Nickelodeon Cartoon Draws Unusual Fans

College kids join preschoolers to watch "Yo Gabba Gabba!"

ByABC News
May 6, 2008, 5:37 PM

May 7, 2008 — -- Forget Dr. McDreamy and the fashionable gals of "Sex and The City." The stars of a hit television show aimed at preschoolers, "Yo Gabba Gabba!" are now the ones capturing the often coveted eyes of twenty-somethings nationwide.

The Nickelodeon series, a mix of animated shorts and live action, aims to teach kids important life lessons, such as why it's good to eat vegetables and how to make their beds.

But it's not just a hit among the crayon-wielding, sticky-fingered crowd that the producers originally intended the show for.

An older demographic college students and many parents of preschoolers has become just as, if not more, obsessed with "Yo Gabba Gabba!" as the toddlers who the show is aimed at.

Georgia Southern University sophomore James Kicklighter told that he and his friends meet to watch "Yo Gabba Gabba!" three times a week.

"It's become a tradition," said Kicklighter, 19. "After my 9 o'clock class, we go back to my apartment and watch it."

Kicklighter likened "Yo Gabba Gabba!" to a modern-day version of "The Muppets" because of the celebrity guests the show features. Actor Elijah Wood has appeared on one episode, and popular band "The Shins" is set to perform on an episode to air May 23.

Several of the show's older fans told that the indie-musicians featured on the show make it that much more attractive.

These unique qualities led Brown Johnson, creative director for Nickelodeon, to pick up the show, and they are why co-creators Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz explain the older fan base.

"It makes sense that college-age kids would take interest in watching because there is a strong pop culture element to this show, and because we have popular bands that college-age students like on the show," said Jacobs in an e-mail to

Matthew Ingraham, a 21-year-old student at Washington's Everett Community College, told that he loves "Yo Gabba Gabba!" for its "randomness."