1 9 6 9 – 1 9 7 0 (USA)
26 x 30 minute episodes
This NBC Sitcom screened on Monday nights between 7:30 – 8:00 PM and featured the misadventures of John Monroe (William Windom), a cartoonist with Manhattanite magazine.
Loosely based on the works of the late James Thurber, My World… used animation to take viewers inside Monroe’s fantasy world.
As with most Thurber men, John Monroe was vaguely unsatisfied with his work, concerned about the direction his life was taking, and mortified by women.
In his imaginary secret world, he was king, but in real life, he was somewhat dominated by his wife, Ellen (Joan Hotchkis,) and terrified by his super-intelligent daughter, Lydia (Lisa Gerritsen).
He would constantly muse about the predatory nature of women and was convinced that their sole function was to make his life miserable.
Each episode opened with John making observations on a given situation, before walking into an animated Thurber-like home in which his wife was reaching around to devour him.
The use of Thurber-like cartoons to picture John’s fears – as well as his dream world – gave this series a pleasant aspect of fantasy.
Other than John’s wife and daughter the only two regulars were his publisher, Hamilton Greeley (Harold J Stone), and cynical fellow writer Philip Jensen (Henry Morgan), with whom he would often commiserate at Billy Cochrane’s Bar. Betty Kean played his mother.
There was quite an outcry from devoted fans of the show upon its cancellation and NBC considered bringing it back. But it was a very expensive show to produce (mostly because of the animation, provided by David H DePatie and Friz Freleng) and NBC decided to just let the sleeping dog (in the opening and closing credits) lie.
CBS re-ran episodes of the original NBC series in the summer of 1972.
Harold J Stone