26 May
Yo Mama Mama

Hi, TMH,

I hate to admit this, but I think I like the Noggin show, Yo Gabba Gabba, more than my 4-year-old son. I’m not to the point of taping it and watching in the evening after the kids are in bed, but I make sure it’s on while my son is eating lunch. Am I losing it?



Dear Nogginized,

After receiving your letter, I immediately sat down on my couch to watch my first episode of the TV show that’s causing you so much concern. And, now that I’ve experienced 20 minutes of Yo Gabba Gabba, I feel comfortable enough to put my years and years of psychology training to use and ask you two crucial, probing questions:

1. Dude, what are you smoking?

2. Can you pass some over here?

But seriously, baby, are you making regular visits to Willie Nelson’s tour bus? Because after seeing a bunch of big, fuzzy guys dance around and sing songs like “There’s a Party in My Tummy,” I wanted nothing more than to start scratching off my skin with a dull butter knife just to make the pain in my head subside a little. I mean, you must be straight trippin’, boo. (Note: I don’t know what that means, but it sounded good when I heard a teenager at the carwash say it.)

Anyway, becoming obsessed with a children’s TV show is fairly common among the mom crowd. In fact, a few years ago, my friend Tracy found herself enraptured with the guy from Blue’s Clues and, not only did she start watching it alone at night with a box of wine, she even gave her husband a striped rugby shirt and a handy-dandy notebook for his birthday. Later, they sat on down and figured it out: she was effin’ nuts.

Anyway, I don’t think you’ve quite reached that stage yet, because it sounds like all you’re doing is enjoying a little escapism during the day. I would chalk this up to nothing more than a guilty pleasure. (Albeit a guilty pleasure you probably share with Snoop Dogg and the entire editorial staff of High Times magazine.) However, please make sure that you enjoy Yo Gabba in moderation, because it’s what we in the half-assed advice business consider to be a “gateway show.” And trust me, nobody wants to see you move on to the real hardcore stuff, like Sponge Bob Square Pants, because then you’ll be in real trouble.


Wendi, TMH

9 Responses to “Yo Mama Mama”


Comment by The Devil's Daughter-In-Law.

Yo Gabba Gabba + DJ Lance = torture

Yo Gabba Gabba + Jack Black = genius



Comment by Marinka.

OMG, I read the question as the mom liking that show more than she likes her 4 year old. Which is messed up, although 4 is a really tough age, IMO.

Sometimes not being a native English speaker really bites me on an ass.


Comment by MommyTime.

I have no helpful advice since I find Yo Gabba Gabba completely annoying (although the endless repetition of phrases like, “try it! you’ll like it!” is useful, I’ll grudgingly admit). Personally, I prefer “Ugly Betty” for my overly-brightly-colored TV hour, but that’s just me.


Comment by Sara Rose.

Here in our household, we do love the Yo Gabba Gabba, sadly and sickeningly. We even play the games online at noggin and nick jr. We have tons of the episodes dvr’d for our daughter. It’ amind trip and a half, but seeing as we aren’t the smokety-smoking kind of kids, we think loving it is just fine. Or else, we’re just cracked out mofo’s, who knows.


Comment by Andrea's Sweet Life.

Yo Gabba Gabba gives me the CREEPS.


Comment by Domestic Goddess (in training).

I am pretty sure liking Yo Gabba Gabba is felony in some states. Or… it should be.


Comment by Jill.

I love Yo Gabba Gabba or as my 4yo calls it Go Gamma Gamma. My secret shame, though, is iCarly on Nickelodeon. I often find myself still watching it long after my son has retreated from the TV room to the toy room.


Comment by Coco.

Wendi’s response is too funny. LOVED it.


Comment by Jana.

*standing* Hello, my name is Jana and I’m a Spongebob addict. I need some serious rehab.

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