We are lucky that E’s favorite form of television is cooking shows. We remember when it wasn’t that way (hello Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Road Rally!) but we are thankful that he enjoys these shows now! On the flipside, we have had to wave goodbye to several shows over the years for various reasons. Calliou: obvious. Dinosaur Train: they complain too much. And while no kids TV show is perfect, I wanted to take a moment to highlight one of my favorites of past and present: The Busy World of Richard Scarry! This show about Busytown is a prime example of wholesome streaming kids TV that we are frankly lucky to have available for a nominal fee.
Before E was even born, I put several iconic Richard Scarry books on his Amazon wish list, including Busy, Busy Town, , Cars and Trucks and Things That Go, and What Do People Do All Day? I can recall until an age I probably wouldn’t have admitted to at the time, happily flipping the pages of these books, especially the airport scenes! I appreciated then how much content was in these books and the whimsical way in which it was presented.
One thing about the wholesome streaming kids TV show that is the Busy World of Richard Scarry: it is busy! I realize it is a lame pet peeve on my part, but so many kids television shows are “sandboxes” – the only characters in the town are the ten or so you know from the show. So unrealistic! In Busytown there seems to be action, conversations, and namely drama everywhere, from car crashes to ripped pants. Each 20-or-so minute collection includes usually two mini-episodes featuring Huckle, Lowly, and the gang. They also announce the “Imagine That!” and “Play it Safe” shorts where they cover important matters from what makes up the solar system to how to be safe in the pool. Another mini-episode generally centers around the adventures of adults in Busytown, whether it is Cucumber traveling the world for photos, or Couscous out to solve a mystery. Speaking of mysteries, this series leads into another wholesome streaming kids TV show: Busytown Mysteries / Hooray for Huckle. That show is cute, too, but prominently features one of those contrarian characters that always seem to make an appearance in kids’ programming, here the aptly named Pig Won’t. Pig Won’t does appear in Season 3 of the Busy World but with much less of an emphasis.
At the time of this writing, five seasons of the wholesome streaming kids TV The Busy World of Richard Scarry are available on Amazon Prime. If you don’t have Prime, you can grab the The Busy World of Richard Scarry – The Complete Series for under $10! And you can even get great Richard Scarry games and such on Amazon as well! Another place I have found some great Richard Scarry finds is none other than Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, owners of a wholesome and frankly hilarious Twitter account.
Wow, what a show.
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