A Surreal Descent into Madness: Reviewing Children's TV


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  • terabithiagirl8
    terabithiagirl8 3 hours ago

    Blues Clues is the most amazing show ever

  • Luapluapl
    Luapluapl Month ago

    You need to remake this in 2019!

  • Gwendolyn H
    Gwendolyn H 3 months ago

    Dude, John. The octopus on their hats are pictures of the Octopod. And Professor Inkling isn't their leader, Captain Barnacles is, silly.
    Source: Toddlers

  • Antonio Morris
    Antonio Morris 4 months ago

    Hail hydra!

  • Jessica Flacksenburg
    Jessica Flacksenburg 4 months ago

    this is easily my favorite video you have ever posted

  • pizza time
    pizza time 4 months ago

    One word: Avatar The Last Air-bender

  • Brittany
    Brittany 6 months ago

    John, your kids are a lot older now and Hank has a kid now...you should make an updated version!

  • Darlene Lesmana
    Darlene Lesmana 6 months ago

    that's the hydra symbol

    RONG PIRSON 6 months ago

    "Unkle Hank's space videos"

  • BoBoMosasaur
    BoBoMosasaur 6 months ago

    Okay if John Green likes Phineas and Ferb a lot I officially have clearence to binge it.

  • Boldt
    Boldt 6 months ago

    Some of these shows I watched as a small child and either get nostalgic about or hate. Others are ones that my little sister watched around a year ago that I despise. For context, I'm 13.

  • CanadaRulez4Ever
    CanadaRulez4Ever 6 months ago

    most kids dont watch cable anymore, they watch youtube - thatโ€™s where the uncontrolled crap is easily available to them

  • Patrick Carroll
    Patrick Carroll 6 months ago

    Octopuses.... Octopi surely???

  • JorgeFabrizio
    JorgeFabrizio 6 months ago

    I was surprised you didn't mention paw patrol

  • Abbie C 2.0
    Abbie C 2.0 6 months ago

    let's be real, Oswald > Octonauts

  • The1stGiant Gaming
    The1stGiant Gaming 7 months ago

    Your Chanel is ripping off the supercaroenbrothers

  • Bobbicorn
    Bobbicorn 7 months ago

    I've seen most of these.

  • Blondie Wise
    Blondie Wise 7 months ago

    Fun fact, in the 20,000 under the sea ride at Disney, the riders/explorers were called octonughts + there logo is baby hydra

  • elsieyousee
    elsieyousee 8 months ago

    love a good 2012 vlogbrothers video

  • Mary Bell
    Mary Bell 8 months ago +1

    I would give more credit to Little Einsteins because it exposes children to famous art and musical compositions. (I realize this video came out 6 years ago, but I feel this is worth mentioning.)

  • LimeFox
    LimeFox 8 months ago

    You should watch Adventure Time

  • Aashi Chougule
    Aashi Chougule 8 months ago

    0:40 modern day Dora is misleading. Old Dora was amazing๐Ÿ˜ญ

  • animanya
    animanya 8 months ago

    Oh, what an innocent era that was if these cartoons were madness...

  • Andrew Robertson
    Andrew Robertson 9 months ago

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but Phineas and Ferb didn't involve hallucinations. All of that stuff really happened.

  • Nicole Leung
    Nicole Leung 9 months ago

    well steven universe is out now and that is by far a much superior cartoon television show than many of the tv shows listed

  • SweetAndFullOfGrace
    SweetAndFullOfGrace 9 months ago

    Don't tell him about The Misadventures of Flapjack

  • Martijn Vos
    Martijn Vos 9 months ago

    Phineas and Ferb is fantastic, but somehow not that popular with my kids.
    Bubbleguppies is usually pretty good and occasionally brilliant. One thing I appreciate about it is that it has an equal number of boys and girls, rather than the all boys, all boys and one token girl (Paw Patrol), or smart boys and annoying girl (Phineas and Ferb). And they sing about planets and science and history. Or sometimes colours or cars, but that's fine too.
    I also like how the Wonder Pets subtly introduce kids to classical music.

