Weenie the Genie is a good-natured but magically inept genie featured on Sid & Marty Krofft’s ABC Saturday morning live-action fantasy LIDSVILLE (1971-73).
Weenie (Billie Hayes) lives in a mysterious world of living hats called Lidsville. Unfortunately, she is the captive of an evil sorcerer named Horatio J. Hoo Doo (Charles Nelson Reilly) who holds a magic ring that gives him power over her.
One day a boy named Mark – while attending a Six Flags over Texas in his world – falls through a magic hat owned by Merlo the Magician and ends up in Lidsville.
Upon arrival, Mark (Butch Patrick) is imprisoned in a dungeon by Hoo Doo for being a spy for the Good Hats. Eventually with the help of Weenie the Genie, Mark steals the magic ring that controls Weenie the Genie and escapes Hoo Doo’s clutches.
A grateful Weenie – along with a gang of friendly hats – promises to help Mark find a way out of Lidsville and back to his own home of Jackson City, Texas.
NOTE: The LIDSVILLE series ran only 17 episodes. After its ABC run, re-runs of the show appeared on NBC from 1973-74.
Weenie the Genie