Kids-Fun??? Never heard of it!

There's a shock! Kids-Fun was Catra Enterprizes' first regular production. The series was produced from 1986 to 1990.

Adam
Adam on guitar, circa 1988
The plot is very weird. Greg Method created the program because of his admiration for the rock 'n roll group and television show The Monkees. The main characters in Kids-Fun have a band called Kids-Fun and, like the Monkees, get caught up in wacky misadventures that usually have nothing to do with them being a band. Mid-way through the show, or at the end, the band will sing a song; usually they just lip-synced to old Monkees records.

Adam Judson went along with the idea also because he liked The Monkees. Former Catra Performer Joshua Kapsar also starred as one of the members of the band (even though he only appeared in two episodes due to constant scheduling conflicts). Since they were short one actor, Greg (at the last minute) got his brother Dale to be in the show.

The original premise for Kids-Fun was completely different to what the show eventually became. In 1984, Greg created a bunch of superheroes called Kids-Fun that battled the villainous Evilman (yes, the name was a joke). When Greg changed the format around, Evilman stayed as a villain in one episode.

Two sets, or "seasons," of episodes were produced. Season One was produced between 1986 and 1988. Season Two was produced between 1988 and 1990. The episodes more or less served as a way for Greg and the others to experiment with video techniques. The stories were quite flimsy, and as you can see below Greg looks back at them with his tongue firmly in cheek.

Credits (Where Credit is Due)

Created by Greg Method
Produced by Greg Method, Adam Judson, and Josh Kapsar
Executive Producers Greg Method and Adam Judson
Starring Adam Judson, Josh Kapsar, Dale Method, and Greg Method
Taped at Catra-Dohtem Studios

Episodography

NOTE: The previous credits were listed together instead of with each episode mainly to save space. The credits below the following titles remain because they either differed from episode to episode, because they list the date the show was filmed, or because they list who co-starred in that particular episode. So there!

Season One

Episode One

(Late 1986; Written by Greg Method; Josh Kapsar does not appear in this episode)
Adam
Adam Judson, circa First/Second Seasons
Kids-Fun stays at a hotel run by a shifty character (also played by Greg) who swindles them out of their money. He later uses the dough for gambling. (So what?) It should be noted that Kids-Fun enters and exits the episode via a gray radio-controlled car (that actually belonged to Adam), and that they close the show with a segment where they say each other's name (Greg says "This is Joshua Kapsar..." Adam says "This is Greg Method..."), which they have done in later episodes. Greg's own cat Tigger has a cameo in the episode's opening segment. Greg later named the company after reviewing this scene (CATra Enterprizes- Tigger was also the company's mascot back then). Much of the dialogue was redubbed and altered when Greg re-edited the episode in 1988. Features the Monkees songs "Salesman" and "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?"

Episode Two

(Early 1987; Written by Greg Method; Josh Kapsar does not appear in this episode)
Kids-Fun "travels to Paris," a la the episode of The Monkees. Instead of being mobbed by some dizzy French dames, they end up exploring the outdoors and a playground the whole time. A Catra Enterprizes First appears in this episode--"trick" photography: the cameraman goes down a slide while taping. Ooo, groundbreaking! On a side-note, this episode is no longer in existence. Boo-hoo.

Episode Three

(August, 1987; Written by Greg Method; Guest-Starring David Weigner; Josh Kapsar does not appear in this episode)
A semi-remake of the first episode. The villain Evilman (played by David Weigner, who has trouble keeping his fake moustache on) and his henchman Maygreey (played by Greg) drug Kids-Fun with a potion (Adam and Dale both call it "Bubbly Kool-Aid," and Greg calls it "Bubbly Hot Water") and then proceed to steal Kids-Fun's money. (Kids-Fun must be really rich, since everyone tries to rob them!) Our heroes follow Evilman back to his lair and surprise him (they pop out of the bathroom). Maygreey mysteriously disappears as the guys knock out Evilman. Greg then introduces David Weigner as their "manager and musical supervisor" and then asks him when are they going on tour. The show ends with the cast announcing who they portrayed a la a grade-school class play ("Hi. I'm Adam and I played a person."). The original version of this episode featured Greg's original song "The Gypsies," but Greg replaced it with an edited version of the Monkees' "Take a Giant Step" when he re-edited the episode in 1988...because he's an idiot.

