Universal Kids (originally titled PBS Kids Sprout and later, just Sprout) is an independent American 24-hour pre-school television network owned by NBCUniversal and Comcast. It was originally operated (and created) by Sesame Workshop, HiT Entertainment, and PBS, and featured a mix of selected shows from each of their portfolios.
It was launched on April 4, 2005 as one of Comcast's video-on-demand folders and on September 26, 2005 as a television channel, replacing the PBS Kids cable network that had been running on select cable providers for six years prior. After 12 years under the
Boohbah on PBS Kids Sprout Edit
From 2005 to 2009, Boohbah was one of the first shows featured on Sprout, airing at 6:00 AM on weekdays and 3:00 AM (both EST) at launch. It was also the first-ever show to air on the channel, and was broadcast when it was launched at 6:00 AM (EST).
Boohbah and its cousin show, Teletubbies, are two out of 20 current and defunct Sprout programs to have aired, and come from, PBS Kids. Although Boohbah was not as promoted frequently as its cousin, it initially had two official timeslots, both of which are mentioned above, and later gained another at 4:00 AM EST (a timeslot during The Good Night Show is also likely, as it is speculated to have aired there once to a Fandom user's memory).
The show was also one out of many to be aired on-demand, with selected episodes airing under the "Children's Favorites" label (and eventually in its own label).
Sprout Diner Edit
In 2006, Sprout launched Sprout Diner, their heading for a series of healthy recipes with nutritional research done by KidsHealth. There were 20 recipes in all, each containing low supplies of fat, carbohydrate, etc. and high supplies of fiber and other healthy nutrition amounts.
The Sprout family (chef Brussel, message receiver Bean, and delivery girl Alfalfa) would receive a telephone call from a character from a Sprout show wanting a healthy snack, and declaring that it's "time to create" with them, singing a song explaining how healthy the food at the Sprout Diner is. When Brussel thinks of an idea on what they can make for the character-of-the-day, he quickly makes the meal that best represents that character's wanting and comes up with a name for it. After the order has been made, Alfalfa goes out to deliver the character their food, with Brussel and Bean suggesting things to do while in that character's universe.
When the number of shorts expanded in 2007, one of these shorts was based on Boohbah, with a recipe called "ShiskaBoohbahs". This was a fruit kabob with different-colored berries topped together on a coffee stir-stick; watermelon, cantalope, honeydew melon, and pineapple "jewels" and both raspberries and blackberries stacked on top of each-other to make a colorful skewer wand.
When the Diner branding was removed, the recipe was one of many to remain intact, and was renamed after The Mighty Jungle instead of Boohbah.