Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Camp Runamuck

Camp Runamuck TV showCamp Runamuck

One of a handful of short lived mid-1960's sitcoms that are considered classics - a favorite with the kids that failed to pull in enough adult viewers to stay afloat.

Camp Runamuck starred sitcom stalwarts Dave Ketchum, Arch Johnson, Leonard Stone, and Dave Madden as camp counselors who find themselves besieged by the boy campers they're in charge of and overwhelmed by the girl's camp (Camp Divine) across the lake. Most episodes revolved around some kind of a competition or conflict between the two sides.

The show was in color, about half the programs in primetime were color in 1965 - a year later all of them were.

Camp Runamuck kicked off NBC's Fall 1965 Friday night lineup that included Hank, Convoy, Mr. Roberts, and Man From U.N.C.L.E. It may have been a fantastic evening of TV but, when the dust settled, only U.N.C.L.E. returned in 1966.

This series lasted only one season and got little or no play in syndication so, sadly, there are no plans presently to release this show on DVD.

Camp Runamuck
Dave Ketchum in Camp Runamuck