Vegetable Soup

PBS (ended 1979)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 18

    Wendy and the Medallion


  • S 2 : Ep 17

    The Torn Page


  • S 2 : Ep 16

    Looking for Tia Rosa


  • S 2 : Ep 15

    Emergency Landing!


  • S 2 : Ep 14

    Into the River!


  • Cast & Crew
  • James Earl Jones

    Long John Spoilsport (voice)

  • Bette Midler

    Woody the Spoon (voice)

  • Daniel Stern

    Bob, in Outerscope II segments

  • Gary Goodrow

    Announcer, in The Big Game Hunt

  • Susan Taylor

    Host of The Big Job Hunt

  • show Description
  • Before there was Chicken Soup for the Soul, there was Vegetable Soup. THEME SONG: Come on along and join us Come on along We're gonna have some fun Come on along and join us In a little bowl of Vegetable Soup It takes all kinds of vegetables All kinds of vegetables All kinds of vegetables To make a Vegetable Soup Welcome to the Vegetable Soup guide at Produced by the Bureau of Mass Communications, New York State Education Department, Vegetable Soup was a melting pot of live-action, animation, puppets, dramas, and games. In two seasons, 78 episodes were produced, with over 200 segments used and reused. To many, Vegetable Soup may best be remembered for the Outerscope serials. These segments opened 70 of the 78 Vegetable Soup episodes, and were always fresh. The first serial starred five puppet kids, all with big hands, who have built a crude but effective spacecraft called Outerscope. During the first season, Outerscope I traveled the galaxy, with each stop giving the kids a lesson in cooperation and harmony between different cultures and races. The latter serial, Outerscope II, sent the five kids in different directions in search of a medallion. Other elements in Vegetable Soup included: The Big Game Hunt, a staple late in the first season, had a girl ready to make up games at any time. Her only threat came from the ever-changing face of bad-tempered Long John Spoilsport. (Long John Spoilsport returned for a live-action game show, The Big Job Hunt, which dominated ten shows of the second season.) Nigel the boa constrictor, segments of which were available independently to schools and media centers. Woody the Spoon (really the voice of Bette Midler), sharing recipes. But perhaps the greatest memory of Vegetable Soup was its versatility. At its peak in 1982, the show could be found on local PBS affiliates (for which it was originally devised), commercial syndication, Nickelodeon, and TBS. That's a program of harmony we just don't see today. Vegetable Soup was produced by the New York State Education Department (NYSED), Bureau of Mass Communications, under a grant from the then U.S. Office of Education, Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The content of and copyright on Vegetable Soup are the responsibility of NYSED, and no official endorsement from the U.S. government is to be implied.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • from Nigel: PAT: It's good to stick up for the underdog. Makes you feel like you can stand on your own two feet.

    • Song used to introduce the "Yun-Yun Theater of Laughter" stage show: Yun-Yun Yunny Fun, fun, funny That's what we are Boo at us Throw a shoe at us If we go too far.

    • from Mr. Emeritus: RULER: You know my motto: Never give an inch.

    • From Outerscope I: WILLIE: We've learned how easy it is to really understand creatures who are different. ELEANOR: Yeah, and how not to be afraid of them just because they're different. CYNTHIA: I used to be afraid of almost everything.

    • NARRATOR: Tell me, Long John, do you enjoy your work? LONG JOHN SPOILSPORT: Frankly, I hate it. This job isn't as easy as it looks, you know. I get blisters from twirling my moustache all day, and those "nya-ha-ha's" make me feel like there's a boy scout in my throat trying to start a fire by rubbing my tonsils together.

    • From Mr. Emeritus: MR. EMERITUS: Where is Ruler? RULER: Just a few inches away.

    • At the beginning of Outerscope II: HENRY: All five of us together make a great team that just doesn't seem to work as well when we're apart. WILLIE: You got it, Henry. Why, if we were with the others in the spaceship, we'd know a lot more about the medallion than we do right now.

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    Notes (3)

    • This was the final program of the season to feature Outerscope I. The next eight programs open with Children's Questions. Program titles are based on the topic discussed in these segments.

    • The new Outerscope serial combines the familiar puppet kids with real-life people.

    • No credits were displayed in this episode, including the copyright notice "Copyright © 1978 New York State Education Department."

    Trivia (8)

    • In the Luther comic strip, Pee-Wee says a line that does not have a balloon on-screen. He says "Is Hardcore?', then "Mary Frances?", then "Lilly?" All but "Lilly" are written in a word balloon.

    • Earth is rotating in the wrong direction (clockwise) early in the Outerscope I segment. It's a mistake NBC News would commit a few years later.

    • At the start of the Outerscope I segment, the crew follows the Syncovek family's directions backwards. Edgar tells Willie to "Hang a right" because the directions go left. But if you saw the directions in the previous show ("Mamavek Makes an Offer"), you saw the first turn in the directions from Technovek to Earth was a right turn.

    • The Outerscope I kids find the door to get back to their universe: it's a plain door with the knob on the right side. But when the kids entered in the episode Where is the Door?, the dark side of that door had its knob on the right side. This meant the door knob should have been on the left side of the door discovered in this episode.

    • Remembering the backwards universe (called Back-a-Land), Henry laughingly says "Stop! Noise!" Of course, Henry meant "Start! Noise!"–the command Willie made to tell the Back-a-Landers not to fight them.

    • Another omission in the Luther comic strip balloons. Lilly says, "Oreo, look!" and Oreo says, "Lily, look!" But both of the balloons have the single word "Look!"

    • In the next round, Susan mistakenly uses the name "Rosa Park" without an S on the end.

    • Susan Taylor says St. Augustine was founded in 1519, forty-two years before the English settled Jamestown. That's numerically wrong since Jamestown was founded in 1607, eighty-eight years after St. Augustine.

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  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • It takes all kinds of vegetables All kinds of vegetables All kinds of vegetables...

    By JermaineAlexa1, Sep 17, 2012

  • Worse movie ever.

    By Representin123, Jun 13, 2006

  • I miss TV from the 70's

    By Televandalism, Jul 25, 2005

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