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2006-05-04 10:57:13 AM  
Further proof that you don't have to have a brain to have a blog.
2006-05-04 11:03:29 AM  
I won't let me 2 year-old daughter watch the Doodlebops. It's easily the worst children's show on television. First off, Moe is a retard with severe ADD. He needs to work on his "not pulling the rope and getting drenched" skills. Secondly, DeeDee needs to update that hairdo to sometime this century. Thirdly, both the male characters are a little too excited to be there, if you catch my drift. Fourth, Bus Driver Bob has an extensive criminal record. Fifth, you can't really see DeeDee tits under all that costuming. Wait -- strike that last one.
2006-05-04 11:04:51 AM  
My daughter used to watch The Big Comfy Couch years ago on PBS until it got abruptly cancalled. I think I read somewhere (might be a rumor) that the lead actress who played a clown named Lunette had been in porn at one time. Who knows.
2006-05-04 11:07:46 AM  
The purple guy on the Wiggles...he's like their Keith Moon, always asleep at the beginning of a skit or he wanders off and needs to be found again. I wonder if there's some racism inherent, as he's the only non-aussie on the show.
2006-05-04 11:10:43 AM  
zappaisfrank: Those cartoons are amazing. The artwork, the music score, the stories, they are classics. It's a shame they've been so watered down through the years by the whimpyness bridage in the name of political correctness and a hyper-sensitivity to cartoon violence. It disgusts me. I would much rather have my child develop a sense of humor watching Bugs than turn into a babbling moron from watching Teletubbies.

Damn well said.

ylikone I couldn't disagree with you more

For today Special fans, did anybody else see the guy who played Jeff at the Phantom of the Opera in toronto? I did right after Paul Stanley from kiss left, and he actually did a really good job.
2006-05-04 11:10:47 AM  
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who found _Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood_ to be a little weird. I recall being freaked out by the way that cat-puppet worked "meow" into damn near every word it says.
2006-05-04 11:11:28 AM  
maulrat1967: If anyone that grew up in the Chicagoland area in the 70s they would know the show of all creepiness was Gigglesnort Hotel.

With B.J., Weird, Dirty Dragon, Blob, The Thumptwangers, The Lemon Joke Kid .... I'm not making this up kids.

YE GODS. Just yesterday I was trying to remember what show had a lump of clay that muttered incoherently as some guy forced bits of cardboard into it.
2006-05-04 11:12:00 AM  

zappaisfrank: No, for really little kids, they probably are not appropriate.

That's why there's tentacle porn. C'mon now...

Yea, no kiddin'! What was I thinking?

My daughter watched the Cartoon Network for a while one afternoon, and it was all these Japanese action fighting shows. People flying through the air, kicking, punching, etc. Plus the animation is so lousy that it's not even redeemable on that angle. I did change the channel that time.
I would think that these types of shows would be more detremental, or at least more supportive of the arguements made by ylikone and others, to kids than fifty year old Bugs Bunny cartoons.
2006-05-04 11:14:57 AM  
Bugs Bunny didn't have senseless violence. It all made sense.
Bugs had a distinct personality, he was a character, he wasn't just a cartoon. I watched Bugs all my life and I'm not a gun nut. Just a smart ass. My hubby who grew up on varios army bases, didn't ever watch kids' shows, so thank god for Netflix, I'm showing him where I get my wiseassiness, and my love for carrots.
2006-05-04 11:19:08 AM  
I'm thinking Gigglsnort Hotel might have been the basis for the Silent Hill video games. The clay thing strongly resembles the insane cancers from the third game, and I'm remembering the SOUNDS!
2006-05-04 11:19:52 AM  
Anybody ever watch "Tiny Planets"?
2006-05-04 11:26:49 AM  
My favorite kids show...

Any other 70's kids watch The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Show on Saturday mornings?

