3.29.2009

The TV Canadian Kids watched in the 80s & 90s

I know that American Kids have a very special spot for Nickleodeon and the Disney Channel in their patriotic hearts, and I can totally see why. Clarissa Explains it All was a great show. So was Double Dare. But if you grew up north of the border, your childhood was void of The New Mickey Mouse Club. Instead of pre-teen Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, we had crappy puppets, low-budget green screens, and a guy who climbed out of a log. Let's take a walk down memory lane and look back at the TV Canadian Kids watched...

SPOILER ALERT: Prepare to feel very very old.


Mr. Dressup
For all my American readers, you need to know that Mr. Dressup (aka Ernie Coombs) is the godfather of Canadian Children's Programming. He didn't have a schtick - he just drew some pictures and dressed up in costumes (from the Tickle Trunk) and jammed with his good friends Casey and Finnegan (Finnegan is a dog). Know what was so dope?? That episode where they showed you the inside of Casey and Finnegan's house!! Shit!!! That was crazy!!



Fred Penner's Place
Wow. Fred. You might want to change that shirt, buddy. You look like a predator. "Take good care of eachother".


Today's Special
What can I say about TS that hasn't already been said one hundred times? This show is a classic.


Puttnam's Prairie Emporium
Okay, so this show used to air at noon during the week and I used to watch it everyday while eating grilled cheese sandwiches/bologna sandwiches (depending on what my mother's felt like making). Here's the gist: this guy owns a general store and his kids (Grandkids? Nosy hooligans?) are always just hanging with a cat puppet in Wayfarers. There's also a lady (their mom?) and a Jerry Lewis-like scientist. Oh, and that moose head on the wall can talk. The kid's face at 3:23 pretty much sums up me while I was re-watching clips of the show. So friggin lame - how was I able to sit through 30 minutes of this crap every day??


Gigglesnort Hotel
One time I was in class at school and my friend Anna asked me: "did you ever watch that show with the clay head guy and the other guy used to twist his clay-face around and he used to moan and cry?" I said I did, and she then went "did it used to give you horrible, terrifying nightmares?" Yes, yes it did.


Take Part
Oh my god, I was OBSESSED with this show!! It was a husband and wife, Lois and Herb Walker, and they used to do skits and read stories and make crafts (lord, the crafts they would make!!) and then Mister Twister would come out in a creepy costume and would tell a riddle or a tongue-twister. Also there was the green furry mailbox who ate letters and said "YOOOOOOU BET!"


It's Alive!
If you remember It's Alive, then I give you a serious high-five. It was a sketch show for kids back in the early 90s and, unlike most "comedy" shows for kids, it didn't pander to uptight parents or water-down the jokes.


The Waterville Gang
If the dubious quality of this show seems familiar, it's because it was the brainchild of one Billy Van. Sound familiar? He's the guy who also gave us The Hilarious House of Frightenstein. I loved this show, even during it's Shark-Jumping turn when they introduced a bowtie-wearing penguin character. A fucking penguin under the sea?? Come on Billy Van, at least give us a acid-dropping, classic-rock loving Wolfman character.


Just Like Mom
I wanted to be on this game show SO BADLY when I was a kid, but my mother was very upset at how much food they wasted. Everytime I'd watch it, she'd just stand there with her arms crossed, shaking her head and going "look at all that food...what a shame". The premise was that a Mother/Daughter team (and later a Mother/Son team, because we don't want to be totally sexist) would compete to see if the Mother could pick out the food their kid made. But it was always the same ingredients: Robin Hood flour, eggs, butter, baking powder, chocolate chips, barbecue sauce, and Gatorade. Didn't matter what they were making, there was always BBQ sauce and Gatorade.


Ready or Not
This show was the shit. Apparently Busy Ramone is now a coke-addicted lesbian. Crazy!


Size Small Island
This show was so bizarre. There was a 12-year-old girl who played an 80-year-old woman (Grandma Gussie) who whistled when she talked, a puppet named Cooter, and a giant record who tapped two wooden spoons together. And yet? I was so sad when they canceled it!


