Monday, March 9, 2009

The Great Space Coaster

The Great Space Coaster was a children's television show that ran from 1981 through 1986.

The show is about 3 young singers (Francine, Danny, and Roy) who are brought to a habitable asteroid in space by a puppet clown character named Baxter who pilots the "space coaster", a rollercoaster-like spaceship. The asteroid is populated by strange-looking, wise-cracking puppet characters like Goriddle Gorilla, Knock-Knock the bird, Edison the Elephant and Gary Gnu, who hosts the "The Gary Gnu Show". Baxter is forever on the run from M.T. Promises, a nefarious circus owner (played by a large, top-hatted puppet) who plans to re-capture Baxter and return him to the circus he worked at before he escaped. Each episode ends with a different life lesson, and various celebrity guest stars occasionally dropped by.

My most memorable segment of the show was Gary Gnu, a gnu newscaster who always said "No Gnews is Good Gnews with Gary...Gnu".


  1. LOVED this show! watched it all the time!

  2. "NO gnu is a GOOD gnu, with...Gary...Gnu!" (eyes open wide for a sec) lol

    It was a great show indeed!

  3. A young Kevin Clash on the right. Who knew he would be one of the world's most famous puppeteers??

  4. I remember this show I've been trying to ask networks to bring this show back. Danny (chris gifford) still looks the same and still handsome as i remember him. Good to see he's still into kids programming. I would like to relive this again and this generations kids to get a chance to see it too!