DefunctTV: The History of Zoboomafoo
DefunctTV The History of Zoboomafoo

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Gabby Shows : why am I crying about a lemur

Speriodically Stupid : Does anyone remember the PBS show “zoom”?

Glass Wolf : When I saw the title: Oh I remember this show! I loved it as a kid, but I don't remember too much about it... Watching the video: *Suddenly remembers everything right when they bring it up and able to mentally sing along with the songs* After the video: ... *wiping away tears* I really should re-watch this sometime...

Quinn Ink : HOW DO I REMEMBER EVERY CLIP IN THIS VIDEO?! "The show only went on for 2 seasons, so it was heavily rerun" Oh, that's probably why.

Rodney : You forgot to say "Thank You!" After "Viewers Like You..."

Elaine Harbin : I almost cried at the end. The house where Chris and Martin used to be, all dark, depressing and abandoned and zaboomafoos spirit jumping through the trees :'(

Hipochacco : Defunctland, if you ever do an episode of Between the Lions is there a way I can contact you? My parents both worked on the show, my father was the musical director. Let me know :) my mother and father are Paul Jacobs and Sarah Durkee. I’m sure they would LOVE to talk about it.

vince gredo : 6:25 yes! The snack machine. That was my favorite, definitely the most memorable part of the show for me

Cooper Minion : Please do an episode about WISHBONE

Troy Jeffrey : "don'tcrydon'tcrydon'tcrydon'tcrydon'tcrydon'tcry" *sees Zoboomafoo silhouette* QQ WAAAAAHHHHHH

alisande : I had no idea Zabu had died... This show and Go Diego Go are what fueled my lifelong love of animals, so it's sad to hear that a part of my childhood is now gone.

Dakota Cabana : You literally didn't have to do that thing at the end. Why would you do that thing at the end? I didn't think I'd be a grown ass man crying this morning.

Jason Dembowski Jr : What kinda people don’t say “thank you” after “viewers like you”?

hankster112 : Well I just got hit with a nostalgia train

AlternateHistoryHub : *Cough* Between the Lions *Cough*

HorizonCrosser 128 : Man, the PBS kids shows during late 90s to early 2000s were some of the best kid shows I've seen as a kid (same thing with Playhouse Disney). While PBS Kids' current shows aren't terrible, they are just nowhere near as good as the old days.

Maggie : one of the few kids shows my mom could stand when I was little because she thought the Kratt Brothers were hot 😅

The Psychic Cell Phones : rest in peace jovian 1994-2014 :,(

OtakuEllie : Dude this was so much more sad than I was prepared for...

Laura Tarrant : Mangatsika video, dude

Theresa Dyson : Ughh... I can't watch that CG animation of a rotting, abandoned Creature Junction without crying, especially Jovian's death in 2014. Just keep on bouncing along, Jovian. *I'm not crying, your crying!* :'( :'(

PumpkinSpiceHedgie : THAT WASN’T FUNNY, making me cry at the end, simply uncalled for... great video. I loved this show and I wish it had run for longer. My little brother breaks it out sometimes and I still smile at how corny it is. 😊

Bananonymous Supreme : This show is directly responsible, along with Steve Irwin, for my love for animals and wildlife. As an adult, I actively make efforts towards conservation (and I wanted to go into biology but college tuition kills you dreams) and work towards preserving the beautiful planet that these folks showed me as a kid. These shows absolutely make a difference, which is why Wild Kratts is so important to me. Thank you PBS. Thank you, Kratt Brothers.

ivy Octo : Oh how I will always remember that closet

GenerationWest : It's been nearly 20 years, and still remember every line from the Zaboomafoo songs. I had to see that abandoned Zaboomafoo set... That cut deep...That cut REAL deep.

Mighty Wolf One : R.I.P zoboomafoo you may be gone but not forgotten you always live in our hearts and all I know you are still leaping in the sky’s right now and you will always be remembered forever. Keep on leaping lemur!😇😌🤗

Kalyn Clark : I got to meet the Kratt brothers and they are absolutely amazing! They were so nice and they let me take pictures and get their autographs. It was one of the best days I’ve ever had. I should probably mention that I was 17 when this happened...

AshleyPureHeart : I have a request: VeggieTales! I know it was technically a direct-to-video series, but it would make a cool episode!

omgderyah : If you didnt have cable... you watched pbs!!!! meeeeee! Lol

Jillian Jennett : Defunctland has no right to make me cry like this...and yet

I.D.K. TV : I used to watch Zambomafoo now my kid watches the Wilds Kratts. I didn't even recognize them lol

ButterSoil : I rember see8ng this as a kid, and forgot about it til I watched this video. Never even realized jovain died between the last time I watched a episode of this til the part of the video where it said he died. RIP Jovain, will still remember in all of our hearts

Hanna Edstrom : now I feel old.....I still know the intro

Christian Tracey : 13:34 That just hit me hard in the heart

FireRose720 : I am so glad I didn't hallucinate this whole show because my parents seemed to have no memory of it and I only remember bits and pieces but I watched it all the time.... Also remember having a crush on Chris despite him probably being old enough to be my dad.

ProcrastinationAnimation : It ended in 2001, yet I still watched the show in 2009-2011, which was soon replaced by Wild Kratts.

Eric Tennison : Climb a tree and act like a nut, that was the first squirrel joke I ever herd during my childhood, and I quoted it many times R.I.P Jovian zoboomafoo, though I only saw one episode of your series you kickstarted my sense of humor, you will be forever remembered for that one line of: how do you make friends with a squirrel?...climb a tree and act like a nut

Metal Sonic : I wouldn’t want to say this but. The most missed show in my data is Fetch with Ruff Ruffman: the most Dramatic kid show in PBS history.

Kyra G. the cat : Wait a minute chris Kratt and chris Pratt “Coincidence I think not”

Sara You : Zaboomafoo was one of my favorite tv shows as a kid and most people I talk to don’t even remember it


MrManiac3 : I love Noggin Drill ong.. ong... ong... ongongongongONGONGONGONGONGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

Hedgee : This was my childhood. Thanks for the memory's

AdmiringObserverR : We loved the clay noggin guy who would spin and bore into the ground “ngngngngng.” That cracked me and my brother up and we always watched for him to come on.

bulbajer : Do the history of Arthur. It'll no doubt be a ton of work but I have a feeling it would break the goddamn internet.

Chickenfarmer10 : I'm the same age as Jovian. Or... he would have been

Megan McGuire : I suddenly remember the first fanfiction I ever wrote when I was like eight or nine was a Zoboomafoo crossover with The Secret Garden...

Lightwood Films : I loved Playhouse disney. I also loved Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman, Zoboomafoo, Cyber Chase, and Between the Lions. Also my top favorite was a show called Martha speaks.

Ale Nightshade : I remember when Jovian died my whole generation at school (we were like 120) were talking about it and sharing the news on Facebook. I'm from México and it was was such a big part in my childhood and my classmates' that I'll never forget. (I can still sing the opening song in Spanish 😂)