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Old 06-30-2019, 10:14 AM   #1
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My World And Welcome to It was an NBC comedy based on the works of American humorist James Thurber. It starred William Windom as a magazine cartoonist (based on Thurber), Joan Hotchkis as his wife, and Lisa Gerritsen as his daughter. It combined live action and animation. Despite Windom winning an Emmy as Best Comedy actor, the series was cancelled after one season (1969-70).
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My guess is that the humor was too wry and highbrow to appeal to a large audience (or so the NBC execs thought). Maybe if it had debuted after the “rural purge”, the network would have stuck with it longer.
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It also won the Emmy for best comedy. I have fond but vague memories, haven't seen it since it first aired.

There were a lot of quiet, quirky shows - My World, Bill Cosby, Room 222, Nanny and the Professor, even Jimmy Stewart's show - in that period. I suspect that the success of live audience shows wiped out that trend.
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The "Meet Corliss Archer" TV series from the 1950's also has brief animation sequences interspersed with the live action scenes.

My World And Welcome To It is an interesting show, I also have some memories of it from the original run. If it would be released on DVD I'd probably buy it.
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DVD sets of My World And Welcome To It are currently on ebay, but these appear to be bootleg sets with episodes probably recorded from TV, so it's questionable if the episodes are edited or how good the quality is. Probably better to wait and see if the series gets an official DVD release.
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DVD sets of My World And Welcome To It are currently on ebay, but these appear to be bootleg sets with episodes probably recorded from TV, so it's questionable if the episodes are edited or how good the quality is. Probably better to wait and see if the series gets an official DVD release.
If the series has been mostly forgotten or its cult following is too small, chances are it won’t get an official DVD release.
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The wikipedia page says that it's still controlled for distribution by NBCUniversal, so maybe it will turn up on the streaming service they're working on.
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If the series has been mostly forgotten or its cult following is too small, chances are it won’t get an official DVD release.
There have been several short lived, one season sitcoms that got released on DVD. Blondie 1957, My Mother The Car, It's About Time, Good Morning World, and Lotsa Luck are a few examples. I don't think any of these shows have a tremendously large following so I'd say My World And Welcome To It has a chance. Probably not a big chance, but there's a chance unless there are other circumstances like music rights issues or elements problems with the episodes that might prevent a DVD release.
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I only saw this show when it was first shown, so this requires my memory banks to activate. I do remember I liked it as a kid and I remember it as being a quiet but amusing little show. I remember those Thurber drawings they'd use. I had read a James Thurber book before seeing the show so that was probably why I watched at all. Was it a laugh riot? No, but it was a nice little show.
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I remember seeing it as a young teenager and rather liked the show.
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I only saw this show when it was first shown, so this requires my memory banks to activate. I do remember I liked it as a kid and I remember it as being a quiet but amusing little show. I remember those Thurber drawings they'd use. I had read a James Thurber book before seeing the show so that was probably why I watched at all. Was it a laugh riot? No, but it was a nice little show.
I liked the drawings too but I have trouble remembering much about the actual episodes since I was just a kid.
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I would like to see the show with William Windom. I think this show followed his The Farmers Daughter. Would be interested in seeing Lisa before her role of Bess Lindstrom on Mary Tyler Moore.
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It also won the Emmy for best comedy. I have fond but vague memories, haven't seen it since it first aired.

There were a lot of quiet, quirky shows - My World, Bill Cosby, Room 222, Nanny and the Professor, even Jimmy Stewart's show - in that period. I suspect that the success of live audience shows wiped out that trend.
Too bad the Emmys didn’t change NBC’s decision to cancel “My World...”
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