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Top Ten Shows From Your Childhood?

Discussion in 'TV Shows' started by MikeMO, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. MikeMO

    MikeMO Well-Known Member

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    I'm working on an article for an online publication that counts down the top 20 childhood shows.

    These will mostly be from the late 80's to the mid 90's, so it would help if you were born in the late 70's or early to mid 80's.

    But I'd love to know what people's top ten (or even 20) childhood shows were so I can get a gauge of what people liked, and what shows seem to repeat on everyone's lists.

    Thanks.

    **NOTE***: I'm looking for more shows that were geared towards children specifically. Meaning, I'm not so much looking for "The Cosby Show" as I am, say, a Nickelodeon show such as "Are You Afraid of the Dark" or "Smurfs."
     
  2. AnthonyC

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    I'm a child of the early-mid 90s so hopefully this is a help...this is without any of the more broad-audience shows of course and doesn't really go in a specific order.

    1. The Adventures of Pete and Pete
    2. Are You Afraid of the Dark?
    3. The Secret World of Alex Mack
    4. All That (when it first started)
    5. A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
    6. Hey Dude
    7. Salute Your Shorts
    8. Clarissa Explains it All
    9. Legends of the Hidden Temple
    10. You Can't Do That on Television
     
  3. MikeMO

    MikeMO Well-Known Member

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    Thanks very much.

    Could you explain a bit why you chose what you chose, especially the top 5? What did you like about Pete and Pete over, say, Salute Your Shorts?
     
  4. Chip_HT

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    born in 84, so I'm probably right on the edge.

    No particular order...

    Power Rangers (first three seasons, at least)
    Spider-Man
    X-Men
    Fantastic Four
    Batman
    Superman
    Ninja Turtles
    Saved by the Bell
    Tiny Toons
    Animaniacs (especially the Pinky and the Brain segments)

    Yeah, I geared more for the super-hero stuff. X-Men got me into comics, which got me into the other comic shows. By the time I got to the age that I can remember stuff, most of the cartoons disappeared off of the networks except for Fox and WB. So, I remember bits of cartoons from NBC, but not enough to feel nostalgic for them other than missing cartoons in general on the networks. I didn't have cable until 1996, and even then, all that did for me was give me access to a WB channel. So I never got much into Nickelodeon.

    And I know FF and Iron Man were back to back in the Marvel Action Hour, but Iron Man usually came on too early for me to get up for.

    While technically not a show, any cartoon staring Mickey or his Disney friends would probably get my attention.

    In general, I preferred the shows with animation that actually looked artistic. Many new shows now, the characters are blobs or the people don't look like people.
     
  5. Ockeghem

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    I was going to list shows from my childhood, but then realized you probably aren't interested in shows from the 1960s. Let me know if you are, however. [​IMG]
     
  6. MichaelD

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    Born in 77

    Top shows in no particular order

    Transformers
    GI Joe
    Thundercats
    Smurfs
    Saved by the Bell
    Fraggle Rock
    Punky Brewster
    He Man
    Charles in Charge
    The Wonder Years
    Webster
    Cartoon Express---used to come on USA, had Yogi Bear, Snagglepuss, Grape Ape, and the Laffalympics
    Captain Caveman
    Flintstones
    Jetsons



    And then shows that I think were primetime but as a kid I watched.

    MacGuyver
    Doogie Howser MD
    ALF
    Head of the Class
     
  7. Greg Kettell

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    This thread is making me feel old. [​IMG]
     
  8. RickER

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    Yea, same here. Hell i feel old! Lets see, my daughter was born in 91, a kid of the 90s...and she is still a kid, as she is only 16! [​IMG]

    I was born in the 60s, but i watched Thundercats in the 80s, that one was good.
    Oh, and of course Robotech. I am sure if i told you what i liked to watch in the 60s and 70s you would say, "what's that?", so um, yea, let us know.
     
  9. Joseph DeMartino

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    Tell me about it. They're not only talking about shows I've mostly never heard of, but many of said shows ran on networks that didn't exist when I was a kid. (And which were delivered by technology - cable and satellite - that either didn't exist or existed in such a different and crude form that they might as well not have.) A bit after my time. (Hint: I still know the tune and most of the words to "The Merry Marvel Marching Society" song. [​IMG])

    Regards,

    Joe
     
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    Tell me about it, Greg! I was born 19 days after the "true" debut of TV in the US on July 1, 1942 (not the "demo debut" at the 1939 World's Fair.)

