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A [[FiveTokenBand Six Token Band]] children's show on Creator/{{PBS}} done with puppets. You can read more about it on Wiki/TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Puzzle_Place here.]] The show lasted 3 seasons and a total of 75 episodes, and ran from January 16, 1995 to December 4, 1998, with reruns airing until March 31, 2000.

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[[folder: The Boys ]]

* '''Ben Olafson:''' European (German and Norwegian)
* '''Leon [=MacNeal=]:''' African-American.
* '''Skye Nakaiye:''' Apache.
* '''Kyle O'Connor:''' Irish-American (and a Disabled wheelchair user). A SixthRanger who appeared late in the series' life.

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[[folder: The Girls ]]

* '''Julie Woo:''' Chinese-American who grew up in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco.
* '''Jody Silver:''' Lithuanian Jewish.
* '''Kiki Flores:''' Mexican-American.

Also in the cast: a cat and dog named Sizzle and Nuzzle, who usually took the role of the B-Plot. There's also the multicolored gibberish-speaking Piece Police who run the place.

The puppets were well done and the stories were quite {{Anvilicious}} but enjoyable even to a teenage viewer.

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!!This show provides examples of:

* AesopAmnesia / RecycledScript: In the episode "Butterfingers," all the kids tease Ben with the titular mocking nickname after he drops his baton in a relay race, but realize how hurtful they were being and apologize by the end. In the episode "Just Kidding," all the kids tease Skye with the nickname "Mr. Forgetful" after he forgets to bring the bat for a baseball game, and have to learn the same lesson over again. In all fairness, though, the latter episode explicitly references "Butterfingers," complete with a flashback.
* AffectionateNickname: Kiki always calls Ben "Benny." Also, Julie can't go to sleep unless someone tells her "Good night, Sugarplum" the way her mother does - at slumber parties, her friends have to say it.
* AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering: After Julie tells the others the story of Literature/YehShen:
-->'''Leon:''' "A wicked stepmother. The heroine loses a shoe. The king finds it and then tries it on all the women in the kingdom. [[Literature/{{Cinderella}} Who]] does this remind me of?"
-->'''Skye:''' "TheLittleMermaid?"
* BrokenTreasure: In the episode "I Love Kiki," Kiki accidentally breaks Julie's new toy horse and angsts about how to tell her. But in the end, the toy turns out not to be broken after all it's a puzzle toy, made to come apart and be put back together.
* CaptainErsatz: The [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Mighty Magic Pigeon Pirates]].
* ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere: When Jody was avoiding all bread during the Passover, everyone wanted her to try the special Apache fry bread Skye's grandfather had made.
* CuteButCacophonic: Julie's obnoxiously loud singing is a running gag throughout the series. She sings perfectly nicely in the show's big musical numbers, though; this trope only appears when she's trying to show off her voice.
* DeadpanSnarker: Leon.
* DeathIsASadThing: In the episode "The Ballad of Davy Cricket," Jody's pet cricket dies, and the others help her deal with the loss by sharing memories of their own lost pets, as well as the mourning and remembrance customs from their various cultures.
* DisappearedDad / MissingMom: Ben's father died, while Jody's parents are divorced and she lives with her father.
* DreamSequence: "Ben's Bad Hair Day" is full of this, as a napping Ben repeatedly dreams that he has hair like one of his friends' instead of his own [[GagHaircut mangled]] locks.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: One early episode had Jody sporting ''straight hair'' instead of curls with no explanation whatsoever.
* FemaleFelineMaleMutt: Sizzle and Nuzzle.
* FearOfThunder: Leon.
* GagHaircut: The episode "Ben's Bad Hair Day" subjects Ben to this when his brothers' attempt to give him dreadlocks like Leon's goes horribly wrong. He tries to hide it from his friends with a {{Brown Bag Mask}} at first, but the bag flies off when he [[SneezeOfDoom sneezes]], revealing the mess.
* GirlishPigtails: Kiki.
* InstantThunder: Averted in the thunderstorm episode. The kids learned to count the seconds between the lightning and the thunder.
* KidsAreCruel: Several episodes have the kids dealing with being teased or bullied at school, while in several others they tease or pick on each other but realize they were wrong and apologize in the end.
* MenDontCry: The episode "Big Boys Don't Cry" deconstructs this mindset.
* NiceCharacterMeanActor: One episode had Julie and Kiki meet their idol, a self-proclaimed "cute" singer. They later find out she's incredibly mean underneath.
* PoirotSpeak: Nicely averted with Kiki, who speaks strongly accented yet fluent English and whose forays into Spanish are complete sentences that always serve a purpose in context. It helps that her puppeteer really is from Mexico.
* ShamefulShrinking: In an episode, Ben chews out at least two characters while he's trying to work out a puzzle. They visibly shrink as he yells at each one.
* SecondPlaceIsForWinners: In one episode, Ben enters his pet pig in a livestock show and is very disappointed when he loses, but the other kids are amazed when they learn he singlehandedly raised the pig from birth, and make him a special award just for that.
* SoapWithinAShow: One episode in which Kiki accidentally broke Julie's horse figurine spoofed ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' as part of an ImagineSpot.
* SweetAndSourGrapes: Inverted here: In one episode about decision making, the Piece Police make different varieties of doughnuts for each of the kids, but they have to choose one at a time. Leon wants the cruller, but Jody has a hard time choosing which doughnut she wants, preventing everyone else from doing so. Through the process of elimination, she rejects the least desirable doughnuts until the cruller is left. Leon eventually tries to convince Jody that the cruller is "too plain" and trade with him, but that fails. After some thought, however, he realizes that the one he has probably won't be so bad, though all that is done away with when Sizzle and Nuzzle steal and eat it behind his back.
* ThemeTuneRollCall
* TitleThemeTune
* TrademarkFavoriteFood:
** Kiki loves cinnamon, even putting it in her chili as part of a chili cook-off. It won first prize.
** Jody seems to especially like fish: her favorite pizza topping is anchovies (defying their {{Stock Yuck}} status) and her favorite picnic food is pickled herring.
* TheUnintelligible: The Piece Police.
* VagueAge: As is often the case with puppet characters (see also ''Franchise/TheMuppets'' and ''Series/SesameStreet''), and enhanced by the fact that the kids sometimes display PingPongNaivete. A line in one episode about Julie not having finished the third grade yet obviously implies that they're about eight, though.
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: Jody's father, sometimes.
* YouHaveToHaveJews: Jody's Jewishness is the focus of several episodes. The holiday special devotes considerable time to her teaching the other kids about Chanukah (and getting mortally offended when Ben innocently sticks her menorah on the Christmas tree), while another episode has her teach them about Passover, and in the episode where her pet cricket dies, her father teaches her about sitting Shiva.

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