If you remember this show as a kid and never got it out of your mind after all these years, you just have to get it. Not only is it a wonderful trip down memory lane, but introducing little relatives to Tranquility Forest will also be a pleasure for you as you watch a new generation learn important lessons like being able to do anything if you set your mind to it and learning the value of true friends.
I missed this short-lived series for so many years after the rare reruns on UHF and TVLand, so this DVD set is a genuine treasure for both myself and anyone else who ever loved this great cleancut show. All 17 episodes are here in blaringly irresistible color, right along with the great songs and the four English teenage bugs who won our hearts as children. My favorite episode is Benita's Double Trouble, in which IQ dresses up as Benita Bizaare in an attempt to rescue Peter Platter, and does a great impersonation of her. I always had a crush on "Big John" so maybe I'm prejudiced, but Little John Philpot (Courage) was no slouch either, and I always wanted to be Joy (Caroline Ellis). This was one of Sid and Marty Krofft's best Saturday morning shows; magical, colorful, imaginative, and full of great music, it's a shame there weren't more episodes. Still, we have to be grateful for what we got. Let's also give credit to our great villain, the late Martha Raye whose outfits and makeup alone were just a trip in themselves, and Billy Barty who played the cute little neurotic Sparky Firefly.
There are some really great extras in this box set as well, including interviews with Big John, Little John, and Caroline Ellis, as well as a trivia game, a video jukebox, and commentary on some of the episodes. Unfortunately Wayne Laryea (Harmony) is not included in any of these, which is surprising since he and Caroline are still quite close. For more on the Bugaloos, check out the Tranquility Forest website. It is closed down right now, but you can still view all the great stuff on it, and maybe create enough interest to get the webmaster roused into action again.