Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins (Series) (1974-1975)

Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins
Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins was a 36-occasion series from CBC's Children's Television in Toronto. Each half-hour program seen Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays was a collage of short (three to five-minute) segments with burlesque, slapstick, satire and visual and verbal gags of all kinds. The programs, aimed specifically at nine to11-year-olds, used the skills of innovative young actors, three of them from the Second City Review Company in Toronto. Also there was the use of old movie stills and music. In total, there was a mixed bag of entertainment with a lot of adult innuendo. Through the programs was the continuing storyline about young Billy Meek, played by nine-year-old Robin Eveson of Toronto. Around Billy, adventures that stretch imagination, happened. A cast of characters, including Dr. Bob, Miss Lonelykid, Lovestory Man, Ms. A. Vaughn, Goomba, Honest Ralph, the salesman and the Wilkins, strutted their stuff promoted by the computer Zunkins- Zooey and Dunkin.

The actors were Gilda Radner, Rosemary Radcliffe, John Candy, Fiona Reid, John Stocker, Dan Hennessey and Robert McKenna. They were put through their paces by comedy director Trevor Evans. The programs had emerged with the guiding hand of CBC executive producer Don Elder.

It was zaniness as in the words of the theme song:

"Hey, listen to that plunkin'
Bringin' love in a chunk in
It's Zooey and Dunkin
Our computer age Zunkins .
Punch a hole in a pumpkin
Throw a whole bunch of junk in
Dip an elephant's trunk in
It's Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins."

Robin Eveson .... Billy Meek
John Candy .... Regular
Dan Hennessey .... Regular
Robert McKenna .... Regular
Rosemary Radcliffe .... Regular
Gilda Radner .... Regular
Fiona Reid .... Regular
John Stocker .... Regular
Nina Keogh .... Puppeteer

Original Broadcaster(s): CBC

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