LOOM OF THE FRUIT With a name like Bananas in Pajamas, it was only a matter of time before Australia’s most beloved kid show slipped its way into American consciousness. Hosted by the singing, jammie-clad characters named B1 and B2, Bananas has become the No. 1 returning syndicated preschool show in the U.S. (according to the Nielsen ratings) — and a pop-culture catchall. Careful viewers of Howard Stern’s Private Parts might have noticed costar Mary McCormack clasping a Bananas toy in the movie’s airport reunion scene. And mentions of the big yellow ones have been heard on Party of Five and ER. But don’t chalk it up to a well-orchestrated marketing blitz. The Bananas are making it on their own a-peel. ”It’s much more fun to have real life in the show,” says Party coexecutive producer Lisa Melamed, who learned of yellow fever through a friend whose 4-year-old is obsessed with the characters. Besides, she adds, ”there’s something about the words Bananas in Pajamas. It’s funny.” Kind of like Tickle Me Elmo.
Posted May 23 1997 — 12:00 AM EDT
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