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jeffkjoe
12-07-07, 06:41 PM
OK, so we all remember the 1970's PBS gems

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, The Electric Company, and Sesame Street,

but how many of THESE do you remember from your childhood?

I GUARANTEE that some of these shows' titles don't sound familiar, their theme songs will....

Staying home sick from school on a weekday morning/afternoon in the 1970's.....



ZOOM:

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

The Letter People:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy4vCYoIQcY&feature=related

Inside Out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfTz-RINck4

Thinkabout:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfWjkpIE9zQ&feature=related

The Big Blue Marble:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1kkx2m-JSg

All About You:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30bZCeYj_s8

--

Red Dog
12-07-07, 06:53 PM
Just the 3 well-known ones.

DeputyDave
12-07-07, 06:59 PM
I don't even have to click on the link for "ZOOM" because I can still sing the SASE song.

jeffkjoe
12-07-07, 07:13 PM
I don't even have to click on the link for "ZOOM" because I can still sing the SASE song.


Do you remember what ZOOM's full address was?

kenbuzz
12-07-07, 07:25 PM
Do you remember what ZOOM's full address was?Of courseZ double O M
Box 350
Boston Mass
02134My little sister was a big fan. It wasn't yet on the air when I was young enough to enjoy it.

mrhan
12-07-07, 07:36 PM
I remember all those. I even watched a show called "Vegetable Soup" in the 70's which was on CBS where I lived. It was very similar to what PBS was putting out but dealt with social issues on a kid's level. They even had a cool serial in the series called "Joey" which was dead on the same story as "Karate Kid".

jeffkjoe
12-07-07, 07:53 PM
I remember all those. I even watched a show called "Vegetable Soup" in the 70's which was on CBS where I lived. It was very similar to what PBS was putting out but dealt with social issues on a kid's level. They even had a cool serial in the series called "Joey" which was dead on the same story as "Karate Kid".


You mean, this one?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eIR6SVvpyw

Giles
12-07-07, 10:36 PM
Do you remember what ZOOM's full address was?

all I remember is

"0-2-1-3-4 send it to zoom!"

TheBigDave
12-07-07, 11:11 PM
The show/album/book I really remember from that period was FREE TO BE YOU AND ME (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_to_Be%E2%80%A6_You_and_Me). I think I listened to that album and flipped through the book every single day. I haven't heard the songs for probably 25-30 years, but I still know all the words.

Intro Song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCg9XLb-vHY)

It's Alright To Cry (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHrwcQrY-JM)

When We Grow Up (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSNwxeY09bE)

Parents Are People (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Wxfd1E7HV8)

mrhan
12-07-07, 11:17 PM
You mean, this one?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eIR6SVvpyw

Yeah, that's it. Thanks for the link. I remember it being on around '74 or '75.

grundle
12-07-07, 11:29 PM
I remember Zoom.

Giles
12-07-07, 11:35 PM
The show/album/book I really remember from that period was FREE TO BE YOU AND ME (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_to_Be%E2%80%A6_You_and_Me). I think I listened to that album and flipped through the book every single day. I haven't heard the songs for probably 25-30 years, but I still know all the words.

Intro Song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCg9XLb-vHY)

It's Alright To Cry (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHrwcQrY-JM)

When We Grow Up (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSNwxeY09bE)

Parents Are People (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Wxfd1E7HV8)

my sister and I enjoyed that show, but my Mom thought it was too "me"-centric and not socially conscious.

Chembree
12-08-07, 09:37 AM
That Zoom clip was awesome and this is why i love You
Tube!!

anyways -- I used to watch a PBS show that my brother and I would call 'The Big Ant Show'.....The big ant was actually the name of the show in cursive, turned on its side and had a mirror image - It kinda looked like a big ant (It may have been called the 'Big ant show - but I was little and I dont know for sure) ... I have no idea if this bit of description will trigger any memories, but Ive been trying to find anything about this show for years

Thanks for any help!!