    Not even my kids would qualify for this "poll!" In fact some of my grandkids would.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Just for laughs (and in no particular order) if this question were asked of me:

    Hopalong Cassidy
    Howdy Doody
    Captain Video
    Captain Midnight
    Winky Dink and You
    Mr. I.magination
    Rootie Kazootie
    Magic Cottage
    Junior Frolics
    Andy Devine and the Gang

    Off the top of my head, I can't even remember more than 10 children's shows (I'm sure there were more, but I was always looking in on the more grown up fare). Come to think of it, we didn't even have anything even close to 10 TV channels!
     
  11. AnthonyC

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    No problem...can't believe I forgot Power Rangers btw. [​IMG] Used to be obsessed with it.

    1. The Adventures of Pete and Pete: I actually enjoy it more nowadays since it definitely went over my head as a kid a few times. But I remember always loving Little Pete's antics.

    2. Are You Afraid of the Dark? Just great memories of watching it with my dad--it never really scared me but I just loved the stories and the anthology aspect. I probably wasn't the only kid who actually wrote his own 'episodes' for it.

    3. The Secret World of Alex Mack: Huge crush on the girl who played Annie probably played a part. [​IMG] I just liked the continuing storyline even though it was admittedly a bit repetitive.

    4. All That (when it first started): First off, I loved the Kenan and Kel show too, but this was like SNL Jr. for me without worrying about staying up so late...

    5. A Pup Named Scooby-Doo: I actually prefer it to the original; way more fun and comical.

    6. Hey Dude: I'd love to see this again because I think I'd appreciate it more and I barely remember it. But the theme song has always stuck with me.

    7. Salute Your Shorts: Speaking of memorable theme songs, this is one of my top 5 of all time. The show itself was kind of the same from episode to episode but the characters were fun.

    8. Clarissa Explains it All: Huge crush on Melissa Joan Hart of course, and I had no problems relating to the pesky sibling thing.

    9. Legends of the Hidden Temple: Did any kid not want to be a contestant? Silver Snakes forever!

    10. You Can't Do That on Television: Didn't see the original run but it was sort of like an earlier (and probably better) All That. But I really only remember a few of the Alanis Morisette episodes that they showed after Jagged Little Pill. This is another where I really think 85% of it went over my head and would appeal to me more if I watched nowadays.
     
  12. Greg_S_H

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    Born in '73, not a big television watcher growing up. Some I can think of (and some of which are not strictly kids' shows):

    Shows I would watch when I got home from school:

    Buck Rogers
    Diff'rent Strokes
    GIJoe
    Transformers
    Little House on the Prairie

    Saturday morning shows:

    Land of the Lost
    Dungeons and Dragons
    Battle of the Planets
    Jason of Star Command

    Shows to watch when getting ready for school:

    The Three Stooges
    Rocky and Bullwinkle
    The Flintstones
    Bozo the Clown

    I think it's a shame that kids aren't seeing the Stooges before school. At least, I don't think they air.
     
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    Born in 1974.

    Saturday Mornings.. come on, who didn't remember when, prior to the school year, every network would put on a show, on a Friday night, promoting their new saturday morning cartoon lineup? It was a BIG deal. Now, kids don't get that. I feel kind of sad for my own kids that way.

    Anyway.. back to shows!

    1. Thundarr, The Barbarian - Please, name me a show that was this awesome, ever, aimed at kids? A huge apocolypse believed to be from an asteroid strike on the moon, causes a huge die off in the world; the rise of mutants, rebel scientists, wizardry and magic - as Thundarr, the Barbarian, travels the world to free captured slaves, right wrongs, and hope to find the truth and answers to how to rebuild the world. Come on! This was fantastic SciFi stuff!



    2. Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. Seriously, for all the drive for "educational" cartoons, I can't think of any show I learned more things from then "Fat Albert" a simple lesson show in each one, funny.. and amazingly adult in how it dealt with really complex issues. As a kid, I really liked this. I watch a lot of the kid cartoons they pitch out now, and I don't see anything this good.. all of them "baby" too much; this was a show that reached me as a kid like I was an adult and I got it.

    3. To go along with #2, this is the only PBS show really on my list: 3-2-1 Contact. I really got into this as a kid. An experiment daily, some decent thoughts, and hell, the Bloodhound Gang.

    4. Kwicky Koala - I was young when this was on, and oddly, it seemed to be the show I watched right before Thundarr. I always thought it was ridiculous slapstick. But fun. Plus, I preferred it to "Shirt Tales" (not on my list)

    5. Transformers. Though give me Season 1 and Season 2 (prior to the movie) as the episodes past the film are still not that great to watch. Though "Return of Optimus Prime" is good.

