It takes a special kind of talent to create a solid kid's show. You have to create the sometimes offbeat material that appeals to the innocent, off-kilter mind of a child. But, you also have to make sure you don't cross that fine line into creepy -- traumatizing them for their entire lives.
The creators of these shows failed miserably at that last one.
Check it out, and next time you happen upon a kids show that isn't as disturbing as a Stephen King novel, take time to respect the talent it takes not to horrify babies.
Mark Twain's "The Mysterious Stranger"
What's a surefire way to really freak children out? Introduce them to Satan via claymation.
Children with English accents are about as creepy as it gets. How did they get so disturbingly scary? It's probably due to the BBC's kids programming. Case in point: "Noseybonk."
Even the world famous Wiggles aren't immune from making kids everywhere poop their pants in terror.
"The Electric Company"
Be forewarned, you can never unsee the thing Billy does with his tongue around 00:09. Lick a lolly, indeed.
The Junior Christian Science Bible Lesson Program Despite its vintage appearance, this creepy L.A. public access show is actually from the '80s. Either way, they can have it back.
"Gimme Gimme Octopus"
The Japanese are also responsible for "Gimme Gimme Octopus." This particular episode ends with a sword-fight homicide.
So much that is creepy about kid's shows comes back to terrifying puppetry, like what's below. But the whole "blowing bubbles" angle doesn't help.