Long-running UK kids' show, intended to be the British equivalent of Sesame Street, which, for the bulk of its long-running time, centered around puppets Zippy (a creature with a zipper for a mouth) and George (a camp hippopotamus), as well as a bear named Bungle and their human caretaker Geoffrey. It started airing in 1972, and ended in 1992, followed by two spinoffs.Many non-European viewers know the show for its infamous "twangers" episode which consisted of a half hour of proceedingly less veiled double entendres about the sexual escapades of the cast. The episode never actually aired as part of the show and was put together at a production party as a private joke, but has since migrated its way to YouTube and other such online video sites. Zippy and George also appeared on The Weakest Link.
Rainbow provides examples of:
- Ambiguously Gay: George
- Anti-Role Model: Zippy is sometimes portrayed as this
- Bears Are Bad News: Subverted and sort of played straight with Bungle. He's quite a nice character, but isn't exactly the brightest crayon in the box.
- Big Eater: Zippy. Very much so.
- Bumbling Dad: Geoffrey
- Cameo: The characters have made brief appearances in shows like Ashes to Ashes and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.
- Canon Foreigner: Cleo the rabbit in one spin-off, Dale in the later 'Rainbow Days'. Fans tend to disregard their existence.
- Cartoon Creature: Zippy. Word of God calls him 'a unique'.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: When the show premiered in 1972, the original "stars" of the show were two puppets named Sunshine and Moony, who would often have little conversations relating to the episode. Eventually, though, they were overshadowed in popularity by Zippy and disappeared without a trace in 1973.
- Cross Over: Sooty appeared a couple of times
- Dream Sequence: too many times to count
- Edutainment Show
- Everything's Better with Rainbows
- Guilty Pleasure
- Kids Are Cruel: Zippy
- Long Runners: Over 1000 episodes between 1972 and 1992. Which would be long even by Japanese standards, but by British standards, it's an eternity!
- Odd Couple: Zippy and George
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Inverted somewhat. George is male yet has pink fur (which is actually appropriate). In the first spinoff, Cleo, the female rabbit, had blue fur.
- Pride: Zippy has this in spades.
- Sesame Street Cred
- Spinoff: A series set in a toy shop, and 'Rainbow Days'.
- Subverted Kids Show: Undergone this treatment, with the 'twangers' clip and Zippy and George's appearance in Ashes to Ashes.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Zippy's cousin Zippo
- The Villain Sucks Song: Variation; a song is sung about how much of a 'bossy boots' Zippy is
- Whole Plot Reference: Plenty of these, even one imagining a backstory for Little Tommy Tucker