Here's a summary, yanked from imdb: "Each night in a major city, Sam the Security Guard locks the closed department store and joins Jodie in the Children's department as she brings a special mannequin with her even as she prepares to work on a display for the next day. With some magic words, the magic hat it wears brings it to life and becomes Jeff. Together with Muffy the Mouse, this gang learn about various things to teach younger viewer, both by the themselves and with visitors to the store."
Today's Special is yet another Canadian import that aired on Nickelodeon. However, I used to watch it on PBS, between Mr. Roger's Neighborhood and Sesame Street (they reran the show into the early 90s, which is why it was able to traumatize my aforementioned brother, who was born in 1987).
Upon watching the various video clips, I have come to a few conclusions:
- The puppets on this show are FUGLY, especially Sam.
- Muffy is fecking annoying.
- I can't believe that this show didn't scare the crap out of me as a kid, because it sure does now!
And now for just a few of the videos I found:
The theme song:
Jeff comes to life for the first time:
Sam, Muffy, and the computer:
Nifty little HMS Pinafore parody: