Top Four

Top Four 28: Kid Shows Tolerable To Adults


  hi everybody welcome back to top 4 it is

  rainy day edition of top 4 where we are

  going to be talking about kids shows

  that are not annoying to adults because

  we've been stuck inside with a lot of

  rain recently so we have been watching a

  lot more TV than we normally would in

  addition to doing things cuz I generally

  like TV or a movie or something to be on

  even while I'm doing a craft or activity

  so I've kind of trained my child to do

  the same thing which isn't always the

  best but I mean he's basically you but

  smaller I turned out fine right so he

  should be fine yeah we don't really

  limit screen time time in our house we

  just don't feel it necessary because our

  kid isn't very addicted to screens yeah

  he if there is a physical activity to do

  he would he almost always prefers that

  and fix that he's very much into

  movement and doing things outside and

  going to the park and everything else so

  when we're inside because of horrible

  weather or sickness or something else we

  don't really care about the limit of on

  TV yeah so that's where we're coming

  from I know a whole bunch of other

  people have different opinions and

  family dynamics and different children

  that will sit in front of a TV with

  their mouths gape for hours at a time

  and never move but so which is you know

  you have to do what you got to do when

  you have a kid like that and you every

  want to Jess but if you do have to sit

  inside and you do have to watch TV a lot

  of kids TV is terrible oh my god so bad

  yeah well I can't oh it's so boring or

  just terrible

  I just like my brain I feel like we've

  actually lucked out in that our son has

  not shown a really strong preference for

  anything that we consider horrible I

  mean and seen it you know like a lot of

  it is just like us not exposing him to

  it yet and yeah we're friends houses

  we're still curating his taste sure and

  we don't have television where we can

  like flip through channels or anything

  we are cord cutters as we've mentioned

  in other episodes I hate that it's so

  weird you know what other people love

  hearing from people who record cutters

  that's it's like humans dreams people

  love hearing us talk about that they do

  okay well they cut that out so we have

  just Netflix but there is a lot on there

  and any other streaming service things

  on Plex and everything so we have access

  to a lot of stuff so we're going to tell

  you wonderful adults out there what

  shows you can let your kids watch and

  not feel like your brain is dripping out

  of your ear so here we go number four

  picks what do you got mark oh I'm sure

  our lists are gonna be pretty similar

  because we are stuck in the same house

  yeah they're gonna have probably the

  same items maybe in a different order

  although this one I don't think it's

  gonna make your list my number four not

  for any of the reasons we just mentioned

  is mighty machines Oh my number four is

  mighty machines really yeah my reasoning

  which might be different from your like

  us is that I find mighty machines

  incredibly dull because it's so there's

  you know there's no real stories you

  know mining machines it for anyone not

  familiar it's just like footage of

  trucks and planes and stuff just doing

  work and it's it's voiced over by

  rhetoric yeah they also like john

  roderick but it's it's voiced over by

  just like you know these like funny

  voices done by adults to try to amuse

  kids you have to drop this down clip of

  John Rother a truck hi kids welcome to

  the forest I'm a feller buncher

  they call me feller for short as my job

  is to cut down trees but don't worry

  kids I don't cut all the trees just the

  ones that I need

  it's like hi kids Here I am working the

  sawmill or whatever and it's like it's

  it's really you know low production

  value it's it's perfectly fine for kids

  and a lot of kids love it but the

  advantage of mining machines as an adult

  if you are watching your kid is that it

  is an ideal show to allow you to sneak a

  little nap in on the couch while you're

  watching your kid it is good because it

  doesn't capture adults attention at all

  but it does capture kids attention

  really well so you can you can point

  your kid in front of the TV like if

  they're like you know eating a sandwich

  and you can take a 15 minute nap so

  mighty machines is perfect for that

  highly recommended

  I recommend mighty machines because it

  has diversity in that the male and

  female truck voices are arbitrary like

  there are boy trucks and there are girl

  trucks voice wise and nobody seems to be

  doing any kind of specific work like

  they don't really it's just a person's

  voice so that's pretty great and that's

  like hi kids I'm the snowplow and then

  the other truck there's like almost no

  plug to you know so it's exactly and but

  you do I like it because it's very very

  educational they learn a ton of stuff

  there's an episode about harvesters I

  didn't know how they harvested tomatoes

  and they show it and it's pretty awesome

  and Adam is like mommy tomatoes are

  harvested during the summer season and I

  was like yes it is we have the best

  tomatoes in the summer he's like well

  mighty machines told me that I'm like I

  know it's awesome so your kid will

  actually learn things I mean there's

  really cool recycling ones in a

  recycling plant so it's not just like

  trucks and machines it's also machines

  like conveyer belts and stuff so yeah um

  yeah they get pretty much a small

  education on the inner workings of

  things Oh giant tow trucks amazing you

