If you were a kid growing up in the '80s, you may have heard of a little show that briefly popped up on the Showtime channel of the era. Hosted by Shelley Duvall, Faerie Tale Theatre was a live-action series that featured great performers acting out all of our favorite classic fairy tales. From Robin Williams as the Frog Prince to our queen Carrie Fisher as Thumbelina to Bernadette Peters and Christopher Reeve as Sleeping Beauty and Prince Charming, respectively, Faerie Tale Theatre gave all of us genre lovers an absolute treasure trove of content.
Nowhere is that more apparent than in the show's fourth season premiere episode, "The Three Little Pigs," which stars not only Billy Crystal and Fred Willard as two of the three pigs but Jeff Goldblum, in what is perhaps his most underappreciated role, as the Big Bad Wolf.
His name is Buck. Buck Wolf. And he can blow a house in and not even get winded.
With an undeniable mob boss aesthetic (cigar and personal jazz soundtrack included) and a nagging wife at home, you can hardly blame the Big Bad Wolf for wanting to get out and stroll around — and maybe snack on a couple of pigs in the process. If only they didn't foil him at nearly every turn!
He does respect a lady's personal space, though, as we see in the scene where he tries to take Tina Pig (Miss Teschmacher herself, Valerie Perrine) home for "dinner," only to give up when she smacks him soundly with her parasol.
Bless Faerie Tale Theatre for giving us Jeff Goldblum as a wolf in a top hat who still manages to pull off some incredible style.