The Patchwork Family

The Patchwork Family

Synopsis of Saturday Morning Show

“There's plenty to do as a member of the Patchwork Family,
We're looking for you as a member of the Patchwork Family…”

Broadcast out of New York City, The Patchwork Family brought home lessons on arts, crafts, music and more through several individual segments. Holding this patchwork together were a pair of hosts, one human, one puppet. Carol Corbett (the human) was already well known to local kids for her work on earlier New York shows, and her friendly persona brought a reassuring warmth to the show. Her co-host was Rags, a yellow and orange puppet who spent most of his time standing behind a counter (for obvious, puppet-related reasons).

Together, Carol and Rags introduced the various segments for the day, often participating themselves. During any given show, young viewers might find themselves learning how to make a craft, sing a song, or any number of things. One popular recurring segment featured an accomplished doodler who would close his eyes, make random scribblings on his paper, then open his eyes and try to make something out of his scribble (an animal, a toy, etc.)

The Patchwork Family never made it to the national scene, but Carol and Rags’ influence made a lasting impression on local viewers, many of whom can still sing the catchy theme by heart:

“We're looking for sisters and brothers and all sorts of others,
Like nieces, nephews, uncles, cousins,
We need members by the dozen...”

Release History

1972

TV Sub Categories

live-action
local

TV Studio

CBS

Television Cast

Host Carol Corbett

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