Tag Archives: t.v.

Life NOT better for Brits in the 80s

I’m not talking about Margret Thatcher or the Falklands War.

I’m talking about THIS horrible show, watched by British children in the 1980s.

A moment of silence please, for the victims of “Fingermouse.”

The importance of parents

The other day, my husband and I walked down to the post office (a ten minute walk) to pick up some packages. Before we left, we told our television watching 8 and 10 year old that we were running to the post office and would be right back. They looked directly at us and said, “ok.”

When we arrived at the post office, my husband got a message from his mother:

“I just called your house and asked for you. The kids say they have no idea where you both went or when you will be back. They were surprised you were gone.”

On one hand, I think, “Wow, they really don’t pay attention to anything.”

On the other hand, I think, “Hmm…. I wonder if we could sneak out to catch a movie.”

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The coffee table needs rest too

Well it’s a 4-day weekend here and the chocolate-eating has begun….  for the adults at least.  As usual, during weekend afternoons, we tell the kids that they need to rest in their rooms for an hour while we get out chocolate and coffee and watch an episode of Downton Abbey.  We have the chocolate arranged on the coffee table so that it’s easy to throw a blanket over it quickly if a young child comes out of their room to use the bathroom.  I think they suspect that we’re up to something.  They always walk slowly, looking carefully.  “Umm….. what are you watching?”  “Uh…. how much more time until resting is over?”  All the while examing the living room with a sharp eye.  I’m not sure how long we can get away with it, but I’m all ready to tell them about how it’s important for the coffee table to rest with a blanket as well every afternoon.

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Vegetable Soup (Outerscope)

Don’t worry.  I’m not letting myself off the hook with my week-long posts about the creepiest and worst kids’ t.v. shows ever.  I end this week with a clip from the 70s show “Vegetable Soup.”  I used to watch this show when I was little, even though it frightened me.  Check out the clip.  I think you’ll understand.

http://youtu.be/zRcNIqrZ6KI?t=2m43s

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A Japanese cartoon interlude

Going with my theme of horrible kids’ shows….

Some might think this is awful, but this is actually the only one on this list that I like and I would watch.  No weird, creepy kids’ show list would be complete without something from Japan.  This one makes me laugh:

http://youtu.be/C-Y80pxkE6Y?t=11s

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Vilse i Pannkakan (Lost in the pancake)

Oh, Sweden isn’t escaping my week of messed-up children’s programming.  This is from the 70s in Sweden.  My husband often speaks of this show and then shudders, going into an almost catatonic state.  Pretty much, it’s about a boy who just plays with characters in his giant pancake.

http://youtu.be/jnCOwTdXb74?t=2m15s

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Baby Jake

After the shocking discovery of “Rastamouse,” I decided to investigate what was going on with children’s television at the BBC.  It’s becoming clearer why the British empire no longer exerts much power. What are they putting in the water over there?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz9cmZVOqkg

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Tiger Toothpaste

Why can’t my toothpaste look like this?  I really don’t understand why adult toothpaste can’t have cool pictures too.  We could have cool characters from our shows just like kids do:

Walter White Toothpaste, whitening power! (toothpaste color is blue).

Rick Grime’s Zombie Clean (get that grime off your teeth!)

Sherlock Holmes Mystery Paste (shows where the plaque is when you put it on)

The possibilites are endless.

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They’ve done it again!

First Spotify, then Amazon…. now the kids have gotten into my Netflix account and changed all the settings!  I worked for weeks cultivating the perfect system for recommendations.  I rated all my favorite stuff.  Watched a few things – Thrillers, Sci-Fi, Foreign.

I turned it on now and all the recommendations are for “The Magic Bus,”  “Phineus and Ferb,”  and “Smurfs.”  NOOOOOOO!!!!!!

We had guests over last weekend and we told the kids they could watch something.  I found them watching a cartoon on Netflix.  I had no idea they could work it.  They usually watch on another system.  It seems that I had stupidly left Netflix on from watching a movie earlier that day.  They ended up in my account instead of the special one I made for kids.

RUINED!  I give up!  I’m going to watch all seasons of Spongebob.  I’m going to listen to Club Penguin songs and just buy Legos and nothing else from Amazon.  I give up.  I can’t win.

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Howler monkeys

I once had a great idea for a talk show hosted by howler monkeys.  Each week, there would be a new celebrity guest escorted into a room with a family of howler monkeys.  That’s about as far as it goes.  You don’t really need any other plan.  Just let the cameras roll.  Pure entertainment.

I have become bitten

One thing that makes television fun to watch over here is the way they translate the titles.  There is a show on every evening listed as, “I Have Become Bitten.”  I’ve never actually looked at the show but I think I should.  It certainly sounds interesting.  I wonder what it could be.  Obviously someone is bitten each week and not overly concerned about it.

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