Daily children's program hosted by Captain Kangaroo (Robert Keeshan).

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Nominated for 6 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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In the annals of televison, few children's programs ever made as much impact as this show. Hosted by Robert Keeshan (at one time, he played Howdy Doody's friend, Clarabell) from the appropriately-named Captain's Place, the Captain was so named because he always wore an overcoat with large, kangaroo-like pouches. Each show featured stories, skits, vaudeville acts, songs, games, and other educational activities. Captain Kangaroo's friends were Mr. Green Jeans (who always brought an animal to the show); Dennis, an apprentice handyman and do-it-all person; and Mr. Moose and Bunny Rabbit. Bunny was always mute, but made his point ever-so-cleverly, while Mr. Moose always tricked the Captain into allowing him to stand under a shower of pingpong balls. As the show got on in years, new features were added, including Uncle Backwards (a tape of some simple action, such as peeling an orange or building a doghouse, shown in reverse); "Picture Pages", a matching activity hosted by Bill Cosby; and ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Good news for parents! (and for children) Starting tomorrow at 8, CBS Television presents the gentlest children's show on the air as the kindly Captain Kangaroo recreates the private wonderland of childhood in his Treasure House. It is a "live" and enthralling hour-long program.

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(1981-1982 and 1984) | (1957-1961) | (1955-1957, 1961-1981, 1982-1984)

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(1955-1967)| (1967-1993)

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With the addition of Mr. Baxter in 1968, this show because one of the first (if not the first) racially integrated Children's shows. The character was not intended to be an American of African descent. James E. Wall, who worked as the show's Stage Manager expressed interest in playing the part, and made the case for such inclusion on the show. Producers agreed to cast him in the part after Wall agreed to go through auditioning. See more »

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Referenced in Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas (1997) See more »

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Puffin' Billy (The Captain Kangaroo theme)
by Edward White
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a great part of my childhood education
17 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

Captain Kangaroo and I were born in the same year - 1955. I watched him religiously as kid and learned so much from this show. So much I didn't appreciate or realize I was learning until much later. For instance, my love of art I now attribute to the Magic Drawing Board doing his stuff to kids' songs. I also became a great reader, I think, mostly because of the Captain reading books to us kids. "Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel" was always one of my favorites, and I got a copy of it for myself when an anniversary edition was published a few years ago. Bob Keeshan as the Captain was always kind and wonderful, polite and intelligent. As an adult, I can't remember that he ever talked "down" to us kids. With Mr. Moose, Bunny Rabbit, Dancing Bear, Mr. Greenjeans, Grandfather Clock, the Magic Drawing Board, the Banana Man, and all of those that I'm probably forgetting, the show was truly "awesome" (a word I never use unless I *really* mean it).


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