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Everything You Didn’t Know About Captain Planet and The Planeteers

I was a big fan of Captain Planet. I got up every morning and watched it right after The Perils of Penelope Pitstop but even I didn’t know all of these things.

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SYFY WIRE’s latest episode of Everything You Didn’t Know is diving into the murky waters of edutainment created by none other than Ted Turner! Well, Ted Turner and executive producer Barbara Pyle. He came up with the initial concept, and she fleshed it out. Captain Planet and the Planeteers launched in 1990, and the show had a somewhat uneven tone as it introduced kids to some very real-world problems alongside wacky cartoon villains. Seriously, this series touched upon child abuse, racism, and religious strife while featuring on-the-nose bad guys like Looten Plunder, Doctor Blight, Hoggish Greedly, Verminous Skumm, and Duke Nukem. No, not that Duke Nukem. This show’s Duke was more of an evil pig man who loved nuclear waste.

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