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Remembering Marty Krofft: A Titan of Children’s Television and Puppetry Passes Away at 86

Marty Krofft, popular children’s TV producer, has died at the age of 86 due to kidney failure. Known for his imaginative approach to children’s programming, his influential works, such as “H.R. Pufnstuf” and “Land of the Lost”, have etched an indelible mark on American children’s television.

Canadian-born Krofft, along with his brother Sid, continued their family’s legacy in puppeteering. The brothers started their journey in the entertainment industry with a risqué puppet show for adults in California before venturing into children’s television.

Affectionately known as the ‘King of Saturday Mornings’, Krofft, and his brother soon became puppeteers turned producers. Their shows, known for intricate puppetry and elaborate productions, had a significant impact on children’s programming.

Along with creating fascinating worlds for weekday afternoon and Saturday morning slots, the Krofft brothers also contributed to Primetime TV hits. Marty’s death marks an end to an era that brought unique creativity and innovation to children’s television. The legacy created by Marty Krofft will undoubtedly continue to be a significant part of American TV history.


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