  • Genesis taylor
    Genesis taylor 9 months ago


  • Ethan
    Ethan 10 months ago

    Do you reckon Hank and John watch each others videos

  • Lady Alfhildr of the Forest of Violet Mists

    John Green: "Phineas and Ferb... is the best television program I have ever seen for children or adults"
    Me: I like you now :)
    Although I might put Doctor Who in contention with it, but I have been obsessed with both for quite some time... Actually, I wrote this crossover fanfic once, because of course Ferb knows the Doctor...
    Although, wait, wait one second... Did you just categorize it in with "shows about kids who go into their backyards and have really compelling hallucinations"?? Are you trying to tell me that Phineas and Ferb *aren't* actually master engineers, architects, construction workers, fashion designers, inventors, restaurant connoisseurs... pffffft.
    Of course they are.

  • Kokosnuss Baum
    Kokosnuss Baum 10 months ago

    I would argue against the fact that the fish must automatically be biologly male because it's voice is deep.

  • Raina Morse
    Raina Morse 10 months ago

    There is an incredible show on Netflix called Sarah and Duck about a girl Sarah and, you guessed it, her friend Duck going on adventures together. It has a narrator to whom Sarah talks (instead of the audience) great lessons, and is wonderfully calm which makes it a winner for me!

  • Maddi
    Maddi 11 months ago

    i love this i have a four year old niece and every time we watch tv together or i think about my childhood i think of this video and it makes me laugh so hard lol

  • Mapster 1002
    Mapster 1002 11 months ago

    just why?

  • zachanikwano
    zachanikwano 11 months ago

    But what about Avatar the Last Airbender? I'd say that was the best television program for all ages, imo.

  • FlushingRailfanner
    FlushingRailfanner 11 months ago

    I think my heart is melting faster than ice-cream on a summer morning.

  • spy-fry-39
    spy-fry-39 Year ago

    I LOVE Phineas and Ferb and Oswald!

  • Jessica Lorrine Inay

    "No wonder our science scores are so low!" *hair grip* ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Hailey Oliveira
    Hailey Oliveira Year ago

    You forgot to mention that in spongebob, they go to the beach but c a n t s w i m

  • Luv AI
    Luv AI Year ago

    Who *doesn't* love Phineas and Ferb, though?

  • IceNixie0102
    IceNixie0102 Year ago

    Watch Floogals. It is fantastic!

  • rk kwc
    rk kwc Year ago

    Yo Gabba Gabba is definitely the brainchild of someone with access to the following
    -hallucinogenic drugs
    -lots of foam and costume materials AND
    -phone numbers of, inexplicably, a lot of completely unfitting bands

  • Nick Cameron
    Nick Cameron Year ago

    I love that you mention music right after the show that has music written by They Might Be Giants in it (and was the best part of the show from my perspective)

  • Alice Liu
    Alice Liu Year ago

    I still stand by arthur as best children's show

  • Name Here
    Name Here Year ago

    2:40 Or just shooting it.

  • elise banks
    elise banks Year ago

    Ok, so the octopus in octonauts is not the leader, the polar bear is

  • Teleporting Teapot

    Niho kilan phinus and ferb and yo gabby gabby are the best

  • Mareike Nienhaus
    Mareike Nienhaus Year ago

    I LOVED little einsteins!

  • Venus Gillespie
    Venus Gillespie Year ago

    Did anybody else watch Sagwa as a little kid? Bc I remember that show but none of my friends do and Iโ€™m not sure if it was a weird feverdream or not

  • N. D.
    N. D. Year ago

    Please do more child stuff rievews

  • b r i n a ?
    b r i n a ? Year ago


  • Cailey Dillard
    Cailey Dillard Year ago

    When he started talking about yo gabba gabba it reminded me of that time that my chemical romance was in it and I just- "EVERY SNOWFLAKES DIFFERENT JUST LIKE YOU"

  • Qwertyuoip 123
    Qwertyuoip 123 Year ago

    I think that Dragons: Race to the Edge is significantly better than many adult programming. It covers many current issues and is "dark", but still not excessively violent or 'scary'. Even though it's categorized under "children's" in Netflix, I think it is surprisingly mature and in-depth.

