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  • Adored by the Network: This show is one of the Big Three children's franchises for BBC, with the other two being Postman Pat and Tweenies.note  There has never been a day where Teletubbies hasn't aired on the BBC and/or its subchannels since the show's premiere 20 years ago.
    • Before unexpectedly pulling it from the main channel, Nick Jr. treated it this way on weekends by airing it five times a day, which is justified since it was their highest-rated acquired show. Also, it's one of two shows on the Noggin app to most of its episodes on it, the other show being Blue's Clues.
  • Banned In China: Any episode with Lion and Bear often got this treatment outside the UK (though Sweden was a rare case where the original was released as-is). Depending on your country, it was either replaced with the edited sketch, if not, another magical event entirely, or episodes that included it simply were never dubbed. However, the American DVD "Teletubbies Classics: Fan Favorites" included the episode "See-Saw" with the segment intact.
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  • Channel Hop: In the US, the original show aired on PBS Kids. The reboot airs on Nick Jr.
  • Dueling Dubs:
    • There's both a US and UK dub of the show. Besides some light changes to the voice cast, the US changes the content of some episodes to better suit educational standards.
    • There's two Portuguese dubs; one that aired in Brazil, and one that aired in parts of Europe.
  • Edited for Syndication: Episodes are pretty much tailor-made for international exports - you can have an episode on a certain educational subject (jumping, for example), but the episode's content as far as inserts go will differ from country to country.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • The 2015 series is known as "The Teletubbies Reboot" by fans. While nothing has come out saying whether or not it actually is a reboot, all the qualifications of it being one are there.
    • Before "Tummy Tales" became the canon term, fans would often call them "TV Events" or "Transmissions".
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    • The Magic Windmill is often called "The Magic Pinwheel" for obvious reasons. The reboot makes it look more like a windmill, though.
    • The Adobe Flash segments in the "Let's Learn English With the Teletubbies" DVDs are known as "Cartoon Magical Events" by fans. Most likely because the Magical Event cue plays before the crossfade into them.
    • It wasn't uncommon to hear the voice trumpets being called "speakers". Their official names were never given outside of promotion material anyway.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show is so popular in South Korea that exclusive merchandise for the show was produced for the country and it still airs there. Also, the Korean version of Saturday Night Live has a recurring segment about what the Teletubbies' lives would be like if they were adults.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: While the UK version of the show is well-archived despite the abundance of episodes, the US dub has largely been lost. Only a handful of episodes can be found online, and it's unknown who's in possession of the master tapes.
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  • Long Runner: The original series had a clean 5 year run of 365 episodes before its cancelation. And that's not even counting the reruns that still continued afterwards.
  • Milestone Celebration: To celebrate the show's 20th anniversary, the first-ever Teletubbies DVD to come out in America in over a decade was released. This DVD is called "Teletubbies Classics: Fan Favorites". Instead of a special like the past releases, this one contains popular episodes across a 3-disc set. Not only does it contain the original UK dub (a first for American release), but it's also the first time the infamous "Lion and Bear" magical event makes it on to an American release after the rumor of it being banned in that country.
  • Money, Dear Boy: British comedian John Simmit says the only reason he played Dipsy was because he needed money.
  • One-Hit Wonder: There was a single that was a Theme Tune Extended simply titled "Teletubbies Say Eh-oh". It topped UK record sales in 1997, and was never followed up.
  • The Other Darrin: Two different performers played Tinky Winky during the series' run; the first performer, British comedian/actor Dave Thompson, was fired as a result of the whole Ambiguously Gay controversy surrounding the character. Thompson was incredibly upset over his termination, as he very much enjoyed playing Tinky Winky. The 2015 reboot replaces the entire cast with the following actors: Jeremiah Krage (Tinky Winky), Nick Chee Ping Kellington (Dipsy), Rebecca Hyland (Laa-Laa) and Rachelle Beinart (Po). The narrator was also replaced, with Daniel Rigby taking over from Tim Whitnall.
  • Recut: Most VHS releases only play Tummy Tales segments once, mostly likely to save on film.
  • Release Date Change: The show was originally supposed to be launched in the United States in September of 1998 on PBS, but due to the monster success of the show in the United Kingdom, it instead premiered in April of the same year, switching slots with another show related to the BBC, The Noddy Shop.
  • Vacation, Dear Boy: Brennan Pilcher, the boy in the Tummy Tales segment in "Brennan's Moonwalk", stated in his upload of the segment that he was enrolling at TASIS where the crew just so happened to be filming. This also explains why he's the only American to ever appear in the show (as evidenced by the fact that his upload has the ActiMates encoding on it, something only found in PBS airings).
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Word of God has it that Ragdoll (the production company behind the show) originally wanted to do a children's sitcom, aimed at the 7-9 age bracket, about bumbling space explorers, but a series of changes to the proposal eventually resulted in a kiddie show aimed at 1-3 year olds about huge baby-like creatures dressed up in spacey outfits who explore their own fanciful world.
    • According to some sources on how the show was created, Anne Wood has stated that she created the show from inspiration by Watch With Mother cartoons (most notably Andy Pandy), which make Teletubbies Older Than the NES.
    • There were rumors that the Tubby Phone was going to be able to teleport the Teletubbies to the "real world" (most likely just the streets of London), but this idea never came to fruition. This would require tons of camera trickery to pull off anyway.


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