A Happy Little Bob Ross Action Figure Has Arrived

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NECA / Amazon

Bob Ross’s The Joy of Painting ran on PBS from 1983 to 1994. And during that time, the painter captivated millions of people around the world with his landscapes, "happy little trees," soothing voice, and words of encouragement. Ross is still a big part of our culture today, and now you can take home your very own action figure of the beloved television host.

The action figure ($31), produced by NECA, comes complete with a paint palette, two brushes, a palette knife, and an easel, displaying a brightly colorful mountainscape much like the ones he created on his 30-minute television show. Ross himself is just as accurate as his accessories, complete with his signature perm hairstyle, blue button-down shirt, and jeans. And at 8 inches tall, this figure is the perfect size to stick wherever you need a quick reminder that “We don't make mistakes. We just have happy accidents.”

Despite Ross’s calm demeanor, he actually spent 20 years in the United States Air Force. Learn how he came to host the show, how his signature perm helped cut production costs, and more by heading here. But if an action figure just isn’t enough Bob Ross for you, check out our official gift guide, which has everything from socks to Chia Pets.

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Vidgo Offers a New Way to Watch Live TV Without a Cable Subscription

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It’s the cord cutter’s dilemma. If you get rid of your cable, you’ll save a lot of money. And you’ll still have plenty of entertainment options, thanks to online streaming. But there will still be something missing from your life: live TV. With a subscription to Vidgo, though, you can enjoy live TV again without paying a fortune.

Vidgo comes in two basic price tiers: Vidgo Core ($45 a month) and Vidgo Plus ($55 a month). Vidgo Core is the less expensive option, and it gives you over 40 channels live, just like cable. This includes all the ESPN and Fox networks, plus everything from the Disney Channel to MTV and Vice. For a slightly higher price, you can upgrade to Vidgo Plus, which has about 20 additional channels. There are also two Spanish language options, Vidgo Latino and Vidgo Latino Mas.

With Vidgo Social TV, which is included in the standard Vidgo package, you can join Watch Parties and view your favorite shows, movies, and live sports together with fellow fans. Vidgo also has you covered with all the local affiliates for ABC and Fox networks, with more local networks being added whenever possible.

You can use Vidgo on up to three devices simultaneously on one account, and it’s compatible with most standard devices, including those running iOS, Android, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, web browsers, and Google Chromecast.

To get started, just head over to the Vidgo site and take a closer look at what the service has to offer.

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