Results for - In the Neighborhood

2,268 voters participated in this survey

Call it avoidance. Call it escape. Call it good sense or cowardice. Call it as you see it, but after hours of watching the events of January 6 unfolding when my daughter suggested I was reaching critical mass I turned to the most soothing documentary I could find: "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" It was oddly restful and super nostalgic. Which got me wondering...

1. Disclaimer: there were/are more of these than can be counted which is why Other is listed as a possible response. No nagging or getting offended if your favorite is missing. Please play nice. And I am aware that J. Fred Muggs really doesn't belong on a list of kids shows, but how could I resist listing the chimp who helped host the news? Which - if any- of these did you watch as a child?

Mr. Rogers Neighborhood
35%
772 votes
Captain Kangaroo
46%
1,008 votes
Romper Room
32%
714 votes
Sesame Street
37%
815 votes
Teletubbies
6%
142 votes
Shari Lewis and Friends
22%
494 votes
Howdy Doody
19%
418 votes
J. Fred Muggs (on the Today Show 1953-57)
2%
40 votes
Blues Clues
6%
132 votes
Dora the Explorer
6%
132 votes
Bob the Builder
5%
118 votes
Bananas in Pajamas
4%
79 votes
Bozo the Clown
24%
535 votes
Other (please specify)
4%
80 votes
Not Applicable
21%
453 votes

2. I like Mr. Rogers. I do. But, I was more a Captain Kangaroo kind of kid. He sang about a Lollipop Tree. He read "Make Way for Ducklings" to me. The Captain had the coolest friends. Well, maybe not Bunny Rabbit. Bunny Rabbit kind of bugged me, but I loved Mr. Moose and Grandfather Clock. Don't tell anyone, but Mr. Green Jeans was my first real crush. Did you ever have a crush on someone totally out of your reach?

Yes
38%
825 votes
No
37%
816 votes
Undecided
8%
168 votes
Not Applicable
18%
391 votes

3. My kids didn't like Sesame Street; my daughter claims it's because she had an actual attention span (true), and my son's fleeting fascination with Teletubbies ended (he says) because the show made no sense to him. (No, we are not going to discuss Tinky Winky's fashion sense or lack thereof) But I do have to ask- if you ever watched, could you explain to me what exactly Teletubbies was about?

Yes
7%
152 votes
No
39%
857 votes
Undecided
8%
173 votes
Not Applicable
46%
1,018 votes

4. In addition to syndicated shows like Mr. Rogers and Captain Kangaroo, there were also franchised series such as Bozo the Clown where local markets had their own Bozos. (That didn't come out quite right, but you know what I mean) One of our local stations had a Bozo (this really does sound wrong) which I watched only for the cartoons. Are you afraid of clowns?

Yes
11%
246 votes
No
66%
1,456 votes
Undecided
7%
157 votes
Not Applicable
16%
341 votes

5. Some stations also had their own locally produced kids' shows. Wichita had one called "Uncle Billy Reads the Funnies" and by golly that makes me wish I had grown up in Kansas- and that is not not not meant to be snarky. Still, I had access to two- count 'em! two local shows. The Uncle Orrie Show featured a gruff old coot who seemed to actively dislike kids, but it did show great cartoons. The Uncle Al and Captain Windy show on the other hand, totally rocked. Captain Windy could fly like Superman. Uncle Al played the accordion. Kids in the studio audience got to help do the local commercials. No wonder it ran for more than three decades. I know I always wanted to be in that audience. Have you ever been in the live audience of a television show?

Yes
20%
446 votes
No
61%
1,343 votes
Undecided
4%
83 votes
Not Applicable
15%
328 votes
01/21/2021 TV 2268 96 By: Desk

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