Yup, they let foul-mouthed cult comedian Richard Pryor front a kids TV show back in 1984. The 25 minutes long show ran Saturday mornings for only 13 episodes from September to December. Imagine Sesame Street spliced with Bill Cosby's Fat Albert (which the show replaced), add in a few puppets, a clichéd inner city setting, and ethnic minority characters. Then decide to tackle some serious social issues. Doesn't sound much like a fun kids show, does it?
Weird Retro Fact: The show was produced by the Krofft brothers, who created many surreal TV shows for kids during he 1970s and 80s. Read the Bizarre Profiles: Sid And Marty Krofft, Captain's Blog post.