DeputyDave
12-08-07, 10:03 AM
The show/album/book I really remember from that period was FREE TO BE YOU AND ME (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_to_Be%E2%80%A6_You_and_Me). I think I listened to that album and flipped through the book every single day. I haven't heard the songs for probably 25-30 years, but I still know all the words.

Intro Song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCg9XLb-vHY)

It's Alright To Cry (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHrwcQrY-JM)

When We Grow Up (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSNwxeY09bE)

Parents Are People (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Wxfd1E7HV8)
We were forced to watch that show in class every friday in 3rd or 4th grade. I remember even at that age being annoyed by the hippies. I guess I was destined to be a cop.

Numanoid
12-08-07, 07:56 PM
I actually wrote into Zoom as a kid. I'm sure that they read my letter on the one episode that I missed. I'm sure of it. :mad:

davidh777
12-08-07, 09:59 PM
my sister and I enjoyed that show, but my Mom thought it was too "me"-centric and not socially conscious.

Only in the '70s...

I remember the show well but never watched the DVD I bought years ago. I remember the song for Big Blue Marble too.

Charlie Goose
12-09-07, 01:33 AM
I loved Zoom, it was probably #4 for me right after the big three mentioned in the first post.

I also watched The Big Blue Marble, but I'm not familiar with those others.

Some more:
Villa Alegre - A Spanish Sesame Street
Carrascolendas (sp?)
3-2-1 Contact

Neitzl
12-09-07, 06:22 PM
I LOVED 3-2-1 Contact.
I still remember clearly the episode about bouyancy.
I do remember Zoom, and the Big Blue Marble.
What about the Great Space Coaster? Or was that more the 80s?

HotThang
12-09-07, 07:17 PM
I LOVED 3-2-1 Contact.
I still remember clearly the episode about bouyancy.
I do remember Zoom, and the Big Blue Marble.
What about the Great Space Coaster? Or was that more the 80s?


The African American girl from early 3-2-1 Contact eps (Robin but her real name was Judie) moved in next door to my Grandmother about 10 years ago. They apparantly kicked her off the show when she got pregnant!

Anyone remember Hodgepodge Lodge? I think the theme song ended with some kid saying "Well...maybe not elephants."

Loved the Great Space Coaster with Mean Joe Green and Gary Gnu.

OMG I just clicked on the Vegetable Soup video! I remembered every word! Crazy how the mind works!

funkyryno
12-09-07, 11:20 PM
I was born in 1977. None of those songs or shows seem familiar to me. I do remember "3 2 1 Contact," although I think they still aired that show into the '80s.

Charlie Goose
12-10-07, 08:32 AM
That Vegetable Soup animation used to scare me when I was a kid. Even watching the intro today, I was getting chills. :(

rfduncan
12-10-07, 08:51 AM
The Big Blue Marble:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1kkx2m-JSg
The Big Blue Marble was NOT on PBS. It was syndicated.

What about Villa Alegre? THAT was on PBS in that time frame.

FantasticVSDoom
12-10-07, 08:56 AM
I used to love 3-2-1 Contact, and if Im not mistaken, I don't think the Letter People was a show by itself, but part of 3-2-1 Contact... I used to love the letter people just because we had some kind of curriculum by them in 1st grade.

Rex Fenestrarum
12-10-07, 12:07 PM
Man, I *loved* 3-2-1 Contact... especially "The Bloodhound Gang"!

OK, I've been looking for the name of a 70s PBS show for ages, but it seems as if PBS only made the show for my elementary school - no one else I've ever asked about it seems to remember it at all:

It was called "SOMETHING & Butterflies", where SOMETHING is a word that's been lost to my memory. It was your typical PBS "what would YOU do?" show, where they'd have a little story, then the screen would freeze, and your teacher was supposed to talk to the class about what just happened and ask how kids in the class would react in a similar situation.

