I am soooooo fucking elated right now. OK, so back in law school, drinking conversations would ofter turn to TV shows, as drinking conversations are oft to do. Sometimes, naturally, these conversations would be about shows we watched as kids. I would always talk about one of my favorite shows, and the explanation would go something like this:
So I used to get up wicked early on Saturday mornings to watch this show that was on either before or after “Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse,” another awesome show (which had a fucking frog who talked like Edward G. Robinson!). Anyway, there was this kid on Earth and this chick living in space, on a space station or something. And they would talk to each other through their TVs. And there were puppets. And they would watch old “Laurel and Hardy” clips together. And I kinda had a crush on the chick.
This would inevitably be followed by:
Well vindication is finally mine! Over the weekend, I stumbled upon a post on io9 about “Starstuff,” and son of a bitch if that ain’t the show I used to drunkenly ramble on about. As the Wikipedia page explains:
Starstuff centered around a boy named Chris (Todd Porter) and a girl named Ingrid (Johanna Hickey). Chris lived in the present while Ingrid lived in the future on a space colony. Chris’s television set was able to pick up video transmission from Ingrid’s spaceship and they were able to communicate, often showing each other clips from Laurel and Hardy’s Laughtunes as well as snippets of the educational children’s news show, Kidsworld.
There was a sub-show within Starstuff titled The Edge of Space, and was generally the second-to-last segment in the show. Lasting approximately 10 minutes, it was a space-based puppet segment starring Krikles, Zornad, and their robot assistant, Giz, as they explored the universe in their spaceship searching for life.
See? Basically what I said!
Since it was a local show filmed outside of Philly (in Bala Cynwyd), and only aired on Philly’s channel 10 (which is now NBC, but was CBS at the time), it’s no wonder none of my friends knew what the hell I was talking about. But, contrary to several of their declarations, I was not crazy.
Seriously, you have no idea how god damn giddy watching that opening theme video made me. I also remember the show ending on a rather sad note, as I think the last episode ended with Ingrid’s aunt taking her away to another space station or something, and that her and Chris weren’t going to get to talk anymore. *tear*
And Holy. Shit! My little childhood crush was on an episode of “Chuck?” Mind. Blown.
Jumping jehosaphat those puppets used to freak my shit out!
Anyway, god bless you io9, for giving me some true holiday joy!