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Of patoots, magical crowns, and trippy kids TV...

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First, watch this video — any description of it won’t really be able to do it justice.

Don’t know about you, but in the words of my colleague Jeff Labrecque, “I think I’m high from just watching this.” And yet, from all I can tell, it was at the least commissioned by the children’s cable network Nickelodeon, and probably did indeed air to millions of 12-and-youngers nationwide. Which, actually, is what I love so much about this clip: Somehow, it feels like so many of the animated series I used to watch as a kid — ice kings, rainacorns, iceclopses, doot-de-doo-doo-with-a-banjo music, “he’s not my dog, he’s my friend,” Abe Lincoln on Mars — mixed in with all the rules-change-every-five-seconds imagination games I’d play with my friends at recess.

Which could explain a great deal about my psyche, but, I leave it to you, PopWatchers: Has kids TV always been as psychedelic as Adventure Time? Are there some beloved shows from your childhood that, in hindsight, perhaps evoked the sensation of, you know, being high as a kite? Like, maybe, a show with the initials H and R…?