My favourite Backyardigans episode is “What’s Bugging You?,” in which Uniqua and Tyrone attempt to remove the Wormin infestation from Tasha’s house, in time for Mr. Spiffy (aka Pablo) to approve her entrance into the spiffy club.
My favourite Dora The Explorer episode is when Boots gets his new blue bouncy ball, and sings a silly song: “I love my ball! I love my ball! I love my ball! ball! ball! ball! ball!”
My favourite Toopy & Binoo episode is when Binoo makes seven little Binoo snowmen, and they come to life, and then Toopy serenades them all with a love song: “Binoo, oh my Binoo, we shall love to play hand in hand; Binoo, my dear Binoo, you’re my very very best friend.”
My favourite episode of Peep And The Big Wide World is the one where Peep and Chirp are looking for a quiet place to sing, but are thwarted by Quack yelling into a giant pipe, “I’m a GIANT DUCK! I’m a SUPER LARGE EXTRA GIANT DUCK!” Quack is funny.
My favourite episode of Wonder Pets is the one where the bunny tags along as the fourth Wonder Pet, messing up the usual three-pet dynamic. That’s why we didn’t have a fourth kid, RIGHT THERE.
My favourite Hi-5 episode — as if I could pick just one! — is the Season One American Version episode, “Adventure to the Universe.” It features the skit “Keeper of the Lost Stars” which is my favourite Hi-5 song ever. My runner up is the Season One American Version “Animals on the Farm,” in which the Hi-5 gang pretend to be a singing fence. Funniest skit ever!
My favourite Max and Ruby episode is the one where Ruby is trying to sell her girl guide cookies door to door, but Max keeps interfering, either by eating the cookies or spilling the boxes or causing some sort of delay that allows other girl guides to get the scoop. But really, any episode that features a supposedly seven-year-old Ruby taking two-year-old Max on the bus, alone, to do shopping, alone, is totally awesome for the horror show factor.
My favourite episode of Arthur is the one where D.W. gets her first library book, but is so afraid of damaging it, she keeps it wrapped up in a blanket under her bed the entire time. I’m quite partial to D.W. She’s a peach.
My favourite Martha Speaks episode is the one where they start leaving out certain letters from the alphabet soup that allows Martha to talk, as a cost-cutting measure, and then Martha starts to only be able to say words that use the remaining letters. I love language manipulation like that.
My favourite Curious George episode is the one where George tries to guide the trains from the central switching station, while the man with the yellow hat is distracted with helping the train switcher-guy and his brother divide a peanut butter sandwich in two. Oh that George! He’s so funny!
It’s been a while, but my favourite episode of Thomas The Tank Engine is the one where Edward (a sweet but old train) challenges Spencer (a slick new silver train) to a speed contest, and in classic tortoise-and-hare style, wins the race. It’s a very predictable episode but Edward was always my favourite train, so I was happy to see him featured.
I obviously need to GET OUT MORE.