Vote for the Worst Kids Show On Television! Round 1: PBS/Sprout

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Today is the second half of round one, where very nice shows like Daniel Tiger are put up against Caillou aka “the worst of the worst” and suffer obvious crushing defeat. In an effort to keep this down to a reasonable number of posts we started with lists of shows we knew off the top of our heads and then filled each other in on channels we were less familiar with (plus a little Googling) so this isn’t EVERY SHOW EVER. We never even touch on the eye-violating graphic nightmare that is Dirt Girl World (probably for the best, save your eyes and DON’T go looking for it). So although this is a very thorough rundown of the worst kids shows on television it is not exhaustively all-inclusive.

The game: we made “divisions” based on four channels (Nick Jr, Disney Jr, Hub and Sprout/PBS) and tried to keep it sort of limited to shows aimed at preschoolers, just to narrow it down.  We will each host two channels and voting will narrow things down to a final four, one from each channel, which will narrow down to an ultimate showdown deciding the worst preschool show on television. The bracket can be viewed here.

I’m hosting Disney Jr & Sprout/PBS and Amy has Nick Jr & Hub.

Today’s face-offs are for Sprout/PBS! Let’s go!

Daniel Tiger vs Caillou


Which is WORSE?

  • Caillou (88%, 79 Votes)
  • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood (12%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 90

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The Cat in the Hat vs Curious George


Which is WORSE?

  • The Cat in the Hat (68%, 59 Votes)
  • Curious George (32%, 28 Votes)

Total Voters: 87

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Sid the Science Kid vs Thomas the Tank Engine


Which is WORSE?

  • Sid the Science Kid (51%, 47 Votes)
  • Thomas the Tank Engine (49%, 46 Votes)

Total Voters: 93

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Bob the Builder vs Sesame Street


Which is WORSE?

  • Bob the Builder (88%, 81 Votes)
  • Sesame Street (12%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 92

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Barney vs Arthur


Which is WORSE?

  • Barney (95%, 88 Votes)
  • Arthur (5%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 93

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Super Why vs Martha Speaks


Which is WORSE?

  • Martha Speaks (70%, 62 Votes)
  • Super Why! (30%, 26 Votes)

Total Voters: 88

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The Wiggles vs Between the Lions


Which is WORSE?

  • The Wiggles (72%, 60 Votes)
  • Between the Lions (28%, 23 Votes)

Total Voters: 83

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Bernstein Bears vs Word World


Which is WORSE?

  • Word World (58%, 52 Votes)
  • Bernstein Bears (42%, 38 Votes)

Total Voters: 90

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Today Amy has The Hub (Ugh Chuck & Friends UGH!!!) so go vote on her face-offs too!

You can go back and vote in yesterday’s Disney Jr polls here and Nick Jr here if you missed them. Polls close Sunday night with Round 2 going up Tuesday!

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19 Responses to “Vote for the Worst Kids Show On Television! Round 1: PBS/Sprout”

  1. Audrey says:

    Wohoo! One I could vote on almost everything! lol

  2. Leah says:

    I was pretty torn on Sid the Science Kid vs Thomas because introducing kids to science is wonderful and all that but goddamn, Gerald, sit down and shut it! It’s not always about you.

  3. Amanda says:

    This one was hard I actually like both Cat in the Hat and Curious George

  4. Kim says:

    Get what’s coming to you, Caillou, GET WHAT IS COMING TO YOUUUUUU.

  5. Kelsey says:

    The SOUND of Cat in the Hat–the voices and songs and sound effects–makes my ears bleed. I HATE that show for that particular reason.

  6. Sara says:

    I have a confession to make….I’m strangely drawn to Dirt Girl World. Yikes! It’s so disturbing that I can’t stop watching. Caillou, on the other hand has GOT TO GO! ;)

  7. Amy says:

    NOOOO! These people are ALL WRONG. Word World is AWESOME.

  8. barbra says:

    Today I was actually able to vote! Yesterday I hadn’t heard of any of the shows, and my kid hadn’t watched them that I know of. Right now we are in the middle of a pretty serious Elmo obsession. There are worse things to be addicted to I guess. I voted for curious george even though I haven’t actually seen the show just because I recently read the original book to my son and was so disappointed to learn that George was kidnapped and learned to smoke. I didn’t remember that from my childhood.

  9. Emily says:

    Oh, man! One of my favorites (Sid the Science Kid) was pitted against Kai’s favorite show (Thomas)! BUT… I had to vote Sid down, as I think it’s definitely more appropriate for the K-2 audience. Thomas is the only reason I can ever get anything done. It has to be the preschool equivalent of crack.

  10. Brigid Keely says:

    I ranked Sid higher than Thomas but only bc you use a graphic of current Thomas with its creepy CGI faces & overly moral ham handed lessons.

    • bebehblog says:

      I hate current Thomas. I LOVE old Shining Time Station. George MF-ing Carlin as Mr. Conductor was brilliant.

      • Brigid Keely says:

        A lot of shining time station creeped me out. The nickelodeon, frinstance. I like older Thomas with the stop motion and the pissy behavior and casual insults, although it’s also modelling bad behavior.

  11. Kelli says:

    Why do people hate cailou so much? My oldest is obsessed and while he can be annoying he often acts like her and she gets to see the situation modeled for her, but man people hate him with a vengeance haha

  12. Lou says:

    Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is certifiably the worst, but I had to vote caillou. Also certifiable- The Cat in the Hat, I never thought I would hate Martin Short, but boy, do I.

  13. Fionnuala says:

    Words do not express how much I HATE, LOATH, and DESPISE Calliou!!! Seriously, I find him the most annoying, needy four year old ever! If my own four year old was that whiny we would have serious problems.

  14. Jayme says:

    I sang the songs for each show in my head while I voted and now I hate myself. And I agree Amy, Word World is the business. And we love Sid, but Gerald is going to end up in some kind of institution.

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