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** In the show's first season (filmed in Ohio from 1977-79), there were several main characters who didn't return for the later Nickelodeon episodes. They were all played by Franci Anderson: the human storyteller Franci, a group of alien marionettes called the Wonkles, and a spider marionette named Spiderbelle. When filming moved from Ohio to New York for the show's second season, Franci decided to stay in Ohio, so her characters were retired.

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** In the show's first season (filmed in Ohio from 1977-79), there were several main characters who didn't return for the later Nickelodeon episodes.seasons. They were all played by Franci Anderson: the human storyteller Franci, a group of alien marionettes called the Wonkles, and a spider marionette named Spiderbelle. When filming moved from Ohio to New York for the show's second season, Franci decided to stay in Ohio, so her characters were retired.



** The human and puppet casts were also much smaller in season oe. The human cast only featured Franci, Coco, and Jake. The puppet cast featured only Aurelia, Ebenezer, Luigi O'Brien and his vegetables, Plus, Minus, the Wonkles, and Spiderbelle.

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** The human and puppet casts were also much smaller in season oe.one. The human cast only featured Franci, Coco, and Jake. The puppet cast featured only Aurelia, Ebenezer, Luigi O'Brien and his vegetables, Plus, Minus, the Wonkles, and Spiderbelle.


In 1988, Nickelodeon launched Nick Jr., its weekday morning block for preschoolers. Reruns of ''Pinwheel'' were the first show to air during the block, and for a time, ''Pinwheel'' was Nick Jr.'s flagship show. Since 1988, ''Pinwheel'' has been exclusively part of the Nick Jr. brand. Whenever the show is acknowledged by Nickelodeon, they categorize it as a Nick Jr. series, and the [[https://twitter.com/nickjr/status/1322194491374260229 social media pages for Nick Jr.]] feature ''Pinwheel'' every once in a while.

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In 1988, Nickelodeon launched Nick Jr., its [[UsefulNotes/BlockProgramming weekday morning block block]] for preschoolers. Reruns of ''Pinwheel'' were the first show to air during the block, and for a time, ''Pinwheel'' was Nick Jr.'s flagship show. Since 1988, ''Pinwheel'' has been exclusively part of the Nick Jr. brand. Whenever the show is acknowledged by Nickelodeon, they categorize it as a Nick Jr. series, and the [[https://twitter.com/nickjr/status/1322194491374260229 social media pages for Nick Jr.]] feature ''Pinwheel'' every once in a while.


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[[caption-width-right:160:''Pinwheel, pinwheel, spinning around. Look at my Pinwheel and see what I've found.'']]

''Pinwheel'' was the flagship program for the then-new {{Creator/Nickelodeon}} network back in 1979. In fact, the show actually predates the network itself. Premiering in 1977, it was first seen on Warner Cable's experimental QUBE cable system on channel slot C3, which was dedicated to this one show[[note]]Contrary to popular belief, the network was always called Nickelodeon. Pinwheel was never the network's name. It was just the name of the show.[[/note]]. It was a program similar to ''Series/SesameStreet'' in many ways, having a standard human cast with numerous puppet friends, and various in-between segments. Not really surprising, however, as creator and executive producer Vivian Horner previously worked for ''Sesame Street''[='=]s production company, the Children's Television Workshop, as director of research for one of ''Sesame Street''[='=]s sister programs, ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971''.

One of the interesting things about ''Pinwheel'' was that it exposed American and Canadian children to otherwise-unavailable European short subjects like ''Miximetric'', ''WesternAnimation/ChapiChapo'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Bod}}'', and ''Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings''.

''Pinwheel'' usually aired in three- to five-hour blocks in the mornings, and eventually became part of the Nick Jr. block of programming. The series ended in 1990, when it was replaced with newer Nick Jr. shows.

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''Pinwheel'' is an educational preschool series. It was the first show on {{Creator/Nickelodeon}}, as well as the first show to air during the network's [[Creator/NickJr Nick Jr. block]]. The show aired from 1977 to 1984, with reruns until 1990.

The show is set in Pinwheel House, a boarding house powered by a spinning pinwheel on the roof. The boarding house is inhabited by a cast of humans and puppets. Together, the house residents solve problems and play games relevant to preschoolers. Each episode is divided into short segments including skits, songs, photo montages, and animations.

The show's first season premiered in 1977. At the time, ''Pinwheel'' was shown exclusively on QUBE, an experimental cable system in Columbus, Ohio. The show was carried on a channel slot labeled C-3, which was dedicated to this one show.[[note]]Because
''Pinwheel'' was the flagship program for the then-new {{Creator/Nickelodeon}} network back in 1979. In fact, the only show actually predates on Channel C-3, many people mistakenly believed that "Pinwheel" was also the network itself. Premiering in 1977, it was first seen on Warner Cable's experimental QUBE cable system on channel slot C3, which was dedicated to this one show[[note]]Contrary to popular belief, name of the network was always called Nickelodeon. Pinwheel channel. The name "Pinwheel" was never the network's name. It used for a network; it was just the name of the show.[[/note]]. It [[/note]] In 1979, the C-3 channel expanded into a national network called Nickelodeon. ''Pinwheel'' remained on the network, now joined by a roster of other shows.

