The Puzzle Place

PBS (ended 1998)


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Episode Guide

  • Season 1
    • Tippy Woo
      Tippy Woo
      Episode 1
      When Julie turns a teddy bear into a puppet, everyone else implores her to give the bear a name. Because the bear tips over easily (and because "Woo" is her last name), Julie calls it Tippy Woo. But it could be a name susceptible to teasing.
    • Train Drivin' Kids
      The boys quickly turn the girls off when they say a model train set is a "guy thing."
    • Rip Van Wrinkle
      Rip Van Wrinkle
      Episode 3
      The kids discuss various ways they prepare for a good night's sleep.
    • Accentuate the Positive
      Kiki helps the Puzzle Place kids learn everyone has an accent – and that bilingualism can be a very good thing!
    • Gotta Dance
      Gotta Dance
      Episode 5
      When four of the kids uncover a dance-step sheet, no one can figure out the dance it is designed for.
    • Rudy One
      Rudy One
      Episode 6
      A robot has been sent to The Puzzle Place on a mission: befriend one of the kids and turn mean on the others.
    • Butterfingers
      Episode 7
      When Ben drops a baton in a relay race, Leon derides him with a rotten name, and everyone else grasps to use it.
    • Rock Dreams
      Rock Dreams
      Episode 8
      Skye feels he'll pursue a musical career when he grows up, but he is unsure of what specific music to pursue.
    • Roamantics
      Episode 9
      Leon doesn't take seriously the warning about the "super ants" in the ant farm. Thinking the ants need fresh air, Leon opens the lid of the ant farm and instantly, the super ants escape, ready to cause trouble.
    • Spud Buds
      Spud Buds
      Episode 10
      Leon invents a remote control that will operate a TV. The wide assortment of channels attracts his and others' attentions, much to Skye's regret.
    • Different Drummer
      Different Drummer
      Episode 11
      Leon wears dashiki and kufi for the African Street Festival. He also has his djembe, which he thinks is the best drum. But Skye is quick to defend his Apache water drum.
    • I Love Kiki
      I Love Kiki
      Episode 12
      When Julie gets a new toy horse, she allows Kiki to play with it...on one condition. Kiki can't pull a red string. Unfortunately, Kiki's curiosity overwhelms her, and the toy falls apart. Will Julie forgive her?
    • True Colors
      True Colors
      Episode 13
      When the children decide to paint portraits, they discover that their paint set has only one skin color–neon green. After some debate, the kids use chalk to create different shades of skin.
    • Cute Is as Cute Does
      Julie is obsessed with her desire to enter a contest to meet who she thinks is the cutest person ever. But there are other things to worry about at The Puzzle Place, especially when Skye's plant goes into overdrive after too much plant food.
    • Leon's Pizza
      Leon's Pizza
      Episode 15
      Leon wants to bake a pizza for everyone. What he doesn't know is how to satisfy everyone's tastes.
    • Real Horses
      Real Horses
      Episode 16
    • Going by the Book
      Going by the Book
      Episode 17
      The kids want to play pretend based off of a story in their picture book. Julie wants to be the princess, and Leon wants to be the prince. But, they don't look like the picture in their book. The kids finally find a book that has pictures from different cultures. They also learn that you don't have to look like the picture to play pretend.moreless
    • Mad Music Magic
      Mad Music Magic
      Episode 18
      When the children find a treasure chest of musical instruments, Kiki assigns herself the role of conductor. She becomes very bossy and eventually everyone stops listening to her.
    • Party of One
      Party of One
      Episode 19
      Leon is excited to attend a birthday party for his friend, Jimmy. But, Jimmy's mom refuses to let Leon in the house because he is African-American. The other kids try to cheer him up and vow to never treat others the way Leon was treated.
    • Dancing Dragon
      Dancing Dragon
      Episode 20
      When a mysterious package covered in Chinese symbols arrives at Puzzle Place, Skye and Kiki discover it first. Because they can't read Chinese lettering, they don't know that the gift belongs to Julie. The two manage to rip open the package, upsetting Julie by invading her privacy.
    • Picture Perfect
      Picture Perfect
      Episode 21
      All the children are having their picture made, so they all want to look their best. For Ben that means discarding his glasses. Will he learn that it's ok to look different?
    • Maiden Voyages
      Maiden Voyages
      Episode 22
    • Donuts and Dithering
      A simple plate of donuts causes problems for the children when they want the same ones. Julie wins the game to determine who chooses first, but the decision isn't so easy with everyone trying to influence her.
    • Bully for Jody
      Bully for Jody
      Episode 24
      Jody learns that you must stand up for yourself against a bully. She also discovers different strategies work for different people.
    • Ben's Bad Hair Day
      Ben's Bad Hair Day
      Episode 25
      When Ben appears with bag on his head, the kids are determined to find out what's wrong. He finally admits that his brothers gave him a haircut that didn't turn out the way he wanted it to.
    • All Weather Friends
      Because of a large thunderstorm, the kids learn that Leon is afraid of thunder and lightening. He fears they will tease, but instead the kids support him and make him feel better.
    • Bread and Matzoh
      Bread and Matzoh
      Episode 27
      Skye is insulted when Jody refuses to try his Apache fry bread. Jody explains that it's Passover, so she's limited to a specific type of bread because she's Jewish.
    • Owning It
      Owning It
      Episode 28
      Leon gets a new watch. But the other kids aren't nearly as excited as he is. They are annoyed by his bragging and the fact that he likes the watch more than them.
    • Baffled Ben
      Baffled Ben
      Episode 29
    • Practice Makes Perfect

      While a chicken pox epidemic infects everyone everyone except Skye, he finds an old guitar, but he cannot get it to play right. However he refuses to listen to others tell him that if he wants to get it to play right, he has to keep practicing and working to get better.

    • Finders Keepers
      Finders Keepers
      Episode 31

      Julie finds Skye's lost Indian pouch but she loves it, and she's too afraid to return it.

    • You Say Potato
      You Say Potato
      Episode 32
      All of the kids bring their favorite foods from home for a picnic. Unfortunately, they argue about where to have it, and then the rain comes.
    • At the End of Our Rope
      The boys refuse to play jump rope. Instead, they challenge the girls to a more masculine game–tug-of-war. But, they lose! Will they learn that teamwork is the girls' secret strategy?
    • Just Kidding
      Just Kidding
      Episode 34
      The kids tease Skye when he forgets to bring a bat to a baseball game. He's upset and leaves. The others feel badly about upsetting him, even if they were just joking.
    • Everything in Its Place
      The Piece Police are on vacation, so Kiki comes up wit ha plan to clean the place. Unfortunately, the others aren't as excited. They end up making a bigger mess than when they first started. Will they learn the joy in doing a nice deed and completing a hard task?
    • Big Boys Don't Cry
      Big Boys Don't Cry
      Episode 36
      Leon has plans to sow the kids how to make pancakes. When everyone else takes over and leaves him out, he starts to cry. The other boys tease him. But, they soon learn that it's ok for boys to show emotion.
    • Here's to the Winners
    • A World of Difference
      Ben, Leon, Jody, Julie and Kiki disguise themselves as superheroes. When Skye realizes they all look alike, he has to figure out how to tell them apart. The kids learn that it clothes can't hide the real person.
    • Willing and Able
      Willing and Able
      Episode 39
      Skye is excited that his friend Kyle is coming to visit. He brags to the kids that Kyle has won dance contests and basketball games. When Kyle arrives, the kids are shocked to see he's in a wheelchair.
    • It's Magic
      It's Magic
      Episode 40
  • Season 2
  • Season 3