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(Smosh)   Five highly disturbing television shows supposedly made for kids. H.R. Pufnstuf is the sanest one   (smosh.com ) divider line
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2013-08-05 02:19:22 PM  
I showed a Booh-bah clip to a co-worker. He said, "I'm not going to say what those look like, but it rhymes with 'totem'."
 
2013-08-05 02:35:55 PM  
There are some scenes from H.R. Pufnstuf that have been lodged in my brain for my entire life.

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2013-08-05 02:59:17 PM  
I'm not sure what your definition of sane is.  I would imagine the fun of these shows was the resulting telephone game when the kids tell their parents or teachers what they saw.

Enough to get the kid hours of therapy.  And not even the right kind to correct what he saw.
 
2013-08-05 03:25:16 PM  
HR Puffinstuff never bothered me but those damn Sleestaks kept me awake many nights.
 
2013-08-05 03:27:18 PM  
I remember being six years old and seeing HR Pufnstuf and going WTF IS THIS shiat. It was like the entire creative team dropped acid and mescal every day before work.
 
2013-08-05 03:42:41 PM  
It wasn't quite as psychedelic as Pufnstuf, but I always found The Magic Garden on the trippy side.

A laughing patch of daisies.  A chest that would call to be opened, only to reveal a seemingly endless supply of props.  Lesbians on a tree swing talking to squirrel.

OK, maybe the lesbians weren't trippy.  But they weren't fooling even 3 year old me.
 
2013-08-05 03:43:36 PM  

sentex: HR Puffinstuff never bothered me but those damn Sleestaks kept me awake many nights.


What, with those silly slingshot "crossbows"?  Their interminable hissing that always let you know they were around?  The fact that they couldn't walk faster than a traditional zombie shamble?

Nah, I was never worried about them as a kid.
 
2013-08-05 03:46:12 PM  
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2013-08-05 03:49:49 PM  

dittybopper: sentex: HR Puffinstuff never bothered me but those damn Sleestaks kept me awake many nights.

What, with those silly slingshot "crossbows"?  Their interminable hissing that always let you know they were around?  The fact that they couldn't walk faster than a traditional zombie shamble?

Nah, I was never worried about them as a kid.


Chaka was more disturbing.

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2013-08-05 03:52:12 PM  

CheetahOlivetti: I showed a Booh-bah clip to a co-worker. He said, "I'm not going to say what those look like, but it rhymes with 'totem'."


I caught an episode of that show some years ago. All I could think was, "Why do they have foreskin over their faces?"
 
2013-08-05 03:55:00 PM  
Pufnstuf gets all the press but Lidsville was just as disturbing.

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2013-08-05 03:59:04 PM  

Wellon Dowd: Pufnstuf gets all the press but Lidsville was just as disturbing.

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Came in here to say just that.  Lidsville was terrifying, I think they only reason it didn't last though, is because they ran out of hat-related puns.
 
2013-08-05 04:02:14 PM  
Ren and Stimpy.
 
2013-08-05 04:03:26 PM  
New Zoo Revue was pretty bizarre and I always wanted to punch Freddy the Frog in the mouth, but it did have one redeeming feature.

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2013-08-05 04:05:20 PM  
Kids today are weak

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2013-08-05 04:08:09 PM  
The kids shows I grew up with were weird. Even Sesame Street wasn't immune to psychedelic imagery.
 
2013-08-05 04:08:40 PM  
What was that cartoon -- Hanna Barbera I believe -- with the teacher who took kids on trips through the magic blackboard?  I remember it from around the same time as the Star Trek cartoon.
 
2013-08-05 04:08:51 PM  

sentex: HR Puffinstuff never bothered me but those damn Sleestaks kept me awake many nights.


it was the Xorn and his robot ostrich that scared me,  that and ghost Holly.
 
2013-08-05 04:09:16 PM  
I had completely repressed Lidsville. Why have you done this to me? Why?
 
2013-08-05 04:09:17 PM  
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If my (scarred) memory is correct, Lidsville was even weirder and creepier than H.R. Pufnstuf.

/both prove that the drugs were better in the 70's
 
2013-08-05 04:10:32 PM  
"I'm a comin', Beanie boy!"
 
2013-08-05 04:11:05 PM  
it was the Xorn and his robot ostrich that scared me,  that and ghost Holly.

Forgive me it was the Zarn, and his robot's name was Fred.

thanks internet!
 
2013-08-05 04:11:10 PM  
Sigmund and the Sea Monsters was my Sunday morning freakout back in the day.
 
2013-08-05 04:11:20 PM  

Wellon Dowd: Pufnstuf gets all the press but Lidsville was just as disturbing.