The Edison Twins
Go ahead and try to find me a better theme song that the one for The Edison Twins. I'll wait. No really, go ahead, I've got time.


You Can't Do That on Television
I wasn't really encouraged to watch this show, so I had to do so when my mother was doing the laundry or my dad was in charge. I loved everything about YCDTOT; including the use of Moose as a girl's name. Note to self; first child should be named Moose.


The Raccoons
This show really is one of Canada's best legacies. The Raccoons was an amazing show for a few reasons. The first being that it actually followed canonical storylines (meaning that each episode picked up where the last left off) and the second was that each episode was very deep and existential. You felt for the characters, you wanted them to triumph over Cyril Sneer. It was like an animated network drama. I actually believe that some episodes made me cry.


Téléfrancais!
Forget the fact that Ananas is a huge flamer; were you not so sad when Sophie left the show!??! That was hard to take when you were a kid. She like, moved to France or something! Also, Les Squelettes were too scary. I didn't like watching them. But you know what is truly amazing - how EVERY kid in Canada watched this in their French classes. Was it required curriculum, or did we just have some very lazy teachers?

110 comments:

elle said...

I've heard a lot about this Téléfrançais Ananas... but never once saw it myself. Apparently it didn't make it's way into the French schools.

Also: i'm very glad i'll have the Edison Twins theme in my head for at least the next week.

mummers said...

On the show "Just like Mom" those wasteful kids ALWAYS dumped a crapload of orange crush and mustard into everything...even the chocolate chip cookie recipe! Gawd!

Also, you forgot that memorable show "Under the Umbrella Tree" You loved that show almost as much as "Fred Penner's Place"

Anonymous said...

Ummm... hello? Camp Cariboo?
http://www.keeners.com/cariboo/index.html

Also, Hilarious House of Frightenstein is also Canadian and aptly hilarious.

Alice said...

OMG! I forgot all about "Just like Mom" until now! I wanted to compete on that show soo bad - the moms had to ingest some of the grossest conconctions ever made!

I was also an avid Polka-Dot-Door fanatic. That one and the animated show about woodland animals and the babbling brook that talked to them...

The Mayor said...

I seriously could have done a whole new blog on this stuff. There were so many that I left out:

Dear Aunt Agnes
Harriet's Magic Hats
Under the Umbrella Tree
Readalong
Read All About It
3-2-1 Contact!
The Green Forest
The Little Prince
Polka Dot Door
The Elephant Show
Owl-TV
Barbapapa
Zardip's Search for Healthy Wellness
Join In!
Yes You Can
Harrigan
Dr. Snuggles
Camp Cariboo

and of course, the best kids game show EVER....
Kidstreet

Alice said...

Another post is warranted! Honourable mentions also include:
- Fables of the green forest -with the babbling brook!
- Tales of the Riverbank (with Hammy the hampster!)

Aisling said...

OMG, that was AMAZING! I loved most of these shows. Today's Special was a huge love of mine!

Aisling said...

Oh, oh! I forgot! I have a picture of me and the Tickle Trunk! It's at the CBC museum in Toronto and <333

Jenn L said...

grand post!

Anonymous said...

OMG... THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOO MUCH! I HAVE LOOKED HIGH AND LOW FOR THE NAME OF ONE OF THOSE SHOWS... I COULD ONLY REMEMBER SLIGHTLY HOW IT STARTED BUT COULDNT FOR THE LIFE OF ME, OR ANYONE I TALKED TO FOR THAT MATTER, COME UP WITH A NAME... THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR FINALLY PUTTING ME OUT OF MY MISERY

LILY said...

Does anyone remember an English show where a French mime acted out skits and the narrator taught related French words. It was always shot in a rather ominous dark set.

jilleasy said...

I'm looking for a kid's exercise show from the 80's/90's.. 99% positive that it was a Canadian show. The kids would always exercise in front of a huge aquarium/fish tank.. does anybody know what this could be called?!

The Mayor said...

Hey Lily! Hello Jilleasy!

Lily, the show you are thinking of was called Parlez-moi and the horrible mime-clown was called Sol.

Jilleasy, I believe what you're looking for is called Yes You Can (was there also a guy who would perform an exercise without stretching and then end up in the hospital? And then the doctor would draw on his skin where the muscles were pulled? If so, this is your show)

Anonymous said...

wow can't thank you enough for this list I had the vaguest memories of Puttnam's Prairie Emporium and for some reason I just had to remember the name and couldn't for the life of me. Man what a strange show!

Anonymous said...

Don't forget "Harriet's Magic Hats!" The girl would pick a hat from the trunk and she would change into whatever the hat was associated with. (i.e. a safari hat would have taken her to Africa)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wm8REOibmgA

Also the show "Read Along" with the talking boots.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65G3kpElOfE

Anonymous said...

What the hell was the show called with the lady who sat on a mushroom or a rock playing a gigantic harp?

123 said...

was romper room canadian?

The Mayor said...

There were two different Romper Rooms - a Canadian and American.

Anonymous said...

OMG. Love this! My Aunt used to write "Today's Special" and one Xmas, she gave me a watch with the show's name on it. I wore it to school in grade 3 and got laughed at. Hard. Screw them. TS was wicked.
Also... Muffy.
Just saying.

Eric said...

Does anyone remember a show from the early-mid 80's, probably Canadian or BBC production. The kids would meet at a dark and dingy "club house" to try and solve mysteries. There was a red computer that may have risen from within a hidden compartment, through which they communicated with some distant person to receive instructions.
We both seem to remember this, so hopefully it wasn't just the LSD our mother placed on our Pac Man cereal. Anyone out there hip to this one?

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Eric said...

Does anyone remember a show from the early-mid 80's, probably Canadian or BBC production. The kids would meet at a dark and dingy "club house" to try and solve mysteries. There was a red computer that may have risen from within a hidden compartment, through which they communicated with some distant person to receive instructions.
We both seem to remember this, so hopefully it wasn't just the LSD our mother placed on our Pac Man cereal. Anyone out there hip to this one?

Anonymous said...

Nice! I forgot about so many of these classics!

The Friendly Giant would make my top 10 list!
but that red plastic giraffe was a bit creepy...ah, good times

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2braindamage said...

eric i belive that show is called

Read All About It


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHVjZjc-xe8&feature=related

kallyb said...

Does anyone remember a television special where a girl end up inside a tree with a dragon(which looks a lot like dudley the dragon) and has a birthday party? I can't for the life of me remember the name of it!

Jess said...

Does anyone remember a show where there were kids with a mustard jar ( a yellow jar) with a ring in it? I think the kids hung out in a shed/bard building or treehouse. The ring let them time travel or something, I can't remember.

Kelsey said...

Oh my gosh....I grew up in the very Northern part of Montana and we only got local Canadian channels! So even though I lived in the US, I still got to experience all these awesome shows instead of all the American ones! This is so great!

Steph said...

somebody here might know, i've been racking my brain trying to remember what this show was called and only have very foggy memories of it. What I do remember is a man in a body suit with organs and bones painted on it. I'm fairly sure it was on the same channel as Today's Special and aired around the same time.......driving me nuts!

The Mayor said...

Congrats, Steph - you're remembering Slim Goodbody:
http://www.google.ca/images?hl=en&rlz=&=&q=slim+goodbody&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&biw=1238&bih=763

The Mayor said...

Congrats, Steph - you're remembering Slim Goodbody:
http://www.google.ca/images?hl=en&rlz=&=&q=slim+goodbody&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&biw=1238&bih=763

Anonymous said...

there was one my kids use to watch when they were little around 1998 and i cant remember. it was a british guy and i think it was just an craft show.. he use to make alot of stuff out of toilet paper rolls?

The Mayor said...

DOYE! Art Attack with Neil!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, what gems. Don't forget Reading Rainbow. Truly the best how it's made show to date. I am racking my brain trying to remember a show most likely cbc in which a dude with a beard and an orange back back would come through a hallow log and talk about his adventures??? it was the most westcoast outdoor show directed for kids I can think of.

