The Teletubbies are one of the best-known but also most controversial children programs ever to have appeared on television. The series was first broadcast twenty years ago in Britain and has immediately achieved great commercial success and has aired in 120 different countries in 45 languages.
Now, as soon as the seemingly never-ending debate about whether the show is, in fact, ingenious or just plain moronic has finally quieted down, new controversy seems to have arisen. American viewers have recently spotted that in the version of the show aired on the North American continent, the Teletubbies have actually spawned little successors called Tiddlytubbies.
Be honest: you never knew Tinky Winky & Co. were reproducing, and neither did we.
— Teletubbies (@TeletubbiesHQ) July 25, 2017
According to the USA version of the show, these eight youngsters live in their own part of the ‘Home Dome’ and are called Baa, Mi-Mi, RuRu, Duggle Dee, Nin, Daa Daa, Ping and Umby Pumby.
The revelation has, naturally, shocked everyone, no matter how they feel about the show.
So today I learned the Teletubbies had kids and I’m feeling a mixture of terrified and confusion!! pic.twitter.com/nmJYAa2Vl8
— Pugz (@Pugz_T) July 25, 2017
what the fuck the teletubbies now have offspring
— ＫＩＤＯ (@kikkujo) July 24, 2017
OKAY STOP EVERYTHING
THE TELETUBBIES OFFICIALLY JUST HAD KIDS I AM NOT PREPARED FOR THIS INFORMATION pic.twitter.com/09CXX2HFbm
— bianca del rio (@lyenkrenz) July 23, 2017
The teletubbies had telebabies growing in their teletummies and no one fucking teletold me??? pic.twitter.com/6hdH3o5ciZ
— Shocked Meme (@Shockedmeme) July 29, 2017
The more saucy comments on social media are wondering who impregnated who among the four main characters, which builds upon earlier gender controversies surrounding the program.
Another aspect of the show that viewers found frighteningly bizarre was the revelation that the characters are actually 10 feet tall – a fact that was only recently revealed.
I’m trying to relax and watch TV and can’t get over the fact the Winky from Teletubbies is 10ft tall. pic.twitter.com/0DljWtTmeK
— Joshua Long 🌹🗽🌎 (@joshlong56) February 28, 2017
The Teletubbies churned out an impressive 365 episodes between 1997 and 2001 before the BBC announced 60 new episodes had been commissioned in 2014. It has won several BAFTA and Daytime Emmys and has incredibly gained a cult following among teenagers and young adults despite being a program aimed at pre-school children
The Teletubbies’ Wikipedia page hilariously notes that “Although the programme is aimed at children between the ages of one and four, it had a substantial cult following with older generations, mainly university and college students.
“The mixture of bright colors, unusual designs, repetitive non-verbal dialogue, ritualistic format, and occasional forays into physical comedy appealed to many who perceived the program as having psychedelic qualities.”