Remember 'Kukla, Fran And Ollie,' The TV Show That Time Forgot?

By | May 22, 2019

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Kukla the puppet and hostess Fran Allison in an episode of Kukla, Fran and Ollie. Source: (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)

Do you remember watching Kukla, Fran and Ollie? The live television series, which aired from 1947 to 1957, was groundbreaking in a quiet and understated way. And with puppets. The television series was a fan-favorite and appealed to both children and adults. Let’s look back at Kukla, Fran and Ollie

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Burr Tillstrom with Kukla and Ollie. Source: (

A Chicago TV Show that went National

Kukla, Fran and Ollie was the brainchild of Burr Tillstrom, a puppeteer. In fact, he was the only puppeteer on the show and controlled both puppets--Kukla, a marionette-looking puppet, and Ollie, a dragon. Fran was played by Fran Allison, a former radio entertainer. The show ran on WBKB in Chicago, and NBC affiliate. Kukla, Fran and Ollie was the first NBC show to be broadcast in color and one of its first to have a national syndication.