Jan 25, 2012

Doctor Shrinker!

From Famous Monsters of Filmland #135, 1977
Inspired by Monsterfink's recent post on Sid and Marty Krofft's Bigfoot and Wildboy, today I bring you another 70s Saturday morning show: Doctor Shrinker! I say inspired by but I was having trouble coming up with something to post about today and I can always find something to talk about from childhood. One of the great things about episodic TV is that everything you needed to know was given to you in the show's intro...

Ok, almost everything. Why were three kids flying in such bad weather? Why did Shrinker shrink them? He had to test his new device on someone. That's why he's desperate to get them back, so he has living proof and can sell his weapon to the highest bidder.

Two of the kids are brother and sister, Gordie and BJ respectively. You read that right, the girl's name is BJ. Gordie is the less svelte of the two guys. It was the 70s, of course the two "good looking" kids wouldn't be related and the heavier guy would be the brother/comic relief.

As far back as I can remember I've always enjoyed horror/scifi that involves something being larger than normal (Them!, Tarantula, Attack of the 50ft Woman) or smaller than normal (The Incredible Shrinking Man) and it may have all started with Doctor Shrinker. I don't think I started watching Creature Double Feature for another year or two, so it's possible!

I don't remember a whole lot about the show itself other than Shrinker trying to catch the kids, the kids trying to find a way to get back to normal to escape the island and encountering now-giant sized things.

Sadly I think only one episode of the show has made it to DVD in a Krofft compilation.


  1. I am a huge Sid and Marty Krofft fan! I have 5 VHS releases of the Krofft Supershow and they have multiple episodes of Dr. Shrinker and Wonderbug ("No time for that Susan", my husband I use that all the time!). My favorites were Lidsville, HR Pufinstuf, and Sigmund the Seamonster. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of a vintage Sigmund lunchbox from eBay any day now...

    1. Yeah the Kroffts were the gods of Saturday morning for me. You'd never see something like that happen now where the same team would crank out multiple different shows at the same time.

      At least not on TV, maybe online...

      Land of the Lost was my favorite. I loved the Sleestaks and the weird sci-fi mythology with the pylons.

  2. Used to love this show, way back when.

  3. That is one straight forward song! I think "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" may have borrowed a few ideas from this show...

  4. I used to watch this years and years ago!