When we watch children’s television programming, we have a lot of questions. A. Lot. Of. Questions. In fact, we each have five of them.  A top five questions from children’s television if you will…

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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...

1 Comment

  1. Karl G Siewert on

    I love this topic! I think I may have even suggested it. I’ve definitely asked the questions you pose about Handy Manny, Transformers, and Caillou, but here are my top five that didn’t appear in the show:

    5) Bubble Guppies – Courtesy of my wife and kids: In this show about tiny merpeople, who live under the sea and never go to the surface, there is an episode about firefighters. Fire. Fighters. Let that sink in for a moment. I’ll wait.

    4) Phineas & Ferb – The theme song begins “There’s a hundred and four days of summer vacation…,” yet there are well over 100 episodes, and since most have two segments, that makes nearly 225 “days”. I might expect other shows to simply ignore such a thing, but P & F frequently makes use of metatextual observations and humor. I was disappointed that there wasn’t some kind of passing mention of how long this summer seems to have gone on.

    3) The Backyardigans – This is one that applies to a lot of cartoons, even going back to Disney, but The Backyardigans is a particularly egregious example. What is up with the inconsistent clothing standards? Take a look at the cast: http://magnetmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Backyardigans.jpg. Austin (kangaroo) and Tasha (hippo) are dressed in fairly ordinary outfits, but Uniqua (alien) wears overalls with no top, and Tyrone (moose) has no pants on. But weirdest of all is Pablo, the penguin, who is wandering around the neighborhood in nothing but a bow tie and a propeller beanie. You gotta think that even the most progressive parents are going to question why their kid’s friend is out there all but naked.

    2) Word World – Of all the shows I watched with my kids, this one created the most opportunities for over-analysis. What are the rules by which Word World functions? You can make anything by combining the right letters, but there are so many questions. Where do letters come from in the first place? Are they a sustainable resource? Is there scarcity of certain ones? What kind of economy does this create? What of homonyms? Can you make up a word and invent something completely new that has never existed before? I could go on and on.


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