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My World and Welcome to It
John Monroe arrives "Home."
Format Situation comedy
Created by Melville Shavelson, based on works by James Thurber
Starring William Windom (John Monroe)
Lisa Gerritsen (Lydia Monroe)
Joan Hotchkis (Ellen Monroe)
Harold J. Stone (Hamilton Greeley)
Henry Morgan (Phil Jensen)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 26
Executive producer(s) Sheldon Leonard
Producer(s) Danny Arnold
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Sheldon Leonard Productions, in association with NBC
Original channel NBC
Original run September 15, 1969 – March 6, 1970
My World and Welcome to It was a US-made half-hour sitcom based on the humor and cartoons of James Thurber. It starred William Windom as John Monroe, a Thurber-like writer and cartoonist who works for a magazine that closely resembles The New Yorker, called The Manhattanite. Wry, fanciful and curmudgeonly, Monroe observes and comments on life, to the bemusement of his rather sensible wife Ellen (Joan Hotchkis) and intelligent, questioning daughter Lydia (Lisa Gerritsen). Monroe's frequent daydreams and fantasies are usually based on Thurber material. My World — And Welcome To It (note slight variation from television title) is the name of a book of illustrated stories and essays, also by James Thurber.
The television series ran one season on NBC 1969-1970. It was created by Melville Shavelson, who wrote and directed the pilot episode and was one of the show's principal writers. Sheldon Leonard was executive producer. Another of the show's producers, Danny Arnold, co-wrote or directed numerous episodes, and even appeared as Santa Claus in "Rally Round the Flag."