FORGOTTEN SHOWS, SATURDAY MORNING EDITION
Korg: 70,000 B.C. was a live-action Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning kids show (they usually specialized in cartoons) about a family of Neanderthals. Supposedly “authentic” (and narrated by sniffy-sounding Burgess Meredith to give it an air of authoritativeness) the show featured characters with names like Korg and Tor and Bok and Ree — and how could they possible know that? Being nine at the time I watched all 16 episodes that aired, and used to re-enact them on the playground. I even remember some of the dialogue: “…and so I…charged…the giant bear.” And of course, every episode Korg would run into a monstrous creature and make this face:
Here’s the show intro:
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