Bob Ross disciples, raise your brushes: the first episode of "The Joy of Painting" just hit YouTube.
Thanks to some avid Ross fans on Reddit, we came across Episode 1, Season 1, of the instructional painting show, which aired from 1983 to 1994 on public television. The episode was uploaded to YouTube on Thursday, the latest addition to the Bob Ross channel currently hosting a happy little archive of Ross' best moments.
If you don't remember "The Joy of Painting," let us refresh your memory. In the show, Ross and his perm teach viewers to paint things like clouds and trees and mountains, using phrases like, "We don't make mistakes. We just have happy accidents," and, "There's nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend."
It's the kind of television you watched as a kid, on that day you finally got the chicken pox, because nothing else was on at noon on a Tuesday. It might've seemed boring at first, but Ross' eerily peaceful voice and unbridled enthusiasm for winter evergreens pulled you in, captivating your senses for, oh, I don't know, six or seven hours.
Go ahead, imagine you're on your couch right now (maybe you are!), slanket in tow, sipping on a cup of hot chocolate, when you hear the immortal words of the late, perfectly coiffured teacher: "I think there's an artist hidden at the bottom of every single one of us."
Weird, but we'll take it.
(Bonus: Here's Bob Ross beating a bunch of paintbrushes, just 'cause.)
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