Kids’ Shows That Actually Had Some Very Adult Story Lines

Kids’ Shows That Actually Had Some Very Adult Story Lines

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Plopping your child in front of a big glowing screen for 12 hours a day may be the ultimate parenting hack, but sometimes you have to be careful. Here are several kids’ shows that actually had some very adult story lines.

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Peppa Pig, “The Grooming Goat

Peppa Pig, “The Grooming Goat

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This otherwise innocent episode features Peppa’s handsome but much older music teacher Mr. Goat, who praises her on being so mature for her age and invites her to his house so they can get to know each other better.

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SpongeBob SquarePants, “Squidward Gets Eaten”

SpongeBob SquarePants, “Squidward Gets Eaten”

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In an effort to teach children about underwater ecosystems, Squidward is consumed whole by a shark and is never seen again.

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The Ren & Stimpy Show, Episodes 1-52

The Ren & Stimpy Show, Episodes 1-52

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It’s actually pretty messed up that your parents let you watch this as a kid.

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Wishbone, “The Bell Rawr”

Wishbone, “The Bell Rawr”

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Parents initially appreciated the nod to revolutionary female author Sylvia Plath, but admitted they could have done without the part where Wishbone sticks his head in an oven and cranks it all the way up.

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Teletubbies, “Upgrade! Upgrade!”

Teletubbies, “Upgrade! Upgrade!”

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Although there was no visible gore, viewers of this episode were subjected to eight minutes of the Teletubbies shrieking in pain when their outdated cathode-ray tube television screens were forcefully ripped from their tummies and replaced with LCDs.

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That’s So Raven, “Survivor’s Guilt”

That’s So Raven, “Survivor’s Guilt”

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While many parents were initially shocked and appalled, some felt Raven learned a valuable lesson after seeing two planes hit the Twin Towers in a vision and choosing to do nothing about it.

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Oz, “A Cock And Balls Story”

Oz, “A Cock And Balls Story”

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This famous children’s show took a dark turn during its season 4 premiere after a 24-hour prison lockdown.

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Daniel Tiger, “Sharing On The Strip”

Daniel Tiger, “Sharing On The Strip”

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Daniel and Miss Elaina visit the new house that Prince Wednesday is helping Katerina Kittycat build but discovers they are building on land annexed by the Israeli Government.

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Mr. Rogers, “Episode 129

Mr. Rogers, “Episode 129

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It’s unclear what lesson he was trying to teach, but this episode startled parents when Mr. Rogers appeared covered in blood surrounded by clones of himself piled up around him.

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Dora The Explorer, “El Satélite”

Dora The Explorer, “El Satélite”

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Without any warning, Dora is crushed by a falling satellite, leaving parents struggling to explain the random nature of space debris to their children.

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Baby Chernobyl, All Episodes

Baby Chernobyl, All Episodes

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Mothers were quick to attack Craig Mazin for this animated show, which featured diaper-clad scientists at the Kurchatov Institute learning about teamwork and radiation poisoning.

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Veggie Tales, “Laura And The Sprout”

Veggie Tales, “Laura And The Sprout”

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The vegetables stone Laura Carrot to death after she bolts and accidentally produces bastard seedlings from her first flowers.

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Fancy Nancy, “Nancy And The Bourgeois Uprising

Fancy Nancy, “Nancy And The Bourgeois Uprising

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Viewers, along with Nancy, were shocked to learn that the rising middle class were demanding a voice in commercial politics, taxation, and even foreign policy.

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The Magic School Bus, “Inside Magic Johnson”

The Magic School Bus, “Inside Magic Johnson”

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Miss Frizzle shrunk the class for a biology field trip inside NBA great Magic Johnson where she pointed out damaged CD4 cells and assigned students to count his viral load.

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Barney And Friends, “Adoptive Kids Aren’t The Same”

Barney And Friends, “Adoptive Kids Aren’t The Same”

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Many parents were shocked when an emotional Barney sang a song about how parents will simply never love adoptive kids the same as their own biological children, no matter how they try.

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Hey Arnold!, “Mark David Chapman”

Hey Arnold!, “Mark David Chapman”

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Upset with her family and dismayed over her secret obsession with Arnold, Helga finds an unlikely friend in John Lennon’s killer.

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PB&J Otter, “It Didn’t Work Out”

PB&J Otter, “It Didn’t Work Out”

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Hoping to teach them about couples that don’t just look like their mom and dad, the show introduced its young audience to the concept of relationships that just sort of fizzle out after a while in Season 2.

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Bear In The Big Blue House, “Summertime Squatters”

Bear In The Big Blue House, “Summertime Squatters”

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Bear’s house is invaded by crust punks who, using the power of teamwork, scare Bear away to his vacation home for good.

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