats like John Steinbeck, James Thurber and Maxwell Anderson. Even Orson Welles was a fan. Perhaps someday...moreless

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