Canadian-American educational television series

Crashbox is a Canadian/American television series for children. It was broadcast in the United States and Canada. The series teaches children about math, history, vocabulary and other subjects It was made between 1998 and 1999. The series aired during the relaunch of the HBO Family channel from February 1999 to April 2000. There has been no VHS or DVD releases for the series but it is available on streaming serivces in 2022.[1]

Science fiction
Created byEamon Harrington & John Watkin
StarringMaggie Baird
Veena Bidasha
S. Scott Bullock
Greg Eagles
Arif S. Kinchen
Peter Lurie
Dawn Maxey
Edie McClurg
Michael McShane
Ritchie Montgomery
Alan Schlaifer
John Watkin
Mari Weiss
Danny Wells
Country of originCanada
United States
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes52
Executive producersAdam Shaheen
Eamon Harrington
John Watkin
ProducersEamon Harrington
John Watkin
Running time25 minutes
Production companiesCuppa Coffee Studios
Planet Grande Pictures
Spank! (theme music only)
Original release
HBO Family
ReleaseFebruary 1, 1999 (1999-02-01) –
April 1, 2000 (2000-04-01)

Production change

The series was produced and filmed in Toronto and Malibu in the second half of 1998 to early 1999. Planet Grande Pictures signed a deal with Cuppa Coffee Studios to make a game show for both HBO and Planet Grande. They both worked for 7 months to make 13 hours of programming.[2]

Plot change

Crashbox is set inside a computer and a sculpted clay box. The format is similar to the 1970's Electric Company where parodies are shown that do not join to each other or follow a plot. Each half-hour episode is has about 2-to-5-minute educational games. Some episoded had an eighth game. There episodes were not common.

Reception change

The series generally had positive reviews from both critics and audiences. However, some criticized the series for the overuse of gross out humor.

Other websites change

References change

  1. "Crashbox on Hulu". Hulu. Retrieved 11 December 2022.
  2. Eichhorn, P: "Cuppa Coffee brews up a special blend of animation Take One Magazine, Summer, 1999, No. 24