Episode Four

(Late 1987; Written by Greg Method; Josh Kapsar does not appear in this episode)
The King of Carpets (played by Greg) kidnaps Adam and Dale. Greg frees them and they ambush the King. Umm...that's about it. Features the Mike Nesmith version of the Monkees song "I Don't Think You Know Me At All" and the jovial novelty song "Billboard." The only footage from this short episode that remains intact are the two musical sequences. Greg moronically recorded an episode of PBS's Book Bird with John Robbins over this and one other episode. Dummy.

Episode Five

(Winter, 1988; Written by Greg Method; Josh Kapsar does not appear in this episode)
Based on an episode of The Cosby Show, Adam wants to be more grown-up, so Greg decides to put Adam on trial (for what was never revealed) in order to teach him what it's like to be a "man" (all "men" go on trial? Huh??? Ehhn...the idea looked better on paper). Greg poses as the judge and Dale is the bailiff. Adam, realizing the stupidity in this ordeal, looks at the camera and yells "I'm leaving!" (the episode's only funny moment) and storms out of the house. He then runs into a mystical spirit (played by Greg), who sends Adam back home. Very trippy. Sadly, Big Idiot Greg (read the above episode synopsis) only saved a scant few seconds of this episode, a scene in which Greg is practicing Spanish (don't ask). The guys also taped the opening theme song sequence at this taping session. It's set to the theme song from Pee-Wee's Playhouse (WHY?! What the hell were these guys smoking?!?). The episode itself features the Monkees song "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?"

Episode Six

(Early Spring, 1988; Written by Adam Judson; Josh Kapsar does not appear in this episode)
Adam and Dale (Greg's mysteriously missing during the bulk of this episode) stay at an inexpensive hotel for one night. Greg plays the hotel manager (a different character than the first episode's crook). Adam and Dale are sad to leave the hotel. As wacky as this episode's plot is (Greg even says in the opening segment "Who WROTE this episode?"), this is sadly the only known example of Adam Judson writing for Catra Enterprizes (but he will in the future...or else). Features Dale's original song "The Day I Left Her." This episode has also disappeared.

Season Two

Episode Seven: This New House

(September, 1988; Written by Greg Method; Josh Kapsar does not appear in this episode)
Kids-Fun moves into a new house that Josh bought for them. The guys, finding out that the rent will be extremely high, decide to get various jobs. At the end, however, they realize that they should stick together and continue with their music (sure, they have no money, but they've got rhythm and music...). Features the Monkees song "Midnight Train."

Episode Eight: Gone With the Schwinn

(Early 1989; Written by Greg Method and Josh Kapsar; Adam Judson does not appear in this episode)
Josh
Josh Kapsar, circa Second Season
Kids-Fun is still moving into their new house. The next morning, Josh(!) gets a letter asking him and Dale to compete in "The 1989 Bike Races" (very specific) and that they want Greg to emcee the event. Josh wins the first two races, and Dale wins the last two races. Josh and Dale then do cartwheels and ride down bumpy hills to score extra points. Dale mounts a camera onto his bike and tapes what he sees as he's riding it. This somehow seals the victory for Dale. Although there is no musical number, the guys did tape a new theme-song sequence, which features Greg's original song "New Boys."

Episode Nine: Switching Channels Part One

(Early 1989; Written by Greg Method and Josh Kapsar; Adam Judson does not appear in this episode)
While Adam is away, Greg decides to snoop through his things. He finds a formula that both he and Dale drink. The potion makes Greg and Dale switch bodies! Josh and the guys search for Adam's secret antidote. Dale (or is it Greg?) drinks too much of the antidote and Greg and Dale both disappear! Part two was NEVER taped...good move. The theme song in the opening titles (for this episode only) is Josh and Greg's silly ditty "You're Gonna Watch Kids-Fun" (again, there is no other musical number). It's a pity that Josh wasn't able to be on-hand to do more episodes, since he had a real feel for the style of the show and for coming up with great episode ideas. Oh well.

Episode Ten: God Save the King

(Early 1990; Written and Directed by Greg Method; Josh Kapsar does not appear in this episode)
Kids-Fun is once again kidnapped by the King of Carpets, but they're (once again) able to turn the tables on him. At the show's closing, Greg breaks character and removes the costume, complaining of it being too hot to wear. The guys once again do the "name switchero" routine from Episode One. Features the Mike Nesmith version of the Monkees song "I Don't Think You Know Me At All" (no, I don't know why it was the King of Carpets' theme!), the last time a musical sequence appeared in the series.

