Another Unidentified PBS Series

I’ve mentioned before that I find identifying programs broadcast on PBS challenging. Not every PBS station aired the same programs nor were they always shown at the same time. And many programs broadcast by PBS were re-purposed, often from the United Kingdom. So when Jason e-mailed me with the following vague recollection, I knew I wasn’t going to be much help:

I’m going crazy trying to find this program I saw one time when I was a kid in the 80s. I’m not sure if it was part of a series or just a stand alone program. I remember it being on PBS. It was most likely shot in the 1970s or early 1980s. I remember there being a vague “moral” to the program. All I DO remember clearly was that the program focused on two kids on a school field trip to like a nature park or something. One of the kids was a “good” kid, and the other was the “bad” kid. Anyway, the two kids get separated from the rest of the group, which they have been told specifically not to do. The bad kid falls into a ravine, or like off of a cliff, and he gets hurt. He tells the other kid not to tell on him, but the “good” kid knows he has to go get help somehow. Eventually he does get help, and its this big ordeal getting the kid out of the ravine. The last shot of the program, that I remember, is the “bad” kid being pissed off at the “good” kid for ratting on him. He says something as he’s being taken off in a stretcher to the effect of, “you shouldn’t have told on me.” I swear to God, this has been driving me crazy for years. No one remembers this. And I think I’m the only person who ever saw it. Please HELP!

Does this sound familiar to anyone?

7 Replies to “Another Unidentified PBS Series”

  1. Two possibilities, though both were essentially the same show: Inside/Out and Bread & Butterflies were both fifteen minute programs produced in the early- to mid-seventies by the Agency for Instructional Television (AIT). They were “realistic” programs, like rougher, lower-budgeted Afterschool Specials, and frequently featured open endings designed to stimulate classroom discussions after viewing.

  2. My Grandfather passed away before Christmas and speaking with family we remember a television show about our family that was shot in the late 80s or early 90s. We believe the name was Pass It On, but not sure. We used to have a VHS copy recorded off of channel 33, our local PBS network, but it has been lost. It was a show or documentary about the three generations of my family living on a small dairy farm in rural Vermont. We think it had our name int he title; the Coreys. I would greatly appreciate any information anyone can provide to help find this piece of family history.

  3. I remember this show! It’s called Ripple, it was produced by NIT(the precursor to AIT), indeed in the 70’s. I can’t say about this particular episode, but a lot of them were made in Virginia.

  4. Charlie Cheen and his Fun Machine was a show I used to watch. I can draw the machine by memory and even used such in my own stories. It had levers , wheels and knobs and showed cartoons on a screen.(old Farmer Alfaflfa silent B & Ws. )In one episode, pushing a forbidden button changed the machine into a garbage can, and the crew had to find how to change it back !

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