September 1967 - September 1970, ABC
n a parody of Tarzan, Lord of the
Jungle came George, Lord of
not much. Whereas Tarzan was
ignorant of culture because he was raised by apes from infancy,
George was ignorant because he was a clueless simpleton.
George lived in a tree house in
the jungle with his wife Ursula, who he called "fella" because
he thought she was a man. If anyone mentioned the name Ursula he
was confused because he didn't recognize the name, and didn't in
fact even know that he was married. Further evidence of grey
matter synaptic failure could be witnessed in regards to his pet
elephant Shep, who George believed was a large, peanut-loving
pooch. In fairness to George, Shep liked to fetch sticks, wagged
his tail, ate from a bowl and in further ways carried on in the
manner of a dog.
Fulfilling his ape man role,
George acted as protector of the jungle. He was occasionally
asked to help maintain law and order by the District
Commissioner, a short British fellow who was kept busy by
poachers, the natives, and assorted others who would stir up
trouble in Mbwebwe Valley. In addition to Shep, George could
rely on the help of his friend Ape, a gorilla who spoke in a
refined British accent that matched his cultured demeanor.
Of personal note, George's only
real asset was his brawn, which probably helped him survive
falling from the tree house he consistently forgot he lived in
or the countless face-plants he took into trees while swinging
from vines. Like most incompetent cartoon heroes though, George
could largely depend on lucky happenstance to rescue himself and
his friends from danger.
half-hour episodes of the show were made, each of which included
three unrelated segments. George of the Jungle was the featured
segment, followed by backup segments
Super Chicken and
Slick. Each of the segments was 6-7 minutes in length.