Postcards from Buster

Sugartime! (Hinesburg, Vermont)

Season 1, Ep 34, Aired
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  • Episode Description
  • In the "infamous banned" episode of Postcards from Buster, Buster pays a visit to Sidell, Vermont during the season called "sugartime." He learns that this a season of maple syrup and mud. He spends some time at the home of a photographer his Mom once worked with and her partner (a lesbian couple) and learned that they're both Moms to their kids. Later, he goes out shopping for a bonfire. He samples Vermont maple syrup and learns about the milking of cows. He also tries his hardest to come up with the perfect Mother's Day gift for his Mom.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Marcel Jeannin

    Bo Baxter

  • Norman Groulx

    Carlos of Los Viajeros

  • Elizabeth Diaga

    Mora of Los Viajeros

  • Cameron Ansell


  • Cydne Clark

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • It's not subtly - it's purposeful and it's improper.

    By PhilipSmith3, Nov 20, 2009

  • this is an imformative episode!

    By sing66, Jun 16, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Buster: Scout ate Mother's Day. (scene change, Buster is now talking on the phone with Bo) It was awful, Dad. The dog ate all Mom's gifts.

    • Bitzi: (in fantasy sequence) You are just the best son ever. Buster: Aw, Mom. I'm your only son. Bitzi: No, really. Who else would think to get his Mom a pickle and a doughnut? Buster: Well, it's just a Vermont thing. But it did make me think of you.

    • Buster: Look at these calves. They're awfully cute. Do you milk them too? Girl: When they get older.

    • Buster: (in fantasy sequence) I got you your very own maple tree. You'll never have to buy syrup again. Bitzi: That's wonderful, Buster, but how do you turn it off? Buster: Hmm. Aw? Help!

    • Buster: So Gillian's your Mom too? Emma: She's my stepmom. Buster: Boy, that's a lot of moms. Emma: Yep.

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    Notes (7)

    • The controversial episode "Sugartime!" is now available on the DVD "Postcards From Buster: Outdoor Journeys."

    • This episode was online at the Family Pride Web Site.

    • When virtually no other station would touch it, TPT 2 broadcast this episode at 7 P.M. CST March 23, 2005. Sister station TPT 17 rebroadcast the program at 9:30 P.M. CST March 24, 2005. Some other stations chose to air this, while some aired it, but with a special analysis program. It remains off the lineup of most PBS stations.

    • If you happen to have a tape of this ep, DO NOT tape over it due to the ban.

    • Education Secretary Margaret Spellings warned PBS in a heated letter not to air "Sugartime!" because of its featuring of gay parents in the episode "did not fulfill the intent Congress had in mind for public programming." "We believe the 'Sugartime!' episode does not come within these purposes or within the intent of Congress and would undermine the overall objective of the Ready-To-Learn program -- to produce programming that reaches as many children and families as possible," Spellings wrote. PBS responded by announcing the particular episode would not be offered to its 349 affiliates across the country. WGBH, the Boston public TV station which produces the show, says it will still air the episode despite the controversy and has offered it to any station willing to defy the Education Department.

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    Trivia (2)

    • Buster celebrates Shabbat with the family in this episode. He mentions that he celebrated this with Aria in a previous episode, but she did it a little differently.

    • The controversy due to this episode killed the official government funding for it (PBS Kids Ready to Learn Grant) and funding for future episodes of the program. However, thanks to the generous donations of a group of supporters, Postcards returns in Fall 2006 with ten new episodes.

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