The Mayor said...

Hoo boy, here we go:
Reading Rainbow wasn't Canadian, and Canadian kids really didn't give two shits about LeVar Burton till he was on Star Trek TNG.
The show you're thinking of (with the log and the beard) is Fred Penner.

mrsjessieB said...

My husband and I have been searching for about an hour to find a show that we watched as kids, probably on CBC in the 80's or early 90's... It was about and boy and maybe a girl too who could visit this magical land, and there were muppets, or muppet like creatures who helped them to fight an evil sorcerer or witch, and there was a lighthouse in it. I think I remember it being filmed in the maritimes, or a maritime looking place, because I remember the scenery being very rocky like Peggy's Cove. I know it can't just be me who remembers it, because he does too!

Also, I remembered how much I loved the Odyssey while I was looking, and just found out tonight that Ryan Reynolds was Macro! :P Never knew that before!

robynbyrdy said...

Hi, I'm trying to remember a show from the mid 80's. It was a news show (filmed in Toronto, I think) featuring a male and a female but it was geared towards kids. Anyone know the name of it?

dianne said...

Mrs.Jessie B
I believe your refering to H.R.Pufunstuff.(not sure of spelling)starring Jack Wild the artful dodger from Oliver.


Dianne

aaron said...

please someone help me out here. There was a show in the eighties that seemed like rocky and bullwinkle but it was live actors dressed as a moose and squirrel. All i remember is the moose reading mail from kids sometimes. please help me

Anonymous said...

aaron,

You are thinking of: "Children's Underground Club of United Moose & Beaver for Enthusiastic Reporters"
aka CUCUMBER.

It had a big "audience participation" mail-in membership thing going on, and because I love you,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXLfXvTzIvI

enjoy!

The Mayor said...

Oh my god, how good are you guys?? I'm dying! I totally forgot about Cucumber too, and I had NO IDEA the name of it!!! So many hearts coming from me today.

The Mayor said...

And, thanks to Anonymous, his/her link to cucumber brought me to The Toothbrush Family opening from the 70s that I was OBSESSED with finding. All I could ever seem to find was the Toothbrush Family opening from the 90s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cnF3zydWOI&feature=related

Laura said...

Hello! I got here because i am losing my mind over trying to remember a show - not sure if it was Canadian, but it was a set with people dressed up like huge animals. Im pretty sure one of them was an owl and there was a treehouse with an elevator thing they would go up and down. Anyone?

The Mayor said...

^ That sounds like Zoobilee Zoo. But otherwise, people dressed as animals?

familyroadtrip said...

Oh, by people dressed up as animals I just meant actors in a costume as opposed to animated. The costumes were similar to the moose and beaver - very much along the same vein actually. Except it's an owl and the treehouse is seen from the outside with a sort of pulley/elevator thing.

familyroadtrip said...

The New Zoo Revue! wow Im glad I figured that out. American, not Canadian, and 70's, not 80's. Crap I guess Im older than I thought.....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG9IzOtK2V8&feature=related

Anonymous said...

The show with the lady playing the giant harp was called "Blue Rainbow".

mrsjessieb, the show was called Blizzard Island.

No¨l said...

Hello! I got here trying to remember a show I loved watching but could see too little episodes of while growing up in Canada (not sure if it was Canadian or American (or even British, why not ?))

I think it involved 2 kids living with an aunt or a grandmother and solving mysteries. One of the main characters was a puppet phoenix which gave clues to the kis.
My memories are vague but I'm certain about the phoenix.

Thanks for your help.

Erin D said...

I grew up in 1970s northern ontario and LOVED The Friendly giant and Simon( climbing the ladder with you! Great song!!) and Jeremy (I'm a bear called Jeremy, another great theme song!) Ive been killing myself laughing remembering all these shows! Gotta ask though: where were all our parents and why did we watch so much tv?? Ps I hated the littlest hobo but loved beachcombers, Relic!

Rob said...

