Dr. Shrinker

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Dr. Shrinker
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Format Children's television series
Starring Jay Robinson
Billy Barty
Ted Eccles
Susan Lawrence
Jeff MacKay
Country of origin USA
No. of episodes 16
Production
Producer(s) Sid and Marty Krofft
Running time 0:15 (per episode)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 11, 1976 – September 2, 1977
For the death metal group, see Dr. Shrinker (band)

Dr. Shrinker was a segment during the first season of the ABC network's The Krofft Supershow in 1976.

Plot[edit]

Dr. Shrinker (Jay Robinson) is a mad scientist who creates a shrink ray that can miniaturize anything. Three young adults named Brad Fulton (Ted Eccles), B.J. Masterson (Susan Lawrence) and her brother Gordie Masterson (Jeff MacKay), crash land their plane on an island. As they make their way to the only house on the island, they meet the aptly named Dr. Shrinker and his assistant, Hugo (Billy Barty). Dr. Shrinker, in an effort to prove that his shrinking ray works, shrinks the three people down to six inches tall. The remainder of the series was different efforts by the 'Shrinkies' to get unshrunk, while Dr. Shrinker and Hugo want to catch the trio so that they will have physical proof that the ray works when they sell it to whatever world power wants to buy it (The good doctor also implied that he would give the unnamed buyer the Shrinkies to use however he wanted as a free bonus).

Each episode was basically the same. As Dr. Shrinker himself said in one episode..."I chase the Shrinkies. I catch the Shrinkies. The Shrinkies escape. It's a vicious cycle and it's driving me mad!"

Dr. Shrinker lasted only one season on the Krofft Supershow. During the second season, it was dropped along with Electra Woman and Dyna Girl. One episode, "Slowly I Turn", is available on DVD with the Krofft Box Set. Marty Krofft has said that he and his brother will be recording commentary for a DVD release of Dr. Shrinker.[1]

Cast[edit]

  • Jay Robinson .... Dr. Shrinker
  • Billy Barty .... Hugo: Dr. Shrinker's Assistant
  • Ted Eccles .... Brad Fulton
  • Susan Lawrence .... B.J. Masterson
  • Jeff MacKay .... Gordie Masterson

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Lambert, David (2005-01-15). "Dr. Shrinker - Another Sid & Marty Krofft Show Is Being Looked At". tvshowsondvd.com. Retrieved 2006-11-29. 

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