Lidsville was Sid and Marty Krofft’s third television show following H.R. Pufnstuf (1969) and The Bugaloos (1970). Like their first two shows, the series combined two types of characters: actors in makeup filmed alongside performers in full mascot costumes. It was a very memorable show, but only seventeen episodes were aired on Saturday mornings during two seasons in 1971–1973. The main villain of the show was a magician named Horatio J. HooDoo, played by Charles Nelson Reilly in a magician’s costume and make-up (Nelson also played the role of Merlo the Magician.)
This interview, where Riley talks about his work on Lidsville, was filmed in 2005 and was included on the Lidsville DVD set from Rhino Home Video, which is sadly no longer available.