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I was disappointed at the lack of love for "LIdville". and "The Bugaloos". Charles Nelson Reilly was disturbing enough to give me nightmares without the green makeup and orange hair.
 
2013-08-05 04:12:10 PM  
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2013-08-05 04:12:15 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: New Zoo Revue was pretty bizarre and I always wanted to punch Freddy the Frog in the mouth, but it did have one redeeming feature.

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Mini skirts and go-go boots on a children's program: God, the 70's were great!

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2013-08-05 04:12:59 PM  
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2013-08-05 04:13:44 PM  
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Sigmund and the Sea Monsters was pretty freaky too....Lidsville gets my vote for most drug addled hellish nightmare of the 70s.

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2013-08-05 04:16:15 PM  
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And then there is this.....
 
2013-08-05 04:17:02 PM  

Diogenes: What was that cartoon -- Hanna Barbera I believe -- with the teacher who took kids on trips through the magic blackboard?  I remember it from around the same time as the Star Trek cartoon.


Mission Magic
 
2013-08-05 04:18:45 PM  

JonBuck: The kids shows I grew up with were weird. Even Sesame Street wasn't immune to psychedelic imagery.


Bird is the word
 
2013-08-05 04:20:35 PM  
I submit zoom. Where everyone dressed like Freddie Krueger

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And the first Villa Alegre.  About a town of bi-lingual Mexicans.

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2013-08-05 04:21:55 PM  
 
2013-08-05 04:22:14 PM  
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2013-08-05 04:23:28 PM  
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I know, but the song is stuck in my head now anyway dammit.
 
2013-08-05 04:26:30 PM  
I guess I was born too late to watch any of the Kroft shows.  The only one that I did get to watch that sticks with me was The Banana Splits when WGN reshowed them in the mid 80's
 
2013-08-05 04:26:58 PM  
Noseybonk was the subject of my most terrifying nightmare as a wee guy. I normally forget dreams instantly but, 32 years on, I can still remember the nightmare of that farked-up masked motherfarker chasing me across town with a terrifying serrated grin on his face, never making a single farking sound. The first and only time I've been too scared to go back to sleep.

Now I have PTSD. Thanks, subby.
 
2013-08-05 04:32:24 PM  

Ginnungagap42: Diogenes: What was that cartoon -- Hanna Barbera I believe -- with the teacher who took kids on trips through the magic blackboard?  I remember it from around the same time as the Star Trek cartoon.

Mission Magic


Starring Rick Springfield even!

Thank you so much.  My Google fu was weak.
 
2013-08-05 04:34:10 PM  
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2013-08-05 04:35:57 PM  
The 70's were proof positive that LCD perhaps wasn't such the best idea in the 60's and the 80's proved that cocaine wasn't much better.
 
2013-08-05 04:36:44 PM  
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The show is still awesome, but still, yeesh.
 
2013-08-05 04:37:32 PM  

IdBeCrazyIf: The 70's were proof positive that LCD perhaps wasn't such the best idea in the 60's and the 80's proved that cocaine wasn't much better.


To be fair, LCDs were a new technology for calculator displays then.   They got better.
 
2013-08-05 04:39:29 PM  
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I remember thinking that a dystopian future might not be too bad if I could tool around in a sweet ride like that with a monkey as a side-kick.
 
2013-08-05 04:39:53 PM  

JohnAnnArbor: To be fair, LCDs were a new technology for calculator displays then. They got better.


Proof positive that I need to step away from the keyboard because I can't brain today, I got the dumb
 
2013-08-05 04:42:18 PM  
Hm, no love for Candle Cove?
 
2013-08-05 04:44:24 PM  
Most shows in the 70's and 80's were written by a host of writers doing acid at the very least.  Some of todays fair is about as freaky, Yo Gabba Gabba for one, it is also awesome.  But I also loved the Banana Splits.

/Also miniskirts and go-go boots FTW!
 
2013-08-05 04:44:24 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: New Zoo Revue was pretty bizarre and I always wanted to punch Freddy the Frog in the mouth, but it did have one redeeming feature.

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Yep.  Mary Jooooooooooo.....
 
2013-08-05 04:46:14 PM  
A link from Smosh.com?

So subby, got any plans for your 13th birthday?
 
2013-08-05 04:46:37 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: [www.mofolandia.com.br image 250x350]

I remember thinking that a dystopian future might not be too bad if I could tool around in a sweet ride like that with a monkey as a side-kick.


I loved that show.  That whole era - Shazam!  Isis.  That one where Julie Newmar played a space witch or something.  The short lived Logan's Run TV series.
 
2013-08-05 04:46:53 PM  
Growing up in Central Texas in the 70's, we had Peppermint Place.  Then, when I got to college in Austin in the early 80's, I saw his son play in the Butthole Surfers.  The circle (jerks) of life.
 
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