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Children's TV is odd as an adult

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  • 09-04-2014 2:13pm
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    I was thinking recently about how odd the TV shows I used to watch as a child were.

    Growing up in the 90s, one of my favourite TV shows was Around the Twist. Earlier I remembered that there was an episode on there in which one of the main characters entered a peeing competition, in which he lost. There was then some water spirit that enabled him to win in the next one.

    Heck, even the synopsis of the episode is just weird.
    Mr. Gribble plans to build an aquatic wonderworld on a beautiful stretch of a natural waterway. Bronson, who is the humiliated loser of the school peeing competition, finds an ally in a water spirit who helps him defeat Mr. Gribble and prove that he is no "little squirt."

    So what TV shows from your younger days have you looked back on and thought, "what. the. 'eck?"


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  • Registered Users Posts: 38,247 ✭✭✭✭Guy:Incognito


    Theres plenty of odd stuff nowadays. Adventure Time really shouldn't be a kids cartoon.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,563 ✭✭✭Adamantium


    Maybe not "weird", but Noah's Island was a badass concept, a movable floating tropical island ran by a polar bear powered by a volcanic core.

    They were travelling the world oceans looking for a Tir NaNog like place, where they would be safe, and I remember one episode they ran aground on Africa.

    Was absolutely fascinated by a kid as to how that worked and Knex, and engineering and other stuff like it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,982 ✭✭✭Caliden


    I was thinking recently about how odd the TV shows I used to watch as a child were.

    Growing up in the 90s, one of my favourite TV shows was Around the Twist. Earlier I remembered that there was an episode on there in which one of the main characters entered a peeing competition, in which he lost. There was then some water spirit that enabled him to win in the next one.

    Heck, even the synopsis of the episode is just weird.



    So what TV shows from your younger days have you looked back on and thought, "what. the. 'eck?"


    That's the only episode of that tv show I can remember. I remember at the end he pee'd right over the wall onto the ground in front of a teacher. Weird!


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,252 ✭✭✭FTA69


    Anyone remember Rimminey Riddle? I didn't f*cking sleep for weeks after some episodes of that.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,688 ✭✭✭Nailz


    When you think about it Courage The Cowardly Dog is pretty ****ed up.

    There's something a bit... schizophrenic about it.
    You never notice these things as a kid.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 744 ✭✭✭dpofloinn


    The sub cartoons on Bosco like flahertys garden, the Mc Spuds and the plomsters truely strange and not forgeting Cow and Chicken possibly the most faacked up kids cartoon ever


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,295 ✭✭✭✭Duggy747


    Ren & Stimpy was brilliantly twisted.


  • Registered Users Posts: 40,291 ✭✭✭✭Gatling


    Nightmare


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    Gatling wrote: »
    Nightmare

    Do you mean Knightmare? That show kicked ass.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,175 ✭✭✭hoodwinked


    Barney and friends!!!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,947 ✭✭✭Daith


    Well the first time rewatching The Simpsons and getting the adult jokes was always fun!

    "Thats Mayor Quimby's car - tonight he's, ah... 'polling the electorate'"


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,327 ✭✭✭✭everlast75


    Monkey Magic

    &

    Chico the Rainmaker.


    (Wurzal Gummage & Supergran to a lesser degree)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 18,299 ✭✭✭✭The Backwards Man


    The Moomins (sp?).


    What the hell were they supposed to be?

    Button Moon was another. Scarred me for life, 'we're off to button moon, we'll follow Mr.Spoon.'


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,089 ✭✭✭eviltimeban


    Kids TV now is more f**ked up than it was back then. Adventure Time was already mentioned, bu Regular Show is also pretty odd.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,095 ✭✭✭solomafioso


    I have the complete series('s's?) of Ulysses 31. I don't know how many times I've tried to rewatch it now that I'm an 'adult'. Jury's still out on my mental age. It's messed up! Even The Lost City of Gold, Gigantaur, MASK...every great...ooh GoBots (the Transformers rip off). Every great 80s kids show that they couldn't get away with now. COPS.....um...

