Bigfoot Meets the Thing

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Bigfoot Meets the Thing
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Bigfoot gets affectionate with a Bigfoot-disguised Stretch.
Premiere date September 8, 1979
Run time 11:38
Music composed by Hoyt Curtin
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"Bigfoot Meets the Thing" is the first episode (part two) of The Thing season one, and came as a segment of Fred and Barney Meet the Thing. It aired on September 8, 1979 on NBC.

Stretch plays a prank on Ronald by dressing up as Bigfoot, which gets the attention of a real, lonely Bigfoot looking for love.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Kelly Harkness Noelle North
Benjy Grimm Wayne Morton
The Thing Joe Baker
Ronald Radford John Erwin
Betty Harkness Marilyn Schreffler
Spike Hanrahan Art Metrano
Turkey Michael Sheehan
Stretch Unavailable
Ronald's father
Bigfoot Unavailable




  • Benjy's rings






The score was composed by Hoyt Curtin.


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: September 8, 1979 on NBC

Behind the scenes

  • Turkey's eyes become visible in this episode.


  • Benjy's depressed about being the Thing, as if this is a body he's trapped in when he still has his human body to go back to in an instant. It's never explained why he has this responsibility to begin with, so there's no reason to feel sympathetic for the guy.
  • What is Benjy's motivation for going to a chalet with two snobbish classmates that only like to ridicule him? If it's because of Kelly, then this seems weird, because she's several years younger than he is. Although this may be partly a favor to her father, Professor Harkness.
  • Despite the name of the episode, the Thing has hardly any interaction with Bigfoot.

Critical reception

In other languages

Language Name Meaning

Home availability

  • Warner Bros. owns the show, while Disney owns the characters, making it difficult to release this episode onto DVD.