But here's the thing, though: it was a bit surreal. I remember one episode where a little Hispanic kid (the show was "ethnically balanced" in that 70s PBS kind of way) was asked by his grandfather to help him paint a chicken coop. The kid wanted to help his grandpa, but also has a daydream where he's covered in paint and chicken feathers, and all the kids from his school surround him in a circle and laugh at him. The camera work during all this was really surreal, and there was calliope music in the background that got louder and faster as the camera spun ever faster around in a circle.

There was another episode where a group of friends - since this was 70s PBS, it was a Hispanic boy, black boy, a white girl and an Asian girl - were walking down a street when they passed by an abandoned warehouse. One of the boys wants to go inside and check it out, and the other have a discussion about whether it's the right thing to do. The boy eventually convinces the other to go in, and after a few minutes in the warehouse (which looked like something out of the Saw movies), someone falls and gets seriously hurt, and the rest of the kids try to help. I can't remember what happens next, but I think the fire department shows up and saves the kid.

Anyway... I know it sounds silly, but I've been trying to remember the name of this show for years. I don't obsess over it or anything, but I *do* think of the show several times a year and try my damnest to remember the name of it... only to come up blank. If ANYONE remembers the name of it, I'd be forever in your debt. It would resolve one of the great mysteries of my life, right up there with what happened to those car keys I lost back in 1994! ;)

Mopower
12-10-07, 12:25 PM
What was the show with the dude in the body suit that showed all his organs and stuff? And he would talk about how the body worked?

Also was the talking skeleton in 3-2-1 Contact?

rfduncan
12-10-07, 12:33 PM
What was the show with the dude in the body suit that showed all his organs and stuff? And he would talk about how the body worked?
His name was Slim Goodbody (http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070914155222AAOhK0i) (created and played by John Burstein). He started out as a recurring character on Captain Kangaroo.

k_lodge
12-10-07, 12:33 PM
Anyone remember Hodgepodge Lodge? I think the theme song ended with some kid saying "Well...maybe not elephants."

LOL - thanks for bringing back the childhood memories of the endless teasing with that show name - I thought I had it blocked forever

LiquidSky
12-10-07, 01:09 PM
What about Villa Alegre? THAT was on PBS in that time frame.

I loved that show as well as Zoom.

Fanboy
12-10-07, 02:09 PM
That Vegetable Soup animation used to scare me when I was a kid. Even watching the intro today, I was getting chills. :(
Same here. Some pretty freaky shit was aimed at the younguns in those days.

Fanboy
12-10-07, 02:16 PM
anyways -- I used to watch a PBS show that my brother and I would call 'The Big Ant Show'.....The big ant was actually the name of the show in cursive, turned on its side and had a mirror image - It kinda looked like a big ant (It may have been called the 'Big ant show - but I was little and I dont know for sure) ... I have no idea if this bit of description will trigger any memories, but Ive been trying to find anything about this show for years

Thanks for any help!!

I would imagine that the show is Vision On (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vision_On), a British kids show for deaf children. I used to watch this one as well, on TV Ontario.

Now, maybe I help some others as well. Does anyone remember the following shows?

- The Wonderful Stories of Professor Kitzel (http://www.toonarific.com/show.php?show_id=3975)
- Tales of the Wizard of Oz (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5krdj_H5QY) (usually paired with The New Adventures of Pinocchio (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tivEPinluLQ)
- Max, the 2000-Year-Old Mouse (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB66NcOSmu4)

Strafe
12-10-07, 02:18 PM
PBS in Detroit just aired The Hot Fudge Comin Atcha Concert this past week. I know Hot Fudge was produced in Detroit but it was syndicated so somebody else should remember this show. It had a definite PBS vibe although maybe that was just the 70's?

$100 pledge gets you the DVD:

https://secure.ga3.org/03/hotfudge?qp_source=pledgejump

aktick
12-10-07, 03:25 PM
Great, this thread made me go in search of all my favorites from the 80s and early 90s...