  should totally see how they flip over an

  overturned tractor-trailer it's pretty

  pretty cool also building a truck I

  really like the paint robots they're

  super cute so yeah there's a lot to like

  you don't just have to fall asleep

  during it like Marco does but there's a

  lot going on mining machines

  holler out shout out to Canada thank you

  for producing this show because it is

  great I think you might like it more

  than Adam does I may be alright my

  number three is the old series the Magic

  School Bus

  and the Magic School Bus you know this

  is the one that was on like when a lot

  of us were kids in like I guess what the

  late 80s Early 90s maybe 90s yeah so

  it's you know it's it's basically you

  know cartoon series featuring a lot of

  like science and lessons and all framed

  around these adventures that the Magic

  School Bus has with miss Frizzle and her

  class and it's a Sun book yeah based on

  books and it's it's just a really good

  like science e kids adventure show the

  the information in it is pretty good it

  was pretty far ahead of its time in

  terms of diversity and equality and

  empowerment and acceptance of people and

  things and it's it seems like if it was

  if the animation style was a little more

  up-to-date and if it was widescreen you

  could mistake it for a modern show I

  have this show as my number two actually

  because I do

  diversity plus plus in this show there

  are kids of every type in ms Frizzles

  class also miss Frizzle is a female

  science teacher which I know that there

  are a lot of them out there but a lot of

  times women are not portrayed as being

  scientific and she is and she's leading

  the class there are also kids in

  wheelchairs that are not seen as

  incapable of doing anything in the show

  they just totally ignore that he is in a

  wheelchair and lets him do and try

  everything that all the other kids are

  trying so there's no discrimination

  whatsoever about that there's no focus

  on it but it is there it's it's just

  showing the normalcy of pretty much

  every gender body ability race it's just

  great there's also a line in it which I

  really love then one of the kids says oh

  we could try this with manpower and then

  one of the girls says don't you mean

  person power I think yes little girl yes

  that's awesome and I just I love that

  that is in there it's subtle it's it

  doesn't hit you over the head it's just

  this Wonder

  class working together and and doing

  science experiments and learning about

  science e nature things the show is also

  it's kind of funny it's it's portrayed

  as when the when the show is over when

  an episode is over there's a producer of

  the show and it's like they take calls

  in from any it's pretty much like dinner

  moments yeah it's a totally comment it's

  it's they take calls from well actually

  people which are actually other kids so

  it's like well actually if you do

  fracked light in this way it wouldn't

  really create that and then the producer

  gets on the phone it's like well it is a

  TV show and we had to fudge this a

  little bit so it seemed a little bit you

  know could fit into our show but you're

  right it really does act like that in

  real science so it's kind of cool that

  they do was it they kind of just correct

  themselves yeah it's it's like a little

  likeyou no fictitious self-correction

  segment at the end but it's and you know

  most of the responses are like you know

  well that would have been really hard to

  show so we approximated it or like that

  wouldn't have fit into our time limit so

  we're sorry but like it but it's like

  they do a pretty good approximation most

  of the time they do they self correct

  they're you know there's simplifications

  yes they self correct they're

  simplifications of science techniques

  that they are trying to display which I

  find really great and really funny that

  they're not just like oh yeah there

  really is a Magic School Bus that

  shrinks and goes inside of people's

  bodies they also don't really shy away

  from a lot of stuff there was a episode

  about chickens and embryos growing and

  they didn't make it explicit but they

  were really honest about how a chicken

  and rooster make a fertilized egg and

  then how that egg grows and it's a it's

  pretty neat i I appreciated that and

  Adam doesn't find any of it weird and he

  tells me stuff often and it's me it's

  great we think it's a lot of information

  like the the the rate at which he

  absorbs information is pretty good for

  Magic School Bus like he learns a lot

  about nature and

  and the way things are on the world and

  it's pretty great yeah I really I really

  like as you can tell we both really like

  science and educational shows so I feel

  like when he is watching something he's

  absorbing some sort of learning from it

  yeah there's some value to it mm-hmm

  yeah so that's my number two it was only

  used for three yeah what was your number

  three out of curiosity my number three

  is another science show and it's Cat in

  the Hat knows a lot about that mm-hm I

  really love cat Matt I think again great

  diversity and it shows like the kids

  working together and being best friends

  and also it goes into science and even

  more than Magic School Bus but very

  similar premise in that the kids go on

  little magical adventures in order to

  discover things about the world when

  they have questions

  I feel like Cat in the Hat also goes it

  uses a lot of scientific terms it

  doesn't get afraid of like Adam busted

  out the words tardigrade you know like

  and he's like oh here's some moss

  tardigrades lived their cat in the hat'

