Children's Programming


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Children's Programming describes shows designed specifically for children, that can be educational and/or entertainment based.

Highlights
Loretta Long on the curriculum goals of Sesame Street, on the diversity of the cast, and on how the show impacts viewers
Sonia Manzano on her favorite moments and reactions to Sesame Street
"Buffalo" Bob Smith on hosting Hoody Doody
Lucille Bliss on creating and hosting The Happy Birthday to You Show
LeVar Burton on Reading Rainbow winning awards and the show's impact
FCC chair Newton Minow on his views and hopes for children's programming
Who talked about this genre

Ray Aghayan

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Ray Aghayan on costume design for Shirley Temple's Storybook

Debbie Allen

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Debbie Allen on working on Captain Kangaroo

Buddy Baker

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Buddy Baker on arranging music for The Mickey Mouse Club; on meeting Annette Funnicello
Buddy Baker on working with the cast and arranging music for The Mickey Mouse Club

Bob Banner

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Bob Banner on his experiences working in production on Kukla, Fran & Ollie
Bob Banner on producing Real Kids, Real Adventures for the Discovery Channel
Bob Banner on working with Jim Henson and the Muppets on The Jimmy Dean Show and A Sesame Street Christmas 

Lewis Bernstein

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Lewis Bernstein on what goes into a season's writing on Sesame Street
Executive producer Lewis Bernstein on the importance of music to Sesame Street

Lucille Bliss

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Lucille Bliss on creating and hosting The Happy Birthday to You Show
Lucille Bliss on packaging The Happy Birthday to You Show and dealing with sponsors
Lucille Bliss on working with children on The Happy Birthday to You Show

Sam Bobrick

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Sam Bobrick on his first official writing job for Make Me Laugh, hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, and on writing for Captain Kangaroo

Ernest Borgnine

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Ernest Borgnine on his "Mermaid Man" character on Spongebob Squarepants; on doing voiceover roles

Peter Boyle

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Peter Boyle on his father's work in children's television

LeVar Burton

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LeVar Burton on how he became involved with the children's show Reading Rainbow on PBS

Steve Carlin

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Steve Carlin on creating and producing Rootie Kazooite
Steve Carlin on creating Rootie Kazootie (Part 2)

Ed Christie

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Ed Christie on his art direction duties on Sesame Street
Ed Christie on who owns the Sesame Street characters
Ed Christie on designing for international productions of Sesame Street
Ed Christie on how Sesame Street has changed since he started on the show
Ed Christie on designing a South African puppet with AIDS for Sesame Street South Africa

Bob Claver

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Bob Claver on working on Time for Fun  with Bob Keeshan
Bob Claver on writing for Captain Kangaroo 

Joan Ganz Cooney

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Joan Ganz Cooney on Louis Friedman and the creation of The Children's Television Network
Joan Ganz Cooney on the creation of Sesame Street
Joan Ganz Cooney on the use of Muppets on Sesame Street and initial reaction to the show
Joan Ganz Cooney on the importance of humor in Sesame Street
Joan Ganz Cooney on the Sesame Street episode following actor Will Lee's death,  "Farewell, Mr. Hooper" (airdate: November 24, 1983)
Joan Ganz Cooney on the international versions of Sesame Street
Joan Ganz Cooney on Joan Ganz Cooney on Jim Henson's request to run licensing of the Sesame Street Muppets
Joan Ganz Cooney on the reading program, The Electric Company
Joan Ganz Cooney on the math program, Square One TV
Joan Ganz Cooney on the science program, 3-2-1 Contact
Joan Ganz Cooney on the science program, 3-2-1 Contact
Joan Ganz Cooney on the math program, Square One TV
Joan Ganz Cooney on the program to promote reading, Ghostwriter

John Debney

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John Debney on his first screen credit, for The Wonderful World of Disney

Richard Donner

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Richard Donner on directing The Banana Splits Adventure Hour

Hugh Downs

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Hugh Downs on announcing for Kukla, Fran & Ollie

Dominick Dunne

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Dominick Dunne on his first job in television as a floor manager on Howdy Doody

Danny Epstein

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Danny Epstein on the beginning of his association with Sesame Street and the research that went into creating Sesame Street; on the music on the show
Danny Epstein on the hit songs of Sesame Street and working with the cast
Danny Epstein on the success and legacy of Sesame Street

