The 10 Greatest Puppet TV Shows of the 90s

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Everybody loves a great puppet show, and in honor of the decade that doesn’t get written about much, I give you the 10 Greatest Puppet TV Shows of the 90s. I didn’t want to include the 80s for various reasons, but mainly because there would be a lot more obvious choices in that list. Hopefully you’ll remember some shows you haven’t thought about in a long time, or discover some you’ve never heard of.

Whether you’re trying to remember what that puppet show in the 90s with the dragon was called or just want to be reminded of some awesome shows, this list is for you.

10. The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss

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First up is the short-lived puppet series based on the works of Dr. Seuss. The Wubbulous World ran on Nick Jr. for two seasons (96-97) and included all of the classic Seuss characters, but in new stories. I always had a fascination with shows that I knew I was too old for in the 90s, and I remember watching a few episodes of this. I loved how well Dr. Seuss’ characters translated into puppet form. I’d take a movie in this style over either of the horrible live action Seuss stories any day.

9. Dog City

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Dog City was a cartoon/puppet hybrid show that aired from 1992-1995. It was a spinoff of the Dog City segment on an episode of the Jim Henson Hour, which was all puppets. The puppet segments revolved around Elliot Shag, a dog cartoonist who creates the detective character Ace Hart. I know there was more cartoon than puppets, but I still had to include it.

So far in the states the only way to legally find the show is to download episodes on Amazon for $1.99. Boo for Amazon Video on Demand being Windows only. You can also check out the intro on YouTube.

8. Lamb Chop’s Play-Along

You didn’t think I’d leave Shari Lewis’ oh-no-that-damn-song-is-stuck-in-my-head Lamb Chop’s Play-Along off the list did you?

7. Cousin Skeeter

Cousin Skeeter barely qualifies as a 90s puppet show, but two years is good enough for me. It ran from 1998-2003 on Nickelodeon and focused around Bobby Walker and his crazy puppet cousin Skeeter, voiced by non other than Whatever Happened To Bill Bellamy. I hate when crazy puppet cousins move in with me almost as bad as when crazy puppet aliens do.

6. Allegra’s Window

Allegra’s Window was another Nick Jr. show that I secretly watched even though I was 9 when the series premiered. Allegra is a preschool aged puppet voiced by Kathryn Mullen, who is a Muppet regular with roles including Mokey Fraggle and Kira in the Dark Crystal. This show was supposed to show you life from the point of view a three year old puppet, so I’m sure plenty of hilarity ensued. Update: Allegra’s Window is free to stream on Amazon Prime!

5. Under the Umbrella Tree

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I’ve written about Under the Umbrella Tree a couple times before, and it was a show I remember watching a lot in the early 90s. This show originated in Canada on CBC but was aired in the United States via syndication on the Disney Channel. It was created by Noreen Young, and ran for 280 episodes. I couldn’t let a 90s puppet show list not include Under the Umbrella Tree.

If you’re a fan of this show, I’ve got a review coming up soon of the DVDs Noreen Young has available on the official Umbrella Tree website.

4. Weinerville

Aw, nothing says nostalgia for me like classic 90s Nickelodeon. Weinerville was arguably one of the more bizarre shows of the 90s, and that’s saying a lot. The show was the brainchild of Marc Weiner, and featured his unique style of puppet humor. This show is a classic to me, and I’d love to see some episodes again. I’ll never forget Dottie, Boney the dinosaur and Socko.

3. Eureeka’s Castle

Again with the classic Nickelodeon, what did I tell you? Eureka’s Castle was a staple of my early early years. I remember watching this at my grandma’s house while she tried to stuff me with any food she had in the house. The show had awesome characters, including Eureeka (duh), Magellan the dragon, Batly, Quagmire, and Bog. As I’ve said before, I really want some episodes of this show on DVD.

Update: Check out this post to read more about Eureeka’s Castle!

2. Muppets Tonight

I’m a pretty big Muppets freak, and I remember being very excited about Muppets Tonight when it premiered on ABC in 1996. I don’t know if I followed the series for the entirety of the two seasons it aired, but I remember loving it. It was supposed to be the spiritual sequel to The Muppet Show, taking place in a TV studio rather than a theater. It introduced some new Muppets like Clifford and Pepe, and had a slew of celebrity guest stars. What other show could get Coolio and Don Rickles in the same episode?