HELP!!!
Looking for the name of what I think is a Canadian made for TV hour long movie. Its main characters were a boy and a girl who while outdoors in the Winter "Lots of Snow" came across an odd man wearing a fur coat or red spandex.. Not Sure... but it turns out he is an alien and takes them for a ride in his space craft. I think there was a snowball fight between the neighbourhood kids in there as well. There are time it would be shown in english and other times it would be shown in French.
Anyone have any ideas??

The Big Geek said...

Ok, Wow. First let me say that I went "Holy S***! at least a half dozen times scrolling down this page. Now, here's the hard part - - I have two very random specific memories of some shows I watched when I was a kid, and can't recall the name of to save my life- - I grew up in Northern Ontario - - one show featured...I think the best way I can describe it is a jumping squiggle - - I think it was a handwritten word that was mirrored and then turned into some jumping thing in the opening credits... I want to say it was a french show, and I don't remember seeing a LOT of it, but I remember really liking it? How's that for needle in a haystack?

The other show, I don't really remember, some sort of older white guy who'd re-enact historical moments or random things, I have a vivid memory of one episode about how (the show claimed, at least) windshield wipers were invented, and can picture it in my head clear as a bell. He was pretending to drive, and reach out and whipe his windshield every minute or so...Again, totally random I know, but I figured if ANY site would collectively know it, it would be this one!

Also loved the edison twins, cucumber, Sol, Today's Special, Read All about it, WOW. . thanks for this!

Kid of the 80's said...

You guys are amazing!! I had forgotten about at least half of these shows. Now here's a tough one for you. This was not a Canadian show (it was British) BUT was aired on TVO sometime during the early 90s, I think. It was about this boy who was an alien, and he, with the help of a girl, had to go around and search for clues/objects that he needed to help him get back to his home planet, or something like that. I remember this one part where one of the objects was a tube of toothpaste (I think they discovered it after the aunt used it and she started speaking a foreign language or something...) Anyway, if anyone knows what this show was called, please let me know :) Happy New Year!!

Trouble said...

Blue Rainbow was the show with the lady with the harp

Urchin said...

SO happy I came across this site! Thank you :)

Anonymous said...

anyone know of some kids show, and there was puppets of some kids, aswell as this fish headed green guy, he had fins on the side of his head...kinda looked like a swamp monster..forgive my ignorance but i think it was in french?

Boo said...

Hey, CUCUMBER commenter back again.

@No"I, you want "The Phoenix and the Carpet" BBC

@Rob, you are thinking of Roch Carrier's "The Christmas Martian" and probably mixing it up with his "Guerre du Tuques" as well -- it's ok, he is Quebecois kids' movie royalty of the time. I finally found a copy of "Guerre du Tuques" myself, which I saw in the theatre as "Dog Who Stopped the War", but of course it's in Quebecois, and there is nary a dub soundtrack or subtitles to be found anywhere. Still, best snow fort EVAR.

@Big Geek,
You're thinking of VisionOn, a british show for deaf children, very artistically focussed, that once starred Sylvester McCoy.
But the second one's got me stumped.

@Kid,
I think you're a little younger than the rest of us. Allen Strange?

Anonymous said...

I need help!!! Trying to figure out a kids show from the 80's where a guy was either mime dancing or robot break dancing during the ending credits. I can't remember the name of it.

Punchy said...

This is wonderful!

I'm afraid I have nothing more than a question to offer.

I vaguely remember a show that opened with a daggy clown on a unicycle riding down a path toward a little cottage. I think he had a big flower in his hat and there was daggy clarinet music. I despised it, yet is has haunted me for years.

Punchy said...

I just remembered a good one - The Science Alliance. It aired on TVO and I think ASN. It was a lot like Newton's Apple only a grand narrator named Bryant would often interrupt the show. They had a segment called BRYANT'S GIANTS ALLIANCE.

Nicki said...

What about Ghost Writer I think it may have been 90's.

Also, I remember a movie (possibly a show?) where kids traveled on stamps. Does anyone remember this????

