The Great Space Coaster (1981–1986)

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A half hour children's program that featured three friends who loved to make music. They lived in a fantasy land full of talking animals. They sang and would show short cartoons and musical numbers.

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Series cast summary:
Emily Bindiger ...
 Francine (1 episode, 1981)
Chris Gifford ...
 Danny (1 episode, 1981)
Ray Stephens ...
 Roy (1 episode, 1981)
 Goriddle Gorilla (1 episode, 1981)
John Lovelady ...
 Edison the Elephant # 1 / ... (1 episode, 1981)
Jim Martin ...
 Baffle / ... (1 episode, 1981)
Francis Keane ...
 Baxter (1 episode, 1981)
Ken Myles ...
 Speed Reader (1 episode, 1981)
Noel MacNeal ...
 Knock Knock the bird #2 (1 episode, 1981)
Maggie Munro ...
 Huggle (1 episode, 1981)


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. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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September 1981 (USA)  »

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La gran nave espacial  »

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Kevin Clash originally auditioned to play the role of Roy. He eventually became the puppeteer for Goriddle Gorilla. See more »


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This Show Was A Part Of My Elementary School Career
29 March 2005 | by (Portsmouth, Virginia) – See all my reviews

I would watch this show every morning before I went to elementary school. Every episode, Roy, Fran, and Danny would sing a song and tell some story about a kid who overcame an obstacle. There were always guest stars. In the early seasons, Roy would always show this cartoon on this little TV about a black and white line man who spoke gibberish. I saw that cartoon again in 1997 in my computer animation class! It was so cool! Knock Knock would always tell a stupid knock knock joke. Baxter the clown would also sing songs. Gary Gnu was no funny. No gnews is good gnews with Gary Gnu. I remember Gary Gnu getting hit with a Gary Gnu turkey every episode. One day of of the guest stars told the crew how mean they were hitting him with that turkey. I was glad when they got rid of Edison the elephant. It was cool when they brought Speed Reader and Rocking with Rory the third season. I was mad when they bought the huggles in the fourth season. They got Gorriddle in trouble one episode! Baxter would listen to anything the huggles said! Then they had a nerve to bring baby huggle in the 5th season!

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