YMMV: Shining Time Station

  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Two for Stacy in the last episode:
    • The two jewel thieves enter the station and accost Schemer, claiming to be undercover cops. Stacy enters the scene, and when the crooks won't show any ID, she wards them off with a baseball bat.
    • In one of the last scenes, Stacy and Mr. King take a switcher out of the yard to head off the thieves, who stole Ginny's truck and were chasing Schemer down the road.
    • Schemer gets one in the episode where he's trying to join a club run by the bigoted Mr Hume. Stacy, Billy and the kids can tell Mr Hume is a jerk who looks down on people, but Schemer is too determined to join to notice. Towards the end, though, he tries to set it up so his friends can join as well, but Mr Hume begins to list all the superficial "flaws" they have, and Schemer slowly realizes what a kind of club he's really joining. And then, when he is told he'll have to cut off his curl to be "one of them", he finally gets angry with Mr Hume, tricks him into eating some very sticky toffee, and promptly tells him if his club "isn't good enough for my friends, then it isn't good enough for me!"
  • Crowning Moment of Funny:
    • Schemer falling in the Lucky Ducky Pond. That is all.
    • Schemer tripping over and getting caught up in a tent is also quite amusing.
    • In "Stacy Forgets Her Name", an amnesic Stacy freaking out at seeing Mr. Conductor:
    • When the baseball team is short a player, Schemer dresses up Midge Smoot in a uniform and tries to pass her off as a kid.
      J.B. King: (pinching her cheek) And how old are you, little girl?
      Midge: (pinching him harder) It's not polite to ask a little girl how old she is!
      Sledgebolt: That's no little girl! She's old enough to be my mother! (Midge glares) Okay! My sister!
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming:
    • The ending to the Christmas Episode "'Tis a Gift." Full stop.
    • J.B. King got quite a few since his first appearance, in which he started out a cold businessman but warmed up when he realized that Mr. Conductor, a figure from his childhood, lived at Shining Time.
    • The theme song, which was Joe Raposo's last work before he passed away in February of 1989 (just one week after the show premiered). Also, the various performances by the Jukebox Band.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • Pretty much anything the Jukebox Band performs.
    • Many of the songs from the Anything Tunnel, The Magic Bubble and the Picture Machine count as this too.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Everyone loves Schemer.
  • Growing the Beard: Around the second season when the main cast was revamped and the recurring cast expanded.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the episode "Becky Makes A Wish", Stacy and Schemer get their personalities switched. Can you think of an episode of another PBS show in which two characters suffer the same fate years later?
  • Memetic Mutation: Three words: Mr. Conductor's Double.
  • Nightmare Fuel: A mild example in the scene where Becky, Kara and Dan's eyes spin around in their heads in "Mr. Conductor Gets Left Out".
  • Tear Jerker: A lot of "Is This the End?".
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The Chroma Key effects for Mr. Conductor. Very convincing.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Ringo Starr (the first Mr. Conductor) was an odd choice for the role, although the reasoning was sound — he had already provided the narration for the Thomas shorts. But then they brought in George Carlin (yes, the same guy known for the Seven Dirty Words bit) to replace him...
    • Carlin had also been a narrator for the show.