If Not the Jetsons, What?

Educational shows will work only if everyone stops treating them like spinach

In the world of children's TV, the bad guys and good guys are easy to tell apart. The bad guys, everybody knows, are local TV stations that try to pass off cartoon shows like G.I. Joe and The Jetsons as "educational." The good guys are kindly kids' show hosts like Shari Lewis, who brought her puppet Lamb Chop to Washington last week to help plead for better children's programming. "We need the best you grownups have to offer," the sock puppet testified before a House subcommittee. "If you give it to us, we will give the good stuff back."

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