Sonny Fox

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Sonny Fox on working on the first weekly, remote television show at CBS, children's show Let's Take a Trip
Sonny Fox on his first job in educational television for the children's show The Finder
Sonny Fox on the wonderful time he had hosting the children's program Wonderama
Sonny Fox on advice for those interested in hosting a children's show

Dennis Franz

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Dennis Franz on Howdy Doody, the first television show he became aware of as a child

Albert Freedman

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Albert Freedman on writing for and performing on The Pinky Lee Show
Albert Freedman on the type of humor on The Pinky Lee Show; on working with Pinky Lee
Albert Freedman on working for the children's show Make Your Wish
Albert Freedman on the scripted nature of > Juvenile Jury

Gerald Fried

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Gerald Fried on composing for "Mathnet" on children's show Square One TV

Michael Fuchs

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Michael Fuchs on developing Fraggle Rock for HBO

Tony Geiss

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Writer Tony Geiss on the importance of music on Sesame Street; on Buffy Saint-Marie's appearance and the song written for her; on some of the series' famous songs, including "Elmo's" theme

Lewis Gomavitz

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Lewis Gomavitz on the genesis of Kukla, Fran & Ollie created by Burr Tillstrom, including the casting of Fran Allison
Lewis Gomavitz on directing Kukla, Fran & Ollie
Lewis Gomavitz on directing Kukla, Fran & Ollie
Lewis Gomavitz on directing Kukla, Fran, & Ollie
Lewis Gomavitz on directing Kukla, Fran & Ollie

Herb Granath

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Herb Granath on his memories of The Howdy Doody Show

Marge Greene

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Marge Greene on working on the local puppet show Nixie the Pixie
Marge Greene on writing and hosting the childrens' show Tots and Tales with Marge Greene

Don Hastings

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Don Hastings on his early impressions of television, and on making his television debut on Magic Cottage
Don Hastings on Captain Video and His Video Rangers
Don Hastings on appearing on Captain Video and His Video Rangers

Martin Hoade

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Martin Hoade on working on Watch the World

Leslie Hoffman

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Leslie Hoffman on being stunt coordinator for the ABC Afterschool Special  "Me and My Hormones"

Geri Jewell

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Geri Jewell on "decapitating Big Bird" when she appeared on Sesame Street

Robert Justman

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Robert Justman on working as second assistant director on The Mickey Mouse Club

Bob Keeshan

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Bob Keeshan on playing "Clarabell the Clown" on Howdy Doody
Bob Keeshan on his time on Howdy Doody
Bob Keeshan on "Buffalo" Bob Smith's feelings toward him; on being fired from Howdy Doody; on his memories of Howdy Doody
Bob Keeshan on Captain Kangaroo
Bob Keeshan on creating and starring in Captain Kangaroo
Bob Keeshan on how Captain Kangaroo changed over the years
Bob Keeshan on the industry's responsibility to children

Lynwood King

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Lynnwood King on stage managing Marlin Perkins' Zoo Parade

Sid Krofft

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Sid and Marty Krofft on creating H.R. Pufnsuf
Sid and Marty Krofft on the creation and production of H.R. Pufnstuf
Sid and Marty Krofft on creating The Bugaloos
Sid and Marty Krofft on creating, pitching, and casting Lidsville
Sid and Marty Krofft on creating Sigmund and the Sea Monsters
Sid and Marty Krofft on the concept and production of Land of the Lost; on the show's writers and the program's success

Marty Krofft

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Sid and Marty Krofft on creating H.R. Pufnsuf
Sid and Marty Krofft on the creation and production of H.R. Pufnstuf
Sid and Marty Krofft on creating The Bugaloos
Sid and Marty Krofft on creating, pitching, and casting Lidsville
Sid and Marty Krofft on creating Sigmund and the Sea Monsters
Sid and Marty Krofft on the concept and production of Land of the Lost; on the show's writers and the program's success

Geraldine Laybourne

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Geraldine Laybourne on how You Can't Do That on Television came to be on Nickelodeon; the invention of "green slime"

Art Linkletter

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Art Linkletter on his friendship with Walt Disney and on hosting the live broadcast of the opening of Disneyland

Loretta Long

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Loretta Long on playing "Susan" on Sesame Street
Loretta Long on playing "Susan" on Sesame Street
Loretta Long on playing "Susan" on Sesame Street

