Today's Reprise—What TV shows did you enjoy as a youngster?

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-07-04 03:47

Wisely, my parents postponed the purchase of a television until I was around 10 (and my brother 7). Nonetheless, we still watched a fair bit of television when visiting friends or relatives, and a fair bit more once we had access to our own set.

The following is a list of my favourite shows, those I would go out of my way to watch (including sprinting home from school in less than five minutes so as not to miss the start of It Ain't Half Hot Mum) ...

... and of course, my all-time favourite:

So ... which TV shows did you watch and enjoy when you were knee-high to a grasshopper?

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robin of sherwood was a

michael fasher's picture

robin of sherwood was a classic to

i was just looking up the

michael fasher's picture

i was just looking up the tripods on google and remember that the bbc only made two sreies but never got round to addapting the third book another tv series that was pretty good was V

I think you'll find it was a

CVert's picture

I think you'll find it was a less than one season TV show and then a movie.

As for the shows I watched, the ones that spring directly to mind are:
pretty much anything cartoonish (still would if I got the chance)
Doctor Who
Blake's 7 (I have the DVDs of the firt two seasons)

But I do fondly remember alot of the other shows mentioned here too

since Melissa brought it up

mvardoulis's picture

I'd better confess to also faithfully watching the Spider Man and X-Men cartoons of the 90's... proud comic book geek that I was... And the X-Files (at least the first five seasons) is one of my all-time faves as well.

Got another mention of Doctor Who in this thread as well - has anyone seen the 'revived' series that began in 2005? Or am I the only one still living out aspects of his childhood.... Smiling

Another mention of Blake's 7 - which I think HAD to be an inspiration at least in part for the 'Firefly' movie and subsequent 1-season tv show...

TV Shows...

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We didn't have a television much when I was growing up...except intermittantly, and my father had absolutely no understanding of the concept of what is or isn't appropriate for children, so my favorites were:

Quantum Leap
The Flash
Outer Limits
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Xena the Warrior Princess
and all of the Steven King movies, whenever they were on television. (I know they aren't *technically* TV shows, but one of my fondest memories is staying up late to watch Misery with my dad when I was 9...and then not sleeping for three days.)

The funny thing is, I remember watching and enjoying some of these shows, like Quantum Leap and The Flash, but can't for the life of me remember what they were really about. I was already a bookworm by that age, and chances are I was sitting in front of the television with my family, but completely engrossed in my sci-fi and fantasy.


"Shiny. Let's be bad guys."

The World at War - yes I remember the Seaton Family and Colditz.

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The Monkee's - Mickey Dolenz introduced me to lustful thoughts
Lost in Space - (I still have a phobia for any piece of machinery that swings its arms around whilst screaming "does not compute")
Dr Who - The Cyber men and The Daleks still give me nightmares
The Tomorrow People but I can't remember who, why or what?
Bewitched - Especially when Samantha conjured a pony
Dick Emery, Benny Hill, Frank Spencer, Two Ronnies, Morecombe & Wise
Follyfoot and I was in lust with anything on 4 legs
My all time favourite - The Professionals and Boadie IS a total lust bag.

The special effects on

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The special effects on cosmos for the time were brilliant on the last episode Carl Sagan walks through the libary of Alexanria and in one eposode he discribes the internet long before it was a reality.
He was the best public oponent of mysticism,im amazed that his blatently anti religion stance made it on to prime time.
James burkes TV series Connections was about how the train of thought and inventions lead to current science and technolgy,he would go through a long a long and unexpected chain of causality ,I remember that TV series.
Does anybody here remember the TV science fiction series The Tripods


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I also have very good memories of a series presented by James Burke called 'Connections,' of which for some reason I never saw more than brief snippets, but as a youngster I was struck by those I did see with the enormous possibilities inherent in imagination and human invention.

I'd love to sit down and actually watch the whole series.

Cheers, Peter Cresswell

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Carl Sagan was the man with

michael fasher's picture

Carl Sagan was the man with Cosmos that show was fucking awesome,you can still get the last eposode on google video,and the box set dvd.I vividly remember him explaining the twins paradox.
M*A*S*H was great and i had to try hard to keep it together on the last episode.Blake 7 i thought was far better than the doctor

Magnum and Selleck

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I like Magnum too but Tom Selleck looked a bit like hairdresser to me. Selleck has been politically active and calls himself a libertarian. I believe that he had a political discussion group in Hollywood that included Bo Derek (who also seems to be a libertarian judging by her views).

MacGyver and Magnum PI

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I enjoyed some of the shows Dunc mentioned including the A-team and Airwolf. I also enjoyed Magnum PI and MacGyver.


The Professionals made its way...

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... to California, believe it or not. Caught a few episodes back in the 80's, and thought it was every bit as slick as its American equivalents in Starsky & Hutch and Miami Vice.

I've even seen an episode or two of Blake's 7 - I liked that one as well but it's hard to beat the good Doctor. As sci-fi-geek-unpatriotic as it sounds, I preferred Doctor Who (and still do) to Star Trek, though I like them both. Maybe it’s the inherent individualism of the lone character of the Doctor as opposed to the sprawling 'Federation' that I like better.

And the Doctor always managed, and still does manage, to have some pretty young thing hanging about.

Faulty Towers I've managed to see and agree it is probably the best television comedy of all time, but the rest of those Kenny mentioned I must unfortunately draw a California-deprived blank having not heard of them.