Episode Eleven: Lizards, Lizards Everywhere

(Early 1990; Written and Directed by Greg Method; Josh Kapsar does not appear in this episode)
Adam and Greg (Dale and Josh are both "out of town") decide to track down and make a citizen arrest on a jewelry thief known as the Lizard Man (played by Dale). Adam gets knocked out by one hyperactive jewelry-store owner (played by Greg), so Greg has to stop the Lizard Man all by himself, which he is able to do. What a guy!

Episode Twelve

(Late 1990; Written and Directed by Greg Method; Josh Kapsar does not appear in this episode)
Here we go, the unfinished swan song! Adam and Greg are doctors who get into fights when they are supposed to be operating on a patient. After the theme song, Adam wonders where the others are, since it's storming outside. Greg and Dale enter (Josh is, for the last time, missing in action), both soaked and mad at the rain. "Greg! Dale!" Adam screeches "You're wet!" Greg and Dale are amazed at Adam's deduction skills. This episode was never completed.

Unproduced Episodes

The following episodes were written and intended to be produced, but never were. The dates in the following credits indicate around the time when the episode was written.

Episode Two and a Half

(Summer, 1987?; Written by Greg Method and Josh Kapsar)
This was supposed to be the guys' tribute to the Monkees' television show. In this remake of the Monkees episode "Monkees on the Wheel," the gents are in Las Vegas and Josh (in the Micky Dolenz role) becomes addicted to gambling. Along the way, the boys accidentally get into trouble with the police, who think that they're mobsters. This was going to be the first episode to feature all four members of Kids-Fun, but for some undetermined reason was never taped.

Episode Nine and a Half: Switching Channels Part Two

(Early, 1989; Written by Greg Method and Josh Kapsar)
Part two of Episode Nine, in which Greg and Dale not only switch bodies, but they also disappear! Adam returns from his trip to Oklahoma and Josh sums up what has happened. Adam concocts a new solution that makes the two visible again, and then creates another formula (this is Adam's fourth formula already!) that switches Greg and Dale back to their former selves. Greg, Dale, and Josh get so mad at Adam for what he put all of them through (it was Adam, keep in mind, who created the solution that Greg found while looking through Adam's things) that they take Adam's "shrinking potion" and dump it over Adam's head. Adam shrivels down to the size of an action figure. Greg gives him a crayon to keep him occupied, but Adam has a hard time holding the giant coloring utensil. Of all the episodes that weren't taped, this one had the best chance of becoming an actual episode (after all, it did conclude a cliffhanger!), but you know how fate is. Right, Mallory?

Episode Nine and Three-Quarters

(Spring, 1989; Written by Greg Method, Adam Judson, and Josh Kapsar; Dale Method was not going to appear in this episode)
Adam and Greg become aware of Josh's drug problem. Josh thinks that it's okay because Kids-Fun is a popular rock band ("Yeah, the greatest band this side of Chuck E. Cheese's," Adam says under his breath) and that all of the bands are "doing it" nowadays. Greg and Adam are able to convince Josh just how dangerous drugs are. Josh then picks up a small bowl filled with white powder and starts to eat out of it. Adam and Greg look shocked, but then Josh says, "Hmm. Good sugar!" (ooooo-kay) This episode was supposed to feature the song "Dope's For Dopes," which was written by Greg, Adam, and Josh. Written by all three of them to coincide with a drug awareness program (could ya tell?), this was the only episode (produced or not) that was going to be performed LIVE!!! Unfortunately, the decision makers never gave the boys the green light to do it.

Other Episodes

There's still some more episodes that were written but never taped such as one in which Josh is persuaded by the mob not to perform a piano concerto at a local talent show (huh?), one in which Greg's aunt drops a baby onto his doorstep and says that Kids-Fun has to take care of him, one in which the guys learn the hardships of baby-sitting their new neighbor's menace of a child, one in which the guys try to put up wallpaper (oooo-kay), one in which Josh falls in love with his new neighbor, at least one more showdown between Kids-Fun and Evilman, and a Christmas episode. Oh well, maybe SOME day!

Kids-Fun and its related characters are the exclusive properties of Catra Enterprizes, a Catra-Dohtem, Inc. company. "Guitar Adam" picture courtesy of Adam Judson.