  told me that I was like you don't say

  and I had to go look that up and see

  what it was and figured that out for

  myself but I tell that story all the

  time to all of our friends because I'm

  just amazed of the things that he comes

  out and says that are accurate and

  factual and the real scientific term for

  something and how it really works and he

  gets it from shows like Cat in the Hat

  and Magic School Bus

  so yeah Cat in the Hat is my number

  three I feel like if valleys Magic

  School Bus but I have a special place in

  my heart for miss Frizzle so see I also

  put Cat in the Hat

  as my number two ah so we had the same

  list just swapped a little bit down

  there because for many of the same

  reasons and we should clarify you know

  if you've only ever seen like old cat

  and they had things this is not that

  this is a it started in 2010 it's a PBS

  series it's still technically running a

  little the Wikipedia didn't have a lot

  of information passed about 2013 but

  it's it's a modern animated series

  little 30-minute chunks and it's very

  similar in the idea to mind your school

  bus where it's like it's a 30-minute

  animated adventure that the kids would

  go on with the Cat in the Hat and they

  go visit like different scientists and

  people who do things in the world and

  kind of learn about what

  and and it's it's pretty great I would

  say it is you know similarly charming as

  Magic School Bus I would say it is it's

  obviously more modern I'd say it's a

  little bit less adventure focused a

  little bit more on the science and info

  which I've which I kind of like so

  that's that's why I rent it higher was

  that it's like a little bit less crazy

  adventure stuff a little bit more like

  info it crammed into that time but

  otherwise it's it's a really good show

  and I and I totally agree that it should

  be on this list

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  cook alright so do you think our number

