Originally airing overseas and created by the European Alliance for Education, Macaroon Ave was brought stateside and considered one of the biggest blunders in Public Television's history. Airing only once on PEN15 in Sarasota, the resulting public outcry (caused by the trauma suffered by dozens of children watching) ended in a multiple lawsuits.
The basic idea for the show is that Tim the Storyteller reads a tale, and all of the pictures that accompany the story are drawn by children! Unfortunately, because of time/budget constraints, only the Hope Abuse Center in Caldessa, New York consented to the use of their children's artwork. The horrific imagery on display was shocking and frightened young viewers turning in to Macaroon Ave.
The European version of the show, "The Nut Road", continues to air to this day.