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Subject: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: whistledog on 10/25/08 at 10:16 pm

For my fellow Canucks, these will be a total blast from the past, but for those outside of Canada, I am curious were any of these broadcast in your country or area?  I know The Edison Twins, You Can't Do That on Television, The Littlest Hobo, The Raccoons and Today's Special were

Feel free to post others


Circle Square
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJHiXyQ07QE

You Can't Do That on Television (Canada's answer to Monty Python)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oO5agWqCvs8

The Edison Twins
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CMAK0N3U8k

My Pet Monster (Canadian child actor Sunny Besen Trasher who played Paul on 'The Edison Twins' was the voice of Max on 'My Pet Monster')
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXVL0Ca2bPY

The Littlest Hobo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PINxfouNQFw

The Raccoons
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXsjzcC4Jdw

Under the Umbrella Tree
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHYZqAKkyvA

The Polka Dot Door
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pexVTVMkt8c

Mr. Dressup
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdJ1oGh3QGo

Fred Penner's Place
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cjgNARNeqk

Sharon, Lois and Bram's Elephant Show
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWgyR5vtZwg

Today's Special
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cxLfIs051c

The Friendly Giant
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV2P6P4p6Hg

Just Like Mom
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rM8I2saGtXs

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: quirky_cat_girl on 10/25/08 at 10:21 pm


For my fellow Canucks, these will be a total blast from the past, but for those outside of Canada, I am curious were any of these broadcast in your country or area?  I know The Edison Twins, Littlest Hobo, The Raccoons and Today's Special were

Feel free to post others


Circle Square
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJHiXyQ07QE

The Edison Twins
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CMAK0N3U8k

My Pet Monster (Canadian child actor Sunny Besen Trasher who played Paul on 'The Edison Twins' was the voice of Max on 'My Pet Monster')
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXVL0Ca2bPY

The Littlest Hobo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PINxfouNQFw

The Raccoons
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXsjzcC4Jdw

Size Small
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8VCy42T40c

Size Small (later renamed Size Small Island) had companion records for the show released on K-Tel and Quality Records, and within the show, you could dance along with a person in a giant record costume who tapped spoons together LOL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMKCPW_HO8E

Under the Umbrella Tree
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHYZqAKkyvA

The Polka Dot Door
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pexVTVMkt8c

Mr. Dressup
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdJ1oGh3QGo

Fred Penner's Place
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cjgNARNeqk

Sharon, Lois and Bram's Elephant Show
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWgyR5vtZwg

Today's Special
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cxLfIs051c

The Friendly Giant
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV2P6P4p6Hg

Just Like Mom
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rM8I2saGtXs



I recognize a lot of these shows...they used to air on Nickelodeon. I used to love: Today's Special, Under the Umbrella Tree, The Elephant Show, Fred Penner's Place, Circle Square, You Can't Do That On Television, and My Pet Monster. :)

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: snozberries on 10/25/08 at 10:23 pm

I recognize none of these... Americans are such TV snobs. I wonder how they ever managed to sneak Degrassi in (well besides the fact that it was freakin' awesome)

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: snozberries on 10/25/08 at 10:24 pm



of the ones Erin mentioned I only saw You Can't do that on TV.

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: whistledog on 10/25/08 at 10:32 pm

I keep watching the Circle Square clip.  Dang, that bring back memories
Those comments people put on it made me laugh.  Looking back now, it does seem like a cheesy show, but when I watched it in the 80s, it was a fun show, and you didn't have to be religious to watch it

That Marci chick in the show is a newsreporter now.  Marci Ien, host of the national morning show Canada AM on CTV.  I knew I recognized her from somewhere

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: whistledog on 10/25/08 at 10:34 pm


My Pet Monster. :)


On DVD next week 8)

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51t1mlWbGbL._SL500_AA240_.jpg

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: snozberries on 10/25/08 at 10:37 pm



okay I remember the My Pet Monster doll but not the cartoon.

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: quirky_cat_girl on 10/25/08 at 10:38 pm


I keep watching the Circle Square clip.  Dang, that bring back memories
Those comments people put on it made me laugh.  Looking back now, it does seem like a cheesy show, but when I watched it in the 80s, it was a fun show, and you didn't have to be religious to watch it

That Marci chick in the show is a newsreporter now.  Marci Ien, host of the national morning show Canada AM on CTV.   I knew I recognized her from somewhere


it was cheesy...but it was a part of our past...which makes it AOK. ;)

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: robby76 on 10/26/08 at 7:47 pm

My personal faves are The Edison Twins http://www.myspace.com/edisontwins and Under The Umbrella Tree.

