*note: I am regularly updating this "anthology" with many great new toddler clips here. Below is the original post.

My stance on television for toddlers is pretty well documented by now. If we could all just get comfortable where we stand on the "chiasma of judgment," and before everyone assumes I think they are bad parents for letting their infants watch a Baby Einstein video once in awhile in order to actually get something done, let me reveal the true reason I don't let Juniper watch television:

I think almost everything on television for kids sucks.

That's right. It's the same as me admitting that I'm a snob, which is undoubtedly true. The cartoons, the live-action shows, the commercials: most of the ones for created for toddlers make me want to simultaneously jam rusty ice picks into my temples. Luckily, Juniper has no real interest in any of them yet. I'm sure if we forced her to sit in front of the television screen, she would develop an interest soon enough. But that's the other thing: I am kind of disturbed by that vacant look in kids' eyes while they wait for the television to continue to entertain them. See, Juniper currently has pretty shitty critical thinking skills. If, as Nas said, I ruled the world, people with shitty critical thinking skills wouldn't be allowed within 50 meters of a television set (thus sending Fox News into a ratings death spiral).

Did you notice the word "almost" in that sentence up there? By that qualification I give myself an out. I'm not a luddite, I'm just an asshole. I don't really think Juniper should be denied "televised entertainment" completely. That, I believe, is why God created YouTube. The "shows" come in bite-size chunks and it's free. Plus, rather than letting Juniper watch Baby Einstein, I can go totally meta on her and let her watch other babies watching Baby Einstein:

So, I've aggregated a ton of videos I've found on YouTube that interest Juniper (or me) in one way or another, and occasionally I'll sit Juniper on my lap in front of the laptop and we'll play some of these clips:

Things that make her laugh:
Babies getting all Busby Berkeley in overpriced French water
Crazy Frog
Funky Duck
Bob Saget crapped his pants with excitement when he first saw this (they're like exponentially better than a couple of Olson twins)
Exclusive footage of Sean Preston Federline.

Real Animals:

PBS stuff:
3-2-1- Contact Theme Song
70s signs from the Electric Company


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Counting Octopus Band
Count it higher
Counting Spies
Counting Rocks
Counting the Russian Nesting Dolls

Mahna Mahna
Original 1969 Mahna Mahna

Kenny Rogers & The Muppets - The Gambler
Buddy Rich versus Animal on the drums!
Alice Cooper on the Muppet Show in 1978!
Johnny Cash on the Muppet Show- Dirty Old Egg Suckin Dog
Johnny Cash and Big Bird: Don't Take Your Ones to Town
R.E.M. and the Monsters: Furry Happy Monsters
Cab Calloway: Hi-Dee-Ho Man
Bruce Springsteen cover: Born to Add
Beatles Cover: Hey Food
Beaker sings

The following clips are intended only as a supplement to foldedspace.org's excellent collection of Sesame Street Clips on YouTube.

Turtles singing in the round
The Geefle and the Gonk
Ernie & Bert - Eating Cookies In Bed (Classic Sesame Street)
Ernie has a banana in his ear
Teeny Little Super Guy
Teeny Little Super Guy 2
Furry Blue Coat Wanted
Kermit's Cookbook
The Count and the Cookie Monster
No Cookies in the Library
Adding is Putting Together
Bread, Milk & Butter
Lulu's Back in Town
The Pied Piper
The Monster Carnival
Kermit's Imagination Game
Lola Looks for Home
Don Music Writes the Alphabet Song
The Two-Headed Monster Shops for Shoes
Up and Down
Singing Frogs
The Little Girl and the Cat
Next to
How to deal with a bully
Trippy-ass running kids
Telephone Rock
Oscar: I love trash
The size of it (see also Charles and Ray Eames' Power of Ten)
Monsterpiece Theater: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Doo Wop Doo Wop Hop!

Electric Company:

It really blew my mind!
Tall, Taller, Tallest
Right On!

Obscure older videos that are more for my entertainment:

Weird Asian Videos

Kure Kure Takora (Gimme Gimme Octopus): Episode 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and the famous murdered baby octopus episode.
Chinese baby obstacle course
Chinese laughing song
Mo Kin: Xylophone Genius
Mo Kin Sings
Mo Kin sings 2

Have you tried YouTube as an alternative to television? I'd love if you'd share some clips your toddlers enjoy, and I'll add it to this list (with credit, of course).