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Big John, Little John

All Episodes 1976

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  • Ended
  • NBC
  • 1976-09-11T04:00:00Z
  • 25 mins
  • 5 hours, 25 mins (13 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Redwood Productions + 1 more, D'Angelo-Bullock-Allen Productions
  • Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction
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The show centers around a forty-year-old middle school science teacher named John Martin (played by Edelman). While vacationing in Florida, he drinks from a spring which turns out to be the legendary Fountain of Youth sought by Juan Ponce de Leon. The water has the effect of changing him into a twelve-year-old boy (played by Rist), and back again. Martin has no control over when the changes will occur, because he only took a sip of the water, and not a full drink, which explains why the changes are recurring and not permanent. Only his wife, Marjorie (Joyce Bulifant) and son, Ricky (Mike Darnell) know his secret, though Martin's students (who befriend him as "Little John") and his boss, principal Bertha Bottomly, become suspicious that something unusual is going on. The Martin family explain the younger John as their nephew, staying with them. Throughout the series, "Big John" unsuccessfully tries to find a cure for his predicament, but his experiences as "Little John" often give him insight into what his students are facing.
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13 episodes

1x01 A Sizeable Problem

  • Series Premiere

    1976-09-11T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

While on a trip to Florida, John Martin stumbles upon the legendary fountain of youth. Willing to test the waters, John sips a handful of the liquid. The consequences are unforeseeable, he begins to revert to his childhood on certain times, causing a lot of situations for John and his family.

1x02 Peter Panic

  • 1976-09-18T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

John must face a dilemma when he is chosen to become Captain Hook in the annual school play John where his alter ego, Little John, is to play the lead role in Peter Pan.

1x03 Very Little John

  • 1976-09-25T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

John tries a new formula in the laboratory that apparently might cure him from his conversions. A misunderstanding with a baby left in his care has Big John being confused with the infant.

1x04 The Great Escape

  • 1976-10-02T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

John Martin is detained when a sheriff demands his ID and he cannot produce it. He gets his freedom when his personality changes in prison.

1x05 Big Scare, Little Scare

  • 1976-10-09T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

John has summoned Mr. Boswell, Stanley’s dad, to account for his son’s continuous absence to class for five days. Boswell explains that the boy is afraid of crossing in front of the Crabtree mansion, an abandoned house that neighbors believe it to be haunted. John decides to find out who’s behind the Crabtree ghost.

1x06 Big Shot, Little Shot

  • 1976-10-16T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Marjorie and Big john are invited to Miss Bottomly's costume party. But the costume doesn't fit very well when he becomes Little John and changing to King Arthur doesn't help. Meanwhile at school, Coach Adams decides he needs Little John for the basketball team.

1x07 Time for Change

  • 1976-10-23T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

On Thanksgiving John has to be a chaperon for a Thanksgiving dance at the school, while they are also decorating. He also has to deal with a girl who his son likes but who is asking little John out.

1x08 The Principal Who Came to Dinner

  • 1976-10-30T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Big John's voice in Little John's body puts not only Martin in a squeeze but his family as well.

1x09 Bully for You

  • 1976-11-06T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Stanley is again late for the class. The teacher is speaking to his students about the importance of facing up bullies. This leads to trouble for Little John when he's threatened by the class bully, Gasey.

1x10 Off the Wall

  • 1976-11-13T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

John is assigned to find who's behind the vandalism inflicted on the school walls. Martin is invited to join the school basketball team since he was once a superhero for his old team.

1x11 The Missing John

  • 1976-11-20T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Little John receives a severe reprimand for having played unwillingly a joke on the school principal.

1x12 Speak for Yourself, John

  • 1976-11-27T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Because of the arrangements for the annual dance that it is held at the school, Ms. Bottomly proposes to professor Martin that he be one of the chaperons. At the same time that the Little John is chosen by his female classmate as companion for that day.

1x13 Abracadabra

  • 1976-12-04T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

In order to arrange a show for the school annual party, one of Martin's students prepares a set of different magic tricks.

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