9 weird TV shows you probably never watched as a kid

I honestly don’t know what happened with my childhood as a whole. Sometimes, I think I was raised in an alternate universe, Berenstain Bears style. I’ve been in this situation more than once. I’ll be chatting with a friend and I’ll make a reference to a show I watched as a kid. Promptly, I’m met with a blank stare, because this person has no idea what I’m talking about. So this is me, reaching out into the void, standing in front of the internet, asking for validation.

Please tell me you’ve heard of these shows. I really think I’m the only one.

1Gullah Gullah Island


Okay, I’m going to start off easy. Did anyone else watch Gullah Gullah Island? The fact that there are readily-available GIFs makes me feel like there might be some hope for me here. It was about a super cool, stylish family who had a giant yellow live-in frog. I swear I’m not making this up.



This PBS show was my fave. I literally DREAMED of being on this show. Where are they now? That’s the content I need! What happened to Pablo?



Pappyland was about this guy, Pappy Drew-it, who drew pictures that came to life. He did tutorials showing you how to draw all of the things he made, and it was lit.

4Zoobilee Zoo


Zoobilee Zoo, man. I remember checking this VHS out at my local library on the reg. Basically, it was a bunch of people dressed up as animals living their best lives. It was so good.


Guys, what was she? She looks like a bald pea?? Her name was Mona, and all I know is she hung out in her Nana’s backyard. I think the neighbor’s name was Mr. Wooka? This one’s Canadian, so I’ll just go ahead and blame them.

6Maggie And The Ferocious Beast


This was an animated show about a little girl with red hair who befriended this big yellow guy with red polka dots. It was such a cute show, but no one I know has ever heard of it.

7The Puzzle Place


Alright. This show was incredible. First, I didn’t realize it before, but Kiki is a Latinx icon. Second, Skye is definitely hot, as I recalled. I remember having the corresponding book series, and the dolls that went with this. Why am I the only one who got to experience this joy?

8The Garage Club Kids

I’m pretty sure I made this show up in my head because there is literally NO record of it on the internet. It was about a group of kids who hung out in their parents’ giant cool warehouse garage. I remember they would play Stomp-style music with pots and pans and stuff. There were definitely songs, too. SOS.



Finally, I hope someone out there remembers Ghostwriter. This was a dope show about a group of teens who had an internet Big Brother ghost who sent them messages. They would decipher the messages and solve mysteries with the help of their weird internet ghost friend. Creepy or prophetic? You tell me.