  • Troy Bolton
    Troy Bolton Year ago


  • Bitty Bailey
    Bitty Bailey Year ago

    3:29 I was in year seven (sixth grade) when I marked a test and there was a question stating : ' what makes the earth go around the sun?' It ,by the way, was submitted by a girl I hate.(Her little brother attempts to bully me but fails badly) She answered MAGNETISM.

  • Cameron Tierney
    Cameron Tierney Year ago

    The author of The Fault in Our Stars, everyone๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  • Conner Jessop
    Conner Jessop Year ago

    What about adventure time??

  • BloodRider 14
    BloodRider 14 Year ago

    The backyardagans is the best little kids show to ever have aired

  • Fraser O'Rourke
    Fraser O'Rourke Year ago

    John why do you assume gender based purely on voice? And if you say the voice actor is male then I'd point out alot of popular male cartoon children are voiced by women

  • Henry Holden
    Henry Holden Year ago

    On the subject of the Octonauts, at first glance the octopus symbol on their little sailor caps reminded me of the Hydra insignia from all the Marvel movies. The "cult" observation was astute as well. DFTBA and keep up the good work.

  • Madison Martinez
    Madison Martinez Year ago

    Octonots is amazing, fight me

  • Sad Cat 360
    Sad Cat 360 Year ago

    Once John mentioned Yo Gaba Gaba all I could think about was Every snowflakes Different by My Chemical Romance and if you don't know what that is look it up because it's hilarious

  • molly sandweiss
    molly sandweiss Year ago +1

    We're going on a trip in our favorite rocket ship...

  • sambowman91
    sambowman91 Year ago

    5 years later, I don't know how many times I've listened to this video, and I just now heard him say that Hank was a fan of Blues' Clues "in college" and laughed. Cheers, John.

  • Sugar thekitty
    Sugar thekitty Year ago

    do this again please!

  • Alexa Gomez
    Alexa Gomez Year ago

    Yo Gaba Gaba believe DOES play better music than MTV....

  • Cassidy Thompson
    Cassidy Thompson Year ago


  • Casey Hamm
    Casey Hamm Year ago

    Octonauts is the best fucking show that ever was or will be. I've learned more watching that show than I did in all of high school biology.

  • Amber Nelson
    Amber Nelson Year ago

    This was by far one of your funniest videos!! Loved it!

  • Brittany Bertolin

    Have you seen gravity falls? Top notch children's tv.

  • Iustinian Constantinescu

    2:35 Best catchphrase ever.

  • Ionlymadethistoleavecoments

    I know all of these.

  • Casandra
    Casandra Year ago


  • Sean P
    Sean P Year ago

    I love phineas and fern. It's beautiful.

  • Alexia McCulloch
    Alexia McCulloch Year ago


    GUMMRUCHK Year ago

    Just have kids watch Rick and Morty

  • Jaxon Duin
    Jaxon Duin Year ago

    Spongebob: "Hey, if we're underwater how can there be a... fire...?"
    Bubble Guppies: *looking around nervously*

  • Invisible Light
    Invisible Light Year ago

    I watched all of these shows until I was like 8 because of my brothers... I still slightly like some of them...

  • AsheleyG
    AsheleyG Year ago

    We love the Octonauts!

  • Vanessa Cosner
    Vanessa Cosner Year ago

    I'm still genuinely upset that he doesn't like Octonauts because it's one of my favorite kid's programs

  • Alexis Kende
    Alexis Kende 2 years ago

    It's adorable that Henry loves Hank's science videos.