Picture Pages: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBvjniQewsU

3-2-1 Contact: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIXWhe1ucuM&feature=related

Kid Songs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIFFw45mWpw

Newton's Apple: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-fvuImpa6s

Reading Rainbow (couldn't find the old intro which I liked better): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfGhfI_NwcA

Slim Goodbody: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZ3HMQ_LyZY

Ghost Writer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jRPRs1jiKE

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuzc4jgwlT8 couldn’t find anything from the actual show...was it a show in itself, or was it part of another show? And was it Carmen that always yelled "do it Rockapella" at the end or whenever?

Square 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXp3AMgbG6k

Mathnet (was often a part of Square 1 I think): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIKrkkIuGTQ

Storylords:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl4bvNy1iGU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylLevkW2UxI

HotThang
12-10-07, 05:10 PM
LOL - thanks for bringing back the childhood memories of the endless teasing with that show name - I thought I had it blocked forever

LOL! Sorry!

Anyone remember Mulligan's Stew?

I would totally buy every ep of Ghostwriter if it was released on DVD.

AGuyNamedMike
12-10-07, 08:39 PM
...Anyone remember Mulligan's Stew?

I do. I remember learning how to make several easy and nutritious snacks on that program as a young'un.

movie diva
12-11-07, 01:23 AM
I remember Zoom, and the Big Blue Marble.

BrentLW
12-11-07, 04:20 AM
Great, this thread made me go in search of all my favorites from the 80s and early 90s...

Since you ventured into the 80s, how about Tomes & Talismans? I was older than the target audience but love bad sci-fi. so i got hooked on it when I was home sick from school

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5Pb0BdT8Qo

And also Powerhouse. But I couldn't find any clip of it on youtube

As for Letter People, I still have my old cards from school where you had to put a sticker of the letter on the character. We would get to watch the show in class. And no, FantasticVSDoom, Letter People was a show on its own. In high school I met a girl from a rival Scholar Bowl team from over near St Louis whose father had worked on the show.

As for 3-2-1 Contact, I used to get the magazine. Plus, as I got older and began watching more mature films I saw The Warriors. Believe me it was a shock to see 2 cast members from 3-2-1 Contact in it

Derrich
12-11-07, 08:20 AM
Wasnt the premise of 3-2-1 Contact a little wierd? Basically 3 teenagers would meet up at an apartment everyday to talk about science, then leave.

D

nightwing82
12-11-07, 03:51 PM
I watched the Letter People. We also had the Letter People program in pre-school.

The other PBS shows I watched (and these are probably more 80s/90s I assume) were:

3 2 1 Contact
Square One TV / Mathnet
Carmen Sandiego
Ghostwriter
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Reading Rainbow

I watched Cosby's Picture Pages as well, but I thought I watched that on Nickelodeon.

Giles
12-11-07, 03:58 PM
I loved Zoom, it was probably #4 for me right after the big three mentioned in the first post.

I also watched The Big Blue Marble, but I'm not familiar with those others.

Some more:
Villa Alegre - A Spanish Sesame Street
Carrascolendas (sp?)
3-2-1 Contact


ah man, I remember that and the theme song

'la la lala, la la la la la la la la la - Villa Alegre!"

which in turn reminds me of that sesame street pinball machine number song:
1 2 3 4 5... 6 7 8 9 10 ... 11 .. 12 do do do do do do do do do

JP5683
12-12-07, 03:15 AM
I barely remember 3-2-1 Contact, but I got the magazine for several years.

I used to LOVE the BASIC computer programs in the magazine.

Ghostwriter.

That show was a trip. I'd buy it too (it's out there but too expensive)... The acting was so wooden at times though. And that one girl that thought she could rap. LOL!

Rex Fenestrarum
12-12-07, 04:29 PM
OK, so I managed to track it down myself... It was called "Bread and Butterflies". Which seems a bit obvious now, but for years I thought that the first word had two syllables, like "Breadsticks and Butterflies".

Anyway, it was almost identical to other PBS shows called "Inside/Out", "Self, Incorporated" and "On The Level". Which isn't that surprising, since they were all made by a group called "National Instructional Television Center" in association with several PBS stations.

