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17 Stoner Shows Disguised As Children's Programs

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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:

  • 1
    Teletubbies
    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.
  • 2
    Weinerville
    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.
  • 3
    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.
  • 4
    KaBlam!
    Exhibit A: "Turning your eyelids inside out is not a superpower."
  • 5
    Pee-wee's Playhouse
    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.
  • 6
    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.
  • 7
    The Adventures Of Pete & Pete
    Combine suburban malaise with a garage band soundtrack and you get the ultimate introspective stoner show.
  • 8
    Spongebob Squarepants
    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.
  • 9
    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."
  • 10
    Planet Earth
    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.
  • 11
    Fraggle Rock
    Big furry talking animals + muppets + magic mushrooms + early '80s + all that tight greenery, man = a great time with your bong.
  • 12
    Powerpuff Girls
    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 ...
  • 13
    Scooby-Doo
    Obviously Shaggy and Scooby-Doo were potheads, with their psychedelic van and "munchies." The cartoon debuted in 1969 -- clearly for kids -- but is basically a staple when it comes to staying up late, eating Easy Mac and hitting the Mary Jane (before Shaggy gets to it).
  • 14
    Yo Gabba Gabba!
    ABC interviewed college students about their "Yo Gabba Gabba!"-watching habits and exposed to the world to the stoner potential of the series for toddlers. "It caters to a child's mind, and when you're stoned, you're sort of, well, slower," Jezebel editor Tracie Egan wrote. Well, also stars like The Shins, The Roots, Solange and Mos Def stop by.
  • 15
    Aaahh!! Real Monsters
    "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.
  • 16
    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.
  • 17
    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."

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