2/18/2000

At my new house, I’ve

Filed under:General — eric @ 10:12 am

At my new house, I’ve got the dish network (America’s Top 100), but I really haven’t had the time to explore the channels. Last night as I was falling asleep I found Noggin, a channel of educational children’s programming with a focus on such “retro” shows as 3-2-1 Contact (Wherever there’s trouble, we’re there on the double. We’re the Bloodhound Gang! If you’ve got the crime, we’ve got the time. We’re the Bloodhound Gang!), The Electric Company (Hey You Guys!), and ’60s and ’70s Sesame Street. It had been at least 20 years since I’d seen The Electric Company. The channel is clearly targeted at people of my age group with young uns of their own. In place of commercials, they run little clips of animation, quick fun facts, and lots of retro TV moments. Each week the website has three retro clips that you can vote on for your favorite. This week, choose between Jennifer of the Jungle teaches the ape about quotation marks, Sing a Song, and the Bert & Ernie classic Bannana in Ear. I’m as much for Jennifer of the Jungle as the next guy, but when you’re up against Bannana in Ear, there’s just not much that can be done. Last week’s winner: The Mad Painter (”Today, I’m going to paint a four“). I don’t know why this appeals to me so. It’s especially puzzling since my family didn’t have a TV for much of my childhood.

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