10 Kids TV characters you will love to hate as a parent

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1. Peppa Pig

We managed 2 years of parenthood before Peppa Pig came crashing into our lives. For more than 5 years I have had to endure Peppa and her family and friends doing everything from going to nursery to going camping. Not only have we made it through dozens (hundreds?) of episodes but we have a box full of Peppa Pig toys too. Oh to have been the creators of Peppa Pig. They must be laughing all the way to the bank having wreaked every parents head along the way.

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2. Bob the Builder

Bob has been around quite a while. We all know that he can fix it. Yes he can.

3. Dora The Explorer

Another staple of kids TV characters is Dora. The eternal 8 year old explorer who obviously has the most irresponsible parents who lets her off exploring with a monkey and cow.

4. Diego

As if Dora wasn’t enough there has also been the release of Diego. Dora’s cousin.

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5. Doc McStuffins

A more recent addition in our household has been Doc McStuffins. A little girl, whose mother is a Doctor, who becomes the fixer of her broken toys. The songs are annoyingly catchy. You find yourself making beds singing ‘time for your check up, time for your check up’ to yourself.

6. Fireman Sam

Fireman Sam is an old reliable. Fireman Sam has been around a long time and at this stage I am slightly concerned at the carelessness of the residents of Pontypandy. There seems to be a fire every other day.

7. Handy Manny

Stateside’s answer to Bob the Builder Handy Manny is a Mexican builder who, like Bob, can fix just about everything with his (annoyingly) chatty tools.

8. Mickey Mouse

A classic! Mickey Mouse didn’t seem so irritating when I was a child. What happened? With his hot dog, hot dog, hot digity dog I just about have enough patience for an episode.

9. Barney

A giant purple singing dinosaur. Enough said? You might love me Barney but no I don’t love you!

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10. Upsy Daisy (and the rest of the Night Garden crew)

I still don’t get In the Night Garden! The characters are insane! Upsy Daisy, IgglePiggle travelling around in a Pinky Ponk and Ninky Nonk? Someone was smoking some of the funny stuff when they created that show.

Just missing out on a top 10 spot (and only because I have been saved by my kids not getting too into them) are The Teletubbies, Jake the Pirate and Cailou.

So, which kids TV characters have been wreaking your head?

8 Comments

  1. office mum

    June 16, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Yes, yes, yes for all of these! Though we’ve never watched In the Night Garden, and after reading your post, we probably never will 🙂
    And yes, the songs are insanely catchy – Doc in particular, and I do love a bit of hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog… (you might love the Jake song if your kids do get into it 🙂 )
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    • Lucy - Learner Mama

      June 16, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Annoyingly catchy! We have recently acquired three Jake The Pirate DVDs so time will tell 🙂

  2. Wonderful Wagon

    June 16, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Interestingly I had a conversation with a speech therapist last week who says Peppa and Dora are good for speech development because they are so pronounced. Barney got her thumbs up too. She is out to kill the makers of the night garden series.
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    • Lucy - Learner Mama

      June 16, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      To be fair I can well imagine Peppa in particular being good for speech development. And to be fair she has provided hours of entertainment for my kids.

  3. Naomi Lavelle

    June 18, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Oh these are all a trip down memory lane. Be careful of that pink dinosaur, I’m worried that our kids will all be off at college and those songs will still be going around our heads 😉
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  4. Louise (@TattooedMumsy)

    March 2, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Ah yes I don’t get the attraction of In The Night Garden either, Luke isn’t too impressed when I put it on. We’ve recently discovered Handy Manny, I am not a fan!
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    • Lucy - Learner Mama

      March 2, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      We are going through a Handy Manny resurrection here at the moment. God help me, although I just started Spanish classes so at least it’s a little useful!!

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