Anonymous said...

punchy. i believe your thinking of big comfy couch...I'm trying to remember a kids show about a 3 memember band named kiddio (unsure of spelling)

Cynthia said...

Does anyone remember an educational show from the 80's in BC that had segments on various topics - arts, science etc.? It had a lightning bolt in the opening or between the segments. Our teachers used to tape it at home and bring it in to show in class. I'm pretty sure it was Canadian...

John said...

I have one that has been driving me insane for years... First, some background info: I was born in '88 and watched this show within the first 2 years of my life, on either CBC or YTV, early in the morning. It was around the same time I would have been watching stuff like The Waterville Gang, The Wizard of Oz (both the 1961 show and the 80s Japanese one), Take Part, etc.

The only thing I really remember about this show is the opening, it was an image of rippling water and you would see the main characters faces appearing through the water or something. They were puppets. I'm not sure but the show may have taken place on a sailing ship or something. The title of the show was something that sounded like "polliwog" or a similar word. None of my friends remember the show but my parents say it rings a bell. Does anyone know what it is?

themumbys said...

Hey, if anyone remembers this show it's been driving me nuts trying to find it. It aired in Ontario probably mid to late 80s, maybe early 90s. And it was about a guy who showed kids how to draw various things. Each episode he drew parts of this fantastical city/landscape, on a piece of paper, and showed all the steps, then he brought that piece over and added it to a much larger mural.

Also WOW this thread brought back some memories!

Tina said...

Hi there I am looking for a show I was on in the 80's it was a documentary of me while I was a young bodybuilder ... I can not for the life of me remember what it was called.
I thought maybe it was ytv but any searches I've done comes up with nothing
If you have any ideas please pass it my way , I'd love to see it again .
Thanks Tina ;0)

Marko said...

Actually Canada did air the New Mickey Mouse Club on Family Channel in the early 90s. It might have still been airing it when Justin and Britney wer eon, but I recall not watchign the show after they changed hte name to MMC. Family Channel also aired Clarissa Explains It All in the late 90s.

Here's two shows I've been trying to unsucceffully identify:

A children's show from the early 90s, maybe late 80s that was filmed on a stage in front of a live audiedence of kids. It was hosted by a guy witha beard who I think wore a red cap and a black shirt and possibly colorfull pants. He would do a lot of singing, telling stories, and juggling. I keep thinking of it either airing on CTV or the Edmonton Access Channel.

The other, which might not be Canadian, was a serise that ared around 92-94ish where all the characters were puppets and took place on a Bayou. The main character was either an alligator or a crocodile, but there was also a character who was some sort of mud monster and a pink female character that wore a black leather jacket and I think was a catfish, amongst others.

braindamage said...

@ Nicki

it was a movie called
Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller

i have a show that im trying to remember all i can remember is the host wore a flyers jersey think there was a boy and a girl and every once in a while a cartoon hog named i think Harry the Hog would come on the screen eating some food and say something

Ellie Hayes said...

Hey, just stumbled upon this thread!! I've been looking for a show i used to watch when i was a kid and it was on weekday mornings before school, The Adams Family was on after it. It was like a kids improve show but it took place in a caveman themed stage or something...i remember there being dinosaurs and stuff. the audience sat around the stage and they would go up and perform skits and play games...I really hope someone remembers it because its been killing me!!
Also, Im surprised no one said anything about Popular Mechanics for Kids yet!! Tyler Kyte was my first crush!

Punchy said...

Hmm, it wasn't Big Comfy Couch, it was long before its time.

I wish I could reconcile this memory, it's driving me crazy!

Yellow and green were prominent colours.

Maple said...

@Marko

The show you are thinking of is Chicken Minute. It took place in a swamp and had an alagator, chicken, and fox as the main characters. I totally forgot about the show until tonight.

Loved this thread! Great memories!

david merrill said...

Hello there - I'm looking for a canadian produced kid show -80s or 90s semi-educational. Each episode involoved a small dog in an historical event -the doggy was dressed in period costume as one of the characters - there may have been a couple of kids (the dogs owners?) Any ideas? Dave

david merrill said...

