The Clyde Frog Show was a television program for children in the 1970s. It was produced by the Mississippi Authority for Educational Television (MAETV). In the show, puppets, most notably the title character, taught children about self-esteem, feelings, and attitudes. The program's entire run consisted of 28 episodes. Clyde Frog, however, originally appeared in another MAETV program entitled About Safety, in which puppets were used to convey messages about safety and first aid. About Safety ran for 47 episodes. The shows were quite successful, and MAETV syndicated the programs; thus, they were seen throughout the United States.[1]

Clyde Frog Show
Clyde Frog Show Title Screen.jpg
Title Screen
StarringClyde Frog
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes28
Production
Running time3 to 6 minutes
Production company(s)Mississippi Authority for Educational Television (MAETV)
Release
Original networkPBS
Original release1970s

Educational goalsEdit

The Mississippi Public Broadcasting School Resource Guide summarizes the goals of The Clyde Frog Show: "This series is designed to help elementary children understand and better cope with their own feelings and attitudes. Each program contains a dramatization of typical events in the life of a child followed by a talk show segment. All of the puppet characters in the stories appear in the talk show to discuss their feelings."

By grade level, the specific goals are: Kindergarten: Explain healthy ways in which feelings may be expressed. Define individual responsibility and its relationship to one’s self, family and community. First grade: Identify factors that contribute to individuality. Identify the importance of expressing emotions in a healthy way. Define individual responsibility and its relationship to one’s self, family, and community. Second grade: Explain the importance of positive interpersonal relationships.

EpisodesEdit

There are 28 episodes total, each 3 to 6 minutes long. The episodes, as grouped roughly by subject into 10 groups by MAETV, are:

  1. Big and Little – What Am I Good At? – Boys/Girls Are Supposed To...
  2. It Hurts to Be Left Out – What's So Funny? – Being Scared
  3. Clyde Stays Up Late – Dr. Frog's Birthday Present – Sincere Camera
  4. All by Myself – Keeping Up with Your Stuff – Cooperating
  5. Look What I Can Do! – Can't Do It Yet – Worrying
  6. Friends – Doing Things Right – Clyde's Dinner Party
  7. Making Decisions – Doing What You Think Is Right – Why Am I Punished?
  8. Suzy's Test – Max's Story – Mrs. Mulch's Story
  9. When Your Friend Moves Away – End-of-the-Year Blues – Clyde's Favorite Toy
  10. Putting It All Together

In popular cultureEdit

The character Clyde Frog has been featured in several episodes of South Park as a favorite stuffed toy of Eric Cartman, serving as a way to help Cartman get ideas on his own. Future appearances of Clyde Frog in the show are unlikely, however, as the stuffed toy was "killed" in the 2011 episode "1%". [2]

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • "MPB School Resource Guide" (PDF). MPBOnline.org. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-06-24.