In 1988, Nickelodeon launched Nick Jr., its weekday morning block for preschoolers. Reruns of ''Pinwheel'' were the first show to air during the block, and for a time, ''Pinwheel''
was Nick Jr.'s flagship show. Since 1988, ''Pinwheel'' has been exclusively part of the Nick Jr. brand. Whenever the show is acknowledged by Nickelodeon, they categorize it as a program similar to ''Series/SesameStreet'' Nick Jr. series, and the [[https://twitter.com/nickjr/status/1322194491374260229 social media pages for Nick Jr.]] feature ''Pinwheel'' every once in a while.

The show's crew members were hired for their previous experience in preschool television, with
many ways, having a standard human cast with numerous puppet friends, and various in-between segments. Not really surprising, however, as creator and executive producer Vivian Horner previously worked for of them coming from ''Sesame Street''[='=]s production company, the Children's Television Workshop, Workshop. The show's creator Vivian Horner had previously worked as director of research for ''[[Series/TheElectricCompany1971 The Electric Company]]'', one of ''Sesame Street''[='=]s sister programs, ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971''.

One of the interesting things about ''Pinwheel'' was that it exposed American and Canadian children to otherwise-unavailable European short subjects like ''Miximetric'', ''WesternAnimation/ChapiChapo'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Bod}}'', and ''Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings''.

''Pinwheel'' usually aired in three- to five-hour blocks in the mornings, and eventually became part of the Nick Jr. block of programming. The series ended in 1990, when it was replaced with newer Nick Jr. shows.
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* CloudCuckooLander: Minus
* CuteMute: Coco, the female mime.

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* CloudCuckooLander: Minus
Minus.
* CuteMute: Coco, Coco the female mime.Mime.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The very earliest episodes from the QUBE era (1977-79) only featured Jake, Coco, and Franci (who left the series after the move from QUBE to Nickelodeon) as the human characters. The puppet cast was likewise much smaller, featuring only Plus, Minus, Ebenezer, Aurelia, Luigi O'Brien and his vegetables, and a few characters who didn't make the transition to Nickelodeon, and the puppets themselves were more visibly cheaply made (this was especially noticeable with Plus and Minus). The biggest difference, however, was that the QUBE episodes featured no animated segments, relying more heavily on musical performances.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The very earliest episodes EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** In the show's first season (filmed in Ohio
from 1977-79), there were several main characters who didn't return for the QUBE era (1977-79) later Nickelodeon episodes. They were all played by Franci Anderson: the human storyteller Franci, a group of alien marionettes called the Wonkles, and a spider marionette named Spiderbelle. When filming moved from Ohio to New York for the show's second season, Franci decided to stay in Ohio, so her characters were retired.
** The first season also featured long storytelling sequences, narrated by Franci and featuring her original artwork. For seasons two and three, these sequences were replaced with animated inserts acquired from outside companies.
** The human and puppet casts were also much smaller in season oe. The human cast
only featured Jake, Franci, Coco, and Franci (who left the series after the move from QUBE to Nickelodeon) as the human characters. Jake. The puppet cast was likewise much smaller, featuring featured only Plus, Minus, Aurelia, Ebenezer, Aurelia, Luigi O'Brien and his vegetables, Plus, Minus, the Wonkles, and a few characters who didn't make the transition to Nickelodeon, and the puppets themselves were more visibly cheaply made (this was especially noticeable with Plus and Minus). The biggest difference, however, was that the QUBE episodes featured no animated segments, relying more heavily on musical performances.Spiderbelle.



* {{Expy}}: For some ''Series/SesameStreet'' characters: Plus and Minus for Ernie and Bert, Ebenezer for Oscar the Grouch, Admiral Bird for Snuffy the Snuffleupagus, Silas the Snail for Big Bird, Smitty for Mr. Hooper.
* {{Irony}}: Minus is the more cheerful and energetic one while Plus is the more thoughtful and serious (relatively speaking) one.
* LethalChef: During a cooking competition, Ebenezer tries to enter in one of his pancakes, but it's so tough, Coco, who's severing as the judge, can't even chew it. Needless to say Ebenezer doesn't win, but it isn't a total loss. The Hobo Bugs end up using the pancake as a trampoline.