Hi there - I'm looking for a canadian produced kid show. Each episode involved a small dog in an historical event - the doggy was dressed in period costume as a character in the sketch - there may have been a couple of kids (the dogs owners?)
Any ideas? Dave

Edna said...

I believe you are thinking of "Wishbone"

Edna said...

Also, does anyone remember the name of the Kids show that seemed to be like a group of mexican Sombreros as filmed from above? I believe it was a foreign show. The dots seemed to be talking Spanish. They were usually one colour, then another colour dot would arrive and the original ones would crowd round it inquisatively. Anyone?

Flossy said...

Punchy, you're thinking of The Big Comfy Couch.

Flossy said...

OMG!!!! I have been looking for that alligator show for YEARS!!! I remember it starts out "here in the south, the living is easy. Folks are friendly and neighborly, and SOMEtimes... A little craaazy

Flossy said...

First of all, I have been looking for that show "chicken minute" for YEARS! Thank you!!!!
I have two that I still can't remember the names though...
One was I think two guys and a girl roommate that lived in a brick apartment and they would make lemonade and put it on a little toy train that would send it out to the patio. That's all I can remember.
The second was a show that had a juke box that had little people inside that when you put a quarter in, they would play music.
P.s I was born in '88 if that helps!

dhill99 said...

The second show you are thinking about was called shining time station

dhill99 said...

I watched all these shows and then some as a kid.

papermiles said...

everything on ytv. Street cents, I had to of my whats your beefs as skis, my ex was on it for a while so it ruined it a little. The grogs.That creepy one with sea creature puppets "under the sea". what was that frech one with the weird puppet with green hair? Bebe? Theodore tug boat.


papermiles said...

*two. Stupid phone

Racher Caines said...

@ Flossy

You're thinking of JOIN IN!

Anonymous said...

I am trying to remember a kids show that had a witch chasing a librarian around in the intro and she is chased into the castle.

Al she can do because of being trapped in the castle is put objects into a machine (made out of cardboard) and then it spits a book out and she reads the book to the viewers.

Any ideas?

Anonymous said...

Does ANYONE know the name of the show that featured two bald brothers who couldn't speak English, only a jibberish-like language? They lived with their grandmother in a house and had a secret cave in the basement? I remember distinctly there was an episode where they knocked over a vase and got in trouble? It's been driving me insane for YEARS and I'm sure I didn't dream it up! Please, please help me out!

Robin said...

Does ANYONE know the name of the show that featured two bald brothers who couldn't speak English, only a jibberish-like language? They lived with their grandmother in a house and had a secret cave in the basement? I remember distinctly there was an episode where they knocked over a vase and got in trouble? It's been driving me insane for YEARS and I'm sure I didn't dream it up! Please, please help me out!

Keira said...

Does anyone remember a show that involved a castle, possibly a dragon, but definitely a pider - they were all puppets.... It looks like the Friendly Giant but it isn't.... I can't think of any other way to explain this!! Canadian 90's show

80s baby said...

Jay and Elisha on PMK.... I had a crazy flashback when my Mom got some PMK VHS tapes from the library (yes we still have a VCR), and I hear voices from the other room. Talk about blast from the past.

Also, I think for about three years (recently) I seemed to be the only person around to remember that Ryan Gosling had been on Breaker high. Jimmy..... Was that show only broadcast in Manitoba or something?

I loved La Guerre des Tuques. My kids were asking me why they couldn't play on the giant snow hills in a parking lot last winter, and I found myself telling them about that movie and the scene where the dog dies... and yes I cried.

Does anyone remember the CanoeHeadMan? Also a show on a cable network (might have been Canadian or US) about kids who solved mysteries and there was always math involved. Something like MathMad? This one episode a boy was kidnapped and taken in a van and he calmed counted out drum beats in his head and was later (after escaping or something) able to help track down the bad guys by driving with the cops "OK so 20 more beats then turn left". Wow what random memories!

Children of the Dog Star anyone?

80s baby said...

To be clear, my Mom got those PMK tapes for my kids just last year!!

Anonymous said...

