Painfully wholesome, G-rated American children’s television of our current kid-tested, mother-approved era not doing it for you? Yeah, we’re not feeling it, either. As the fall TV season kicks off, we assume most adults are concentrating on all of those highly anticipated season and series premieres — but we think it’s time to devote some attention to the deliciously dark and downright bizarre children’s entertainment from around the world. Our roundup of creepy kids’ TV shows, past and present, is after the jump.
Whose idea was is to let Tim Burton create a kids’ show based on his bizarre 1988 comedy-horror flick? Like the movie, the show featured monsters, ghosts, zombies, and a vaguely raunchy protagonist who was a little bit of all three. All that morbid stuff came together in the town of Neitherworld, where Beetlejuice and his emaciated, goth friend Lydia chilled out in something like a nightmarish purgatory. Those of us who actually enjoyed this bizarre character can rejoice, because a second Beetlejuice film is currently in the works.