Vegetable Soup

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Vegetable Soup

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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 TV.com. 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
James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones

Long John Spoilsport (voice)

Bette Midler

Bette Midler

Woody the Spoon (voice)

Daniel Stern

Daniel Stern

Bob, in Outerscope II segments

Gary Goodrow

Gary Goodrow

Announcer, in The Big Game Hunt

Judy Noble

Judy Noble

Robin, in Outerscope II segments

Martin Brayboy

Martin Brayboy

Martin Harris, in Nigel segments

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • It takes all kinds of vegetables All kinds of vegetables All kinds of vegetables...

    8.5
    I used to absolutely love this show when I was a kid. But then there weren't too many shows that actually catered to African-American and Latino Kids during that time, true ever cartoon was some groovy bunch of friends with a weird pet solving mysteries, and singing psychedelic rock songs (like we didn't know) ... but Vegetable Soup was about Education and it was funky and groovy which appealed to us African-American and Latino Kids think about it... when was the last time Sesame Street taught you how to make a cheap filling meal that actually tasted good without you burning down the Kitchen??? P.S. And don't get me started on Krofts Super Show...moreless
  • Worse movie ever.

    5.0
    Worse movie ever. Well actually that's being very harsh. After all, I'm sure the production company had put a lot of effort in producing this and trashing it like I am doing right now seems downright unfair. However, I can't forgive those who waste my time with something like this. Why did I pick up something called Vegetable Soup in the first place?
  • I miss TV from the 70's

    10
    I remember having to watch Vegetable Soup in elementary school on rainy days. I only remember liking the Outerscope segments with the puupets and the spaceship. A few years ago I stumbled upon reruns of the show on some local PBS station at like 5am on a sunday and started taping it. Where Sesame St is aimed at younger children, Veg Soup is for slightly older kids and the focus is mainly on racial harmony and integration. There are some great lessons on sharing and friendship and dont forget to take care of your giant snake! There's some amazing "before they were famous" stars too. Bette Midler gave neat recipes as Woody the Spoon. Daniel Stern as a bumbling crook who tries to steal a home made space ship from some puppets. And dont forget the incomperable James Earl Jones as the voice of the evil Long John Spoilsport during the game show segments. Maybe its nostalgia but after rewatching most of the episodes I really like this show. The hippie animation is cheap and weird and the music is very 70s AM radio. I don't think kids of would enjoy this show. It might be to slow and preachy for their fast paced MTV brains but I remember a simpler time when shows like Vegetable Soup and Zoom could babysit your kids.moreless
  • Vegetable Soup on DVD
    Anyone interested in having the series on DVD, please contact me.Season 1 available on 13 DVDs, 3 per disc in chronological order....
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