YMMV / The Puzzle Place

  • Anvilicious: Given that it's a children's educational show, it's more like Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped.
  • Awesome Music: The theme song. Even more awesome: the instrumental version that plays during the end credits.
  • Broken Aesop: In one episode they want to act out a story, and they find a fairy tale in a book where the accompanying illustration shows a Prince and Princess, both with light skin and blonde hair. Kiki, Leon, Skye, and Julie collectively decided that since only Ben & Jody look like that, those two are the only options to play the main characters. This makes them sad until they all decide to go find tales and myths from cultures that match their ethnicity. But it never mentioned that the parts didn't have to go to Ben & Jody and that it would be fine for any of the kids to play the Prince and Princess in a fairy tale. The Aesop came across looking more like a repudiation of the Black Vikings trope - telling kids that they should only ever act as someone of their own race on stage, and that people of color can't play leads in fairy tales of European origin.
  • Ear Worm: The theme song, as well as a lot of the other songs they sing.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the last episode, "I'm Talking to You," Skye and Kiki try to speak to a girl they've never met before. They think she's ignoring them, but she turns out to be deaf. In a 2006 episode of Sesame Street, the same thing happens to Telly and Rosita. Carmen Oshbar portrays both Kiki and Rosita.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • "The Ballad of Davy Cricket" which talks about death in light of the passing of Jody's cricket. Pretty depressing for a children's edutainment series.
    • "Party of One" deals with racism in which Leon is banned from attending a friend's birthday due to the former being African-American.

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