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->''"Have you seen these things? This planet's amazing. Television in their stomachs. Now '''that''' is evolution."''
-->-- '''TheMaster''', ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums "The Sound of Drums"]]

These four freaky alien-looking children live in an astroturf paradise, guarded by shower-head looking tannoy systems which rise from the ground, are surrounded by rabbits, and live with a sentient vacuum cleaner called 'Noo Noo'. Their only sustenance is toast and pink custard, and they all speak in baby talk. They have televisions in their stomachs, which receive signals from real children via their windmill transmitter when one of them picks up a broadcast via the antennae on their heads. [[TheFaceOfTheSun And the sun is a baby's head.]]

''Teletubbies'' originated on TheBBC in 1997, but quickly became popular in the United States after being shown on PBS. The show ended in 2001 with 365 episodes.
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!!''Teletubbies'' provides examples of:

* {{Arcadia}}
* AerithAndBob: Laa-Laa's name is patterned after Nala from ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Tinky Winky.
* AnimalsNotToScale: Because the Teletubby costumes were huge (ten feet tall), and the setting had to be built to scale, the rabbits that were brought into populate Teletubby land were Flemish Giants, so as not emphasize the size of the costumes.
* AnnoyingLaugh: Again, TheFaceOfTheSun!
* CatchPhrase: A lot.
** They say their own name.
** "Over the hills and far away, Teletubbies come to play."
** "Eh-oh!"
** "Uh-oh!"
** "Naughty Noo-noo!"
** "Time for Teletubbies." [[ThatsAllFolks "Time for Tubby Bye-bye!"]]
* ChristmasEpisode: There are episodes where TheFaceOfTheSun [[AbsenteeActor DOESN'T appear]], and it snows in Teletubbyland. Some VHS releases dub the episodes with the word "Christmas" in them.
** There were some actual broadcast episodes that were Christmas-themed: in these episodes, there is a fully decorated Christmas tree in Teletubby Land, and each of the Teletubbies, in separate episodes, find a present under the tree; likewise, the footage they watch on their tummy telies is of kids doing fun things for the holidays.
* ConspicuousCG: The Animal Parade, the Magic Tree, the Three Boats, the Tea Party, the Dancing Bear, the Dancing Mushrooms, and the Marching Soldiers were all animated in CGI... and the show was just broadcast two years after ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' came out!
* CulturalTranslation: In some countries, the title has a [[TheTheTitle the]] added at the beginning of it, such as in France.
* DeathFic: Elementary-school kids love to kill these things off.
* TheFaceOfTheSun
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: All of them get a shared role
** TheLancer - Dipsy
** TheBigGuy - Tinky Winky
** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Girl]] - Po
** TheChick - Laa-Laa
** TeamPet - Noo Noo (The vacuum cleaner)
* FreeRangeChildren: They're supposed to be babies (just like the TargetAudience), yet they live on their own with no parental care or supervision. May be justified, as [[WildMassGuessing they seem to be some kind of aliens]]; whatever species they are apparently has very precocious offspring (and a lot of help from technology), and therefore little to no need for parental involvement.
* FleetingDemographicRule: Variant. 365 episodes were made with no defined {{Pilot}} and GrandFinale; this meant that either children would outgrow the show before they started to notice reruns between 1997 and 2001, or stop watching because the vignettes made kids crap themselves.
* GagDub: The Bear and the Lion - the Slovak Lion is a chatterbox, the Finnish Lion is a crazy lunatic, the Finnish bear is Carribean, the Flemish Bear is a nerd, the Flemish Lion has a sore throat, and the Polish bear is [[NeverMessWithGranny an old woman]].
%% HeyItsThatVoice is trivia and go in the Trivia tab.
* TheHyena: Everyone, especially TheFaceOfTheSun, who has such an AnnoyingLaugh!
* IconicItem: Tinky-Winky has his infamous purse, Dipsy has a cow-print hat, Laa-Laa has a big orange ball, and Po has her scooter.
* IDoNotSpeakNonverbal: Noo-Noo. He doesn't speak and only makes slurping and sucking noises.
* TheKiddieRide: There's one fashioned after the [=Tubbytronic Superdome=], and another after Noo-Noo.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Po and Tinky-Winky.
* MeaningfulName: They all have [=TVs=] on their stomachs, hence the "tele". As for "tubbies", well they are pretty fat (and the stomach thing again).
* MultipleDemographicAppeal: Although targeted at pre-schoolers, much older kids seemed to watch this show as well... mostly out of irony, probably.
* {{Narrator}}: Very important, since the Teletubbies themselves can't talk comprehensibly.
* NeverMessWithGranny: The Polish bear and the Funny Lady.
* NoFourthWall: The Teletubbies often times greet the audience and interact with the narrator, sometimes refusing to do what the Narrator tells them to do. During one episode, the narrator said, "One day, in Teletubby Land, Laa-Laa uses the watering can." Laa-Laa giggled, and then '''said the exact same thing''', including the "One day" part.
* ParrotExposition: This is all the Teletubbies are capable of in terms of exposition.
* PerpetualSmiler: ''Everyone'' - the Teletubbies, the dragons, the baby in the sun...
* PokemonSpeak: All of them. See CatchPhrase.
* RetroActiveRecognition: The Asian lesbian from ''{{Metrosexuality}}'' and co-host of [=CBeebies=] is Po.
* RogerRabbitEffect: The NightmareFuel Bear and Lion.
** The Chinese Dragons.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Dipsy and Laa-Laa
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Tinky Winky (Sensitive guy) and Dipsy (Manly man)
* ShesAManInJapan: Thought the Bear was a male? Well, in the Italian, Slovak, Swedish, Chinese and Korean dubs, she isn't.
* ShoutOut: On the Teletubbies television transmissions, there are [=TVs=] inside the kids' houses that show other TV shows, films, and even '''CARTOONS'''.
* SoundtrackDissonance: There's so much to list.
* SugarBowl
* TitleThemeTune[=/=]DoItYourselfThemeTune: Honestly, what else can they sing?
* TokenMinority: WordOfGod is that Dipsy is black (despite not exactly looking like it) and Po is Chinese.
** It was a stunt actor allusion as well: Dipsy and Po's actors are black and Chinese in RealLife as well.
*** [[BilingualBonus Po actually speaks Cantonese]], a dialect of the Chinese language, at least in the original BBC broadcasts. This is most noticeable when she's riding her scooter (''fai-ti'' and ''mun'' means ''fast'' and ''slow'' in Cantonese respectively). She has also been heard to count to three in Cantonese (''yap'', ''yi'' and ''sahm'' means ''one'', ''two'' and ''three'' in Cantonese respectively).
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Po (Tomboy) and Laa-Laa (Girly girl)
* TheUnintelligible: All four of them.
* TrashTheSet: Teletubby Land was built on the spot of a farmer's field, who only allowed them to use the spot for a certain amount of time, so when that time was up, the producers had to tear down the set quick, fast, and in a hurry. This may, or may not, explain why in later episodes, newly created footage simply featured the Teletubbies in blank, solid-colored screens.
* ViewersAreGoldfish: "Again, again again!"
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: The bear and lion. By a studio featuring works without Captain Pugwash-esque animation, it's presence made it scary enough to lead to its censorship.
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[[ThatsAllFolks Time for Tubby Bye-bye]]
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