Hating Caillou

There is no decision as universal in the parenting world as the one we have made to hate Caillou.

His voice.

His whine.

His eery lack of hair.

We are all shocked that Canada, the country that gives us some of the best maple syrup in the world, is responsible for such a crappy export.


After taking an informal poll we discovered that 99% of parents would rather let their children watch the following shows over Caillou:
  • Real Housewives of New Jersey: The Reunion Show
  • World's Wildest Police Chases Ending in Multiple Causalities
  • OWN Network: The Devil Next Door 
  • American Horror Story
While the above shows may scar children for life, they won't teach them to whine and that's fine by us. 

One of the many truly ridiculous things about Caillou is how calm his parents stay while he's acting like a turd. Either they're medicated or slowly developing life-threatening anger tumors. Only time will tell.






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42 comments:

  1. my hubs and I literally had this exact.same.conversation. this morning.

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  2. I just had a baby last year and the one thing that other parents warned me was not to let him watch Caillou. I watched a few episodes on Youtube to see if it was as bad as they said. While Caillou does seem to want a good spanking, I have seen far more annoying shows over the years of being around various nieces and nephews. I don't know that I would necessarily encourage my LO to watch Caillou, but I wouldn't discourage him, either. He's not the bald Barney or anything.

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    1. That's because your child is just a baby. Once he or she is old enough to watch shows like the C word, you will understand

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    2. He's terrible, but so is Max from Max and Ruby. What a horrible show too! I hate that Max, where are his parents?? and why on earth is he such a shit disturber!?!?

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    3. Funny, I detest Ruby because she's a stubborn know-it-all and always dismisses Max when he is right :)

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    4. I agree that Ruby is a know it all. But in all seriousness, if you were a 6 year old, who had to watch your little brother all the time because apparently your parents are non existent, wouldn't you be a bit of a stubborn know it all too?

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  3. Caillou is the only fictional character (especially a child one) that I've ever wanted to punch in the throat.

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    1. Mmmm, Hmmmm....The Stomach Or The Throat.

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  4. To the anonymous poster above that's how Caillou sucks you in! You think he is cute and "not that bad" until your toddler starts saying "No mommy I want it NOW" or saying many of the other "caillou-isms". He had to be banned from our house.

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  5. I was that new parent who wondered why everyone hated him. And then his voice chewed a hole in my brain and took up residence. Dora was infinitely better, vacant stare and all.

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  6. I used to hate that show- then I learned that he was based off a little boy who had cancer- thus why he is bald. Sure he's kind annoying but I can't hate on him now... :/

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    1. If I may, from one of the producer's press releases, they said they made him bald so he could represent "all" children-not just those with a certain hair color. Presumably they only meant white, male children.

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    2. Hahaha @ "white male children"

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    3. Hmmmm ok- a nurse in the pediatric wing my daughter was in recently told me that. My daughter is currently battling cancer so I felt bad for thinking negative about Caillou.... So I guess I can go back to thinking mean thoughts about that pipsqueak ;)

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    4. Caillou doesn't have cancer
      he was designed as a younger character and they put hair on him and he was unrecognisable so they kept him the same
      check this FAQ page from the official Caillou website
      http://www.caillou.com/parentsteachers/faq.shtml

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  7. He was not based on a child he had cancer. He is bald because in the illustrated version he was mush younger

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  8. Actually, he was bald so all children could connect to him, his hair wasn't blond, brunette, ginger, curly straight, short, long, etc. so all of them could identify with him and get sucked into his whiny ass nonsense.
    My 11 year old sister watched, so when my daughter was born four years ago, I banned him before she was born. I can't stand Dora or Barney, but at least they don't teach her it's okay to whine so you get what you want and your parents wont ever, ever find you annoying or get angry at you.

