H.R. Pufnstuf: The Druggiest Kids' Show Ever
By | September 4, 2020
H.R. Pufnstuff, the 1969 children's show created by Sid and Marty Krofft, was a drug-fueled fantasy -- right? Evidence for the drugginess of the show begins with the titular character, a dragon whose last name sounds like "puffin' stuff" and whose initials might stand for "Hand-rolled." Hand-rolled Puffin' Stuff? Ok, that's pretty druggy. In the world of H.R. Pufnstuf, inanimate objects speak, like a scene out of an LSD trip (so we are told). The show is set on Living Island, where H.R. Pufnstuf is the mayor -- which, according to some sources, was a slang term for marijuana at the time. Though Pufnstuf is supposed to be a dragon, pot enthusiasts have noted that his appearance, green with a shock of red hair, resembles a marijuana bud. In one notorious episode, the human character Jack faces off against evil mushrooms, one of whom is smoking.
The theme song seems to refer to, let's say, indulgence as well:
Who’s your friend when things get rough?
Can’t do a little, ‘cause he can’t do enough
H.R. Pufnstuf, the children's show dragon, was born when Sid and Marty Krofft created "Kaleidoscope," a show for the Coca-Cola pavilion at the World’s Fair in San Antonio in 1968, the fair that the hippies called the HemisFair. The character named Luther was so popular that he became the “face” of the fair. Luther would become the dragon/mayor Pufnstuf in their show H.R. Pufnstuf, which ran for one season in 1969.