Davidmd
08-14-09, 08:40 PM
I've been searching for someone who might remember a strange little PBS show in the 70's or early 80's. It was broadcast in north MS, so I'm sure it was part of a larger distribution. It usually aired just before or after Electric Company. It might have been titled Wonder Wombat, about a rather melancholy thin green muppet, round head, big eyes, usually shot against a black backdrop. He often rode a bike around, sometimes wore a cape and pretended to fly. It was a really surreal, somewhat disturbing show. Anyone else ever see this show?

Cardsfan111
08-14-09, 10:15 PM
Can't answer your question, David. But I do appreciate the thread bump. The first post had a link to the Letter People video. While I never caught this on PBS, it brought back a flood of memories from kindergarten.

calhoun07
08-15-09, 02:06 AM
Zoon and Big Blue Marble for me.

Also, 321 Contact was a must watch for me. Earlier days, Electric Company and before that Sesame Street. Mr Rogers was also good fun for the surreal trips to Make Believe Land.

Chembree
08-15-09, 02:44 AM
[QUOTE=Fanboy;8348212]I would imagine that the show is Vision On (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vision_On), a British kids show for deaf children. I used to watch this one as well, on TV Ontario.

Now, maybe I help some others as well. Does anyone remember the following shows?



Hey, Fanboy!! -- I didn't remember that I had posted and then never knew that I got a response ... Thanks!!! That was indeed the show I was asking about ...

Thanks again!!!

Palaver
08-15-09, 02:17 PM
I just stumbled across a show I remember. Simon In the Land of Chalk Drawings. I think it aired with Captain Kangaroo..

PvssomC2zVs

gfoots
08-17-09, 12:27 AM
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Lastdaysofrain
08-17-09, 08:37 AM
I was a huge fan of Newton's Apple and 321 Contact.

We used to get a lot of Canadian shows airing on the New Hampshire and Boston PBS stations.

Some of my favorites were:

Read All About It - which I remember being like Doctor Who in its terrifying-ness
It Figures
Inside Out

and some weird show I can't remember the name of which had a woman talking about your body in some 70s nightmare of an apartment.

Bluelitespecial
08-18-09, 07:45 PM
The only way I can say this makes me feel old is in saying these kids shows were so much better in comparison to whats on for kids today. Out of all these shows I remember Slim Goodbody, but laugh now at his bad Jewfro. And The Letter People is awesome knowing it inspired the canceled MTV series Wonder Showzen.

Tommy Ceez
08-18-09, 08:57 PM
I've been searching for someone who might remember a strange little PBS show in the 70's or early 80's. It was broadcast in north MS, so I'm sure it was part of a larger distribution. It usually aired just before or after Electric Company. It might have been titled Wonder Wombat, about a rather melancholy thin green muppet, round head, big eyes, usually shot against a black backdrop. He often rode a bike around, sometimes wore a cape and pretended to fly. It was a really surreal, somewhat disturbing show. Anyone else ever see this show?

Are you thinking of the Clyde Frog Show?

Tommy Ceez
08-18-09, 09:03 PM
The only way I can say this makes me feel old is in saying these kids shows were so much better in comparison to whats on for kids today.

The Backyardigans, The Wonderpets, And Ni Hao, Kai Lan are shows my son watches and they are FUCKING AWESOME!!

Davidmd
08-19-09, 07:30 PM
Tommy Ceez, you are correct, it was Clyde the Frog, but I'm not sure where I came up with the Wombat character, maybe he played imagination on his show like every other PBS character! It took me a while to find any video of him, there's only one YouTube compilation I can find the has a brief appearance by Clyde, enough to bring back the creeps! Ha, thanks for setting my memory straight(er).

Nth Power
08-19-09, 08:10 PM
I used to love 3-2-1 Contact, especially the Bloodhound Gang.
Also Reading Rainbow and the theme song were a hit with me as a kid.

