Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Great Space Coaster | Cool 1980s Kid's Show


Back in the early 1980s, we had awesome TV shows for kids featuring wacky looking singing and dancing puppets. If you think about it, I'm sure you can name a few. One show I really enjoyed was The Great Space Coaster. 

This 30-minute show lasted for five seasons and starred characters such as Goriddle Gorilla and Edison the Elephant. And  of course, Who could forget Gary Gnu's "No gnus is good gnus show"?
To this day, 30 years later, I can still sing every word of the theme song... "It's The Great Space Coaster, Get on board.  On The Great Space Coaster, We'll explore. A comet ride of fantasy..." 


RetroJunk.com describes The Great Space Coaster as, "A kid's fantasy/variety show about three friends who leave Earth each day in their 'Space Coaster'. Each episode featured several musical numbers (usually dealing with the various issues and problems kids face every day), plus news reports from Gary Gnu and book reviews from Speed Reader."

Relive the memories with The Great Space Coaster theme song!





My personal favorite, Gary Gnu!



17 comments:

baygirl32 said...

Suprisingly I don't know this show! Must have been before we had cable TV

Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said...

I remember Great Space Coaster, but I don't think I watched it too much or maybe my memory is way off ;-)

TS Hendrik said...

Well it was bound to happen. With as much as my sisters and brother assaulted me with everything from the 80's, you've finally come up with a show I don't know.

Jay Amabile said...

good stuff. I have a bootleg of the first season!

Wings said...

Remember it oh so well. :)

Pat Tillett said...

I don't know this one at all...

nikki said...

Sweet! It's so hard for me to find other people who were Great Space Coaster fans. Whenever anyone talks about good news or bad news, I always say, "There's no gnus like good gnus," just to try and fete out the GSC fans. It never works.

Riot Kitty said...

That show was sooooooo 70s! Even watching it as a kid in the 80s, it seemed a bit old school to me. I totally forgot about Goriddle Gorilla. You remember Gary Gnu who reads the gnews?

MiMi said...

I don't recognize that stuff...and it looks like the person who created it was always high.

Jill said...

I feel like it should ring a bell, but it doesn't.

Marlene said...

Can't say I remember this one.

Copyboy said...

I can remember like it was yesterday hearing kid do Gnu impressions. Thankfully there was no youtube back then,

Semi True Torystellar said...

Oh my gosh! 'And no gnus is good guns with Gary Gnu" I still find that slipping into my daily life speech. The funny thing is, most people have no idea to what I'm referring....LOLOLOL

Patrick said...

I loved nearly everything about this show,but Gary Gnu reading the Gnews was my favorite. The one part I always hated was when the Ringmaster would show up. He scared the crap out of me.

Uncle Joe said...

My favorite part of this show was the pocket video player the one guy had that would play silly little animated films. Later found this animated series is called La Linea.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VWcqILJam4

Dan B. said...

I loved this show!

Just found out while watching the Being Elmo documentary that Kevin Clash was one of the creators of this program.

Mattx2001 said...

I watched this awesomeness before I left the house to get the bus in first grade, I think it followed Scooby?? Eating cereal, getting ready, some meddling kids expose an old letch, and then the Great Space Coaster starts....good memories!

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