/two and a half solid hours of pure hebben!
2006-05-04 11:27:38 AM  
Let's not forget this creepy show...
2006-05-04 11:31:17 AM  
Me, I was particularly proud at the weekend when my 4 year-old sat giggling through the Ministry of Silly Walks sketch. She has good taste.

As for Loony Tunes violence, it never bothered me. What did grate though, as a child in the UK seeing Loony Tunes cartoons on children's TV, was when they included baffling references to 1940s politics. I had no problem with the jokes themselves - These cartoons were originally aimed at American cinema-going adults - But seeing Bugs Bunny dressed doing Roosevelt impressions smacked of someone in Scheduling saying "Nah, no need to check it, it's a cartoon. Just broadcast it and they'll watch it"
2006-05-04 11:33:16 AM  
Oh, the farking Doodlebops. My 6 year old daughter hates the Doodlebops, though not as much as I do. If they weren't on the list I would totally have called shenanigans!

I disagree about the Wiggles, though. That's a pretty good show for kids IMO, not nearly as creepy as Dora, or the Doodlebops. And Higglytown Heroes at number 1?? That dude is smoking crack.
2006-05-04 11:37:16 AM  
Zombie Nietzsche: Anybody ever watch "Tiny Planets"?

Yeah...what kids' show has a character named "Bong?"
And what's with the "Tiny Planet of Self?" That has to be some kind of mescaline trip.

On the plus side, Holly has an incredibly hot voice.

Oh, and dads? Laurie.farkin.Berkner.
2006-05-04 11:41:16 AM  

My god, that Rooney guy makes Harvey Fierstein look like Charlton Heston.

To paraphrase a line from the HBO show "Extras":

I really don't care how much ass sex he has, but there's just no reason to be that gay!"
2006-05-04 11:44:15 AM  
The Wiggles.

Might seem gay at first (that's what I thought), but once you watch them, you realize they're just some goofy dads(minus Jeff) who have some talent and enjoy entertaining kids (and their parents).

Jeff and Anthony were in a band together in the 80's. Anthony met Greg and Murray while attending an Early Childhood Education program at a university. Somehow they got the idea for the Wiggles, played small gigs, and eventually opened for Barney. They had modest video and concert sales up until Disney got them, and now they're bazillionaires. Yet, they are still just goofy dads.
2006-05-04 11:53:12 AM  

Oh, and dads? Laurie.farkin.Berkner.


/thought I was the only one who thought she was hot.
2006-05-04 11:54:56 AM  
E.S.Q.: gotta be H. R. Pufnstuf....

I totally agree. I had nightmares over that shiat.

Non-believers, see for yourself at:

HR Pufnstuf
2006-05-04 11:55:21 AM  
I did a search for "Alyson Court" and porn on Google and got nothing, not even a reference to a rumor.

I'm also glad to know that I'm not the only one who enjoyed the Clock Stretches.

I too have always thought Laurie Berkner is underappreciated.

I also like Tara Strong (Timmy on Fairly OddParents).
2006-05-04 12:00:28 PM  
Best thread ever.

Ray Rayner
Prince Planet
Fraiser Thomas and Garfield Goose
Son of Svenghouli (Does ANYONE remember that show besides me?)
Prince Planet
OuterScope One (from Vegetable Soup)
Uncle Smiley

Captain Ernie

The Curiosity Shop

Vision On

2006-05-04 12:00:48 PM  

It just throws off an otherwise acceptible cute kidshow. That just teaches kids that you have to be bad if you're ugly.

The f'd up shows with creepy good characters like the Doodlebops & Boobahs are off limits right off the bat.
2006-05-04 12:02:53 PM  
Danger Mouse

You mean Xuxa?

Do a GIS for her. Unlike all the other hot female teases on kids shows, she's actually posed nude.

2006-05-04 12:03:00 PM  
Did anyone actually watch a show called Barbapappas (sp)? Very odd show that I remember watching Sunday mornings in the Boston area in the 70's.

Oh, and can the blogger please take Mr. Rogers off the list and replace with Barney. That monster is farked up.