The Raccoons and Littlest Hobo were great too.

http://b0.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/00732/06/26/732516260_m.jpg http://www.unima-usa.org/pics/umbrella.jpg

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: karen on 10/27/08 at 12:16 pm

The Littlest Hobo and The Raccoons I recall watching.

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: woops on 10/27/08 at 1:33 pm

Saw "Under The Umbrella Tree" on Disney

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: coqueta83 on 10/27/08 at 7:48 pm

I've only seen some episodes of You Can't Do That On Television.

Does anyone remember "Ramona" (based on the Beverly Cleary books), which starred a young Sarah Polley? It was shown here on PBS in the late 80's. I believe the show was Canadian produced.

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: whistledog on 10/27/08 at 9:00 pm


Does anyone remember "Ramona" (based on the Beverly Cleary books), which starred a young Sarah Polley? It was shown here on PBS in the late 80's. I believe the show was Canadian produced.


I do remember that one yes.  It was a Canadian show, but it was not a success, running for not even half a season.  Even though it was short-lived, Sarah Polley got a Gemini (Canada's version of an Emmy) nomination for Best Actress in a Dramatic Role

Polley went on to greater success on the Anne of Green Gables follow-up series 'Road to Avonlea' but for me, her greatest role was in the 1999 film 'Go'.

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: quirky_cat_girl on 10/27/08 at 11:07 pm


I've only seen some episodes of You Can't Do That On Television.

Does anyone remember "Ramona" (based on the Beverly Cleary books), which starred a young Sarah Polley? It was shown here on PBS in the late 80's. I believe the show was Canadian produced.


I totally remember that one! I loved reading the books too! :)

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: midnite on 10/28/08 at 8:28 pm


I recognize none of these... Americans are such TV snobs. I wonder how they ever managed to sneak Degrassi in (well besides the fact that it was freakin' awesome)


Yes, we are snobs, but, honestly Nickelodeon ALWAYS played You Can't Do That On Television.  I used to watch that religiously with the Tomorrow People (which I think was British).  There was also a teen talk show on Nickelodeon hosted by a middle-aged guy with blonde or white hair.  Anyone remember this show?

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: whistledog on 10/28/08 at 8:37 pm

Here's a few other kids shows that were made / produced in Canada during the 80s ...

Care Bears
Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin
Read All About It
Inspector Gadget

and here's a bit of interesting trivia which I have before mentioned ...

While Don Adams was in Canada doing voice work for Inspector Gadget, he was offered the lead role in a Canadian sitcom.  The resulting show "Check it Out" ran 3 seasons between 1985-1988 and was seen in America on the USA Network

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Npoo1dQlrhU

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: whistledog on 12/06/08 at 11:36 pm

Here's one many a Canadian will remember:  Size Small Island
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8VCy42T40c&feature=related

The Lumby Family open their doors and teach us new things.  Granny with her whistling S and the best of it all ...

Friend Record and his tapping spoons
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMKCPW_HO8E&feature=related

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: JamieMcBain on 12/07/08 at 12:22 am

Fables of the Green Forest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3-vnqMdjlk&feature=related

Polka Dot Door

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pexVTVMkt8c&feature=related

Friendly Giant

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF8V9g61n9s&feature=related

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: whistledog on 12/07/08 at 12:23 am


Fables of the Green Forest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3-vnqMdjlk&feature=related


Man alive, I'd totally forgotten about that one.  I loved Reddi Fox, he was so sneaky lol

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: wildcard on 12/07/08 at 12:29 am

                                    Nickelodeon
You Can't Do That on Television    I Got tired of watching it
The Raccoons                             never watched it
Fred Penner's Place                      watched
Sharon, Lois and Bram's Elephant Show  I loved it   where is? oh here http://www.amiright.com/parody/misc/traditional1421.shtml
Today's Special                            watched
Inspector Gadget                          watched

                              Disney channel  
Under the Umbrella Tree watched
Care Bears                     watched

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: muchmusicbaby on 12/08/08 at 9:01 am

Polka Dot Door, ReadAlong (though I know it's from the 70's), Today's Special, Elephant Show

I forgot all about my Pet Monster, that was an awesome show! Cartoons were so good back then, even if I wasn't a fan of all the shows.

