Thread: Old PBS Kids TV

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    • 15 years 2 months ago
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    Remember the old days of PBS Kids TV? (Well, early to mid 90s, at least.) They had the grand old shows like Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, Ghostwriter, Barney, and the Big Comfy Couch. But what I remember most, were the annoying live-action commercials.

    #1. "This is the story 'bout a curious kid, who got an idea watching the wind. She asked how, she asked why; took some of this and gave that a try. Then she found something that could float, put her mind to it...and made herself a boat!" (Accompanying this song is some shots of a girl taking random stuff she finds and making a boat out of it.)

    #2. "I jump rope, yes I do, then along comes Nina -- that makes two! (Nina appears and jumps rope with her) Two jump rope, Nina and me, then along comes Keshia -- that makes thrrreeeeee! (Keshia appears, but the girls stand there looking confused) Three jump rope, is there a way? (Two of the girls hold the rope ends, while the other jumps in the middle) Let's take turns so we ALL can play!"

    #3. The Paula Poundstone Pointers. Basically, Paula Poundstone would lecture the kids watching the TV about doing various life-affirming stuff, like "talking it over" and "sticking to it". I remember they were kinda creepy, because in some scenes she would talk to little animated dudes, (the PBS P-Pals, a crude drawing of which can be found here. [url]www.current.org/ ch/ch411r.gif[/url]) which I never thought was possible.

    #4 The Riddle of the Day! Always the same scenario. The girl P-Pal was out driving a car, and sees the ghetto dude P-pal standing on a streetcorner. So she pulls over and tells him a really, really lame joke, which kids had never heards before - thus they were funny. Sample dialogue..

    Girl: Hey
    Guy: Yo, what's happenin'.
    Girl: Hey, what do you call a sleeping bull?
    Guy: Uhhhh..a sleepyhead?
    Girl: No, a bull-dozer!
    Guy: Oh! (laughs)
    Girl: Heh, heh, bulldozer. Tha-that's funny.

    ...yeah..I can smell the emmy nominations.

    Anyone remember these? Have any stills of them? Video? I would literally kill to have a copy of these.
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    I remember Square One- the math show,
    and 321 Contact....

    That show honestly got me interested in Science and probably had something to do with all my success in the science fairs.
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    Quote by E_Nygma013
    I remember Square One- the math show,
    and 321 Contact....

    That show honestly got me interested in Science and probably had something to do with all my success in the science fairs.


    Square One was great. Do they still have that site up that rotates episodes for download?
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    I only remember "Math Man" from that show, the Pac-Manesque guy.
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    i definitely have hazy memories of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego! pretty much the only thing i remember is the guy singing the song at the end or beginning? that was a happening song!

    and the Big Comfy Couch! hell ya! with lunette the clown and snickle-fritz the cat! molly the ''talking'' doll and Major bedhead the mail man! sweet show.... but did anyone ever realize that the "10 second Tidy" was never really 10 seconds? she so cheated


    and the clown jumps over the moon.....
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    Quote by pitzel_001
    #1. "This is the story 'bout a curious kid, who got an idea watching the wind. She asked how, she asked why; took some of this and gave that a try. Then she found something that could float, put her mind to it...and made herself a boat!" (Accompanying this song is some shots of a girl taking random stuff she finds and making a boat out of it.).


    haha i remember that song so well, especially the "and made herself a boat!!!" part. i dont really remember anything other than the song. i wish i could see that again lol

    Quote by Kramer
    I only remember "Math Man" from that show, the Pac-Manesque guy.


    math man was awesome, i loved that show. "math man math man math man math man math man math man math man math man"
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    where in the world is carmen sandiago and Mr. Wizard on nick really helped me develop a curiosity for science that continues to go on to this day- its always been interesting- i too won several science fairs and even a regional nyc science fair in 9th grade and through the years i've i put my knowlege and curiosity to uses much mor fun
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    I finally found a real shot of the P-Pals. This one is a screenshot from an old ad I remember. The blue P-Pal closest to the camera is the "ghetto" one I was referring to.
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    And more still to come! I found a website with pretty much everything from the old PBS Kids, including show lineups and the complete list of Paula Poundstone Pointers (the "messages page).

    [url]http://www.lpb.org/education/rtl/programs.html[/url]
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    Quote by E_Nygma013
    I remember Square One- the math show,
    and 321 Contact....

    That show honestly got me interested in Science and probably had something to do with all my success in the science fairs.


    I loved Square One. My favorite part was Math Net ... kind of a math cop show Dragnet style.

    I also really liked Strawberry Square. There was a boy and a girl and they hung out in this warehouse district looking place.
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    • 15 years 1 month ago
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    my favorite show was "the secret city" a show that would show you how to pencil draw in 3D! to this day i still draw the spaceship and flying saucers, and i would watch "bill nye the science guy"all the way past highschool
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    Found it. This site has a bunch of clips from Square One and rotates episodes of Mathnet. On the bottom there's also a link to a site where you can order tapes of Mathnet.

    [url]http://www.squareonetv.org[/url]

    Here's another good one...

    [url]http://home.comcast.net/~nspil/sq1.htm[/url]
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    yeah Old school PBS was the way to spend afterschool as well as FOX,and preWB/UPN Syndie. Man I miss Square One and Carmen Sandiego. oh yeah Pitzel, that's a nice pic of the "P-pals" i remember seen a simular to that , but the putter dog had A balloon with the word eli on it (Still to this day I'm trying to figure out what that means.)

    BTW dose anyone remember the old PBS logo?
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    while we are on the subject of pbs, well i think this was on pbs...i was a cartoon of shoes that talked. one charactor was i think sargent major and he was a combat boot. does anyone remember its eating a hole in my brain
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    Quote by jpsmooth
    while we are on the subject of pbs, well i think this was on pbs...i was a cartoon of shoes that talked. one charactor was i think sargent major and he was a combat boot. does anyone remember its eating a hole in my brain


    Oh yeah, a clown shoe and all that too. Don't ask me the name though, haven't been able to think of it in years.
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    ya thats it, my wife looks at me like im crazy...i need that name
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    i remember that show... but not the name... and thanks for those links Mystie!
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    More than likely it was probably called "Shoeville" or "Shoetown" or something simple like that.
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    • 15 years 25 days ago
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    YES!! SEE? I knew it had to have some dumb obvious name! It was called "Shoe People"

    [url]http://www.toonhound.com/shoe.htm[/url]
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    • 15 years 22 days ago
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    Quote by Lottech96

    BTW dose anyone remember the old PBS logo?
    Twwwwibbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbble Bung bung bung! <-accompaning sfx(^_^)


    [url]http://www.tv-ark.org.uk/international/us_pbs.html[/url]
    Are you referring to the 1971 ident tag?
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