Anyone tell me the name of a Canadian Kids Series. I watched a series of tapes in elementary school where the kids go to another planet. I think a robot was involved. I remember it was a serious show not a comedy. Been racking my brain for this one. May have been based on a book series? HELP

Godslamb said...

Does anyone happen to remember a show where a guy dressed up in a lobster suit and did a bit? All I remember is he always said "crazy, crazy lobsterman". Sorry that is all I remember. Thanks.

Michelle Bercier said...

Hi I'm looking for the name of a tv series with a young kid who wore a trench coat had weird bkack hair and kinda talked with a lisp. Anyone remember this?

Anonymous said...

Bibi et Geneviève

Vixenvious said...

I have been trying for close to 15 years to remember the name of this special. It was my favorite

Vixenvious said...

If anyone can help me figure out the name of this show I will be so happy. I'm not sure if it was Canadian but I think it was. Anyways it came on early in the morning like 5:30 or 6 (I think) on CBC and it was all muppets with black bead like eyes. It was at in this first and there was a kingdom there and the only two characters I can remember are the blond princess and her white haired bard who was always in white. It's been over 10 years since I've seen this show so I may be wrong on some things but I'm hoping someone will recognize it.

Vixenvious said...

Was there a blond princess who had a guy with white hair always following her playing a flute?

Vixenvious said...

If anyone can help me figure out the name of this show I will be so happy. I'm not sure if it was Canadian but I think it was. Anyways it came on early in the morning like 5:30 or 6 (I think) on CBC and it was all muppets with black bead like eyes. It was at in this first and there was a kingdom there and the only two characters I can remember are the blond princess and her white haired bard who was always in white. It's been over 10 years since I've seen this show so I may be wrong on some things but I'm hoping someone will recognize it.

Vixenvious said...

I have been trying for close to 15 years to remember the name of this special. It was my favorite

Alex Neary said...

Vixenvious!

Did you think of the name of this show? I have been searching for it forever as well and can't remember what it was called!

Rosie said...

Wishbone? With a Jack Russell?

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Rosie said...

Been trying to find out the name of a show I watched in the early to mid 80s. It came on after Fragile Rock or The Raccoons and had Australian Muppet type animals ... I think it was "blank" down under. It wasn't on for long, maybe just a season. I've searched for it and can't find anything.

Rosie said...

Been trying to find out the name of a show I watched in the early to mid 80s. It came on after Fragile Rock or The Raccoons and had Australian Muppet type animals ... I think it was "blank" down under. It wasn't on for long, maybe just a season. I've searched for it and can't find anything.

Rosie said...

Wishbone? With a Jack Russell?

Boo said...

The show similar to "Waterville Gang" is "Adventures of Snelgrove Snail"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EjfrLCiu1k


The witch kidnapping the librarian and forcing the kids to listen to her read is the result of a poor clearance process by NBC when they redesigned their logo in a way that looked almost exactly like the Nebraska PBS logo, so they funded some projects by way of compensation: "Once Upon a Time"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zDTvw1xfp0


"Mr. Canoehead" was a sketch on "4 on the Floor" by comedy troupe the Frantics, more well known for "Boot to the Head"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnhCghc4wHU

Boo said...

Also, people in colorful outlets dancing around might be "Kidstuff"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glb_tHX5XYw

Boo said...

Rosie, it's British not Australian, but maybe "The Magic Roundabout"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3DcChXNyYQ

Unknown said...

It is called Polliwogs, you're right. But I can't find a single thing about it. You're not crazy though, unless we've made up the exact same thing in our heads

Coral Grimes said...

Hey everyone! Can you please help me remember the name of this show I used to watch in the early to mid nineties; there was a group of kids and he had this huge laser disc with which they could communicate with some sort of frog? It was an educational type of show. Thank you!

Mary said...

Oopsy Daisy? Oopsy The Clown Show.

Mary said...

I used to love Switchback - the DJ, music, interviews, a werewolf too and Let's Go which was kids acting out skits. It was on Sat around 11 or 12 after all the cartoons were over.