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The Great Space Coaster was a syndicated children's show that ran from 1981 through 1986. The show is about 3 young singers (Francine, Danny, and Roy) who are brought to a habitable asteroid in space by a puppet clown character named Baxter who pilots the "space coaster", a rollercoaster-like spaceship. The asteroid is populated by strange-looking, wise-cracking puppet characters like Goriddle Gorilla, Knock-Knock the bird, Edison the Elephant and Gary Gnu, who hosts the "The Gary Gnu Show". Baxter is forever on the run from M.T. Promises, a nefarious circus owner (played by a large, top-hatted puppet) who plans to re-capture Baxter and return him to the circus he worked at before he escaped. Each episode ends with a different life lesson, and various celebrity guest stars (such as Mark Hamill) occasionally dropped by. In each episode, Roy shows a short film on his portable, fold-up TV, often featuring segments from La Linea, an Italian animated series about a little man who is drawn (using a single line) at the beginning of the segment and then springs to life, communicating with his animator through high-pitched Italian mixed with gibberish. Francine, Roy, and Danny sing a song together in each episode (sometimes originals like "Wacky Talk", sometimes older songs like "Be a Clown" or covers of '60s and '70s hits), and the various puppet characters often sing songs as well. A few years into the show's run the MTV-like "Rockin' with Rory" segment began, where a DJ puppet would introduce "Danny and the Spacecoasters" performing cover tunes. While the action was mostly videotaped on the space set, it wasn't unusual for the characters to venture down to Earth for filmed musical numbers.

Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Space_Coaster
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1 Rockin' with Rory New "hip" character added to the show
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3 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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1 For some reason, they had Marvin Hamlish be on something like half the episodes. Yeah, I know he was a talented composer but, as a performer, he made George Lucas seem scintillating. What was up with that? -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on June 15, 2014, 3:05 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote

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