1. Dinosaurs

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In my opinion, Dinosaurs was one of the best shows of the 90s, period. This is a damn funny show, and if you haven’t seen it since its heyday you should check it out. It had a lot of social commentary underneath all the animatronic dinosaur baby humor. It lasted four seasons, and luckily they’ve all been released on DVD in two volumes. The adventures of the Sinclair family was one of my favorite sitcoms of the 90s, even though Earl’s boss scared the crap out of me.

So there are my picks for the ten greatest puppet TV shows of the 90s, did I leave any out?

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  • http://metalmisfit.wordpress.com Metal Misfit

    Hated all of those. :D

  • http://prettyponyparty.com Pretty Pony Party

    Don’t forget Sifyl and Olly. Even though the puppets were only socks the show was brilliant.

  • http://www.ctupa.com christopher tupa

    Wasn’t there a show that had a dragon puppet in it…cant remember if it was a Snow White kinda story but in modern times…Anybody know what i’m talking about or am I just crazy?

    • Mike

      The charmings

  • http://tophatsasquatch.com Tommy

    Eureeka’s Castle had a dragon in it, but thats all I can think of.

  • http://myspace.com/damnmrsmitty PEAface

    duuude and remember under the couch er some shit, and I loved dinosaurs ahah

  • http://S/A Dan

    I am looking for a TV show that had puppets that were caricatures of personalities – mostly political – and the setting was a bar – and it was satire Re: current political situations.
    Are you familiar with this program? And can you help me find ANY info on it??
    Thank You
    Dan

    • http://hulu shane

      the name of the show is called d.c. follies

  • Tom

    You forgot Hickory Hideout. That show was awesome!

  • Tom

    Wait a minute. This list is for 90′s shows. Hickory Hideout was from the 80′s.

  • belinda

    Thank you!! my daughter watched a lot of these shows,& I could not remember one of her favorites,”Under the Umbrella Tree”. your page helped me remember! Wish they still made shows like the old ones!!

    • http://tophatsasquatch.com Tommy Day

      You’re welcome!

  • Asha

    there was a really obscure puppet show i watched when i was little, it had 2 cats and a bird that travelled alot and he would visit them in this complex and tell them of all his adventures, anyone know what its called? oh and i think dudley the dragon is what you might also want to check out

  • Meg

    I remember a show witha dragon in it, and these other puppet characters would climb up a mountain to get her advice or something. The dragon was all different colours and would puff out dry ice “smoke” haha. Hanging to know the name of that show. It was played on abc in aus maybe in the mid to late 90′s.

  • Zac

    Are you Australian? I guess not – otherwise you would have “The Ferals” in there. That was a classic show! – and to Meg, I believe the show you are talking about is called “Magic Mountain”.

    • http://tophatsasquatch.com Tommy Day

      I haven’t heard of ‘The Ferals’ I’ll have to check it out!

  • keisha

    ok so ive been trying to think of this cartoon i saw when i was super small and i remeber it very little thanks for helping me figure it out eureekas castle!

  • Mal

    Does any one remember a puppet show from the 60′s where the wires were really obvious in the heads of the puppets and I thought it was called Tales of Rumania but I can’t find any record of it. It’s driving me crazy!!!

    • http://tophatsasquatch.com Tommy Day

      Hmm that doesn’t ring a bell.

  • Mal

    Thanks to Shane for the D C Follies idea but sorry I’m sure it’s not that. My puppets were much earlier & definitely set in a Rumanian/Bolivian? type place.

  • Tay

    Oh man, this was a great Nostalgia trip for me. :) I was actually trying to remember the name of “Cousin Skeeter” earlier today before I found this. :3

    • http://tophatsasquatch.com Tommy Day

      That’s what we’re here for :)

  • Nina

    Nice list. I was trying to think of a show I barely remember from childhood in the late 80s/early 90s. All I remember is a man standing under a tree with a guitar in a rain-forest like setting singing skinnamarinky dinky dink to a puppet in the tree above his head. He would start the show by talking to the character up in the tree. Any thoughts?

  • Tom

    Nina, could it be Fred Penner’s Place?

