Bright colors, catchy music, repetitive motions. These are the ingredients for a solid children's TV show, destined to entice and hopefully teach them something about the alphabet or sharing. But they also happen to be what makes for an ideal stoner show.
Co-eds holed up in college dorm rooms, teenagers giggling along with their little cousins and millenials taking in the nostalgic montage of their '90s childhood (while blazed out of their minds) have become equally addicted to the TV shows designed for kids. Here's a look at 17 stoner shows not-so-secretly disguised as children's programs:
There's a reason why so many Halloween stores sell adult-sized Teletubbies costumes. The BBC show meant for toddlers is another example of the psychedelic qualities that entice both kindergartners and potheads. Also, remember when Jerry Falwell claimed Tinky Wink was gay because he was purple? That provided a lot of left-wing laughter.
Half-man half-muppet shows are scary. Like, the kids transform into muppets. The muppets have human heads. "Weinerville" is the first of many Nickelodeon shows in the '90s made for college kids in smoky dorm rooms.
Rocko's Modern Life
Uh, did you catch all the dirty, dirty jokes? Aside from slipping in dozens of "chokey chicken" jokes, "Rocko's Modern Life" felt like one long trip.
Exhibit A: "Turning your eyelids inside out is not a superpower."
What was even going on in this show? Talking couches, all the claymation, instructions to scream at your TV, robots ... basically everything in that hippy house is a total far out trip.
How It's Made
Watching this show is the definition of "Whoaaaa, man." "How It's Made" is billed as an educational show, but, like, come on.
The Adventures Of Pete & Pete
Combine suburban malaise with a garage band soundtrack and you get the ultimate introspective stoner show.
Okay, have you ever muted "Spongebob Squarepants" and put on "Another Brick In The Wall"? Yeah, us neither. Not at summer camp, looking out over the lake, when it's your night off, and all the kids are asleep. That never happened and it definitely didn't make you look at the world differently. Nope.
Big Comfy Couch
This ish is warped. From that creepy sun to the titular big comfy couch, the Canadian show is basically telling adults, "The only way you'll understand how to share your toys is if you light up a big, fat blunt."
Billed as the most expensive, comprehensive nature docu-series for Discovery Channel, "Planet Earth" serves as the backdrop to many a blaze sesh. Throw on some Animal Collective and you've basically got yourself Bonnaroo.
Big furry talking animals + muppets + magic mushrooms + early '80s + all that tight greenery, man = a great time with your bong.
Sugar, spice and everything nice make for three badass little girls. But also, those colors and that big moving heart are, like, really, really cool. But also, why don't the Powerpuff Girls have hands? Actually, though ...
"Aaahh!! Real Monsters" probably contributed to half of all American children's nightmares in the '90s. It's still freaky to watch 20 years later, but the creators must have known what its hidden demographic would be.
Ren & Stimpy
"Ren & Stimpy" could be terrifying as a child. But as a mature, pot smoker it's easy to notice all the sexual innuendo and crass jokes. Also, Frank Zappa voiced a guest character, so that helped.
That's So Raven
Whenever Raven-Symoné's looked at the camera in a way that totally inspired Kevin Spacey's "House Of Cards" performance, you'd be like, "Raven, I know. I get you." Then her eyes swirled and she saw the future, and you were like, "Word. Me too."