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 (2 episodes, 1981)
Chris Gifford ...
 Danny (2 episodes, 1981)
Ray Stephens ...
 Roy (2 episodes, 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 <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Release Date:

5 January 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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The Greatest Childrens program
5 June 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Hi, I just wonder if anyone will actually read this comment. This is because I am talking about A Children's program I used to watch Called the Great Space Coasters That aired from about 1981 to 85 or 86. I just read a web site on it in fact to get some reviews from other people. This show including myself has a 100 percent rating of a good program that kids enjoyed to watch. However This show although as well liked as it was that many of their friends did not remember seeing this show. In fact many who did can vaguely remember all about the program. I wish i had remembered more myself. This show was so well liked by people that some including myself wish they would bring it back on TV again. It was entertaining, Musical , funny and Educational all in one program. I would like to share what some people commented on that site to get a better glimpse of that show of those who remember it or those who have never watched it. if you never have you have missed the Greatest Children's show ever made! There's no Gnus like Good Gnews"Gary Gnu"

I would say the Great Space Coaster never jumped. No g-news is good g-news unless its gary gnu's I never thought this show jumped the shark. It was one of my most favorite shows to watch when I was a kid. I wish it was still on today. Or at least syndicated. speed reader, gary gnu, mean joe green... who can ask for anything more before you had to go to school. not many of my friends remembered it (as i can see from the votes), but it rocked. I guess it would have jumped if it had been on longer than 4 or 5 years.

I shall always remember the Great Space Coaster with fondness.

When all of a sudden (1983 or 84) they added this MTV-like aspect with stupid puppet Rockin with Rory would always show a video of "Danny and the Spacecoasters" and Roy, Fran, and Danny would do some 60's cover.

I barely remember it but for years I've had one line of the theme song stuck in my head and I wish I could see at least one episode so that I could hear the rest song again. I do remember that it was a show that my big sister and I could agree on and stop fighting with each other for a few minutes.

Fantastic Show! I thought I had imagined it as a kid. No one I know ever actually saw it, it was nice to have my sanity verified on this site!!!

Wow! other people who remember this show! I miss this one to this day. It never jumped. (And Mean Joe Greene was the best!!!) Excellent show. Anyone remember, "young doctor Goriddle - tree surgeon." Puppets, a rock band, guest stars, and those awesome insect cartoons at the end that Ray would play from the little TV he pulled from his pocket. They saved the morals and lessons and put them in cartoon form at the end. Brilliant. although i hardly remember much about this show, i know that i loved it and when i think about it i can remember the specific feeling of being 6 and sitting on the bed watching it while supposedly getting ready for school.

"Off we go, step inside, soaring on a magic ride, rolling to the other side, where only rainbows hide...". The music from those insect cartoons will forever be etched in my memory! As much as I loved this show unfortunately it did jump with the introduction of those annoying Huggles. Other than that the show was the bomb! Fran was the queen of my dreams. Many a pre-pubescent fantasies stemmed from my worship of Fran. I'm 28 now and I still wish that Fran would come over and baby-sit me. I'm a sad, lonely person. In a sad note, I read that the actor who played Roy died in 1990. Big Ups to Roy. R.I.P. I think M.T. Promises might be to blame for that. B******! "hey you this is my world too..."

Never! This was the best show. Gary Gnu still is in my brain. I thought I was just some loon that couldn't/wouldn't pronounce gnu correctly 'til I heard the theme song somewhere and it all came back to me. Not too many people I know even remember the show until I mention Gary Gnu. :)

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