  • michael

    ok well im trying to remember a show where there was a real girl and a man that would live in a blimp and save the town when the town would send a letter up to him and the rest of the town were all puppets even the girls grandpa o and there was an evil man plz help i misss my childhood show :]

    • Denise

      lazy town with stephanie (pink hair girl) and asportagus (idk know how its spelled-blue “superhero” guy)

  • Rasmus

    Hellooo all im looking for dont know if its a tv series or a movie but i watched in on VHS when i was a child..

    It’s about a rabbit family and a beave family if i remember right they where neighbors i supose and the beave dad and the rabbit dad had some kind of beef with each other kinda strange but i enjoyet it :) it was puppets or humans in some costumes..

    Please reply if you know what im thinking of :) Cheers

    • LA

       OMG…im prob looking for the same do you rmbr the rabbit dad singing son to sleep, some kind of sandman song? everytime i search it i get metallica :/     i had no luck finding what it is

  • stephanie

    i am wondering if anyone can help me find out what a show is called that i used to watch it had puppets i think there was a mummy,warewolf,dracula,medusala,frankenstein and some sort of frog like creature that lived in a old castle i think it might be along the lines of little horrors or little monsters can anyone help me out.

    • Nina

      Eureka’s Castle

    • Guest

      oh my gosh im sure i am thinking of this same show.. if so i have been trying to find out what it was called for ever! it was these child-like monster puppets that lived in a castle and went to school and stuff in the castle and i remember frankenstein, a mummy, medusa and like this blue skinned girl.ive been thinking little monsters or little somethings but i cannot find it anywhere!

    • tbag

      house of frightenstein?

    • deeme

      The show is Li’l horrors. It’s an Aussie show that was on channel 7. Here’s a link that show what they looked like….

      http://www.australiantelevision.net/lilhorrors.html

  • Nina

    Sorry that comment wasn’t meant for u I don’t know about those monsters.

  • Swanj0708

    Im looking for a show i used to watch all the time as a kid..but all i can remember about it is the very beginning and i cant remember what its called…in the beginning there is a man hiking through the woods then it goes to the show..please help its really been bugging me!

    • http://tophatsasquatch.com/ Tommy Day

      That’s Fred Penner’s Place! I loved that show.

  • Ginalizcastillo

    There was a show with puppets and they were like dragon puppets. And the beginning started off with a pink and orange puppet (girl) sliding down on the stair railing downstairs. And then downstairs her brother was there and they’d like explore and what not.

    • Antonia

      Wimzie’s House?

  • Mthompson3d

    I don’t remember if these were popular, but what about “The Puzzle Place” and “The Big Comfy Couch”?

  • Amy-armstrong1

    What about Fraggle Rock! 

    • Kristen

      Fraggle Rock was in the 80′s. Although, there was an animated version that was out in the 90′s that paled in comparison.

  • Rita

    Dinosaurs!!! OMG!! I used to LOVE that show. My favorite one was about W.A.R. – “We Are Right” when there were “reports of spitting and stick throwing on the front lines…” I was cracking up!

  • 32Luglio

    Hi everyone! Does anybody remember a show with two puppets (They were like Muppets) that presented a cartoon fairytale? I’m italian but in Italy this show was not popular, I had just a vhs in the 90s with the fairytale “Alì Babà and the 40 thieves”…

  • Sarah Houston

    I remember a few from this list. Good old times ^.^ I don’t remember the name of a show I used to watch with puppets. I remember a train on the set and I think (not so sure) that there was people-puppet interaction… Not much details but maybe someone remembers.

  • Robert

    Hey, I’ve been trying to find some old cartoons, 80′s 90′s, one of them is a very dim memory, they’re all kind of puppets, they were like cavemen with clubs, it was a very weird show. The other one I remember more clearly, it was in some kind of a swamp, there was a swamp creature like the cookie monster but a swamp disgusting kind of cookie monster, there was also a crocodile all dirty. God damn I can’t remember what’s the name for the life of me.

    • Heather Marconi

      Fraggle rock

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  • Jason

    Hey I’ve been looking for this show, I think it takes place in a office building with people and puppets I remember one being really big, I think it only lasted a season if that and it was around the duckman times.