The Random Writings of Rachel: Television in the Olden Days

Television in the Olden Days

I asked Angel recently what shows he used to watch regularly when he was a kid, and was somewhat dismayed to find out that our nostalgic memories of childhood tv time showed almost no overlap whatsoever!

So, photos from childhood are really limited here, and I present to you this one of Angel before he ever watched any TV (and long, long before I even existed...).

I can remember at 5 p.m. on weekdays, being permitted to watch a show, or two, while Mom cooked dinner before Dad got home from work. This was a tradition with my siblings until I was about 9, and I can remember at various times, these regular shows of ours consisted of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, Reading Rainbow, Arthur, The Puzzle Place, Kratt's Kreatures, Zooboomafoo, and The Magic Schoolbus. They were mostly slightly educational, and mostly found on PBS. When the television was turned on in the morning, it was only for Sesame Street, of course. Later on, when I was 11, we had cable TV for a year, discovered TV Land, and got hooked on Gilligan's Island. My mom remembers distinctly the year when we kids would do any chore, would finish any mountain of homework and would accomplish all tasks given to us without complaint because we did not want to risk not being allowed to watch our daily two episodes of Gilligan's Island at 3 p.m. Never before and never since has a show been so loved in my family.

Angel, on the other hand, recalls loving Bobby's World, TailSpin, Adventures of the Gummi Bears, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Darkwing Duck. He also remembers watching Sesame Street, but only as a last resort, when there was nothing else good on. I thought it was pretty funny how just being 7 years apart--of course, also coming from quite different families--we have no shared childhood TV shows!

It got me thinking, what did you watch when you were a kid? Or were you one of those kids who never watched a bit of TV? Can you relate to the shows I regularly watched, or more to Angel's, or none of the above?

22 comments:

  1. Aww love the pic! I watched shows from both of your lists! I watched Mr. Roger's, Reading Rainbow, and Magic Schoolbus, and I also watched TailSpin, Gummi Bears, Darkwing Duck, Flintstones, and Jetsons. Good times! :)

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  2. I watched the shows that you did--but we also watched The Flintstones as well. My mom would only allow TV on weekends and if we were sick, so...we were usually outside! :P I watched more TV when I was a teen, and regret that!

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  3. Ha! I can relate to both lists, though I'm surprised that he didn't watch any of the more educational shows when he was really young.

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  4. TOTALLY relate to your list! :) i used to watch the exact same shows. it's hard to believe that a lot of those shows are in the past and don't come on anymore. :( thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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  5. I definitely relate more to your list. I loved Zooboomafoo and watched Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, Reading Rainbow, and The Magic School Bus all the time! My husband and I share a lot of the same TV shows from childhood but there are a few big exceptions like I never got into Transformers or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and he was never too fond of Barney which was my absolute favorite when I was in the younger years.

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  6. I religiously watched every single show from your list at some point! I am most proud of my 2-year streak of two episodes of I Love Lucy a day, however. :P

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  7. This is fun! In my mind, Sesame Street will always be the best kids show. I also loved Captain Planet, Chip' N Dale Rescue Rangers, Inspector Gadget, Doug, and Rocko's Modern Life.

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  8. Bobby's World! That was one of my favorites. We watched Rugrats a lot but there were a lot of shows my sister and I weren't allowed to watch. Even though Cory and I are only two years apart, we didn't watch anything similar as children.

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  9. Huh, I guess the only one I really watched out of all of those were the Magic School Bus! I loved those so much! They were definitely slightly educational. I guess I grew up on Rugrats, Spongebob, and Sailor Moon a ton, too. ;) I remember specifically all those episodes and still reference them amongst friends... oh, and Lizzie McGuire and That's so Raven were definitely up there, too!

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  10. Yes! We watched all the same shows-- pretty much whatever was on PBS haha
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  11. I never heard of any of these, except for The gummy bears, Power Rangers and TMNT. :D When we were little we only had 2 channels (yay Bulgaria...) and they showed Disney's Alladin on one of the channels, only at certain days and time.
    After we got a bit older and got more channels they aired a lot of anime which was sooooo awesome to watch. I don't know their English equivalents but one was called Sweet Candy and the other Angel-The flower child.
    I also remember waking up early morning to the smell of mekitsi (a bulgarian dough fried thing) and hastily turning the tv on for The Transformers :D Best life evaaaah!

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  12. ohhhh my goodness! 'the magic school bus' was SO SO good and i still find the 'reading rainbow' song in my head every once in a while!

    i also totally loved 'bobby's world' especially his mom's accent!

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  13. Ha, this is too funny! My brother and I are 7 years apart and he totally would agree with some of the shows you watched while I'm nodding my head at Angel's.

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  14. Ha, this is too funny! My brother and I are 7 years apart and he totally would agree with some of the shows you watched while I'm nodding my head at Angel's.

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  15. I watched a little bit of both on your lists :). I lived in Germany when TMNTurtles came out. We only had one American channel, so the pickins were slim. Can't say I'd have watched it otherwise...haha.

    A few that I loved that are on neither of your lists: Pee-Wee's Playhouse, Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?, Jem and the Rockers, and a good handful of shows that were on Nickelodeon (You Can't Do That on Television, All That, and Are You Afraid of the Dark).

    I swear I played outside a lot too. Haha :)

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  16. When I was young it would have been all the same shows as you (and believe it or not most people I've talked to my age have never heard of or don't remember Kratt's Creatures, but I loved that show).

    When my parents got cable when I was older I watched things like Courage the Cowardly Dog, Ed, Edd and Eddy, and Dragon Ball Z. Then my school bus changed the drop off schedule and I no longer got home on time for that...oh the days before everyone had hulu, youtube, or dvr. haha

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  17. Hilarity I'm a combination of the two of you: Bobby's World, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, Reading Rainbow, Arthur, and The Magic Schoolbus. I watched a TON of Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. Rarely the Disney Channel -tons of PBS. So Rocko's Modern Life, Hey Arnold, anything Looney Toons, Full House, Tia & Tamara, etc. I watched quite a bit of tv besides all the reading I'd sneak in. Bar none my favorite cartoon was and still remains Garfield. :) Have a great one Rachel! -Iva

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    1. Lol I just remembered Darkwing Duck!! Love the 90's!

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  18. Every single one of Angel's shows. I can sing the theme songs for all of them right now if you ask me.

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  19. PBS Kids was my go to channel as a kid. Right after school, I would plop in front of the TV to watch some toons. Fetch, Between the Lions, The Big Comfy Couch, Cyberchase, Caillou, and Arthur are a couple of my favs!

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