Quack
08-19-09, 09:45 PM
Reading Rainbow was classic for me growing up in the 80's of course along with Mr. Roger's, Carmen Sandiego, 3-2-1 Contact.

manman
10-30-09, 12:11 AM
Fist of all, I just have to say thank you to everyone here for re-igniting some memories that were almost totally faded here. I can't believe I actually got to see pics/vids of some of these old shows I used to watch!

I have one more with only a few vague details to go on, wondering if anyone here can bring it back for me. All I remember is:

I think the premise was a young boy working in his grandpa's store or something. I believe they used this setting to teach math related stuff. I kind of remember some kind of puppet like an small owl or something as well... I just have a memory of one episode where that owl guy was teaching how to measure things with a measuring tape? Wish I had more to go on...anyone?

story
10-30-09, 01:01 AM
I remember All About You and the hostess saying words like "habitat" over and over!

Inside/Out and Think About It were great!

John Robbins had some amazing storytelling shows during which he would draw a large illustration from a scene in a story as someone read a chapter. They had various titles like Cover to Cover, The Book Bird, Storybound, Readit with John Robbins. Of those, I loved the claymation opening of The Book Bird the best.

What's the name of the show that had a series of carnival-like illustrations and calliope music playing during its closing credits? "Dah-doo-di-doo! Di-doo! Di-doo-di-doo-doo!"

And what about The Write Channel with the little grasshopper who would write newspaper stories and tell kids to write in with the ending to a story presented in only pictures, no dialogue, with creepy music? His secret word was, "Palabra-jot! Palabra-jot! Now WATCH!"

Wow, no clips but a goldmine of information is here: http://www.rickstv.com/tvo/ait.html

rfduncan
10-30-09, 01:18 PM
Anyone remember Hodgepodge Lodge (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hodgepodge_Lodge)?

How did no one mention Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Roger's_Neighborhood) or The Electric Company (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_Company)?!

clckworang
10-30-09, 03:17 PM
I remember All About You and the hostess saying words like "habitat" over and over!

Inside/Out and Think About It were great!

John Robbins had some amazing storytelling shows during which he would draw a large illustration from a scene in a story as someone read a chapter. They had various titles like Cover to Cover, The Book Bird, Storybound, Readit with John Robbins. Of those, I loved the claymation opening of The Book Bird the best.

What's the name of the show that had a series of carnival-like illustrations and calliope music playing during its closing credits? "Dah-doo-di-doo! Di-doo! Di-doo-di-doo-doo!"

And what about The Write Channel with the little grasshopper who would write newspaper stories and tell kids to write in with the ending to a story presented in only pictures, no dialogue, with creepy music? His secret word was, "Palabra-jot! Palabra-jot! Now WATCH!"

Wow, no clips but a goldmine of information is here: http://www.rickstv.com/tvo/ait.html

That one sounds a lot like Pinwheel, which aired on Nickelodeon.

clckworang
10-30-09, 03:18 PM
How did no one mention Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Roger's_Neighborhood) or The Electric Company (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_Company)?!

They were mentioned in the OP.

riley_dude
10-30-09, 03:59 PM
Zoom I remember as well. We're going to Zoom, Zoom a zoom.

Nick Danger
10-30-09, 04:35 PM
When I was a kid, I'd watch NET, the predecessor to PBS. I'd wait until 4:30, which was the time the station began broadcasting. Then I'd watch The Friendly Giant (a puppet show), then Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, and What's New (a wonderful science program). I didn't like it as much after King Friday 13th and Queen Sara had a baby named Prince Tuesday.

I did write a letter to Zoom. I didn't understand what a stamped, self-addressed envelope was, and didn't include one. They sent me a card anyway. :up:

story
10-31-09, 01:12 PM
That one sounds a lot like Pinwheel, which aired on Nickelodeon.

Thanks, but it's not Pinwheel. This show had a female host who talked about growing up and making good decisions. I remember one of the carnival drawings during the credits (which had calliope music playing) was a large man in a red pinstripe suit and a straw hat (like a vaudevillian) and a little boy looking at him, holding balloons.

