Circus Boy is an American action/adventure/drama series that aired in prime time on NBC, and then on ABC, from 1956 to 1958. It was then rerun by NBC on Saturday mornings, from 1958 to 1960.
The series currently airs weekends on the classic TV network Antenna TV.
Dolenz as Corky.
Set in the late 1890s, the title of the series refers to a boy named Corky. After his parents, “The Flying Falcons,” were killed in a trapeze accident, young Corky (Micky Dolenz – billed at the time as Mickey Braddock) was adopted by Joey the Clown (Noah Beery, Jr.), and the whole Burke and Walsh Circus family.
The young boy quickly found a role with the circus as water boy to Bimbo, a baby elephant whom Corky would come to consider his pet. Riding Bimbo’s back, Corky dealt with adolescent problems, and helped the show’s adults including Joey, owner/promoter Big Tim Champion (Robert Lowery). and head canvasman Pete (Guinn Williams), keep the circus successful as the traveling show moved from town to town each week.
Outside of an elephant being the animal companion, the series was similar to popular “boy and his dog” shows of the time, such as Lassie/Jeff’s Collie, and The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin.