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'Kidding': Jim Carrey, kids' shows, heartbreak and healing collide in Showtime comedy

Once upon a time in a smaller, more innocent TV landscape far, far away, colorful and warm adult personalities appeared in the living rooms of kids all around the country, offering up fun and games while also providing wisdom and guidance on how to get along with others and obey their parents.

With the help of sidekicks, puppets and bright surroundings, a roster that included Captain Kangaroo, Mister Rogers, Shari Lewis, Bozo the Clown and a long line of Romper Room hosts broke through the fourth wall, addressing their young viewers as if they were in the same room.

During their shows, Rogers, Lewis and

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