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: mlauzon on 04/14/13 at 5:09 pm

My Pet Monster (Canadian child actor Sunny Besen Trasher who played Paul on 'The Edison Twins' was the voice of Max on 'My Pet Monster')

That's because he also played Max in the 1986 live action straight-to-video "My Pet Monster", which would then become a weekly cartoon.

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 04/15/13 at 12:22 am

15aBar_oqCE

Owl TV.  :)

New day
it's a brand new start
New world
with a brand new heart

There's so much to see and do
with me and all my friends
There's just no way to hold me back
Let me tell you when that feeling
comes over me it's like natural
energy
When I can't sit still so alive
You and I got to meet.  :)

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: Howard on 04/15/13 at 7:10 am


15aBar_oqCE

Owl TV.  :)

New day
it's a brand new start
New world
with a brand new heart

There's so much to see and do
with me and all my friends
There's just no way to hold me back
Let me tell you when that feeling
comes over me it's like natural
energy
When I can't sit still so alive
You and I got to meet.  :)


Holy crap! I remember this. :o :)

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 04/17/13 at 9:39 pm

3cjgNARNeqk

Fred Penner's Place which I, as a child, watched quite religiously on the CBC on weekday mornings.  :)

Who remembers Vid Kids with Bob Schineider and Ken Whiteley?

zP7r7H2LkS0

Part 1

rrmlDcYTAlw

Part 2

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Part 3

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: Katluver on 04/18/13 at 2:03 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXmoMFc7aJE
I used to watch a few minutes of this show when there was nothing else on.  :D

And let's not forget
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErnMPWBlrvc
I loved that show including its theme song.

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: mlauzon on 04/18/13 at 3:04 am


3cjgNARNeqk

Fred Penner's Place which I, as a child, watched quite religiously on the CBC on weekday mornings.  :)


I met Fred Penner in the early 2Ks, told him I used to watch the show back in the '80s when I was a child.  TV makes him look small, he towered over me and I'm 5'11.

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: Howard on 04/18/13 at 7:33 am


3cjgNARNeqk

Fred Penner's Place which I, as a child, watched quite religiously on the CBC on weekday mornings.  :)

Who remembers Vid Kids with Bob Schineider and Ken Whiteley?

zP7r7H2LkS0

Part 1

rrmlDcYTAlw

Part 2

GDUvQyF3beo

Part 3


I think I remember Vid Kids. ???

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 04/20/13 at 12:34 pm

Vid Kids
it's the latest thing
Vid Kids
watch us dance
watch us sing
Vid Kids
better than any other show
Vid Kids
Our kind of show

Whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna see?
Talk about Vid Kids
Vid Kids
Whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna see?
Talk about Vid Kids!
Vid Kids yeah

Vid Kids
Vid Kids
Vid Kids!!

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 04/20/13 at 4:14 pm

3CMAK0N3U8k

Just some kids trying to do what they should
They're growing up in their neighbourhood
oh they're up the street and around again
They're called The Edison Twins

Now everyday is a different trial
and they pull through with a lot of style
always getting out of trouble
that they get in
Life with the Edison Twins

And if you use your head
you'll always win
You know  The Edison Twins

Oh no two days are quite the same
life is just a learning game
and if you use your head
you'll always win
Just like The Edison Twins.  :)

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: robby76 on 04/20/13 at 9:52 pm

Why oh why is The Edison Twins still not out on dvd? Is it owned by Nelvana still? They have all the seasons out on Amazon.com download but it's only available to the US.  :-\\

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 04/21/13 at 12:57 am


Why oh why is The Edison Twins still not out on dvd? Is it owned by Nelvana still? They have all the seasons out on Amazon.com download but it's only available to the US.  :-\\


The last time I saw The Edison Twins was on Show Case TV in Canada and before that it was on YTV and before that it was on the CBC.  I'm not absolutely positive who owns the rights to the show.  I guess in time Nelvana or whoever owns the rights to the show will release it on DVD when the time is right.  But I really miss this show being on TV so I suggested it to Teletoon Retro.  I hope they'll get the broadcasting rights for thsi.

