There was a time, in my youth, when one could just make a cartoon about the latest cool toy trend, but by the time I was working in television in the 1990s, everything kid-related had to be, at least partly, an educational program.  This led to weird moments , which in many cases gave us entertainment that was the equivalent of  “Knowing Is Half The Battle” shorts extended to half an hour.  Still, there were a lot of great educational shows to be had, from ‘Crashbox’ to ‘The Adventures Of Hyperman’ and of course, ‘Square One Television,’ leading to today’s didactic query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced  “edge-you-tain-ment”) carries over from yesterday’s MS-QOTD a deep love for the Spidey Super Stories from ‘The Electric Company,’ the best live-action Spider-Man ever, asking: What are your favorite bits of educational pop culture?

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  1. August 10, 2016 at 1:45 pm — Reply

    Once Upon a Time…Life. French-Japanese-Swiss-Italian animation series about human body for children. I loved that show as a kid, highly recommended.

  2. DamienR
    August 10, 2016 at 3:12 pm — Reply

    Schoolhouse Rock!

    “Conjunction Junction, what’s your function?
    Hooking up words and phrases and clauses.
    Conjunction Junction, how’s that function?”

  3. August 10, 2016 at 3:35 pm — Reply

    I used to love the original PBS “Ghostwriter” series (not the later “Ghostwriter Mysteries” aired on CBS, The N and syndication).

    And of course “Beakman’s World” for being both hilarious and educational all in one package.

  4. Daniel Langsdale
    August 11, 2016 at 12:53 am — Reply

    I have recently fallen head-over-heels for Odd Squad, with its kids-as-men-in-black-teaching-math-concepts. It has great writing and sharp timing, and is one of those rare things that is truly enjoyable by all ages. It’s made by the Fred Rogers Company, and it does his legacy proud.

    It’s currently available on Amazon Prime, go out now an watch it in a bingeing frenzy.

  5. Colin Richardson
    August 11, 2016 at 7:57 am — Reply


  6. Frank
    August 11, 2016 at 9:05 am — Reply

    Lolly, Lolly, Lolly get your adverbs here. (School house rock).
    In the 90’s I enjoyed ‘ Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?’ TV show in PBS. It was fairly imaginative and had a great theme song.

  7. DamienR
    August 11, 2016 at 2:43 pm — Reply

    I remember a Canadian show called ‘Space Teens’, with two girls and Alan Thicke in space solving problems with math…

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Matthew Peterson

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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