James L. Loper

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James L. Loper on the introduction of Sesame Street
James L. Loper on Mister Rogers Neighborhood and the Sears Foundation

Anita Mann

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Anita Mann on working with Jim Henson on various Muppet projects including The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show

Sonia Manzano

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Sonia Manzano on being cast on Sesame Street
Sonia Manzano on the Sesame Street episode "Farewell, Mr. Hooper" (airdate: November 24, 1983)
Sonia Manzano on how children react to Sesame Street
Sonia Manzano on Sesame Street creator Joan Ganz Cooney
Sonia Manzano on the legacy of Sesame Street

Bob McGrath

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Bob McGrath on how his character on Sesame Street came to have the name Bob
Bob McGrath on a favorite scene with actor Will Lee ("Mr. Hooper") in the special Christmas Eve on Sesame Street
Bob McGrath on how Will Lee's passing was handled on Sesame Street
Bob McGrath on his fond memories of working with Caroll Spinney as "Big Bird" and "Oscar The Grouch" on Sesame Street
Bob McGrath on what makes The Muppet characters unique on Sesame Street
Bob McGrath on advice he would give to a performer wanting to work in children's television
Bob McGrath on the evolution of the music of Sesame Street over the years, on his favorite moments on the show, and on celebrating the 35th anniversary of Sesame Street and the show's success

Lee Mendelson

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Lee Mendelson on producing the Saturday morning children's show Hot Dog
Lee Mendelson on producing Hot Dog

S. Epatha Merkerson

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S. Epatha Merkerson on getting cast as "Reba" on Pee-Wee's Playhouse

Newton N. Minow

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FCC chair Newton Minow on his views and hopes for children's programming

Paul Monash

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Paul Monash on writing Atom Squad
Paul Monash on writing for Atom Squad, and on writing features

Thomas W. Moore

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Thomas W. Moore on programming and developing The Flintstones

Lloyd Morrisett

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Lloyd Morrisett on the birth of Sesame Street
Lloyd Morrisett on the research and efforts that went into creating Sesame Street
Lloyd Morrisett on fundraising to get Sesame Street made and trying to get it on the air
Lloyd Morrisett on the early days of production on Sesame Street
Lloyd Morrisett on how Sesame Street was a product of its time
Lloyd Morrisett on research and early production on Sesame Street
Lloyd Morrisett on funding for a second season of Sesame Street
Lloyd Morrisett on the future of Sesame Workshop and the success and impact of Sesame Street

Robert Mott

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Robert Mott on doing sound effects for Captain Kangaroo
Robert Mott on doing sound effects for Captain Kangaroo

E. Roger Muir

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E. Roger Muir on producing Howdy Doody
E. Roger Muir on producing Howdy Doody
E. Roger Muir on producing Howdy Doody
E. Roger Muir on developing Gumby with Art Clokey

Thad Mumford

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Thad Mumford on writing for The Electric Company
Thad Mumford on writing songs for Sesame Street with Joe Raposo

Frank Nastasi

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Frank Nastasi on writing for and appearing on Lunch with Soupy
Frank Nastasi on writing for and performing on Lunch with Soupy (Part 2)
Frank Nastasi on writing for and performing on The Soupy Sales Show
Frank Nastasi on writing for and performing on The Soupy Sales Show  (Part 2)

Bill Nye

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Bill Nye on the format, audience, and early days of his show, Bill Nye, The Science Guy
Bill Nye on his look, topics for, and popular episodes of Bill Nye, The Science Guy
Bill Nye on reactions, production, and his persona on Bill Nye, The Science Guy
Bill Nye on the writing and editing on Bill Nye, the Science Guy
Bill Nye on his favorite moments and episodes of Bill Nye, the Science Guy
Bill Nye on Bill Nye, The Science Guy's Emmy wins, popular bits, and censorship issues

