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Series / Gullah Gullah Island

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So come and let's play together
In the bright, sunny weather.
Let's all go to Gullah Gullah Island.

Gullah Gullah Island was a children's show on Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. block in the mid 90's. The block's first live-action show stars a Gullah family and their tadpole friend Binyah Binyah Polliwog living on an island off the coast of South Carolina.

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  • Absentee Actor:
    • Vanessa was missing from 3 episodes: "Rain, Rain Go Away", "Charleston Market" and "Campout"
    • Simeon was missing from some episodes of the series.
  • Awkward First Sleepover: Season 4 has "The Big Sleepover" where both girls and boys were fighting and arguing over the space in the living room.
  • Babysitting Episode: "Home Alone With Grandma" has Grandma babysitting James, Vanessa and Shaina while Ron and Natalie go away on their trip for the whole day and night.
  • Baseball Episode: Season 4 has "The Mighty Cootas" where Shaina and Binyah Binyah participate in the baseball game.
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  • Beach Episode: Season 3's "A Day at the Beach"
  • Birthday Episode:
    • "Ron's Birthday" for Ron
    • "Shaina's Birthday Party" for Shaina
  • Camping Episode: Season 4's "Campout"
  • Christmas Episode: "A Gullah Gullah Christmas" in Season 4
  • Classically Trained Extra: Not really "classically trained," but Miss Juana was played by Iris Chacon, a very popular singer and performer in Puerto Rico.
  • Continuity Nod: In the Season 2 episode "Shaina's Birthday Party", Shaina turns 5. Oddly, in the Season 1 episode "Ron's Birthday", she was stated to be 5 years old.
  • Cool Big Bro: James is this to Shaina and Simeon.
  • First Day of School Episode: Season 1 has "The School Show" where Shaina goes to school for the first time along with Sara.
  • Halloween Episode: "Gullah Gullah Ghoul-Land" in Season 2
  • I Got Bigger: In first season, Simeon was shown as a baby. In the last season, he was shown as a toddler, speaking complete sentences.
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  • Informed Species: Binyah Binyah is supposed to be a polliwog, but looks more like an adult frog that hasn't lost its tail yet.
  • Mystery Episode:
    • Season 2's "The Pet Show" has James, Bryan and Binyah Binyah as "The Lost and Found Detective Agency" trying to search for Petey the rabbit who escaped from his cage.
    • Season 4's "James' Magic Show" has Vanessa, Jessica and Binyah Binyah as "The Secret Agent Agency" searching for Simeon's stuffed animal Mr. Patches.
  • Nephewism: Ron and Natalie are hosting their niece, Vanessa, while her parents are teaching in an African University.
  • Parental Bonus: An episode on the theme of dancing ended with the parents appearing in vintage '70s clothes, a mirror ball dropping down from the ceiling, and the cast performing a rousing rendition of "Let's Go to the Disco."
  • Pet Contest Episode: Season 4's "Stray Dog Blues"
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  • Pokémon Speak: Binyah Binyah Polliwog. Despite this, he's perfectly capable of speaking English.
  • Rain, Rain, Go Away: There was an episode title of it for Season 1. James sings the song in the same episode.
  • Sick Episode:
    • Natalie in "Natalie's Sick"
    • Vanessa in "Here Come the Hatchlings!"
  • The Smart Girl: Vanessa, of course.
  • Superhero Episode: Season 3 has "Fixing a Hurt" where James, Vanessa, Shaina and Binyah Binyah were playing superheros "The Gullah 4 Force" until Shaina jumps off the porch step and accidentally scapes her knee.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Vanessa (Tomboy) and Shaina (Girly Girl)
    • Mia and Jessica
      • In "Please Don't Eat the Alstons", Vanessa was stated to be a Girly Girl.
  • Vocal Evolution:
    • In Season 3, Bryan's voice has gotten low. In Season 4, it has gotten deep.
    • In Season 4, Armando's voice has gotten deep.
  • Wacky Sound Effect: In Season 1, when Binyah Binyah hopped, there was a boinging sound. It ended up being abandoned by Season 2.
  • We Need a Distraction: In "Ron's Birthday", Natalie and the kids were preparing a surprise Birthday Party for Ron. Some kids try to stall Ron by playing "Here We Go Looby Loo", and asking how old he is and stating how old they are.


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