Question: I seem to remember a late-'70s or early-'80s Saturday-morning television series that none of my friends remember. It was playing off the Star Wars popularity. It had a teenage boy (who, remarkably, resembled Luke Skywalker) who befriended a Bigfoot (who resembled Chewbacca). They did good deeds and, if I remember correctly, the Bigfoot could jump really high, like over small trees and such. Am I mistaken? Darryl P., Jacksonville, Fla.
Televisionary: You're thinking of Bigfoot and Wildboy, which ran as a series of shorts for a year on ABC's Krofft Supershow beginning in 1978 and then became a series for a few months in 1979.
I think you're right about the Star Wars influence, but it also borrowed heavily from the concepts behind The Jungle Book and Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan books. Wildboy was raised in the Pacific Northwest by the kindly Bigfoot and helped him battle baddies. As you say, Bigfoot was pretty darned close to Chewbacca and his leaps put Bob Beman's best to shame. And Wildboy looked a bit like Luke Skywalker would if he'd lived on the beach and been forced to make his own clothes.