Charles Nelson Reilly Interviewed about Sid and Marty Krofft’s Lidsville

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 because of this. Sadly only seventeen episodes were aired on Saturday mornings during two seasons from 1971 to 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.

Reilly also played the role of Merlo the Magician. He was a gifted comic character actor. So adding him to Lidsville was a coup and adds some silly legitimacy to this wonderfully goofy show. I watched Lidsville in reruns growing up. While I was familiar with Charles Nelson Reilly from his other works, I did not realize at the time that he was the person behind the costume. Watching it now, it seems very obvious.

This interview, where Charles Nelson Reilly talks about his work on Lidsville, was filmed in 2005. It was included on the Lidsville DVD set from Rhino Home Video, which is sadly no longer available.

Watch Charles Nelson Reilly talk about Lidsville


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2 thoughts on “Charles Nelson Reilly Interviewed about Sid and Marty Krofft’s Lidsville

  1. Charles Nelson Reily RULES! Lidsville, Match Game, such awesome shows! I love it how he’s not ashamed of Lidsville. Maybe a little embarrassed but not ashamed! Great story about the little girl at the restaurant! Long live HooDoo THE GREAT!! I missed out on this DVD back in 05 so it’s great to be able to see this! Thanks for posting!

  2. This is a fantastic post Mr Retroist! I’m a really big (non-ironic) CNR fan! I’m in the process of trying to track down the Ghost and Mrs Muir Television series on dvd and now I MUST find lidsville. The Kroffts and Charles Nelson Reilly? That is going to be pure magic.

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