Roscoe Orman

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Roscoe Orman on his first days on Sesame Street and trying to win over the kids on set Orman on
Roscoe Orman on the Jim Henson puppeteers, Muppets he relates to best, and working with Frank Oz and Kevin Clash on Sesame Street
Roscoe Orman on his audition for "Gordon" on Sesame Street and meeting with writer Jon Stone
Roscoe Orman on Kevin Clash, "Elmo," and "Hoots the Owl"
Roscoe Orman on his Sesame Street character "Gordon" and the characteristics writer Jon Stone told him "Gordon" should have
Roscoe Orman on Sesame Street's: "Farewell, Mr. Hooper"
Roscoe Orman on Carroll Spinney's "Big Bird" and "Oscar the Grouch"
Roscoe Orman on the legacy of Sesame Street
Roscoe Orman on people recognizing him as "Gordon" on Sesame Street

Fess Parker

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Fess Parker on starring in Davy Crockett
Fess Parker on starring in Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone
Fess Parker on starring on Davy Crockett
Fess Parker on starring on Davy Crockett

Carroll Pratt

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Carroll Pratt on mixing sound for The Mickey Mouse Club

Charlotte Rae

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Charlotte Rae on appearing as "Molly the Mail Lady" on Sesame Street

Arthur Rankin, Jr.

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Arthur Rankin Jr. on The King Kong Show
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing Tomfoolery
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing Jackson 5ive, and on working with executive Michael Eisner
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing Festival of Family Classics
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing Kid Power
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing Thundercats
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing Silverhawks

Ed Resnick

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Ed Resnick on the early KTLA show Time for Beany
Ed Resnick on the early KTLA show Judy Splinters

Heino Ripp

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Heino Ripp on the technical staff of Howdy Doody

Fred Rogers

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Fred Rogers on the value of television as a teaching tool for children
Fred Rogers on the puppets used in The Childrens Corner , and later on Mister Rogers Neighborhood
Fred Rogers on his philosopy behind Mister Rogers Neighborhood as "an offering of love"
Fred Rogers on doing a special broadcast after Senator Robert Kennedy was assassinated
Fred Rogers on television's responsibility to children

Stanley Ralph Ross

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Stanley Ralph Ross on the development of The Electric Company
Stanley Ralph Ross on providing voiceover for Super Friends
Stanley Ralph Ross on providing voiceover for Superman, Rambo, and Inspector Gadget

Arthur Schneider

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Arthur Schneider on editing The New Mickey Mouse Club

Hazel Shermet

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Hazel Shermet on playing "Henrietta Hippo" on The New Zoo Revue

Fred Silverman

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Fred Silverman on developing the successful afternoon "kid's block" on WGN in Chicago including the popular Bozo's Circus, and the prime time Family Classics family-oriented film series which included Lassie and David O. Selznick's Tom Sawyer  
Fred Silverman on becoming head of daytime programming at CBS in New York and changing and fine-tuning the Saturday morning schedule starting with "superhero adventure" programs which included Underdog, the animated Superman, Space Ghost, and Mighty Mouse.  He describes in detail developing the long-running Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and other comedy-adventure and "pure-comedy" programs, and touches on developing spin-off concept at during this time

John Singleton

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John Singleton on working as a production assistant/security guard on Pee-Wee's Playhouse

Bob Smith

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"Buffalo" Bob Smith on hosting Howdy Doody
"Buffalo" Bob Smith on hosting Hoody Doody
"Buffalo" Bob Smith on hosting Howdy Doody

Caroll Spinney

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Caroll Spinney on playing Mr. Lion on Boston's Bozo's Circus
Caroll Spinney on going to New York to work for Jim Henson on Sesame Street
Caroll Spinney on the cast and memorable episodes of Sesame Street
Caroll Spinney on the second season and beyond of Sesame Street and how Jim Henson's death affected the show

Jeremy Stevens

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Jeremy Stevens on co-creating and writing for The Electric Company

Dick Stiles

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Dick Stiles on doing art direction for Toy Pony

Norman Stiles

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Norman Stiles on writing for Sesame Street (Part 1)
Norman Stiles on writing for Sesame Street (Part 2)
Norman Stiles on writing for Sesame Street (Part 3)
Norman Stiles on writing for Sesame Street (Part 4)

Studs Terkel

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Studs Terkel on appearing on Kukla, Fran & Ollie with puppeteer Burr Tillstrom 

Saul Turteltaub

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Saul Turteltaub on writing for Shari Lewis's first network show The Shari Lewis Show

Matthew Weiner

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Matthew Weiner on being a child performer on Romper Room

Dan Wilcox

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Dan Wilcox on writing for Captain Kangaroo
Dan Wilcox on writing for Sesame Street