  • TheBonny720
    TheBonny720 2 years ago

    Can you please do a review of some 90s kids programing? I mean, that was the GOLDEN AGE of TV! Shows like Hey Arnold, Rugrats, Tiny Toons, Anamaniacs, Doug, Recess, The Wild Thornberrys and the obscure but totally underrated Hysteria?! Please please please! If any of my fellow 90s kid-nerdfighters have any suggestions, that would be awesome

  • Rebekah Castro
    Rebekah Castro 2 years ago

    @vlogbrothers I'm 24, I'm a mom, and I've seen every episode of Octonauts. Ask me anything.

  • Jessica Dineen
    Jessica Dineen 2 years ago

    My brain, it burns!!! Can I have more Ni Hao Kai Lan?

  • Natalia Kurz
    Natalia Kurz 2 years ago

    Lol ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Olivia Kaiser
    Olivia Kaiser 2 years ago

    I heard him mentioning "The Charming Oswald" and I flipped out. I smacked my bed and then proceeded to howl and scream. This is my life. Getting excited over kids shows.

  • Sihi Nagathihalli
    Sihi Nagathihalli 2 years ago

    "Hank I remembered how you were a fan of the show Blue's Clues IN COLLEGE" LMAO Hank is us

  • Synchronizor
    Synchronizor 2 years ago

    When I have kids, they're getting re-runs of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood.

  • Trisha Haugen
    Trisha Haugen 2 years ago +1

    I watched this after pulling an all nighter and not sleeping for over 24 hours. I think I'm broken.

  • Dreya Hedges
    Dreya Hedges 2 years ago

    You should do a new one of these as a suggestion guide for Hank now that he has a baby. Also, you should include Puffin Rock, which is weird and mesmerizing.

  • target03
    target03 2 years ago +3

    John, I'm disappointed in you.

    • target03
      target03 Year ago +1

      +Christopher McKee Didn't realize those were acronyms. That's pretty cool!

    • Christopher McKee
      Christopher McKee Year ago +1

      Given that words like scuba and laser were originally acronyms, it wouldn't surprise me if that happened to lol.

    • target03
      target03 Year ago

      I don't think that's a bad thing. Language adapts to how we use it, not the other way around. As an example- although it pains me to think that something like "lol" could eventually become an actual word instead of an acronym (*shudder*), if enough people use it like one, it could become a part of the English language, and we have to accept that.

    • Christopher McKee
      Christopher McKee Year ago +2

      Yeah, Octopi Is technically incorrect, but as with most things in English, if enough people say the wrong thing enough times, it becomes accepted and they put it in the dictionary.

    • target03
      target03 Year ago

      +Christopher McKee Huh. I looked it up, and apparently both spellings are correct. You learn a new thing every day, I guess.

  • T Eszter
    T Eszter 2 years ago

    Hail Hydra!

  • Liam Twomey
    Liam Twomey 2 years ago +22

    Doll? I think you mean "inaction figure".

  • Letho Kunene
    Letho Kunene 2 years ago +1

    OMG i uese too/still love phineas and ferb

  • KSA
    KSA 2 years ago +2

    I'm glad John shares my opinion about Phineas and Ferb.

    • KSA
      KSA 2 years ago

      Also, I know most of these shows because I grew up with them. My sister, who is a little younger than me, watched those shows, and I watched them with her.
      I just got reminded of my general youngness. Never again.

  • Siddhant Parekh
    Siddhant Parekh 2 years ago +2

    Phineas and Ferb is the best TV show ever!
    I'm still sad it was cancelled.

    • LaDeDaDeDayOh
      LaDeDaDeDayOh 4 months ago

      Milo Murphy's Law will never be the same.

  • Aeon Maujean
    Aeon Maujean 2 years ago +29

    Phineas and Ferb is awesome.

  • TheWolfoftheStars
    TheWolfoftheStars 2 years ago +3


  • Amy McKinley
    Amy McKinley 2 years ago

    You should do another one of these.

  • Netser Ivry
    Netser Ivry 2 years ago +5

    about Ni Hau Cailan - I would have thought it would be hated by the left for "culturally appropriating" Chinese culture.