Thursday, June 19, 2008

Kids' TV: Not What It Used to Be...

OK, so the comments section on my last Blog has convinced me that it's time we all sit down & talk about our old favourite TV shows. The ones we watched as kids, before we started school, or in the evenings after supper, or the wonderful Saturday cartoons.

In the past few years, I've had to dive back in to the world of kids' TV, with my nephew Caden around, and also with some of my friends having kids. I've been introduced to the new television programming out there for children: Dora the Explorer, Go Diego Go, Franklin, Little Bear, The Backyardigans, Toopy & Binoo, Four Square - oh, and my personal favourite: The Mole Sisters. Who the heck names a kids show "The Mole Sisters"? And why would kids want to watch the adventures of two moles that are sisters? It's just weird...

When Stacy bought Maddy an old videotape of The Elephant Show with Sharon, Lois, and Bram recently, it brought me back to my childhood. Remember that show? Remember how much fun it was? They sang and played instruments and played games with kids...and it was always interesting to see what michief Elephant was getting into.

It got me thinking about other great shows I used to watch faithfully. Join In - I loved that show. Today's Special - it was the best! With Muffy the Mouse and Jeff the mannequin that only came alive at night, after hours. And those were just the shows in the evenings.

Before I went to school, or on PD Days, or in the summer - you didn't miss Mr. Dressup and Fred Penner in the mornings. Then there was Under the Umbrella Tree, with Iggy the Iguana, Jacob the Bluejay, & Gloria the Gopher. And of course, there was Sesame Street. Where would any of us be without Sesame Street? And I mean the good old Sesame Street - not this hokey Sesame Park or Elmo's World that they've come up with since we graduated from kids' TV shows. They suck!

I also used to love The Flintstones and The Pink Panther - they were usually on around lunchtime, and I have fond memories of watching those shows and eating a grilled cheese or macaroni. Ah, the good ol' days!

I haven't even touched on the Saturday cartoons - Dennis the Menace, Inspector Gadget, My Pet Monster, The Smoggies...I could go on and on. Those were some good shows, and lately, there doesn't seem to be anything like that on TV. Maybe on that Retro Toon channel - but they don't show enough of them. Oh! And those old Bugs & Tweety shows! I used to love watching those on Saturday evenings!

Where did those days go? Seems like only yesterday.

But now I'm stuck watching Diego and Toopy and The Mole Sisters. *sigh* Kids these days just don't know what they're missing...

9 comments:

priscilla said...

I totally forgot about Under the Umbrella Tree. I loved that show. And I liked watching the Flintstones but it was always on at lunchtime and we had to be at school. Unless we were at home sick but then we weren't allowed to watch tv cause we were supposed to be sick.

Anonymous said...

I so agree with you on that one PK - i remember being home and at noon, Flintstones would come on. I know - i love the old kid shows and if I have my way, Maddy will enjoy them too. My mom taped like every episode of the Elephant Show for me, where are they now? Who knows and it is so hard trying to find them. But sitting there lastnight and Maddy was just so into it made me proud cuz i try to get her to watch Dora or the Backyardigans and she does not sit still or even pay attention - guess the good ole ones are better - so if anyone is ever out garage sale shopping and sees Sharon, Lois and Bram - the original, not the remake with Ella the Elephant, buy it and I'll pay you!!
Another good one too was Polka Dot Door!

Stacy

Jill said...

I forgot Polka Dot Door - I knew I'd miss a few when I was going through them. Loved that one! And again, the original - not that silly Polka Dot Shorts that came after! Why mess with a good thing?! Sheesh!

Sharon said...

Something that I used to watch when I was a little older was The Adams Family and The Munsters. They were good shows too! Ghost Writer.

Jill said...

I remember Ghost Writer - on TVO! Who watches TVO anymore? I loved that one - I remember having a crush on one of the guys, I think his name was Alex...
Oh and that show, Book Mice - I liked it too.

Anonymous said...

TODAY'S SPECIAL

Anonymous said...

oh i love reminiscing

Stacy

JN said...

this was you best blog (that i read) ever!

Jill said...

JN, are you sure you didn't mean to leave this comment above on the New Kids blog? hee hee...