  one is gonna be the same I can almost

  guarantee it yeah yeah I'm surprised how

  much I mean like okay I knew that we

  were gonna have a very similar list in

  the content but I'm very surprised of

  how we're matching up here me too

  yeah I I really did not think that my

  team issues with him in your list I

  thought it was like too like crappy

  machines because I love the John

  Roderick Roderick with log cutter yeah

  so yeah number one what is it I have

  handy manny yep me too okay I want to

  first start out with the - that I do not

  like about Handy Manny okay I can't

  stand the children's hands they are

  creepy and weird and two things okay I

  hate it it's so I can't even look at the

  kids hands because the kids okay so the

  animation style it's kind of like

  computer animated and they take to make

  the children in the town of Handy

  Manny's town that he works in if they

  like just shrink the adults and then

  leave the adult size hands they're

  monsters it's horrible but if you get

  past the hands oh my god everything else

  is really great the basis the premise of

  the show is a handyman that lives in

  this town they speak a lot of Spanish

  but what the way they do it is they say

  the Spanish word and then they say the

  English word I suspect that this show

  might have been created for

  spanish-speaking kids to learn English

  but it goes either way yeah it certainly

  seems like that was a major a major goal

  of it yeah but either way it doesn't you

  know it doesn't matter everyone is

  there's all different people in the town

  and yeah it's just it's a rip what I

  pushed it over the edge to me for number

  one and that it is educational the - I I

  can't get over those hands it's

  terrifying but I love the sarcastic


  mm-hm and I love that there is an

  element of romance I just I love that

  there's a little romance in this show it

  it makes me interested oh yeah and I

  know it would go over any kids head is

  Maddie and Kelly are they gonna get

  together mmm she always has what he


  oh it's so cute and then the last

  episode the last episode oh I won't even

  tell you you just got to see it they

  leave it on such a cliffhanger ah yep

  yep Kelly um Annie yeah yeah my my duo

  right there you gotta live for the

  little things when you're watching kids

  TV like what I like about handy manny is

  like you know it isn't as educational as

  katha had around your school buzz like

  it's it's a little bit lower than

  educational stuff but it's more about

  like stories and people and and you know

  there and there's a mix like his like

  manis tools are a mix of childlike and

  adult like characters and and so they

  they tackle issues of like like maybe

  the childlike ones might be afraid of

  something that they might have some kind

  of fear that they have they have they

  have to work through in one episode or

  they might have like you know made a a

  childlike mistake and the and the adult

  like ones have to like you know take

  them through that and have them work

  through it and you know maybe admit that

  they were wrong or they're having issues

  like telling the truth or or asking for

  help or whatever else and and it's it's

  done in a really I think good overall

  way that the way to healthy story then

  like there's a there's a somewhat

  vaguely similar show called Bob the

  Builder and I don't know Bob is garbage

  compared to right like I I think Bob the

  Builder is is a a way less successful

  attempt at a similar kind of thing or

  Bob the Builder like they have like

  these like childlike worker vehicles

  like you know like a bulldozer all I do

  is whine and complain I can't stand

  Bob's machines I don't know how he works

  with them yeah they just screw up

  constantly and suck at everything but

  like also Bob and Wendy they there is

  you can't you can't even hold a candle

  to Manny and Kelly's love not even close

  no way nope and so I feel like if Bob

  the Builder is like and and we watch

  that a lot of that too in case you can't

  tell because Adam was into that for a

  little while but handy manny is a way

  better implementation of similar ideas

  and themes and and the bee

  cause like there's a good mix of adult

  and childlike characters there's enough

  thrown in there for adults who have to

  be watching it with their kids that it's

  still entertaining I'd like as an adult

  watching it but it doesn't go over like

  but but like it doesn't bore the kids

  with the adult stuff it's just like a

  little remark here they're a little joke

  here they're like a little dynamic that

  that the kids wouldn't get so it's it's

  entertaining for adults it's really

  great for kids the kids seem to like it

  just as much as the adults do and it's

  it's just like it's a it's a uplifting

  kind of it's just a kind show it's kind

  it's about teamwork it's about working

  together it's about being accepting of

  all different people yeah but it doesn't

  like beat you over the head with it

  no it does it's it's much more like well

  executed so it's a really good show and

  that's why it's my number one yeah and

  there's no like super annoying character

  in handy like there's that terrible

  scarecrow and Bob the Builder he's so oh

  he's just hopeless I find almost every

  character I'm probably build her

  hopeless and terrible all the machines

  the Scarecrow like half of the adults

  Bob I mean like it's well that's why I

  don't like things like Winnie the Pooh

  Winnie the Pooh like he's such a

  complainer like Oh everything's like

  everything's a problem and annoying or

  like everybody in that whole darn forest

  like I just can't take it I can't just

  shut it down just shut it down no see

  hany Manny's little village of what do

  they call sheetrock Hills that's where

  they live it's so there's a lot of

  little clever name things going on with

  all the different character like

  contractor jokes a lot of contractor

  jokes it's really funny that Kelly who

  owns the hardware store always has

  everything that they would possibly need

  no matter how obscure and there's one

  particular screwdriver that's always

  like oh yeah I've caught it he's like of

  course Kelly has it like you know just

  he that there's a carrot you know

  characters that make the jokes that the

  adults watching would say to themselves

  but they actually say it out loud in the

  show and it's pretty funny

  so yeah handy manny I really like it

  it's a Nickelodeon show it's hard to get

  really it was I think it was Disney kids

  Oh No yes right snot thank know it's

  Nick jr. it's it's somewhere near it's

  very hard to get at what I ended up

  doing was I think I said of just bind

  them all on iTunes because

  yes she came for sale on iTunes but

  before that you can only we were trying

  to buy it on Amazon and you can only get

  two episodes per video it was a whole

  things really weird but iTunes has them

  all and they're they're arranged like in

  collections but if you go on Wikipedia

  and look at the episode titles you can

  cat you can see that it's just seasons

  and and so you can buy them all there

  and I ended up breaking all the DRM on

  them there's some crazy hack so that we

  could have them on our on our plex

  server so that we can always watch them

  even when the internet connection is

  down and we can bring them on trips

  easily and things like that because it's

  it's just it's such a good show and it's

  a good like standby we don't watch it

  that often which is good because of like

  every season we're watching a lot we

  watched it a lot we watched it like

  through like two times in a row all the

  way through that's true but and evident

  then like Adam kind of took a break for

  me yeah for a few months and then like

  so every so often like if the internet

  connection is out or something else and

  we can't watch anything else we'll put

  that on from the plex server and it's

  it's a nice like kind of standby so a

  really good show yeah if you haven't

  seen it yet highly recommended

  especially if you're into teaching your

  kid a little bit of Spanish which i

  think is super helpful and interesting

  for them to learn a new language or a

  little tiny bits of a new language at

  least in your household and yeah I don't

  mean I guess my I don't know if Adam

  really has grasped a lot of it though

  it's kind of hard to tell what ages it's

  for like it's definitely fine for super

  young kids like you know I'd say like

  two and up probably I don't know like

  what what would you consider like too

  old for it maybe like six might be too

  old for it but I think he could probably

  still watch it now at five and get some

  value out of the stories and stuff yeah

  I don't know the little puppies are cute

  yeah everything the show is super cute

  except for the children they are