was the flagship program for the then-new Nickelodeon
network back in 1979, and in fact the entirety of the network's output from 1977 to 1979. (Nick was even called Pinwheel during that time.) It was a program similar to Sesame Street
in many ways, having a standard human cast with numerous puppet friends. In fact, series head writer Lou Berger actually became head writer of Sesame Street
long after Pinwheel
's cancellation. One of the interesting twists about Pinwheel
was that it exposed American and Canadian children to otherwise unavailable European short subjects, like Miximetric
, Chapi Chapo
and Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings
The series ran throughout the early days of Nickelodeon, usually running in three- to five-hour blocks in the mornings. It eventually became part of the Nick Jr. block of programming. The series ended its run in 1989, when it was replaced with newer Nick Jr. shows.
Pinwheel contains the following tropes:
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: The series was never re-aired after cancellation, making many believe that it didn't exist. There have been numerous attempts to petition the release of some episodes on DVD, but to no avail. Your best shot of watching this show would be to find a bootleg on eBay.
- A few episodes have been uploaded to YouTube.
- Running Gag: In the "Plus Goes to the Moon" sketches, Plus would try taking a rocket to the moon, but he would get distracted easily, leaving the rocket to blast off without him.
- Smitty is always looking for the Admiral Bird, a strange, goofy-looking bird that only appeared when he was out of the room and couldn't take a picture of him.