Sunday, January 24, 2010

PBS brings kids shows to the future...future...future

Remember back in the day when we used to watch Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock and we were thoroughly entertained by the magical talking Muppets, some that even co-mingled with humans?

Boy how the times have changed. Now not only do our kids get to watch these shows but they are much more mature. We know about Blues Clues and can appreciate that the old school Steve left the show to go to college and the positivity of Bob the Builder who even inspired the president with his "Yes we can!" slogan. Yet there are still other shows that are totally bringing our kids into the 21st century by introducing what used to be taboo subjects.

How, did you ask? Well let break down some of the shows that are currently on the air:

Curious George

Remember the old school Curious George and the man with the yellow hat who is only known as "The Man with the Yellow Hat"?

Now there is a newer cartoon that is on and this is one smart monkey! He goes on adventures and saves peoples lives and paints murals. The only thing he can't do is speak English.

My favorite episode by far is one where Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat are walking down the street and he sees an Easy Bake oven. He pointed to it like he wanted it but the Man with the Yellow Hat said "Sorry man, we broke." (Something like that) So what did George do? He got a job at the corner store bagging groceries! In just a few days he earned enough money to start baking cakes with his new Easy Bake!

Talk about initiative!!

Sid the Science Kid

I think this show is terribly cute. Not only are the characters cute, but the lessons are very informative and the songs are terribly contagious. I am totally guilty of singing the Wash Your Hands song at work which adds more ticks on my "I'm a mom" card.

So what is it about his show that bringing it to the new millennium? Not just that they are talking about the importance of getting flu shots, but more noticeably the fact that Sid is the product of an interracial family! What better way to say "We love everybody." than that?

Dinosaur Train

Ok, so honestly I have no idea what this show is about. I tried to watch it a few times and I'm sorry, I just can't get into it. However, one thing did catch my attention is that PBS managed to bring dinosaurs to the future by filming it through the eyes of it's lead dino- a kid T.Rex who is adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Pteranodon and raised together with his other adopted siblings. Kind of like the Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt of dinosaurs.

And there you go. Cool, huh?

So what's next for PBS? A new show featuring same sex parents? I can't wait to find out!

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