My World and Welcome to It (TV Series 1969–1970)

Season 1


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1Man Against the WorldMan Against the World (15 Sep. 1969)
In the pilot episode: We meet a cartoonist with a vivid imagination (deftly illustrated by James Thurber), who lives a fairly standard life in American suburbia with a wife, a child, and a house with the proverbial picket fence. After daughter Lydia complains her history lesson is dull and boring, John tells her his own take on the story of Generals Grant and Lee at Appomattox. Of course, Lydia shares her father's less-than-factual version with her class in school, her teacher schedules a home visit.
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2The DisenchantedThe Disenchanted (22 Sep. 1969)
Lydia runs away from home feeling she is being treated unfairly. Her father allows it to teach her a lesson, but becomes concerned to see her seriousness.
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3Little Girls Are Sugar & Spice, and Not Always Nice!Little Girls Are Sugar & Spice, and Not Always Nice! (29 Sep. 1969)
John desperately tries to not be beaten by his daughter in a game of chess.
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4CristabelCristabel (6 Oct. 1969)
When Lydia's raspberry and asparagus-loving pooch dies, she thinks her father doesn't care how distraught she is, but soon finds out otherwise.
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5The Night the House Caught FireThe Night the House Caught Fire (13 Oct. 1969)
Lydia is sick in bed so dad Monroe entertains her with stories. The first tale is a did so Monroe tells a fable about a grandfather in the Civil War.
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6The Ghost and Mr. MonroeThe Ghost and Mr. Monroe (20 Oct. 1969)
John quits when one his cartoons is rejected. Announcing he's going to write a book John instead fantasizes that he is in the world of high finance but finds out he is cut out for creating humorous drawings.
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7Nobody Ever Kills Dragons AnymoreNobody Ever Kills Dragons Anymore (27 Oct. 1969)
John feels his life has become humdrum after conversations with his wife and editor Hamilton. He daydreams himself into a world of secret agents, femme fatales and exotic locales until reality intercedes.
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8Seal in the BedroomSeal in the Bedroom (3 Nov. 1969)
John is having trouble with a cartoon and calls on his writer friend Phil for assistance. Together they try to find humor in a water creature being inside a house.
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9The Saga of Dimity AnnThe Saga of Dimity Ann (10 Nov. 1969)
John is fearful of his daughter Lydia's cat Dimity Ann and plots to get rid of the feline.
10A Friend of the EarthA Friend of the Earth (17 Nov. 1969)
Monroe is bugged by his chief rival Paul Morton who charms everyone including Lydia and Ellen. Paul challenges challenges Monroe to a public demonstration of their humor to decide who is the best.
11Maid in ConnecticutMaid in Connecticut (24 Nov. 1969)
Ellen has to be away so she hires a housekeeper to take care of John and Lydia. She doesn't know that Mrs. Simkins is afraid of appliances which complicates matters for those at home.
12Native WitNative Wit (1 Dec. 1969)
John one ups Zeph, the local sage and humorous storyteller. Zeph decides to leave town and John feels responsible so he tries to disuade the man from moving.
13The Shrike and the ChipmunksThe Shrike and the Chipmunks (8 Dec. 1969)
John has a very low opinion of children's authors. He is unhappy when he is assigned to work with a famous writer who has written a series of kid's books. Things don't go well.
14Rally Round the FlagRally Round the Flag (15 Dec. 1969)
John comes up short of his daughter's desired Christmas gift and returns home with a huge American flag. She proudly flies it, leading the neighborhood to gossip that the family is masking something.
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15The War Between Men and WomenThe War Between Men and Women (22 Dec. 1969)
A wife's incessant interruptions of her husband's humorous story at a cocktail party is the spark that ignites blazing combat between the sexes.
16The Mating DanceThe Mating Dance (29 Dec. 1969)
John encounters a young bully who doesn't seem to be aware of another way of interacting with people. John tries to figure out a way to show the boy a proper way to behave.
17Darn That DreamDarn That Dream (5 Jan. 1970)
When his young daughter has nightmares, John Monroe eases her fears with a soothing story about their unusual ghostly relatives who filled their house with the creaks and odd noises that have been feeding her imagination. This program was inspired by James Thurber's famous short story, "The Night The Bed Fell".
18The Human Being and the DinosaurThe Human Being and the Dinosaur (12 Jan. 1970)
Lydia has a disagreement with a neighborhood boy and lands a solid punch on the lad. Her father John tries to explain how humans have evolved from setting things with violence despite being provoked by the boy's bellicose father.
19Dear Is a Four Letter WordDear Is a Four Letter Word (19 Jan. 1970)
John is taken to task by his wife Ellen as she believes he has a communication problem with daughter Lydia. This is reinforced when John is called to school to talk to the principal.
20The Middle YearsThe Middle Years (26 Jan. 1970)
Monroe is having a time of being stressed and overworked. When a beautiful neighbor Mrs. Bessinger moves in Monroe relaxes by indulging in mid-life fantasies.
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21Rules for a Happy MarriageRules for a Happy Marriage (2 Feb. 1970)
John Monroe becomes busy discussing the shortcomings of wives with some other men. In doing so he forgets a luncheon date he had with his wife and tries to make things right with her.
22The Wooing of Mr. MonroeThe Wooing of Mr. Monroe (9 Feb. 1970)
When John starts a collaboration with the attractive Dorothy Carter, Ellen tries to quell her suspicions. But when she learns they are suddenly working in Dorothy's apartment Ellen's jealousy get the better of her.
23The Mea Culpa BitThe Mea Culpa Bit (16 Feb. 1969)
When John is working Lydia's frequent interruptions slow him down so he chases her from his study. But when she accidentally breaks her arm he feels responsible. But so does everyone else.
24The Fourth EstateThe Fourth Estate (23 Feb. 1970)
John is upset when his editor Hamilton rejects one of his cartoons. To add to the insult, one of his submissions is turned down at his daughter Lydia's school by Patrick who runs the school paper.
25Monroe the MysogynistMonroe the Mysogynist (2 Mar. 1970)
Monroe is accused by his wife and editor Hamilton of being a woman hater with his cartoons as evidence. That disturbs him, causing him to reexamine his approach to his work.
26Child's PlayChild's Play (6 Mar. 1970)
Monroe breaks a picnic date with daughter Lydia and is bothered by her disappointment. He imagines 3 different older versions of Lydia and how their relationship evolved.