    I can't find it at the mo, but there's a bit in Spongebob where Gary walks in on him watching seaweed...but then he quickly changes the channel. Please tell me I didn't imagine that?!

    But as mentioned before Adventure Time isn't for kids....neither would Regular Show.


  • Registered Users Posts: 40,291 ✭✭✭✭Gatling


    Do you mean Knightmare? That show kicked ass.

    That's the one


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,063 ✭✭✭Greenmachine


    The Moomins (sp?).


    What the hell were they supposed to be?

    Button Moon was another. Scarred me for life, 'we're off to button moon, we'll follow Mr.Spoon.'


    Careful or you will anger the scandanavians.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,095 ✭✭✭solomafioso


    If you have three hours spare.


  • Registered Users Posts: 40,291 ✭✭✭✭Gatling


    Gatling wrote: »
    That's the one


    Nothing beats Robotech ,


    Spongebob moment spongebob stands in front of Patrick who then makes a weird happy face and then apologises to sponge bob for something


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 15,706 Mod ✭✭✭✭Tabnabs




    Whizbit. To this day I still wonder; WTF was that? :confused:


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,512 ✭✭✭Muise...


    The 80's were mostly a horror show. I was too old for Bosco and Dempsey's Den hadn't started yet. Instead RTÉ would buy cheap and incoherent cartoons from Czechoslovakia (which were possibly encoded appeals for help from dissident animators) and right-on stuff from Canada, including a CBC cartoon about Acid Rain that had me scared to get so much as a drop on my skin. When news came about Chernobyl, we were all in the school playground, noting the East wind, and solemnly promising to share resources (sandwiches, sherbet dip, bicycles, a penknife).


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,346 ✭✭✭King George VI


    Alot of shows I watched when I was a lad had alot of adult humour in them that I never got as a child. Rugrats, Hey Arnold, and early Spongebob was full of dirty jokes.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,089 ✭✭✭eviltimeban


    Anyone remember Willo the Wisp?



    Or Rag Dolly Anna?



    Not so much strange, as "of it time".

    If you think about it, Bagpuss was pretty weird - that music at the start, the Victorian setting, things coming to life...


  • Registered Users Posts: 43,028 ✭✭✭✭SEPT 23 1989


    you can nearly taste the LSD coming through your TV screen when you watch kids TV from the 1970'S


  • Registered Users Posts: 744 ✭✭✭dpofloinn


    Muise... wrote: »
    The 80's were mostly a horror show. I was too old for Bosco and Dempsey's Den hadn't started yet. Instead RTÉ would buy cheap and incoherent cartoons from Czechoslovakia (which were possibly encoded appeals for help from dissident animators) and right-on stuff from Canada, including a CBC cartoon about Acid Rain that had me scared to get so much as a drop on my skin. When news came about Chernobyl, we were all in the school playground, noting the East wind, and solemnly promising to share resources (sandwiches, sherbet dip, bicycles, a penknife).


    I remember that cartoon too freaked the sht out me and still does to this day I can remember a character, a little girl who was walking in the rain and bit by bit she started to melt and disintigrate in the rain .Mentally scarred for life


  • Registered Users Posts: 481 ✭✭alleystar


    + On Courage the Cowardly Dog, good show but a bit odd.

    Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids (same comment as above), any of the Batman animated series - loads of the villains ended up in insane asylums which was always a bit weird, Powerpuff Girls - again with the villains, odd aul' bunch, especially the effeminate devil and Fuzzy Lumpkins who seemed like he was based on a character from the Deliverance.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,576 ✭✭✭Paddy Cow




  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,576 ✭✭✭Paddy Cow


    you can nearly taste the LSD coming through your TV screen when you watch kids TV from the 1970'S
    You have to wonder how high are people when they come up with some kid's cartoons. SpongeBob could be very trippy at times.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,163 ✭✭✭✭danniemcq


    Round the twist was weird as feck

    the cabbage babies, the ghosts, the crazy birds, the pissing contests and a dragon too.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,214 ✭✭✭✭castletownman


    "Worker and Parasite"

    What the hell?


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