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Other puppet shows you watched

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by MrsPepper, Jun 3, 2005.

  1. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Active Member

    Not too long ago, when remembering shows I watched back in the good ol' days (which wasn't too too long ago, in retrospect), I realised that most of the shows I watched when growing up were puppet shows. I think that alot of these may have just been Canadian shows, I'm not sure. Anyone else in the same boat, or watched any of these shows as well? Ah, the memories.

    Fraggle Rock, Sesame Street, Sesame Park
    Mr. Dressup
    Under the Umbrella tree
    Eureka's Castle
    The Friendly Giant
    Mr. Rogers
    Today's Special
    Bookmice
    Lamb Chop's Play Along
  2. Jessica

    Jessica Member

    I watched (Still):

    Sesame Street
    Mr. Rogers
    Lamb Chop's Play Along (If they can keep Mr. Rogers, why not this? It was a cool show. So what if the actress is dead? So is Rogers!)
    Between the Lions
    The Puzzle Place (What ever happened to this show? It was really popular then just went poof!)
    Barney (Well, you know, in the not so old seasons, but still old they had the Bird and the Squirrel, what ever happened to them anyway?)
    Allegra's Window (It was on NickJr. This soon went poof too)

    There was soo many other I bet, but these are the ones I remembered.
  3. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Active Member

    Seasame Street
    Wonder Showzen
    Todays Special
    Mr. Dressup
    Under the Umbrella tree
    Eureka's Castle
    Christ Junction
  4. GeeBee

    GeeBee New Member

    "Kukla, Fran, and Ollie", "Hot Fudge Sundae", and "Friends on Wooster Square."

    Anyone else remembers these old and obscure puppet shows?
  5. GeeBee

    GeeBee New Member

    Oh, and also "Gigglesnort Hotel".
  6. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Active Member

    GeeBee, I haven't heard of those. :(
    Jessica, I agree with you, they should at the least still air it in reruns. That show was great! And punny. Charlie Horse... :D
  7. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Active Member

    "Kukla, Fran, and Ollie" I KNOW THIS ONE
  8. HPDJ

    HPDJ Member

    The Hoobs rock!
  9. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Active Member


    Do you mean "
    HOT FUDGE SHOW (1976) "

    Friends on Wooster Square
    A lively group of puppets with personality plus, together with Grace and other "real people" who live in Wooster Square impart basic moral concepts in an entertaining style that makes learning fun.

    I Don't recall this but it made me remeber a show on Odyessy channel ( Religious) GILBERT
  10. GeeBee

    GeeBee New Member


    Yes, that was a classic. I don't remember a lot of specifics about the show's content, but I sure remember watching it regularly on TV. I always loved the way the puppets look.
  11. GeeBee

    GeeBee New Member

    I think that's it. For some reason, I thought it was called "Hot Fudge Sundae", but it was years and years ago since I've seen it. I remember that most of the puppets were sort of human looking in a cartoonish way. One of the more memorable characters I remember was the "Kaz" (sp?) who was a parody of the "Fonz".
  12. GeeBee

    GeeBee New Member


    Yes, friends on Wooster Square was a religious puppet show for kids. I think it was either Catholic or Episcopal. They had a character called "Father Frances." Other characters that I recall were "Screamer", "Goof", and "Super Mouse." I remember seeing it in the early 90's.
  13. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Here's a list of puppet shows I've watch while growing up. Any title is bold means I still watch those on a regular basis.

    * Sesame Street
    * Barney and Friends
    * Fraggle Rock
    * Under the Umbella Tree
    * The Muppet Show
    * Mister Roger's Neighborhood
    * Lamb-Chop's Playalong
    * Muppets Tonight!
    * The Puzzle Place
    * Bear in the Big Blue House
    * The Charlie Horse Music Pizza
    * Wimzie's House
    * Animal Jam
    * H.R. Pufnstuf
  14. That Announcer

    That Announcer New Member

    One puppet show that I remember watching religiously as a kid was called "Today's Special." It involved a mannequin in a department store that would come to life every night when a magic hat was placed on his head by store clerk Jody. The puppets were old man Sam the security guy, who would sit at his TV and eat jellybeans, and a mouse whose name I can't recall. Is there anyone else here who has ever seen the show?
  15. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Active Member

    Oh, like, me, fer sure, rully!! That one's on my list in the first post! I remember one time the security guy was trying to break these world records, and they were silly, like the biggest ball of yarn, or how long can you keep a cup of water on your head. :D Needless to say, they all ended up in disaster!

    I was also very fond of Bookmice. A bunch of mice lived in the walls of a old library, and there was a cat in the cellar. The mouse hole was on a mantle I think. I don't remember much else, but the girl muse had pink curly hair, I think.

    There is also this other puppet show I remember, but have no clue as to the title. There were various animal puppets, and the show took place in an old house, with a courtyard-like area. There was also a garbage dump area, and this home under a bridge type thing for one of the characters. I can picture the scenery perfectly in my mind, but I cannot recall the characters. I'm positive they were animals though. Cats, possibly. Or Tigers. I believe there was a dog of some sort, the one who lived under the bridge. I wish someone else knew what show I'm thinking about!!
  16. That Announcer

    That Announcer New Member

    MrsPepper: Any idea where I might be able to get some videos or DVDs of Today's Special? I used to love that show! I would watch it at 7:30 every morning. It was my favorite show on TV at the time, and I've not seen it in 6 or 7 years! :cry: I'd love to see that show again.

    The episode I distinctly remember the most was one in which Valdy guest starred. I don't know why, but I just remember that one.
  17. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Active Member

    No, I don't think that it has ever been released for home viewing. It was made by TVO, so I don't think it ever will be, either, as TVO is Ontario's equivalent of PBS (meaning it has donations and members, etc).
    BUT, I did manage to find this amazing fan site just now, of everything Today's Special. Check it out!
    http://todays-special.schuminweb.com/main-page.asp
    It has some clips, so that should satisfy for awhile, anyway. :)
  18. Jessica

    Jessica Member

    I forgot about Wimzie's House! Only saw that like three times though.
  19. MagentaHaiku

    MagentaHaiku New Member

    I loved:

    Under The Umbrella Tree
    Mr. Dressup (Finnegan!!)
    Today's Special
    Sesame Street/Canadian Sesame Street
    Polka Dot Door
    Square One
    Where in the World is Carmen SanDiego?
    Bill Nye
    Reading Rainbow

    Shows that scared the crap out of me:

    Slim Goodbody

    Funny story: Muffy was supposed to be used on Under The Umbrella Tree but due to how long it took to get the production going, Muffy went to Today's Special and Gloria went to Under The Umbrella Tree.

    Crazy!

    What are favourite puppets/Scary puppets/puppets that make you want to peel off your own skin- in current television shows?

    There's this weird puppet thing in the TV Show Hi-5... And there's this other puppet on this aboriginal children's show that is just a stuffed bear with the stuffing taken out. GARH! NO!

    Thoughts?!!?

    Magenta
  20. Pug Lover

    Pug Lover New Member

    Does anyone remember ReadAlong?
    It was a TV Ontario show with puppet characters that consisted of a talking brown boot simply named Boot,a female talking pink shoe named Pretty,an old woman puppet named Granny and a talking skeleton who sang with a banjo named Mr.Bones.
    This show was on during the 70s and early 80s.
    One concept I always found strange and never understood,was how these characters often communicated to one another from totally unrelated scenery.
    For example:Granny would be talking to someone while in her own cozy house.But the character or person(there were also human children on this show as well)she would be talking to,would be standing on a street corner out in public.


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