Back in the 70's, WPIX in New York was home to a group of programs that could have given PBS a run for their money. The most popular and beloved of these shows was The Magic Garden, a 4-days-a-week series that debuted in March of 1972, and continued to cycle through 13 weeks (52 episodes) until the series was taken off the air in September 1984 after 12 years.
Hosts Carole Demas & Paula Janis went on to careers as teachers after the series ended production, and also released three albums of music spun from Garden, one of which earned a Grammy nomination. 10 years after Garden was cancelled, Nickelodeon picked up the show to air in its Nick, Jr. morning block, but it was a short-term deal, unfortunately, despite the fact that it introduced Paula & Carole to a new generation of viewers. In 2002, WPIX produced a 30th anniversary retrospective and ran 2 episodes for the first time since 1984. Would they do that again to mark 40 years? I don't know. Unfortunately for folks in my district, WPIX was taken off local cable systems a number of years ago, coinciding with the launch of the then-WB Network (now CW), and thus I never saw the 30th anniversary special.
I didn't really discover the series until the early 80's. By then, Garden had shifted from mornings to afternoons, which made the "Goodbye" song seem so irrelevant, but it still ran 4 days a week, with Joya's Fun School filling the space on Fridays. I think back to when my brother and I had a babysitter care for us on Saturday nights during bowling season when we were younger, and she sometimes had a friend come over to help. Paula & Carole reminded me of those halcyon days. Just for the record, Carole was cuter.
Here's the "Hello" song, followed by a tune more familiar to those who picked up on Garden later in the run, when they sometimes edited off the "Hello" song.
Too bad none of the local stations in my district had the resources to try to create a similar show.