March 3rd, 2008
If you have not seen Yo Gabba Gabba, I beg of you, please, tune in to this absolutely monstrously bad show so that you can feel my pain. As they say, misery loves company.
Thankfully, I have maintained serious control over the television and I have absolutely no problem telling Punksin that she can’t watch something because I don’t like it. This list of shows includes some offerings from Noggin and similarly age-focused shows. Just being targeted to preschoolers is not enough in this house, you’ve got to pass the censors (me and the Tech Guru.)
Franklin – no. The little turtle is a great example of spoiled bratty behavior, and although he learns his lesson in the end, it seems that there are way too many episodes where he has to learn not to be a bratty pain in the ass. While I could commend the producers for showing children to behave nicely, I also think, gee, if we weren’t showing them this bad behavior in the first place, then we wouldn’t have to tell them that it’s wrong, right? I mean, even Punksin has picked up on the fact that he always wants his way, that he’s always acting spoiled…enough already.
Yo Gabba Gabba – I don’t even know where to start with this. There’s a guy who looks like this century’s answer to Jimmie Walker or Tommy Davidson, i.e., skinny and ridiculous, and some weird ass looking creatures that bounce around, sing terribly and don’t make any sense. I could forgive the horrible costumes and the bad names if the music were any damn good – but it’s not. It – and the whole show – is annoying as all hell. Despite my misgivings from the commercials, I gave this show one chance – and I will spend the rest of my life regretting such a terrible waste of half an hour.
Dora – I will admit that Dora did make some serious headway in this house, but I had to put the kibosh on her too, and was very grateful when Punksin lost interest. Why does she have to be so loud? Is she fulfilling some Latina stereotype? This is not the example I want for my daughter, thank you.
Oobi – The Tech Guru actually hates this show more than I do, but in deference to his input, I cut this show out too. He hates that they don’t talk as much as they “soundbite”. This is how Oobi says that he and you are friends: “Oobi – you – friends!” Granted, it is how toddlers start out talking – but why are we encouraging it instead of promoting their language development? Oobi – go – bye.
Boohbah – Check out the bumps on their heads. It’s like Hellraiser for babies. And ditto the Oobi lack of language for these creatures. Same goes for
The Teletubbies – I don’t know if they’re still on tv or not. Which televangelist called Tinky or Tiddly Winks gay? That actually would have been a good thing, in my eyes – teaching tolerance and all that – but I don’t think this was about gay. This was just about weird.
Well, the TV Critic has spoken. Take it or leave it.