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12 Ways "Today's Special" Was The Most WTF Kids' Show Ever

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OK, it's time to state the obvious: Today's Special is a national treasure.

It was an entertaining and educational show for '80s and '90s kids... BUT it was also totally crazy.
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It was an entertaining and educational show for '80s and '90s kids... BUT it was also totally crazy.

1. The show's whole premise was a lady hanging out with puppets, a mouse, and an enchanted mannequin in a department store every night.

#SquadGoals
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#SquadGoals

2. Remember that childhood fear you had that creepy mannequins were actually just waiting to reach out and grab you? This show completely fed into that.

Because they DO come alive.
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Because they DO come alive.

3. Jeff's entire ability to be alive depends on his magic hat.

And it comes off SO EASILY.
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And it comes off SO EASILY.

4. Everyone wore the same clothes in every episode.

In early episodes, Jodie wears a brown pantsuit, but then she switched it up to this pink-on-pink outfit every time. Jeff's a mannequin, yet he's perpetually stuck in that early '80s vest.THEY WORK IN A DEPARTMENT STORE that, presumably, sells clothes. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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In early episodes, Jodie wears a brown pantsuit, but then she switched it up to this pink-on-pink outfit every time. Jeff's a mannequin, yet he's perpetually stuck in that early '80s vest.

THEY WORK IN A DEPARTMENT STORE that, presumably, sells clothes. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

5. The random Mother Goose in the intro.

Just 'cause.
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Just 'cause.

6. Then there was Muffy, aka bringer of nightmares.

Somehow, as kids, we all accepted this creep-fest.
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Somehow, as kids, we all accepted this creep-fest.

7. And that mime lady who dressed like an infant.

She was so weird! And random! And her outfit is disturbingly infantile.
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She was so weird! And random! And her outfit is disturbingly infantile.

8. Really, any time an adult was dressed as a baby.

The pacifier in the mouth just adds so much unpleasantness to this situation.
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The pacifier in the mouth just adds so much unpleasantness to this situation.

9. From time to time, we also got these out-of-the-blue cartoon interruptions.

Which were so oddly out-of-place.
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Which were so oddly out-of-place.

10. That guy being responsible for security.

When the blush on Sam's bulbous nose and cheeks obviously suggest he's stashing a mickey of gin in his coat.
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When the blush on Sam's bulbous nose and cheeks obviously suggest he's stashing a mickey of gin in his coat.

11. And TXL — the intelligent computer.

2001: A Space Odyssey had been out for a WHILE, so clearly we should have been aware of the dangers of artificial intelligence.
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2001: A Space Odyssey had been out for a WHILE, so clearly we should have been aware of the dangers of artificial intelligence.

12. And don't forget about Muffy's house.

The mouse just lives there. And the humans KNOW ABOUT HER. And yet, she has this tricked-out house in the middle of the store. WHAT'S GOING ON?????
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The mouse just lives there. And the humans KNOW ABOUT HER. And yet, she has this tricked-out house in the middle of the store. WHAT'S GOING ON?????

BUT even if Today's Special was a little out-there, life just wouldn't have been the same without it.

Because it pretty much was your childhood.
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Because it pretty much was your childhood.