    6. GI Joe. So many super complex world domination schemes. So many bullets and battlefights. And yet, no one got hurt. Hell, in Thundarr people were getting killed or enslaved weekly it seemed. I always wondered that about GI Joe. But still thought it was fun. And hell, Porkchop Sandwiches! (some here will get that)

    7. Duck Tales - I was an older kid, but even as an older kid (middle-school) I appreciated Duck Tales as lighthearted fun. Still do. The stories were (and still are) interesting adventure stuff with some decent jokes.

    8. Schoolhouse Rock - I loved these segments.

    9. A-Team. Come on, what kid didn't sit down with their dad and watch A-Team?

    10. Land of the Lost. I actually got into this, thought it was pretty interesting.
     
  14. Greg_S_H

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    "You tell me do things I don't runnin!"

    "My God did that smell good!"
     
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    Darn. I was born in 1966 so Ultraman, Speed Racer, Underdog, most Krofft stuff will be nowhere to be found. But I can still guess since I watched a lot of kids shows in the 80s and 90s.

    Pee Wee's Playhouse-which I just bought. Heh heh! 22 emmys!! That weird little guy did good with this show.
    Fraggle Rock
    Muppet Show
    Fat Albert
    Dungeons & Dragons
    Jason of Star Command
    Salute Your Shorts
    Adventures of Pete & Pete
    You Can't Do That on Television
    Land of the Lost
    Power Rangers
    Mutant Ninja Turtles
    Bugs Bunny/Roadrunner Show
    Thundarr (ditto, great cartoon)
    Tarzan. The Filmation Cartoon was also top notch
    Star Trek cartoon
    Flintstones
    Jetsons
    Mr. Wizard's World (Don't forget your science fun)
    Beakman's World
     
  16. Stephen Orr

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    I was born in 1959, so I guess I am not eligible for this survey. But I did enjoy Underdog, Bullwinkle, Secret Squirrel and Atom Ant...
     
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    Well Stephen, I have to admit I just bought a bunch of Gerry "Thunderbirds" Anderson stuff (so much, boxes are still arriving). But most of those were 60s and 70s. TerraHawks is the exception. But I don't how popular that one was. I don't think his stuff reached the 80s kids. Clutch Cargo is another. Stuff like Ark II, an awesome kids show that I still dearly love to watch, doesn't quite get there either.
     
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    Born in 1983, I watched so much TV I can't narrow it down to 10, but here's what I remember watching on TV fairly regularly as a kid (the order is arbitrary, and some of them are obviously reruns):

    Animated:
    DuckTales
    The Gummi Bears
    Garfield And Friends
    Looney Tunes
    The Smurfs
    Tiny Toon Adventures
    Animaniacs
    The Simpsons (remember them? [​IMG])
    classic Disney cartoons and movies on the Disney Channel
    Woody Woodpecker
    Rocky and Bullwinkle
    Alvin and the Chipmunks
    The Jetsons
    The Flintstones
    Yogi Bear

    Live Action:
    ALF
    Pee-Wee's Playhouse
    Family Ties
    The Facts of Life
    Diff'rent Strokes
    227
    Gimme a Break
    Golden Girls
    Punky Brewster
    Webster
    Silver Spoons
    What's Happening
    Good Times
    Sanford and Son
    One Day at a Time
    Laverne & Shirley
    Bewitched
    I Love Lucy
    Gomer Pyle, USMC
    Road to Avonlea
     
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    Born in '82. My list, in no particular order because I always have a hard time numerically ranking favorite things:

    Double Dare
    Today's Special (early 80s Canadian show that Nickelodeon aired)
    You Can't Do That on Television (why is this still not on DVD?)
    Jetsons (used to watch it every morning before school)
    Smurfs
    Punky Brewster (my 5-year-old niece is now into the show, thanks to the DVDs)
    Saved by the Bell
    ALF (I was obsessed with this show - if there was a piece of ALF merchandise, I owned it)
    Muppet Babies
    Bobby's World

    And an honorable mention to the Captain Planet theme song. I didn't particularly like the show, but I enjoyed the theme.

    Mike, are you going to post a link to the article when it's finished? I'd like to read it.
     
  20. MikeMO

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    Thanks very much, guys. I appreciate the help.

    Steve, sure I can post a link if you'd like.

    Also to everyone: If you had to pick a top 3 or top 5 live action shows that aired on Nickelodeon from the late 80's to 90's, what would they be?
     

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