Educational television is always a plus. I'm not a fan of my daughter spending a lot of time in front of the tube, but when she does, I find some comfort when she's watching something that might teach her a little bit. Dora the Explorer has taught her some Spanish. Mickey Mouse has helped sharpen her numbers and letters. Little Einsteins teaches her about classical music. Then we have Yo Gabba Gabba, which has taught her........uhhhhhhh.............(I'm thinking)............(still thinking)......Dang, its hard to think with such catchy Gabba songs in my head!
I'm convinced that Yo Gabba Gabba was created by doped up 80s art students. The first time I watched this show I thought I was watching a Saturday Night Live kids show parody. Quickly, I discovered this wasn't the case. What I was viewing was real. Somebody actually made and filmed this show called Yo Gabba Gabba, and sincerely thought it was a good idea for children. Well, in some respects, we may consider the creators genuis. Kids love it! My daughter is hooked, and sadly, so am I. I can't look away. Its like ripping off a band-aid on a monstrous knee scab. I have to look! I know its gonna be horrendous, but I'm oddly intrigued.
But as I reflect on my few years of watching Gabba episodes and seeing numerous celebrities inserted awkwardly, teaching kids useless dance moves, I have to admit that I have most certainly learned some things. Here's what those things are:
1. There's a Party in My Tummy: Yes, its true. Not only that, carrots and greenbeans want to go to the party in my tummy. You could have fooled me! Carrots have never shown that kind of initiative with me.
10. This is How Charlie Sheen Sees the World: Seeing a Yo Gabba Gabba episode is like peering into the mind of Charlie Sheen. He doesn't see cops and reporters like the rest of the world. He sees giant red cyclops and dancing robots. It all makes senses now!