Genius Is Born: Galactic Perry’s Learning Starship
I think I’m in love, and his name is Galactic Perry. Have you SEEN this show? WHY is it not on my television yet?
First of all, let me explain why I immediately thought this show was gold. One of the first things that made me fall in love with my husband was, and I quote myself when I say this, “You’re not afraid to make yourself look stupid.” If any of you know Chuck, you know it’s rare to see a picture of him without some stupid, goofy face on his… face. Well, move over Chuckers, I’ve now found Travis Young.
I mean, come on! Who couldn’t fall in love with that face??
Travis Young is from Atlanta, and he makes one of the best, ahem, children’s shows ever: “Galactic Perry’s Learning Starship.” It’s self-described as “Family Guy meets Mr. Rogers,” but honestly, the first couple of shows I thought of when I sat for almost an hour watching and re-watching all their YouTube videos were “Imagination Movers” (minus the stupid singing, dancing, and musical instruments) and “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (which has been SORELY missed by this nerdgirl for the past twelve years, let me tell you). Click on the “Drive-In” link on the MST3K website and watch some of their Host Segments, you’ll see what I mean.
“Galactic Perry” is a parody of one of those supposedly fun and educational shows for children, much like Yo Gabba Gabba, The Wiggles, or from back in the day- The Banana Splits (Does anyone other than me remember that show? It totally ruled). Now take all of those shows and stir it up with a little Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! and you’ve got Galactic Perry. In short, this show is GOOD.
Upon watching the first, “lost,” thirteen-minute episode, it may seem like just one long string of inappropriate jokes and sheer awkwardness, but it’s actually got quite an intelligent and well thought out script. The set, costumes, and overall art design are completely awesome and extremely detailed. The characters are hilariously and oddly well developed, and there’s an almost perfect integration of live actors, puppets, and animation. This show was definitely not recorded over the weekend in someone’s garage.
The only thing I’m upset about is why I was not made aware of this show before now. They even just recently held “Perry Con” at the Plaza Theatre. I’ve gotta meet these guys, go see them live, buy some Galactic Perry paraphernalia, and totally email them my info so I can get a “Gary Hates You” sticker or three.
For real, go check out and “like” their Facebook page and then go subscribe to their YouTube channel and become one of their cadets. I did. And I’ve still got the Galactic Perry theme song stuck in my head to prove it…