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: robby76 on 04/21/13 at 1:28 am

Just as an aside : I'm planning my very first trip to Canada (just Toronto) this year! I've always dreamt of going. I don't suppose anyone knows the location of the house from Edison Twins? I saw a recent photo of it a few years back, but they wouldn't disclose the location. These photos are from 2007.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/miester30/edisonhouse2.jpg

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/miester30/edisonhouse1.jpg

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 04/21/13 at 1:28 am

NWD7iqtOJSE

I am the Computer Man
I can do anything you can
I am the Computer Man
I can do anything you can

Computer Man he is your friend
he gonna help you again and
again
So if you have a question or two
he's got the answer just for you

I am The Computer Man
and I am ready for questions now
thank you.  :)

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: warped on 04/21/13 at 6:42 am


Just as an aside : I'm planning my very first trip to Canada (just Toronto) this year! I've always dreamt of going. I don't suppose anyone knows the location of the house from Edison Twins? I saw a recent photo of it a few years back, but they wouldn't disclose the location. These photos are from 2007.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/miester30/edisonhouse2.jpg

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y255/miester30/edisonhouse1.jpg


All I know is that it's in Weston (west part of Toronto, near Weston rd & Lawrence). I don't have an exact location though.

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: Howard on 04/21/13 at 7:02 am


NWD7iqtOJSE

I am the Computer Man
I can do anything you can
I am the Computer Man
I can do anything you can

Computer Man he is your friend
he gonna help you again and
again
So if you have a question or two
he's got the answer just for you

I am The Computer Man
and I am ready for questions now
thank you.  :)



was this on Channel 13 WNET in New York by any chance? ???

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: robby76 on 04/21/13 at 11:44 am


All I know is that it's in Weston (west part of Toronto, near Weston rd & Lawrence). I don't have an exact location though.


Okay I can kinda see where you mean on Google Maps. Would love to have a pilgramage but doubt I'll have time in the few days I'll be there. Thanks for the info though!

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: warped on 04/21/13 at 1:57 pm


Okay I can kinda see where you mean on Google Maps. Would love to have a pilgramage but doubt I'll have time in the few days I'll be there. Thanks for the info though!


I found the info here (although I knew they filmed in Toronto..I lived there at the time)

http://www.westonweb.ca/2011/03/10/tv-show-filming-in-weston/

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 04/21/13 at 3:06 pm



was this on Channel 13 WNET in New York by any chance? ???


I don't know? I just know that Vid Kids was on the CBC and YTV in the mid-late 80s

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: Howard on 04/21/13 at 6:15 pm


I don't know? I just know that Vid Kids was on the CBC and YTV in the mid-late 80s


I don't remember it being On Channel 13. Maybe it was some other show.

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 05/06/14 at 12:23 pm

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Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: warped on 05/06/14 at 12:27 pm

I sorta remember the title of that show (Circle square)

Maybe I should start a thread "Canadian Kids Shows of the late 60s and 70s."

But sadly, no one here other than I would have watched them.  ;D

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 05/06/14 at 3:57 pm

Oh that's okay warped.  :)

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: Howard on 05/06/14 at 4:00 pm


hRr7By6MseA


when did this show debut? ???

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 05/06/14 at 7:47 pm


when did this show debut? ???


I remember waking up early on Sunday mornings and seeing this show sometime in the 1980s.  :(

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: Howard on 05/07/14 at 6:40 am


I remember waking up early on Sunday mornings and seeing this show sometime in the 1980s.  :(


Can you still watch this somewhere?

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 05/07/14 at 7:46 am


Can you still watch this somewhere?


I don't know? I haven't seen this since weekend mornings were relevant.

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/07/14 at 7:49 am


Can you still watch this somewhere?

I don't know? I haven't seen this since weekend mornings were relevant.
Circle Square on wiki

Original run 1974 – 1986

In 2003 a pilot for a new version of Circle Square called Circle Square Network (CSN) was produced by Crossroads, but was never picked up.

Episodes of the original Circle Square program can be viewed on the Circle Square Ranch website.

Subject: Re: Canadian Kids Shows of the 80s

Written By: Howard on 05/07/14 at 7:30 pm


Circle Square on wiki

Original run 1974 – 1986

In 2003 a pilot for a new version of Circle Square called Circle Square Network (CSN) was produced by Crossroads, but was never picked up.

Episodes of the original Circle Square program can be viewed on the Circle Square Ranch website.


Wow, it went for 12 years? That's a great run. :)

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