My kids are 15 and 13 years old. We watched a smattering of kids shows when they were growing up, many on PBS. Somehow, we shot right past Caillou, the French-Canadian show about a bald little boy and his baby sister that apparently hooked kids like sugar cereal. Alas, it looks like I missed my window because after 20 years, PBS is pulling the plug on Caillou. It started airing in 1997 on a French Canadian channel and premiered on PBS in 2000.
After 20 years on the air, long-running PBS Kids show Caillou has been canceled. PBS Kids made the announcement on Twitter, along with tips for parents on how to break the news to children, but it appears that many are cheering the decision and are happy to say goodbye to a series that they have complained has been teaching their kids bad habits.
Caillou, which first premiered on PBS on September 4, 2000, centers on a precocious boy and his family. The show ran for five seasons until 2010, when it went into syndication on PBS.
Obviously, that shouldn’t be of much concern since none of us bothered to check it out when my kids were young enough and they don’t care now. But I am bummed because apparently everyone – and it sounds like everyone – over the age of seven hated this little bastard. Their rejoicing over his cancellation is giving me life:
For those of you without kids, let me explain the kind of pull this tiny Lex Luthor has.
When my daughter was four, she literally tapped out in the middle of Christmas morning to eat cereal and watch Caillou.
There might as well have been rocks under the tree. https://t.co/zBlAaNAdvr
— Mike Redmond (@theredmond) January 6, 2021
The $2000 stimmy is back, Mitch is ditched, caillou is finished, Kanye and Kim are over……all within 6 days of 2021. We did it, Joe. pic.twitter.com/0vM7iiVznL
— Mihrimah BLACK LIVES MATTER | (@Mihrimah_FS) January 6, 2021
caillou has been sentenced to death for his war crimes in various third world countries pic.twitter.com/GuYsOulg9j
— cappuccino (@TheCappuccino04) January 6, 2021
society when caillou gets canceled pic.twitter.com/AYh6QSSppK
— Noxcrew24 (@noxcrew24) January 6, 2021
Hallelujah, Caillou has finally been cancelled pic.twitter.com/n41g8AmZkE
— Torin (@torininabox) January 6, 2021
Honestly, I could go on and on with these. And, from what little I’ve seen, this hate is well deserved. Caillou did seem to have some serious issues he needed to work out:
caillou was one evil ass mf pic.twitter.com/m1OevUXExz
— aj 🦋 (@ajirixo) January 6, 2021
But Caillou hate wasn’t underground until yesterday. Videos devoted to people decrying the hairless monster have been around for years. Articles argued for him to be run out of town on rails. CB sent me a compilation of adults who reviewed the show, all convinced Caillou taught their kids to whine. Just think, eliminating him will bring peace to our nation! We had a few shows we weren’t crazy about but the only show we forbade was Max & Ruby, it sounds like for many of the same reasons I would have hated Caillou.
And just to prove how insidious this kid was, the show stopped making new episodes over 10 years ago, it’s been in a syndication loop ever since. But fear no more, the querulous demon-spawn is being removed from our airwaves for good, silenced forever. However, stay diligent, parents, because gawd knows what nightmare they’ll create to replace him.
those little cards they made for Caillou's cancelation have the same vibe as funeral cards pic.twitter.com/NQrKYOqOSN
— Matttional GeoGraphics 🦆 (@MatttGFX) January 6, 2021
I won’t be missing Caillou either. Mean bastard. bald headed white chocolate truffle head pic.twitter.com/A4Nc9xIzGK
— January 25th (@Z1DEJA) January 6, 2021
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