Preschool TV Show Handy Manny Hijacked by Porn

Handy Manny is an animated show on Disney’s Playhouse programming block. Manny Garcia is a Hispanic handyman with talking, googly-eyed tools. It’s a Dora the Explorer rip-off.

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One day in 2007, in one New Jersey town, Handy Manny suddenly looked rather real, and Handy Manny got a bit too handy with a lady. In fact, it wasn’t Handy Manny at all. Kids plopped in front of the TV were suddenly treated to a human anatomy lesson, probably causing mild confusion as to why Manny was wrestling with that woman, as well as arguments over who was winning.

Yes, Handy Manny had been interrupted by hardcore pornography for the Comcast viewers in Lincroft, New Jersey. Comcast vowed to get to the bottom of it and make sure it never happened again.

And it didn’t. Well, until it happened again in 2009. And again, it was Comcast. This time it happened in Tuscon, Arizona during the goddamn Super Bowl. Viewers were treated to something startlingly more heterosexual than football  as the picture cut to a woman unzipping a man’s pants for the two-point conversion.

This wasn’t a simple matter of wires getting crossed at the Comcast switchboard. They swore after the second incident that the signal was boobie-free when they sent it out. Also, that clip was from a pay-per-view sextravaganza on the Spice Network which those who know say could not have been inserted by accident.

So if it was a prank was it the same person who was behind the New Jersey incident in 2007? They were never caught, so maybe it’s some kind of traveling crusader, traversing the country spreading the good news about porn.