Saturday, December 19, 2009

Late Night Saturday Morning: The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley

Martin Short's "Ed Grimley" character ran on SCTV from 1982 to 1984, and then on Saturday Night Live for one season until 1985. It was one of the few comic characters to be wildly popular on two different sketch shows.

Well, three if you count 1988's The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley. NBC re-purposed Grimley as a children's cartoon character - and gave Short his own very-SCTV Saturday morning series (and plush doll).

Although NBC was probably trying to create its own version of Pee Wee's Playhouse (which was a hit for CBS at the time) - Grimley was a decent show in its own right. It featured several SCTV regulars as voice actors (Short, Catherine O'Hara, Joe Flaherty, and Andrea Martin) as well as the legendary Jonathan Winters.

Another plus were live-action segments featuring Flaherty as his "Count Floyd" character.

Like Pryor's Place, Grimley only lasted thirteen episodes, but stuck around for the rest of the year in repeats.

NBC isn't quite finished with cartoons descended from SCTV.