"winky-dink and you" was the pioneer in interactive programming. The core of the program was children sent away for a kit. The kit had a plastic screen that stuck to the TV tube with static... See full summary »
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...  Mr. Bungle
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"winky-dink and you" was the pioneer in interactive programming. The core of the program was children sent away for a kit. The kit had a plastic screen that stuck to the TV tube with static electricity. Crayons were used to draw on the screen. When a character needed special help, children would be asked to draw on the screen, give assistance and free the character from trouble. If a character needed to cross a river with no bridge, the viewer would draw a line so a crossing could be made and escape trouble. Jack Barry, the host, emphasized inviting a friend over to watch the program; sharing in the drawing of assistance was also important. Everyone watched and helped winky-dinky in his adventures and had fun. Written by alfred, south carolina

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10 October 1953 (USA)  »

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One of the first interactive T.V. shows. Young viewers could send for a special plastic sheet that clung to the television screen, and crayons for drawing thereupon. Children were encouraged to draw on the screen in order to assist in telling a Winky-Dink adventure story. Cost for the kit was 50 cents. See more »

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Featured in Hiya, Kids!! (2008) See more »

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One of my favorite kid shows
18 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

Couldn't get this show in my hometown, but it was a real treat to go to my grandmother's house in Oklahoma, because Winky Dink was on there. I even had the Winky Dink kit there - green plastic to put on the screen, a couple of crayons, and a cloth towel to wipe the marks off. It was so exciting to draw a bridge for Winky Dink to escape across a river, then erase it before the villain could cross it!


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