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''The Hoobs'' was a [[InternationalCoproduction British-Canadian]] children's television show produced by The Creator/JimHenson Company, originally airing on Creator/Channel4 and Creator/NickJr UK from 2001-2002. In the United States, the show was available exclusively on Creator/{{Hulu}}, though has since moved to a service called [=TubiTV=]. It also once aired on Creator/{{Sprout}} and if you have Roku, you can watch the complete series for free through a channel called Henson Family TV. The eponymous Hoobs were a species of alien creature reigning from the fictional Hoobland (in reality these creatures were played by {{muppet}}s), sent down to Earth by their [[TheMentor mentor]] Hubba Hubba to gather as much information about Earth as possible. Three of these Hoobs -- Iver, Tula and Groove -- were handed a [[{{Thememobile}} Hoobmobile]] that ran on singing motors (yes, ''really'') while they travelled the UK. The fourth, Roma, was sent to other parts of the world, like Oceania, Europe and even Antarctica to report on her findings which the other Hoobs would watch on a large screen.

The show intended to teach children about the very basics of human science and scientific research, as evidenced by [[StrictlyFormula the basic plot]] [[OnceAnEpisode of every episode]]:
* One of the Hoobs would encounter some sort of problem that would help them to formulate a question. They would then consult the other two Hoobs about this.
* Hubba Hubba would then gather the Hoobs and then formalise the procedure to add to his '''[[GreatBigBookOfEverything Great Hoobapaedia]]'''. This involved emailing Roma the task so she would be able to report her expertise to the rest of the Hoobs.
* The Hoob asking the question would start with asking "who", "what", "when", "where", "why" or "how". This lead to the Motorettes' (ie. the singing motors mentioned previously) vocal harmonising of that word.
** ''HOW? HOW? HOW? HOW? HOOOOW? HOW'' ''[[IncrediblyLongNote HOOOOOOOOOOOW?]]''
* The Hoobs then get firmly stuck into the "action research" method of the plan, using methods such as looking on Hoobnet (which inevitably cut away to an animated story interstitial), asking some children (or "Tiddlypeeps" as they called them) and doing various experiments. Roma would then present her research via Hoobnet.
* One other Hoob may participate in the "B" storyline, which was nowhere near as complex as the "A" storyline -- possibly to add more narrative elements to the show's structure.
* After about twenty minutes of trial-and-error, the Hoobs would then present a TV News-style report recapping the procedure before coming to their conclusion.

* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Downplayed. Though the Hoobs mainly spoke English, they had words and phrases which were exclusive to their home planet, including "Fan-tabby-hooby!" for "fantastic" and "peeps" for human(oid) adults.
* AmazingTechnicolourPopulation: The Hoobs themselves.
* BlindingBangs: Groove has hair that completely covers his eyes.
* TheComicallySerious: Iver and his obsession with "Hoob News" often results in this.
* EdutainmentShow: The show teaches a wide variety of material ranging from pro-social values to general topics, including stuff such as things that make one laugh to the nature of stars.
* FriendlyTickleTorture: In "Laughter," the Hoobs search for something that makes both them and "tiddlypeeps" (children) laugh. It turns out to be this.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Averted. The Hoobs frequently look to the "peeps" for knowledge and wisdom.
** HumansAreFlawed: That said, the show does not shy away from exploring some of humanity's flaws -- it briefly touches upon matters such as criminals (''Iver Five-O'' and ''Bossy Boots'') and the mistreatment of animals (''Not A Horse'').
* JerkassBall: While fairly mild examples of this trope, Iver, Groove and/or Tula can pick this up whenever they become either too obsessed with answering the Hoob News question, or couldn't care less about it. Iver is often an example of the former, while Groove is usually the latter.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Mark Jefferis's portrayl of Groove seems noticeably cheekier than John Eccleston's, though the character's love for his friends remains fully intact.
* MeaningfulName: Roma is named because she roams the planet. Groove is so named because he's the TotallyRadical one.
* SentientVehicle: Well actually, it's a non-sentient vehicle with sentient motors.
* TitleThemeTune
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: The Motorettes, ''all the time''.
* ThemeTuneRollCall
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Hubba Hubba.