Anyone? (See my post above for more info.)

story
10-31-09, 01:13 PM
Zoom, by the way, is still on. My brother watched it in the 1990s and I saw an episode recently while channel surfing.

Doug Heffernan
10-31-09, 02:48 PM
I don't think this is PBS, but anyone remember these?

Marlo and the Magic Movie Machine

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Great Space Coaster

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whotony
10-31-09, 07:00 PM
I used to watch New Zoo Review at home from school during lunch time.
In philly we had Captain Noah and also Hickory Dickory Dock, and another show The Gene London Show.

We didn't get to see this episode o tv though New Zoo.
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shawnman
10-31-09, 07:03 PM
321 contact was the best!

neusers?
11-11-09, 12:23 AM
i remember the catch phrase "kalobrajot kalobrajot" with a turtle or frog. This is killing me!Late 1970's to early 1980's

Lastdaysofrain
11-11-09, 08:45 AM
Thanks, but it's not Pinwheel. This show had a female host who talked about growing up and making good decisions. I remember one of the carnival drawings during the credits (which had calliope music playing) was a large man in a red pinstripe suit and a straw hat (like a vaudevillian) and a little boy looking at him, holding balloons.

Anyone? (See my post above for more info.)


That's "All About You"

Tommy Ceez
11-11-09, 12:27 PM
Tommy Ceez, you are correct, it was Clyde the Frog, but I'm not sure where I came up with the Wombat character, maybe he played imagination on his show like every other PBS character! It took me a while to find any video of him, there's only one YouTube compilation I can find the has a brief appearance by Clyde, enough to bring back the creeps! Ha, thanks for setting my memory straight(er).

Im actually told by a friend that Clyde Frog segments appeared in a Wonder Wombat show

JackBurton
12-02-09, 10:04 AM
What do you suppose the chances of these shows ever making it to DVD (or even a burn on demand service) are? Do master tapes even exist for the majority of them?

I know that there a Zoom compliation on disc and they released some box sets of the Electric Company and old school Sesame Street, but do you think there is hope for The Big Blue Marble, The Letter People, 3-2-1 Contact, Square One, etc? Or other shows like Pinwheel, Today's Special, The Great Space Coaster?

While I realize that they probably don't have much mass marketability, I would hope they would offer them for educational purposes - although, I'm sure some educators would consider them too dated to be effective.

Uncle Wally
01-19-10, 09:01 PM
Might I ask if anyone remembers a PBS show that played in the Boston area that was , I believe, Canadian that was about a town called either Millville or Miltown. It had one of those marionette birds made out of styrofoam balls, strings and feathers. I believe its name was "Alouette". There was a rather chubby man and a young boy around 12 years old. and it took place in a small workshop, and the boy would come to him with problems about school, or whatever and the man would give him "words of wisdom". And there would always be a moral to the story and they would throw in the occasional french saying with a translation , of course. I remember the show from when I was a kid but cannot for the life of me think of the name of the show. Someone help me PLEASE !!........

Matt
02-19-10, 01:25 PM
Im actually told by a friend that Clyde Frog segments appeared in a Wonder Wombat show

It was the opposite of that. It was The Clyde Frog Show, and Wonder Wombat was Clyde's favorite superhero. There was one episode where Clyde watched the Wonder Wombat show on TV, and then tried to emulate some stunt he saw on the show, getting hurt in the process. Something like that.

chuckd21
02-20-10, 03:14 PM
I miss the Gigglesnort Hotel. :sad:

Jason
02-20-10, 06:48 PM
Are you thinking of the Clyde Frog Show?

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Jason
02-20-10, 06:50 PM
And what about The Write Channel with the little grasshopper who would write newspaper stories and tell kids to write in with the ending to a story presented in only pictures, no dialogue, with creepy music? His secret word was, "Palabra-jot! Palabra-jot! Now WATCH!"


I remember that too. The editor was the black woman who was later on Carmen Sandiego. Her character was named Red Green, of all things.

