Terrifying TV for kids
Are some TV programmes too sinister, weird or scary for children?
Image: via Youtube/Yoga Farmer
TV has changed over the past few decades. Children’s TV
in particular has always been at the forefront of development as creative directors try out new forms of animation and stylisation. Occasionally, though, programmes get on TV which probably never should have made it out of the brainstorming session. They feature concepts which could quite possibly harm young absorbed minds
as they attempt to process the madness.Fun memories
On a personal note, I grew up watching Monty Python
(which wasn’t really appropriate for kids) but also some crazy 70s shows such as the trippy Magic Roundabout
(renowned for its references to drugs) and some mad but lame programmes like Tiswas
(featuring Cough the Cat and Spit the Dog) and the dodgy Fingerbobs
. Of course, Jim’ll Fix It
was a weekly fixture in our house. We had no idea that Jimmy Savile was a rampant paedophile, of course.
In fact, once you get started, characters like Curious George
, Doctor Snuggles
, Scooby Doo
, the Mr Men
and so on all seem delightfully off-beat. There’s nothing wrong with creativity and FUN.
But then you come across something like the Yoga Farmer (via @Clorax_Hurd
on Twitter) , and it makes you rethink everything you remember about childhood. It’s so creepy, that even adults respond to seeing it by quaking in revulsion.Maybe you’ll just find it funny and typical of bad TV:
The Yoga Farmer/Youtube
What were your favourite programmes as a child, and would your kids enjoy them?