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Johnny Jupiter
March 21, 1953 - May 29, 1954

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Johnny Jupiter

Johnny Jupiter ShowWhen I was a kid there was a Saturday morning show called "Johnny Jupiter". I don't know if it was national or regional. The concept was that a boy on Earth could communicate with another planet via a large television screen. Jupiter was a "planet of robots" as I recall it, and as viewed through Johnny's television screen all the robots were actually string puppets. But when one of the robots traveled down to Earth to visit Johnny, it became a large "Tobor-like" man in a suit.

I have not seen anything about this TV show since. I was wondering if you have any record of it in either words or pictures.

- stowsley

Johnny Jupiter cast photo"I remember Johnny Jupiter. The eccentric genius with the interplanetary television was named "Duckworth" and one robot that Johnny Jupiter frequently sent down to help Duckworth out of one jam or another was "Reject the Robot." Duckworth worked in a TV repair shop and his interplanetary TV was a bootleg project he kept hidden in plain sight in a back room.

"Nobody but Duckworth could ever see either Johnny Jupiter on the super TV or the robots sent down to earth, except in one episode, which turned out to be a dream of some kind. If Duckworth tried to show off his interplanetary TV, mysteriously timely failures of the electronics would always occur. Some kind of "obscurity principle" involved, same principle that shows up in a wide variety of realworld human borderland experience--"

- Bill L.

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"Philly kid show host Gene London was the second head puppeteer on the show. The first puppeteer/puppet-maker, Carl Harms, left the series following it's cancellation from The Dumount TV Network.

"Gene worked the puppets on the show under the name of Phil London. While Gil Mack did the voices for the puppets, Gene also played: "Reject The Robot" (in an early version of a Henson/Kroft Bros. puppet costume). The other puppets character were fine. But According to Mr. London: "Reject was clearly The Star!". That's because Gene was able to give the character pathos and a lovable bumbling quality that allowed the puppet to have a kinship with the viewers."

- Kevin S.Butler.

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