But the weirdest of all was Andy's Gang (1955-60), hosted by long-time Western sidekick Andy Devine (previously a radio and tv series hosted by Ed McConnell, and called Smilin' Ed's Gang)
1. A scary kid with blond page boy curls and one eye perpetually closed announced "I'm Buster Brown...I live in a shoe. Here's my dog Tige...he lives in there,too." Whereupon the studio audience went wild with laughter (actually, it was the same clip of a hysterical kid, over and over again).
3. A cat named Midnight could talk. But she said only one word: "Nice," and it sounded more like a meow. Cue the hysterical laughter.
similarly-Indian themed Maya, or an older version of Jonny Quest. I'll bet he had blond hair under that turban.
Although they lived in India, Gunga and his boyfriend, Rama (a surprisingly buff Vito Scotti) got into Bomba the Jungle Boy-style adventures with animal poachers, lost cities, and savage cannibal tribes.
But unlike Bomba, they had no interest in girls. Rama was the one who usually needed rescuing.
Afterwards, Andy would end the program by underscoring the buddy-bonding: "We're pals, and pals stick together!" Then, to keep Christian fundamentalists happy, "Remember, Sunday school or church tomorrow!" (No Hindus in the audience, apparently.)
You can watch the full movie here.
See also: Burr Tillstrom, the gay puppeteer behind Kukla, Fran, and Ollie.