Man, I remember the local public TV station running a lot of these things when I was a kid. I also remember that because they never ran ads during the educational programming (even for other shows) they would sometimes fill the time between shows with cards counting down how many minutes to go. Those always seemed to go on forever, but I'm sure it was never more than five minutes.

naitram
02-21-10, 11:49 AM
I was a Sesame Street freak, but also saw Letter People, Electric Company, and Mr. Rodgers.

I still remember the 3-2-1 Contact episodes vividly for some reason too...the Bloodhound Gang where I learned what a dwarf star was lol...

Anyone else here watch Reverse the Curse, or was that a regional thing only?

starman9000
02-21-10, 11:56 AM
Not PBS, but if anybody here was from SD or southwestern MN, did you watch Captain 11?

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He just died a few weeks ago :(

Skoolhouzerok
05-25-10, 10:24 PM
Thanks for all the great memories - I hope you can all help me. I have been searching for this for months.
There was a show on PBS I believe that was called The Math Factory. It was puppets that worked out math problems on a large computer and the janitor would clean up at the end. The theme song rocked. Any clue?

The Cow
05-25-10, 10:41 PM
You sure it wasn't called "The Infinity Factory"? I remember a math show from the 70s with that name about math.

Skoolhouzerok
05-25-10, 10:50 PM
No, that wasn't it. This show had muppets. It may have been a short shown during the Electric Company or Zoom.

Tooltime40
02-14-11, 12:48 AM
Does anyone remember a show about a snake named Nigel? The themesong went something like this...' Nigel, Nigel, where ya been? '. I believe it was a segment that was played during another show. Please help, it's driving me nuts not being able to remember it. Thanks

Giles
02-14-11, 12:59 AM
Does anyone remember a show about a snake named Nigel? The themesong went something like this...' Nigel, Nigel, where ya been? '. I believe it was a segment that was played during another show. Please help, it's driving me nuts not being able to remember it. Thanks

I think you're referring to a segment that was from a series called 'Vegetable Soup'

madcougar
02-14-11, 01:18 AM
Zoom and the Big Blue Marble are the only ones that I remember. 3-2-1 Contact... that was my show!

scotta1
02-25-11, 09:41 PM
I remember an nature educational program in the late 70's or early 80's that had a woman as the host or narrator , it was about the California desert. I can't remember what show it was . Can someone tell me please ?

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Jason
02-25-11, 11:01 PM
I remember that too. The editor was the black woman who was later on Carmen Sandiego. Her character was named Red Green, of all things.

Man, I remember the local public TV station running a lot of these things when I was a kid. I also remember that because they never ran ads during the educational programming (even for other shows) they would sometimes fill the time between shows with cards counting down how many minutes to go. Those always seemed to go on forever, but I'm sure it was never more than five minutes.

And now, a year later, I found an episode posted online

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story
02-25-11, 11:23 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you! :)

scotta1
02-26-11, 10:56 AM
I remember an nature educational program in the late 70's or early 80's that had a woman as the host or narrator , it was about the California desert. I can't remember what show it was . Can someone tell me please ?

$cott

This was on Pbs here in TN. and it was a "woman" kinda manly voice . I'm sure she was always in the California desert . We watched it in class sometimes . I'm 38 , prob was elementary school . Thanks .

CharlieK
02-27-11, 08:55 PM
What was the show with the dude in the body suit that showed all his organs and stuff? And he would talk about how the body worked?Mr. Goodbody?

I always watched '3-2-1 Contact' and vividly remember a show about weather when there was a storm threatening their clubhouse with that big glass wall. Oh, I was so scared for them.

dtcarson
02-27-11, 09:16 PM
4-4-3-2
That's the way for me and you.
Slim Goodbody.
[Mentioned earlier in thread, I think].

And thanks for mentioning Clyde the Frog, he's the one I was thinking of. We used to watch that in school.
Even kids educational stuff aren't as good today as the stuff WE had

And not the 70s, I think in the 80s, but I used to get into Square One TV. Mathnet, Mathman. Math based sketch comedy, what could go wrong.