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  9. While I agree he needs a spanking, the show is not that bad that I'd rather my child watch any of those listed. As a matter of fact because I monitor what my child watches, when Caillou is being a pain I tell my son I would spank him if he was my
    . Now my son recognizes the bad behavior and ask "mommy would you spank him?"

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  10. The best episode ever was when Calliou lost his voice....I'm serious, it was really an episode :)

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  11. Caillou's mama gets a little hotter as the series progresses. That's the show's sole redeeming feature. I think a fitting series finale would be a crossover with Sons of Anarchy in which Daddy winds up in shallow grave, Mama rides off on the back of Tigg's hog snorting meth off his neck, and Caillou and Rosie become wards of the state.

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  12. My kids don't watch Caillou because they're not really into him, so I've never seen the damage his influence can cause... They DO like Peppa Pig, however, and Mommy Pig's indifference toward the messes Peppa makes by jumping in muddy puddles, or breaking the computer makes me want to take a baseball bat to the tv! Mommy Pig must be taking too much xanax!

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  13. There is a special circle of h*ll where they play continuous alternating episodes of Dora the Explorer and Caillou.

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  14. yeah but no matter what you say its probably going to be playing on my tv tomorrow yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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  16. These wild police chases must be going at 88 miles per hour if they end in "Multiple Causalities". :)

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  17. My wife and i have thought that Caillou was a whiny little shit since we first saw the show with our 3 year old son. We really realized how screwed up it was once he too started whining more and more. Would also rather him watch constant UFC matches before watching another episode of Caillou!

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  18. I agree with all the earlier comments. However, the show's one redeeming quality in my eyes is that it portrays both parents taking care of him. The father seems very involved whereas in some other shows the mother is always the primary caregiver. If you listen closely though I swear that you can hear the tone in the father's voice change to annoyance/verging on a total freakin breakdown when Caillou disobeys him and does something stupid. And the episode where the mother leaves for the ENTIRE day and the father is left by himself with the kids is hilarious if you are an adult. You can see the anger simmering below the surface as Caillou points out over and over to him that HE IS NOT DOING THINGS LIKE MOMMY. Whiny brat.

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  19. But this is how children actually behave...they go through stages of whining and making demands...don't act like your child has never done any of these things

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    1. So true! Which is one of the reasons I personally appreciated the show. That and the encouragement and appreciation of normal curiosity and the model of patient and attentive parenting was good for me.

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    2. Of course our children have whined, the reason we don't like the show is that we don't want to hear more...or give our children a bad example to follow.

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  20. there's that one line in the theme song that i always mutter "sucks and i've had enough".

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    1. Hahaha! I thought my husband and I were the only one's who heard that!!!

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  21. I think Rosie looks a little bit too much like the neighbor.

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    1. Ha ha ha ha! I've had that same thought!

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  22. The worst part for me is the damn dream bubble around the screen the whole time!

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  23. I absolutely love that all of us parents are having a lengthy "adult" conversation about kid shows! I can relate to so many of these posts... Ah the joys of parenthood! May none of us get the Peg + Cat song stuck in our heads today!

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  24. its amazing how many of you commenters illustrate exactly what is wrong with this little punk - whiny little kids should go away and and shut their pie holes, not become the object of serious conversation about parenting. The reason C is so popular isn't because he teaches kids anything they can't learn another way its because he represents the "my child is the center of the world" mentality of so many parents and their rotten "self actualized" kids.

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  25. Peg + Cat song now stuck in my head, Thanks.

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  26. im 16 have autism. i dont like caillou.
    i cant handle it cause he whines to much.
    whining kids bother me and make me nervous.
    i dont mind it until he starts whining (even though his voice is a little annoying)
    my favorite cartoons is spongebob and animaniacs.

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    1. and my favorite band is queen

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  27. I like the show. Caillou goes through feelings of jealousy, selfishness and happiness like normal people. He isn't some precocious, open minded, egalitarian messiah like many other kid show protagonists.

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  28. i hate caillou so much he is a whiny brat

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