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* {{Expy}}: For some ''Series/SesameStreet'' characters: One could consider Ebenezer an expy of Oscar the Grouch from ''Series/SesameStreet'', though Ebenezer explicitly calls himself "the villain" of Pinwheel House whereas Oscar is just a grumpy character. Plus and Minus for could be seen as expies of Ernie and Bert, Ebenezer for Oscar the Grouch, Admiral Bird for Snuffy the Snuffleupagus, Silas the Snail for Big Bird, Smitty for Mr. Hooper.
since they are both duos of male puppets, but while Ernie and Bert are adult characters, Plus and Minus are immature children whose segments center on childhood experiences.
* {{Irony}}: Minus is the more cheerful and energetic one one, while Plus is the more thoughtful and serious (relatively speaking) one.
* InterspeciesAdoption: Aurelia (a puppet) has a niece who is a human (Kim).
* LethalChef: During a cooking competition, Ebenezer tries to enter in one of his pancakes, but it's so tough, Coco, who's severing tough that Coco (who's serving as the judge, judge) can't even chew it. Needless to say say, Ebenezer doesn't win, but it isn't a total loss. The loss; the Hobo Bugs end up using the pancake as a trampoline.



* MissedHimByThatMuch: Smitty is always trying to get a picture of the elusive Admiral Bird, which seemed to enjoy teasing him by being right behind him and leaving when he turns around.

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* MissedHimByThatMuch: Smitty is always trying to get a picture of the elusive Admiral Bird, which seemed Bird. The other characters, including Smitty's wife Sal, often see and interact with the Admiral Bird. Smitty, on the other hand, never manages to enjoy snap a picture of him. The Admiral Bird enjoys teasing him Smitty by being right behind him him, playing various pranks, and leaving when whenever he turns around.



** 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.

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** Smitty is always looking for the Admiral Bird, a strange, goofy-looking bird that only appeared when he was out of the room Bird and couldn't always misses his chance to take a picture of him.


One of the interesting things about ''Pinwheel'' was that it exposed American and Canadian children to otherwise-unavailable European short subjects like ''Miximetric'', ''WesternAnimation/ChapiChapo'', ''Bod'', and ''Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings''.

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One of the interesting things about ''Pinwheel'' was that it exposed American and Canadian children to otherwise-unavailable European short subjects like ''Miximetric'', ''WesternAnimation/ChapiChapo'', ''Bod'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Bod}}'', and ''Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings''.


* LethalChef: During a cooking competition, Ebenezer tries to enter in one of his pancakes, but it's so tough, Coco, who's severing as the judge, can't even chew it. Needless to say Ebenezer doesn't win, but it isn't a total loss. The Hobo Bugs end using the pancake as a trampoline.

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* LethalChef: During a cooking competition, Ebenezer tries to enter in one of his pancakes, but it's so tough, Coco, who's severing as the judge, can't even chew it. Needless to say Ebenezer doesn't win, but it isn't a total loss. The Hobo Bugs end up using the pancake as a trampoline.



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[[caption-width-right:160:''Pinwheel, pinwheel, spinning around. Look at my Pinwheel and see what I've found.'']]

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* LethalChef: During a cooking competition, Ebenezer tries to enter in one of his pancakes, but it's so tough, Coco, who's severing as the judge, can't even chew it. Needless to say Ebenezer doesn't win, but it isn't a total loss. The Hobo Bugs end using the pancake as a trampoline.

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* CloudCuckooLander: Minus


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* {{Irony}}: Minus is the more cheerful and energetic one while Plus is the more thoughtful and serious (relatively speaking) one.


''Pinwheel'' was the flagship program for the then-new {{Creator/Nickelodeon}} network back in 1979. In fact, the show actually predates the network itself. Premiering in 1977, it was first seen on Warner Cable's old QUBE cable system on channel slot C4, which was dedicated to this one show[[note]]Contrary to popular belief, the network was always called Nickelodeon. Pinwheel was never the network's name. It was just the name of the show.[[/note]]. It was a program similar to ''Series/SesameStreet'' in many ways, having a standard human cast with numerous puppet friends, and various in-between segments. Not really surprising, however, as creator and executive producer Vivian Horner previously worked for ''Sesame Street''[='=]s production company, the Children's Television Workshop, as director of research for one of ''Sesame Street''[='=]s sister programs, ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971''.

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''Pinwheel'' was the flagship program for the then-new {{Creator/Nickelodeon}} network back in 1979. In fact, the show actually predates the network itself. Premiering in 1977, it was first seen on Warner Cable's old experimental QUBE cable system on channel slot C4, C3, which was dedicated to this one show[[note]]Contrary to popular belief, the network was always called Nickelodeon. Pinwheel was never the network's name. It was just the name of the show.[[/note]]. It was a program similar to ''Series/SesameStreet'' in many ways, having a standard human cast with numerous puppet friends, and various in-between segments. Not really surprising, however, as creator and executive producer Vivian Horner previously worked for ''Sesame Street''[='=]s production company, the Children's Television Workshop, as director of research for one of ''Sesame Street''[='=]s sister programs, ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971''.


* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The very earliest episodes from the 1970s only featured Jake, Coco, and Franci (who left the series after a few years) as the human characters. The puppet cast was likewise much smaller, and the puppets themselves were more visibly cheaply made, with Plus and Minus appearing as glove puppets on a set similar to a Punch and Judy stand.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The very earliest episodes from the 1970s QUBE era (1977-79) only featured Jake, Coco, and Franci (who left the series after a few years) the move from QUBE to Nickelodeon) as the human characters. The puppet cast was likewise much smaller, featuring only Plus, Minus, Ebenezer, Aurelia, Luigi O'Brien and his vegetables, and a few characters who didn't make the transition to Nickelodeon, and the puppets themselves were more visibly cheaply made, made (this was especially noticeable with Plus and Minus appearing as glove puppets Minus). The biggest difference, however, was that the QUBE episodes featured no animated segments, relying more heavily on a set similar to a Punch and Judy stand.musical performances.


* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The very earliest episodes from the 1970s only featured Jake, Coco, and Franci (who left the series after a few years) as the human characters. The puppet cast was likewise much smaller, and the puppets themselves were more visibly cheaply made, with Plus and Minus appearing as glove puppets on a set similar to a Punch and Judy stand.



* {{Expy}}: For some ''Series/SesameStreet'' characters: Plus and Minus for Ernie and Bert; Ebenezer for Oscar the Grouch; Admiral Bird for Snuffy the Elephant, Silas the Snail for Big Bird, Smitty for Mr. Hooper.

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* {{Expy}}: For some ''Series/SesameStreet'' characters: Plus and Minus for Ernie and Bert; Bert, Ebenezer for Oscar the Grouch; Grouch, Admiral Bird for Snuffy the Elephant, Snuffleupagus, Silas the Snail for Big Bird, Smitty for Mr. Hooper.



** 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.

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** 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.[[note]] At least one sketch ends with the rocket still on the launchpad, but it never blasts off with Plus inside.[[/note]]


* {{Expy}}: For some ''Series/SesameStreet'' characters: Plus and Minus for Ernie and Bert; Ebenezer for Oscar the Grouch; Admiral Bird for Snuffy the Elephant.

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* {{Expy}}: For some ''Series/SesameStreet'' characters: Plus and Minus for Ernie and Bert; Ebenezer for Oscar the Grouch; Admiral Bird for Snuffy the Elephant. Elephant, Silas the Snail for Big Bird, Smitty for Mr. Hooper.


* {{Expy}}: For some ''Series/SesameStreet'' characters: Plus and Minus for Ernie and Bert; and Ebenezer for Oscar the Grouch.

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* {{Expy}}: For some ''Series/SesameStreet'' characters: Plus and Minus for Ernie and Bert; and Ebenezer for Oscar the Grouch.Grouch; Admiral Bird for Snuffy the Elephant.


''Pinwheel'' was the flagship program for the then-new {{Creator/Nickelodeon}} network back in 1979. In fact, the show actually predates the network itself. Premiering in 1977, it was first seen on Warner Cable's old QUBE cable system on channel slot C4, which was dedicated to this one show[[note]]Contrary to popular belief, the network was always called Nickelodeon. Pinwheel was never the network's name. It was just the name of the show.[[/note]]. It was a program similar to ''Series/SesameStreet'' in many ways, having a standard human cast with numerous puppet friends, and various in-between segments. Not really surprising, as creator and executive producer Vivian Horner previously worked for ''Sesame Street''[='=]s production company, the Children's Television Workshop, as director of research for one of ''Sesame Street''[='=]s sister programs, ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971''.

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''Pinwheel'' was the flagship program for the then-new {{Creator/Nickelodeon}} network back in 1979. In fact, the show actually predates the network itself. Premiering in 1977, it was first seen on Warner Cable's old QUBE cable system on channel slot C4, which was dedicated to this one show[[note]]Contrary to popular belief, the network was always called Nickelodeon. Pinwheel was never the network's name. It was just the name of the show.[[/note]]. It was a program similar to ''Series/SesameStreet'' in many ways, having a standard human cast with numerous puppet friends, and various in-between segments. Not really surprising, however, as creator and executive producer Vivian Horner previously worked for ''Sesame Street''[='=]s production company, the Children's Television Workshop, as director of research for one of ''Sesame Street''[='=]s sister programs, ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971''.

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* EmbarrassingNickname: Whenever Ebenezer is on the phone with his mother, she keeps calling him "Little Ebby" even though he keeps asking her not to.


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* MissedHimByThatMuch: Smitty is always trying to get a picture of the elusive Admiral Bird, which seemed to enjoy teasing him by being right behind him and leaving when he turns around.

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