John Monroe - William Windom starred as
writer/cartoonist John Monroe who illustrated cartoons
for the Manhattanite magazine on the sitcom MY
WORLD AND WELCOME TO IT/NBC/1969-70. Working
in New York as well as from home (Westport, Connecticut), John
in the fantasy world of his own cartoons, safe
from the clutches of his wife, Ellen (Joan Hotchkis) and his
10-year-old daughter, Lydia (Lisa Gerritsen) who in his mind were fulfilling the
inbred nature of all women-to make his life
Other regulars on the show were Harold J. Stone
as his publisher, Hamilton Greeley, and Henry
Morgan as fellow writer, Phillip Jensen.
The series was loosely based on the works of
humorist James Thurber who had contributed cartoons to
The New Yorker magazine before his death in
1961. The TV adaptation won the 1970 Emmy Award
for Best Comedy. William Windom won for Best
Actor in a Comedy.
The series' title is
based on a well-known collection of
published in 1942. All the cartoons and
animations seen on the series are drawn in the
style of James Thurber's original works.
The John Monroe character is adapted from Thurber's
Walter Mitty character who appeared in the 1941
Secret Life of Walter Mitty." Mitty, an avid daydreamer, used his vivid imagination
to transported him to other worlds and fanciful
Comedian Danny Kaye portrayed Thurber's
daydreaming character in the film adaptation
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947).
The Monroe Family: Lydia, John & Ellen
"I hate women.
Oh, I know I married one, but there wasn't anything else around. That's
how they get you. And I hate children, especially ours. Have you ever
thought of the way they look at you? They're planning to take over the
world." -- John Monroe