Thank you
/member of the Barney Jihad
//former lurker on alt.barney.dinosaurs.die.die.die
2006-05-04 12:06:07 PM  
Ah. Childhood memories...

Dr. Shock. His daughter Bubbles would knock on his coffin for him to come out at the beginning of every show.

Gene London was an inspiration for me. I became an artist from watching him draw Disney characters on the show.

Wee Willie Webber Show. Where I watched Astro Boy, Marine Boy, 8th Man, Ultra Man and Giant Robot. Boinked his daughter in high school.

Soupy Sales...what a nutjob. But a comic genius.

Sally Starr. When she appeared at a Mall opening I went to see her (4-5 years old). I remember freaking out at the size of her...I thought she was the size on my TV screen at home.

/thought i'd share
//now get off my lawn!
2006-05-04 12:07:38 PM  
The shows I watch with my kids:

Magic School Bus
Jack's Big Music Show
High-5 (that's more for me - 3 way with Kimmee and Jen - mmm)
Pinky Dinky Doo
2006-05-04 12:09:22 PM  
Nothing on television ever really creeped me out. But this is coming a guy that used to police his neighborhood when he was knee-high to Billy Barty in an Underdog cape on his tricycle. Reality is what freaked me out. I guess in retrospect I spent my childhood in front of children's television programs so I was pretty Video-dromed out.

I do remember a preBoob-Tube thing that had a very special place in my damaged child psyche...

"...But in the corner, at the cold hour of dawn, sat the poor girl, with rosy cheeks and with a smiling mouth, leaning against the wall--frozen to death on the last evening of the old year. Stiff and stark sat the child there with her matches, of which one bundle had been burnt. "She wanted to warm herself," people said. No one had the slightest suspicion of what beautiful things she had seen; no one even dreamed of the splendor in which, with her grandmother she had entered on the joys of a New Year."

- The Little Match Girl, Hans Christian Anderson

The thought of that little girl freezing out there somewhere always freaked me. It freaked me INTO ACTION! To the Underdog-trikemobile!
2006-05-04 12:09:26 PM  
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Peewee's Playhouse. I thought it was a cool show, but kinda strange..
2006-05-04 12:11:08 PM  
Rocco's Modern Life used to creep the hell out of me when I was a kid!
2006-05-04 12:12:27 PM  
E.S.Q.: gotta be H. R. Pufnstuf....

I totally agree. I had nightmares over that shiat.

Non-believers, see for yourself at:

HR Pufnstuf

I loved H.R. as a kid, I even had a flute with a face drawn on it like the one in the show.
Jump ahead twenty years, and I see the show available for rent on video tape. I rented it, watched it, and couldn't farking BELIEVE I loved that show as a kid. It was supremely stupid.

Oh, and fapworthy kid show women? How can we forget..

"Oh mighty Isis!"

Joanna Cameron.

2006-05-04 12:15:55 PM

"Pinwheel, pinwheel, spinning around.
Look at my pinwheel and see what I found.

Pinwheel, pinwheel, where have you been?
Hello, how are you, and may I come in?

Pinwheel, pinwheel, shiny and bright,
spin me good morning, spin me good night."
2006-05-04 12:16:14 PM  

Danger Mouse

You mean Xuxa?

Bless you.


The Curiosity Shop

wow. That rang a bell in my memmory. Something about a giant giraffe...?
2006-05-04 12:17:27 PM  
I write for children's television, and I was very relieved that none of my shows appeared on that list.

2006-05-04 12:19:23 PM  
Brilliant, towatchoverme!

Steve's first bar crawl...I'm glad I put the coffee down when I did, or I'd owe my boss a new keyboard.
2006-05-04 12:19:51 PM  
Another one they missed was "It's A Big Big World"

I cannot be the only parent that looks at Snook the Sloth and goes "Wow, is he ever *WASTED* ???"

