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"Best Clowns in Town" is an of The Backyardigans from the second season.



Silly music plays as Clowns Pablo, Uniqua, and Austin try to impress Ringmaster Tyrone while shuttling him back to the circus in time for the really big show!


Uniqua, Pablo, and Austin tumble onscreen. Uniqua and Austin are sporting red clown noses, while Pablo is wearing a large propeller hat. They introduce themselves as a group of performers called the Best Clowns in Town. The duo sings "Best Clowns in Town". Uniqua explains to the others that they need a circus to perform with.

The backyard transforms into a grassy area in which a train station is located. The clowns search for a circus to perform with. They hear a ringmaster shout that Tyrone's Terrific Traveling Circus is leaving the town to travel to Big City. The clowns run over to his train and ask if they could be in his circus. The ringmaster, Tyrone, does not accept because he does not like clowns.

The clowns try to convince Tyrone by singing "That's Not Funny" and doing tricks. Tyrone angrily denies their request as the circus train leaves. The clowns chase after it, but they forget Tyrone. So they run back to Tyrone, but Tyrone walks to the edge of the station as the train goes away. He walks back madly and angrily screams "CLOWNS!" as the camera zooms out. His yell echoes through the entire world. The ringmaster angrily tells them off for making him miss his train, and that he will not be able to lead the circus because them it, making him angrily scream "CLOWNS!" again.

The clowns decide to help Tyrone, so they show him an extremely small clown car, about half the size of one of the characters. Tyrone furiously tells them that he cannot fit in the car, but the clowns pick him up and stuff all of their bodies into the very small car. Austin drives the car as Tyrone looks out the sunroof. Tyrone angrily screams "CLOWNS!" once again. Uniqua and Pablo look out the side windows as they run into a barn. The clowns bounce out happily and Tyrone angrily walks out covered with chicken feathers. Austin brushes him and honks his horn, making Tyrone (this time, after the sound of a boiling tea kettle sound) furiously scream "CLOWNS!" again.

Uniqua rides on a unicycle while telling a joke to Pablo to cheer Tyrone up, but it does not work. Austin honks his horn to show Uniqua that there is a canyon leading to the train station. They tightrope walk across it and Uniqua holds everyone on her unicycle. She does tricks and spins around, scaring Tyrone. Tyrone angrily screams "CLOWNS!" once again.

They get across and Tyrone runs to the train station, where the train is located. He is about to get on when the clowns express their desire to say goodbye. "Well, all right," Tyrone says, "just a quick one." The clowns hug Tyrone, but then there was trouble: the train leaves without Tyrone again. Tyrone chases after it, but he is too late. He walks back madly and Austin tries to cheer him up with a flower. The flower falls down. "Let me guess. Clowns?" Pablo asks nervously. "Yep," Tyrone furiously replies, and lividly shouts "CLOWNS!" once more.

Later, Tyrone sadly tells the clowns that he gives up, but the clowns persuade him into trying again by singing "The Show Must Go On". Then they notice Big City, but it's so far away. Uniqua gets a cannon and tells the three others that they will shoot to Big City, where the circus is. Tyrone tries to walk away, but the clowns stuff him into the cannon. They shoot up into the sky and Uniqua tells them to open their umbrellas for a soft landing. Tyrone does not have an umbrella and screams at the top of his lungs as he falls. Uniqua catches him and throws him to Pablo, who throws him to Uniqua again.

Tyrone tells the clowns that he had a great time and that the clowns can be the featured act in the circus. The clowns are surprised, but they accept and enter the circus tent. The performances start as the four sing "At the Circus". Austin's stomach growls. Uniqua asks the others if the sound is coming from a lion. Pablo tells her that it is just Austin's stomach. Tyrone tells the circus's unseen audience that a brief intermission will be held while the performers have a snack. Austin suggests having popcorn. The clowns and Ringmaster Tyrone gasp in surprise as Uniqua says "Austin, you spoke!" Austin then tells them that he's hungry, so he had to say something. They laugh and go back to the yard as the circus transforms back into the yard. The cast sings the end song and enters Pablo's house for a snack. Austin opens the previously closed door and blows his clown horn one more time.


Running Gag

  • Tyrone screaming "CLOWNS!" followed by an echo and the camera zooming out each time.



  • This is the first episode where a character doesn't say hello to the viewer in the backyard. The second episode where this happens is in The Funnyman Boogeyman.
  • Tasha is the only main character that is absent.
  • Austin doesn't sing any of the songs while blowing his horn, apart from the end song, again.
    • And speaking of which, starting with this episode, and News Flash all the way to the third season, their mouths appear to smile again, and their lip synching is much improved, as you can tell by their mouths opening a little more compared to the last episodes before this.
  • This episode was released to the DVD "Movers & Shakers" before premiering on the main Nickelodeon channel 4 months later.
    • Although this was the second episode in the US airing capacity to be produced in 2007, it was marked as the last official episode aired in Canada to be made in 2006 according to the copyright claim.
      • It was originally listed to air in the United States on March 21, 2007, but was pushed to September 21, 2007 instead.
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