I recently stumbled upon this video of Bill Nye the Science Guy appearing on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and almost blew my mind. I didn’t recall this happening so it was a hoot to see Bill and Fred meet and share some everyday science. In comics, this would be a superhero team-up. On PBS Kids, this is just heartwarmingly awesome.
If you’re tired of this year’s song of the summer, American Experience looks back on 1981’s biggest crossover hit: Elvira by the Oak Ridge Boys.
On this date in 1969, television was changed forever as a new type of children’s series hit the air: Sesame Street! Certainly the show has changed over the decades as it adapted to new generations of young people but the important thing to remember is that Sesame Street was, is and always will be one of the hippest programs for kids.
So let’s celebrate this 47th anniversary with a little Cookie Monster covering Icona Pop (see – told you it was a hip show).
When you make a list of fan favorite cult television shows, the psychological spy drama The Prisoner is almost always near the top, if not #1. The Patrick McGoohan vehicle has delighted viewers for decades and rightfully so. It’s complex, cryptic, hip, genre-defying and so utterly 60s.
That being said, it’s hard to believe The Prisoner began fifty years ago this week! Yep, cameras began rolling in Portmeirion village in North Wales on September 5, 1966 and BBC.com takes a look back at the action.
Read up on The Prisoner At 50 and celebrate one of the wildest small screen rides to emerge from Great Britain ever.
Sesame Street has changed a lot over the years. Skits, songs and characters I know from my youth no longer play or seem incredibly dated. Still, that doesn’t keep me from fondly remembering such classics as this – the Yip Yip Aliens encounter a telephone.
Honestly, this one still makes me laugh. These were among my favorite recurring characters when I was a kid. As an adult, I’m amazed at how the puppeteers convey so many emotions with what’s essentially and open furry tube with eyeballs.
Today is the birthday of writer and artist Edward Gorey. Gorey passed away in 2000 yet he will be forever part of PBS culture since he created the illustrations that populate the open and close of the classic series MYSTERY! The drawings were animated by veteran animator Derek Lamb based on Gorey’s work but any true fan knows they are quintessential Gorey. Even though MYSTERY! was taken into the Masterpiece fold in 2008, you can still glimpse the Gorey characters in the opening to Masterpiece Mystery!
Here is one of the opening sequences of MYSTERY! from the 1980s…