Netflix continues to expand its slate of preschool shows for younger viewers, and among the upcoming titles is a reboot of Teletubbies. Set to start streaming on Nov. 14, 2022, the new Teletubbies features Tituss Burgess who serves as narrator joining the four friendly pals fans will remember from the original incarnation of the show: Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa, and Po.
This new take comes from co-creator and writer Andrew Davenport. The Teletubbies performers are Rachelle Beinart, Rebecca Hyland, Nick Chee PIng Kellington, and Jeremiah Krage. While Burgess serves as narrator, Julia Pulo is the “Tummy Tales” host. Teletubbies is executive produced by Kate Bennetts, Maddy Darrall, Steven DeNure, Billy Macqueen, and Michael Towner. “Tummy Tales” is executive produced by Stephanie Betts, Anne Loi, and Josh Scherba. The project comes from WildBrain Teletubbies Productions Inc.
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The synopsis for Netflix’s Teletubbies is as follows:
Join colorful friends Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po on wonder-filled adventures as they learn and grow in this 21st century refresh of the beloved preschool series, now narrated by Emmy-nominee Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt). Each episode includes new, original “Tummy Tales” songs that will have the entire family dancing along!
Some of the other new and returning shows coming soon to Netflix as part of the preschoolers’ programming slate includes the premiere of the Native American series Spirit Rangers, Michelle Obama’s cooking-themed program Waffles + Mochi’s Restaurant, the Gabby Cats’ series Gabby’s Dollhouse, the StoryBots’ series StoryBots: Answer Time, the Princesses Wear Pants-inspired series Princess Power, and the CoComelon series CoComelon Lane.
Remember the Teletubbies? They’re Back… in Streaming Form
Teletubbies originally ran for nine seasons and nearly 500 episodes. It was co-created by Anne Wood and Andrew Davenport and aired its first episode in 1997. After finishing its initial run in 2001, the series had a revival that lasted from 2015 to 2018. For many years, the series has held a firm spot in pop culture history as one of the most recognizable and memorable children’s shows of the past three decades.
The series also was in the headlines in 1999 due to controversy stemming from the inclusion of Tinky Winky, a character alleged by late televangelist Jerry Falwell to be a “gay role model” who promoted homosexuality to children. Falwell claimed that Tinky Winky pushed an agenda with the series because the character was purple, carried a handbag, and had a triangle on his forehead, supposedly representing the gay pride symbol. An official response from the BBC later denied that the character was created with an agenda, referring to Tinky Winky as “simply a sweet, technological baby with a magic bag.”
Consisting of 26 12-minute episodes, the new Teletubbies comes to Netflix on Nov. 14, 2022.