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5 Shows like Rugrats: Babies on TV

samar2Nickelodeon’s second ‘Nicktoon’ follows the misadventures of a bunch of talking babies, often neglected by their oddball parents who remain oblivious to their toddlers’ secret lives. Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Angelica and Susie often act too old for their age, which makes it hard to remember they’re only babies!

For more baby talk, tune in to this article about TV shows like ‘Rugrats’. ~ Samar N

Shows Similar to ‘Rugrats’

This article recommends an underrated title, a must-see title, an unknown title, an ‘if you like, you will like’ title and an unexpected title so you have different options when it comes to choosing your next movie to watch.

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UNDERRATED

‘Baby Talk’ (ABC, 1991-1992)

Loosely based on the ‘Look Who’s Talking’ movies, which features talking babies like ‘Rugrats’, this spin-off series centres on a baby with a single mother starting her life over in the city.

Criticized for it’s simple writing and overplayed characters like the smart-allecky baby, this TV series similar to ‘Rugrats’ was a flop. But catch ‘Baby Talk’ for cameos by George Clooney!

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A talking baby just happens to have a single mother whose life he can comment on.

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MUST-SEE

‘Teletubbies’ (CBeebies, 1997-2001)

These multi-coloured alien toddlers have antennas coming out of their heads, interactive TV displays on their tummys and speak adorable gibberish to one another as they waddle through idyllic green hills.

Although aimed at babies aged one to four, ‘Teletubbies’ has a cult following with adults who appreciate the mythical, surreal and psychedelic qualities of the programme.

‘Teletubbies’ sparked an ongoing debate after Tinky Winky, the purple Teletubby who carried a handbag, was outed for being gay in a letter by a Sussex University lecturer to a popular British culture magazine. Following that, The Guardian also touted the toddler as “a gay icon who prances around in a particularly campy way”.

Despite objections to ascribing a sexuality to the baby alien, Tinky Winky was the only fictional character to appear on the Independent on Sunday’s 2008 ‘Happy List’, along with 99 real-life personas commended for making Britain a better and happier place.

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Mythical, brightly-coloured babies speak giberish and promote happiness.

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UNKNOWN

‘One Born Every Minute’ (Channel 4, 2010-present)

This show uses a ‘fixed rig’ camera to show the activities of a labour ward.

‘One Born Every Minute’ received the highest ratings for documentary TV series of this kind, and many of its episodes drew more than five million viewers.

The show became so popular that it was picked up by Lifetime in the U.S. and France’s TF1.

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An insider's glimpse into the daily activities of a labour ward.

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UNEXPECTED

‘Bringing Up Baby’ (Channel 4, 2007)

The ‘Rugrats‘ seem able to care for themselves despite little intervention by their oblivious parents. But real-life babies obviously require more attention. This controversial TV show testing three different approaches to child-rearing developed in the 50s, 60s and 70s received criticism for experimenting with outmoded techniques on helpless babies.

Channel 4 countered the pleas by stating that “A number of leading childcare professionals were consulted by the production company in the making of these programmes”. They also assured viewers that a consultant paediatrician had watched the whole series prior to transmission and approved the programmes.

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Which method should you use to bring up your baby?

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If You Like ‘Rugrats’, You Will Like

‘Dinosaurs’ (ABC, 1991 – 1994)

Inspired by Jim Henson, ‘Dinosaurs’ is set in 60,000,003 BC in Pangaea, where an average American family is actually a family of dinosaurs. Earl and Fran Sinclair have a baby, Baby Sinclair, who turns out to be even more sarcastic than the rest of the family, almost as soon as he hatches out of his egg.

The baby loves to annoy Earl by being a wisecrack and yelling “Not the momma” whenever Earl tries to be fatherly.

Junior’s other favourite catch phrase is “I’m the baby. Gotta love me.”

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A family of dinosaurs is just your average family.

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