Skinnamarink TV

Welcome to Skinnamarink TV, the singingest, happiest, silliest, warmest television station ever created.
The hosts and all of the memorable characters are played by Sharon, Lois & Bram, joined by two human-sized animal friends, Ella Acapella (she's a seven-year-old elephant) and C.C. CopyCat (one impish teen-aged feline).  Mix the mini-programs with folksongs, pop, show tunes, Beatles, and Tin Pan Alley,
all from the heart - and you've got a TV show that helps young kids to laugh, to feel safe and happy, and to enjoy some great music.

Season 1 (1997)

1. Giving
2. Cooperation
3. Sounds
4. Lost & Found
5. Clean
6. Fast & Slow
7. Sleep
8. Smell
9. Courage
10. Growing
11. Friendship
12. Nonsense
13. Healthy Body
14. Rhythm
15. Moods
16. Chickens!
17. Hot & Cold
18. Places
19. Pretending
20. FUn
21. Love
22. Numbers
23. Colors & Shapes
24. Big & Small
25. Body Check
26. Communication

 

Season 2 (1998)

1. Accepting Differences
2. Trains, Boats, Planes & Feet
3. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
4. Thoughts For Food
5. City Vs. Country
6. The Name Game
7. Imagination
8. How Things Work
9. Families
10. In & Outdoors
11. Dancing Feet
12. Feel Good About Yourself
13. Birds & Bees
14. Up & Down
15. Seasons
16. Time Travelers
17. Magic
18. Dressing Up
19. Melody Makers
20. Morning & Night
21. Sickness & Health
22. Over & Under
23. Rhyme
24. Neighborhood
25. Everybody Happy?
26. Good Times & Bad

 

Skinnamarink TV
AN Overview

from The Original Skinnamarink TV Website

 Sharon, Lois & Bram - the children's entertainers who entranced the North American preschool set with the popular Elephant Show the past decade - are back on TV with a brand-new musical comedy series that merges wonderful songs - past and present - with humorous mini-programs inspired by a typical television day, including morning exercise shows, cooking shows, sitcoms, news, mystery movies, sporting events, and many others.

Welcome to Skinnamarink TV, the singingest, happiest, silliest, warmest television station ever created. The hosts and all of the memorable characters are played by Sharon, Lois & Bram, joined by two human-sized animal friends, Ella Acapella (she's a 7-year-old elephant) and C.C. CopyCat (one impish teen-aged feline).

Mix the mini-programs with folk songs, pop, show tunes, Beatles, and Tin Pan Alley, all from the heart - and you've got a TV show that helps young kids to laugh, to feel safe and happy, and to enjoy some great music.

The heart and soul of Skinnamarink TV is the music performed by Sharon, Lois & Bram. Every episode is a mini-musical, offering an average of six songs. While commissioning some first-rate original material, the Trio is passionate and single-minded about acquainting children with the delightful music of the long-ago and recent past. So Sharon, Lois & Bram perform songs by the Beatles (I Will), John Denver (For Baby), Duke Ellington (It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing), Jerry Herman (My Best Girl), Carole King (The Locomotion), Frank Loesser (Thumbelina), Roger McGuinn (Mr. Spaceman), Jimmy McHugh (You're My Dish), Rodgers & Hammerstein (Getting to Know You, Happy Talk), and Charles Strouse (Put On A Happy Face), along with folk songs (Ain't Gonna Rain No More) and parlor songs (Alice Blue Gown, Skip to My Lou) passed down by generations. Some 150 songs were recorded with Toronto's best session musicians for the series' 26 half-hour episodes.

And what's funnier than playing around with television? Looking at the subject and its genres from a child's perspective gives the show its humor, as Sharon, Lois, Bram, Ella and C.C., in addition to being themselves, act out roles as characters in various programming genres - commercials, news and weather reports, sporting events, science, mysteries, game shows, soap operas, exercise shows, etc. - on a level that any kid can understand. Series creators Lynn Harvey and Richard Mortimer and their team have fashioned a combination vaudeville-variety show for kids that the whole family can enjoy.

With fun and music at its heart, Skinnamarink TV still radiates a warmth, taking time for sweet, loving moments that make a child (and parents) feel good inside.