Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Fond Memories of Old Skool Shows

Romper Room - I vividly remember watching this in the mornings with my BFF. The best part was the end, waiting to see if Miss Mary Ann would "see" us in her "magic mirror". It was an awesome day for a 4-year old if she mentioned the name Sarah or Andrea, man.

Captain Caveman - CAPTAIN CAAAAAAAAAAVE MAAAAAAAAAAAAN! Uunga bunga!

Heckle and Jeckle - Oh those crazy magpies!


The Electric Company - Who didn't love Morgan Freeman as Easy Reader? And now just look how far he has fallen. Blech.

Land of the Lost - The adventures of Will and Holly (and Sleestaks)!


Kids Incorporated - My sister and I would strive to be awake by 8am every Saturday morning (besides, who didn't love Sat morning cartoons back then? Smurfs?) to catch the singing and dancing on this show. Jennifer Love Hewitt and Fergie Ferg have sure come a long way, huh?


Dance Fever - Ahhh, Deney Terrio in his junk-hugging dance pants. This was another of my sister's and my faves. At the beginning of the show, we would each choose the couple we thought would win (solely based on their sparkly outfits, of course.) See also, Solid Gold.

Little House on the Prairie - How I hated that Nellie Oleson! This was another show that the BFF and I watched faithfully after school at 4pm, lounging in her dark TV room ensconced by the glowing light and blurbing bubbles from the fish tank. We knew all these shows by heart, so much so that we could tell what episode it was just by the title. (You remember, the episode title that came on the screen just after Carrie takes a tumble down the hill?)


Guiding Light - This was MY SOAP (and I felt so grown-up saying that I watched a soap) from 9th grade through 12th. On from 3-4pm, just before LHOTP. In the years WAY before DVRs, it didn't much matter if you missed a day (or week, or hell, even a month) because the plot pretty much was the same. I loved Reva Shayne. (And I can't even believe that Alan Spaulding and Josh Lewis are STILL characters. And Rick Bauer! And Billy Lewis!)

What were YOUR childhood shows?

22 comments:

confused homemaker said...

Kids Incorporated OMG! I have so missed that show, it was one of my favs. And who couldn't love Cap. Caveman my kids have seen it & love it. My Grandma loved Michael Landon, we watched every Little House together & I remember reading the books.

Hillary (aka Mrs. Einstein) said...

Love it! We introduced our oldest to the Electric Company last year, and I can't get Easy Reader out of my head yet!

Among some of the ones you've already listed, we always watched Sesame Street (duh!), Reading Rainbow, Fraggle Rock, and the Muppet Show. Well, and M*A*S*H.

Pollyanna (formerly the Laughing Idiot) said...

Captain Caveman was one of my favorites when I was a kid!

What about Scooby Doo? The new ones my kids watch aren't nearly as good as the oldies - I especially loved the Harlem Globetrotters one.

And the Electric Company, well, I used to call it "Hey, You Guys!"

Finally, I used to watch Days of Our Lives & General Hospital. Sad, but true, I watched Days from the age of eight all the way through college. My dad worked the swing shift and it was his soap. It came on right after I got home from school so that's what I watched.

Thanks for the flashback!

Pam said...

I loved Little House on the Prairie as well. And I, too, waited to hear my name at the end of Romper Room. My soap of choice, however, was General Hospital - who didn't love the whole Luke and Laura sage. (Ok, maybe I just dated myself a little bit with that one. Oops!)

BookishPenguin said...

OMG - yes!! LOVE those shows!!! I read recently that they're bringing the Electric Company back. I fear what it will look like.

I was a nerdy kid so I also liked 3-2-1 Contact. Oh, and I love the Magic Garden! (The chuckle patch!)

amanda said...

uhm dude i thought one day i was going to be ON kids inc!! seriously. obsessed. i make hubby watch clips all the time. and i still know every word to the opening.

Ashley said...

Kids Inc. was an absolute favorite. I may be a bit younger than you. A bit by like just a few years cause honestly I don't know how old you are but you look fabulous in your pics. But my other favs were Salute Your Shorts, Clarissa Explains It All, and Hey Dude. I was a Nickelodeon addict when Nick was still cool. I don't like it at all anymore. I'd rather watch Hannah Montanna or ICarly to be honest.

Oh lordy that was too much honesty. I carbon dated myself and admitted watching Miley Cyrus.

Lance and Jewls said...

Hmmm...I remember loving "Muppet Babies" and "Today's Special". I also loved "Little House on the Prairie" and sometimes I still turn it on at six o'clock and watch even though I have seen every episode! I also LOVED "Saved by the Bell", "Full House" and a few others...sigh, back in the days of quality TV. Now all that's on is seven different versions of Pokemon!

Maureen said...

I was afraid to hit that link on Morgan Freeman. ICK! I had no idea about that story. Could it possibly not be true? I have loved him for years...ick, ick, ick....

Jenni Jiggety said...

I loooved Captain Caveman!

And Casper the Friendly Ghost!

Shell in the City said...

Great walk down memory lane!! Some oldies but goodies! I can't believe Guiding Light is going off the air. I was addicted to it from 9-12th grade as well! I haven't watched it since the 90s though...I will blog about my other faves..

Manic Mommy said...

Andy and I have told the boys about the days before 24-hour kids channels. I don't think they believe us.

My sister and I LOOOOVED Superfriends - The Wonder Twins?

She was more a Little House girl than I was - did you read the New Yorker article?

I'm with Pam, all GH all the time. And yes, it was the Luke and Laura era.

Tuesday Girl said...

Kids incorporated K-I-D-S- yes I still remember the theme song. I also loved YOu can't Do That On Television, Little House (I also nerded out & read all the books), Shirt Tales (woohoo) and Reading reainbow!
Ooohh don't forget Jem & the holograms.

I could go on forever.....

Tuesday Girl said...

They NEVER said my name on Romper room and I waited. It was so sad.
What they couldn't SEE ME in that stupid magic mirror?

Vodka Logic said...

All that did was remind me I am older than everyone else it seems... oh well lol..

xxx

Angella said...

Guiding Light, huh? My Mom watched Days of Our Lives. Still does.

We watched the A-Team, Night Rider, Muppets...too many shows to list. My Mom let us have free reign on the TV :)

Ashlie- Mommycosm said...

If you change Guiding Light to Days of Our Lives, you just about summed up my childhood.

Captain Caveman. WOW, forgot about that one. LOL

Allison said...

thanks for the walk down memory lane - I was actually just talking about a few of them the other day! I brought up land of the lost, AND Romper Room. - can you believe it? and hey- I still catch House on the prarie once in a while and just have to watch it. - lol - good times!

Suburb Sierra said...

OK, I'll admit it - I watched Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. Watched the trolley come in and out of that room time and time again. Won't you be my neighbor?

Also, Adam 12 - not sure how or why we locked onto that program but it was a special night when my Mom would let my brother and I eat in front of the TV to watch it. Now, with two kids, I understand it was more for her than us - Momma wanted some quiet time at the table.

Great flashback post, thanks!

Banteringblonde said...

awesome! I remember captain caveman! electric company! lol

Michele Renee said...

I am older than you but when I was about 11 there was a show from Boston called Zoom. Those kids were so neat. And the jingle at end was their address. It was P.O. Box something, Boston, MASS 02143!!!!!!

Jules said...

I remember every one of these!!

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