PTV Park was a children's television block that aired on PBS. It first had a prototype test run from October 11, 1993-July 11, 1994, before it debuted officially until September 6, 1999, when the block rebranded to PBS Kids.
Why It Rocked
- This was a very unique block that can be enjoyed by not only preschoolers but older children and older fans that grew up with it.
- The P-Pals are very likable characters, and all of their names begin with a "P", which was pretty clever. Their character designs are also creative.
- The continuity in between the shows is very interesting, as they not only show bumpers and funding credits, they also show briefly animated (featuring the P-Pals) and live-action segments. Heck, some segments combine both animation and live-action.
- The voice acting (and voices themselves), writing, and songs are fascinating for a PBS block for young children.
- The animation for the P-Pals segments and the bumpers are unique (despite being limited), as they were animated in Squigglevision.
- This block is known for airing fascinating TV shows such as Shining Time Station and Sesame Street.
- Despite the animation being unique, it is limited compared to the animation of other segments/shorts in other children's blocks.
- Not every animated and live-action segment nor bumper/funding credit can be found very easily since some of them fell into obscurity and are very hard to track down after their discontinuity.
- The Squigglevision designs, while unique, can be off-putting to some people.
PTV Park has received a cult following on the internet from fans that have grown up with the block and some newcomers. The cult following is so well-known that just a simple search of "PTV Park" or "PBS PTV" on YouTube can give you lots of off-air recordings of continuities/program breaks