That is one stoner sloth.
2006-05-04 12:19:58 PM  
MassMikMouse: Did anyone actually watch a show called Barbapappas (sp)? Very odd show that I remember watching Sunday mornings in the Boston area in the 70's.

Clickety-click, Barba-trick.

(Was just talking about this recently with a friend. I even had some of the books.)
2006-05-04 12:21:20 PM  
Oh, and Hilarious House of Frightenstein is still holds up in a campy kind of way. And it was produced in Hamilton Ontario, my home town.
(Canada's Pittsburgh and proud of it)
2006-05-04 12:24:07 PM  
2006-05-04 12:31:11 PM  
maulrat1967 I know this may sound strange, but I'm a 21 year old born and raised on the southwest coast of Canada, and I remember that show with a delight bordering on a crapping of my pants. There was this small, mom-and-pop video store at the outskirts of the town I lived in, and it had these. My dad rented them, thinking they'd be cool to watch with me (his other things were WWWF videos from the 60s or 70s or whatever the hell, so that says a bit).

To this day, whenever I have to write an article or story with a horror slant, I call up images of Gigglesnort Hotel and let my subconscious do the rest.

Thanks for showing me I'm not the only one out there.
2006-05-04 12:31:17 PM  
I know one guy above mentioned "Hey Vern, It's Me, Ernest." Oh man, that was one of the freakiest shows. Came on Saturday mornings and I loved it.

Jim Varney played all the characters. There was the main character who was always looking for the Boogey Man, and set a lot of traps, but always ended up catching himself. There was the evil grandmother who wore a purple dress with a giant purple flower on the hip. There was the evil scientist who had a third hand granfted onto his head, and when he would talk, the third hand would drum its fingers across his forehead.

But almost nobody remembers this show...I think it only lasted two seasons.

Also, thanks to whoever posted the Read All About It download link! I've been looking for that for ages! That show scared the shiat out of me when I was little. I remember watching a marathon on PBS when I stayed home sick in elementary school. The creepy music...the flashing lights...the other dimension...awesome.
2006-05-04 12:31:32 PM  
I only like old cartoons that are obviously racist. That flower-pot-collar-black-face bomb gag never gets old!

/Asian stereotypes were even worse, but understandable given the time period
2006-05-04 12:35:43 PM  
Barren Dullness: I write for children's television, and I was very relieved that none of my shows appeared on that list.

You're from Canada? You'd better not be responsible for the worst freakin' earworm in kid TV...

Hey, it's Franklin
Comin' over to pla-a-aaaay...

Jesus, is Bruce Cockburn that hard-up for money?
2006-05-04 12:37:46 PM  
Anyone remember Doctor Snuggles? Not creepy but rather weird.
2006-05-04 12:38:23 PM  
Speaking of Danger Mouse

Now THAT was a farking great cartoon! Danger Mouse and Penfold, oh man was that good stuff. I wish it was on TV still, or I wish I wasn't such a cheapass so I could buy it on tape or something.
2006-05-04 12:38:47 PM  
NCg8r: I only like old cartoons that are obviously racist. That flower-pot-collar-black-face bomb gag never gets old!

2006-05-04 12:41:24 PM  
Willo the Wisp was pretty farked up too.
2006-05-04 12:42:59 PM  

Nope, not my work. And yes. Yes he is.
2006-05-04 12:53:07 PM  
To my mind, PeeWee's Playhouse is easily the best show ever produced for children. I have them all on DVD, and they are utterly timeless - my daughter loves him, and the shows are as fresh today as they ever were. His method was simple - did not talk down to children.

It's an utter shame that even though his real life "crime" was proven to be so much hogwash, many children will never get to experience PeeWee's Playhouse. We live in a world where one man is ruined for something that happens in an adult theater, while another man does the same thing at a Yale frat party and gets elected president...
2006-05-04 12:53:47 PM  
2006-05-04 12:24:07 PM Kangaroo_Ralph


I thought you guys were kidding about the pseudo-pedo aspect of that show... How could anyone think that would be a good photo op?!?
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