Got a good share of the Warner Brothers cartoons Kenny mentioned as well - no doubt messed with my head. Smiling

My choice

Kenny's picture

I have the DVD set of The Prisoner too! As a kid, I watched cartoon series such as Scooby Do, Wacky Races, Top Cat, Bugs Bunny, Roadrunner and Tom and Jerry.

As a teenager, I loved sci-fi like Star Trek, Dr Who and Blakes 7 (yes Phil, me too). American detective shows such as Starsky and Hutch, The Rockford Files and Miami Vice were favourites along with British cop shows such as The Professionals and The Sweeney (probably too violent to be shown in the US).

Like Jameson, I also watched the Colditz and World At War series. It is amazing that no one has commented on great comedy such as Fawlty Towers, Rising Damp, Dad's Army and Allo Allo.

My seminal TV shows...

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My parents let me stay up late for the really good shows…

Colditz (for the heroes' cleverness and determination to escape the Nazi tyranny)
The Prisoner (for the hero's cleverness and desire to know)
World at War (the theme music and Olivier’s voice over still haunts me)
M.A.S.H. (my introduction to black humour; abandoned it when it became just black)

and a lot of great science fiction…

Planet of the Apes (for the astronauts’ anachronistic knowledge applied in a primitive world)
Land of the Giants (ingenious! and so were the heroes)
6 Million Dollar Man (super-human hero… quit scouts when it switched to Wednesday nights)
Logan’s Run (for the heroes’ fight for their right to live… and Farrah’s breasts)


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Sadly, I have had to endure both tracks since I once had a flatmate who tried to inflict Iron Maiden upon me, and insisted on playing those two at me to convert me to the dark side.

He didn't.

I prefer to remember the Prisoner intro in the original form. ;^)

Cheers, Peter Cresswell

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that was the clip used as the intro

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For that, their best song, IMO. But my taste for the occasional 'headbanging and caterwauling' music has long come under fire from Linz, and now likely PC as well... Smiling

The lyrics to the song, Mr. Cresswell, may have an appeal to you though clearly not the music. The lyrics were a pure homage to the show and its staunch individualism. There was another song they did in homage to their favorite show "Back in the Village" but sans any clips from the show.

Full of completely useless knowledge, I am.


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Ah, that wasn't exactly what I was recommending, Duncan. Not at all.


... if you've never seen

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... if you've never seen Patrick McGoohan shout: "I am not a number, I am a free man!" then you haven't lived.

I think the audio from that scene features in the start of the song The Prisoner, by Iron Maiden.

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Is that some type of mastiff in the photo?


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just discovered this posting rather late

mvardoulis's picture

But I had to echo Duncan's original opinion for best 'kid's show' ever: Doctor Who. I'm currently addicted to the 'revised' series which is a little more 'all ages' than the original. A little later I discovered Peter's favorite 'The Prisoner' and I'm certain that show influenced my individualism, libertarianism and interest in all things Rand. Two UK shows that had a profound impact on this young Californian.

I think Dick Dastardly would

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I think Dick Dastardly would be an excellent name for an adult-film star...

Adam (aka Dick Dastardly)

Blake's 7

Phil's picture

I can't believe no one listed the UK classic SciFi series "Blake's 7"
Great stories, superb acting and a special effects budget so low it was fun (beware the killer space cotton reels).

The Girl Who Was Death

Lanza Morio's picture

I love The Prisoner. Recently picked up the box set on DVD. There's nothing else like it.


JoeM's picture

I remember that one! Stop the pigeon!


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"I feel deprived."

You are!

Landon, if you've never seen Patrick McGoohan shout: "I am not a number, I am a free man!" then you haven't lived.

And when you do get to see Diana Rigg's Emma Peel you'll realise that yourself. Smiling


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My only experience with the Avengers is the movie with Uma Thurman (slightly less campy than in Batman's nipples and Robin). And the Prisoner, well an Iron Maiden song of the same name.

I feel deprived.


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When I was young...

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I used to watch:
The Prisoner (used to sneak in after my bedtime and watch).
The Avengers.
Get Smart.
Wacky Racers. (you know, Penelope Pitstop, Dick Dastardly and Muttley, etc.)
Speed Racer.

I still watch the first two frequently. Smiling

Wow adult TV from back then really didn't make an impression

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Real Ghostbusters
Night Court (god were my standards low)
Superfriends (see night court entry)
Spider Man and his Amazing Friends
The Incredible Hulk (cartoon and Live action show)
Wonder Woman

Later Childhood/teen years
Batman TAS

Inking is sexy.


eg's picture

The Howdy Doody stuff might be worth fifty or a hundred dollars today. Of course, I wouldn't sell it if I had it, regardless, which makes me happy I don't have it. Ironically. I saw the Roy Rogers pistols' show. Those items are unique and highly desirable, though not by me because I wasn't the second-place winner of that contest.

That autographed copy of Atlas is probably worth even more if the artist writes up the provenance on it.


Effective use of Google. I

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Effective use of Google. I knew the cartoon existed (it's one of my favourite Far Side cartoons), so searched for a few keywords from it, and "lone ranger". From deciding I wanted to link to it, to finding it & posting, took less than two minutes in total.

I don't know about Howdy

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I don't know about Howdy Doody stuff, Brant, but someone brought to the Antique Roadshow a special edition Roy Rogers toy pistol set with holsters, still with original box and with an accompanying letter signed by Roy, which had been a second prize win in some write-in contest from the 1950's. If memory serves me correctly it was appraised at around $10,000.* The joke of course was that she had been disappointed as a child because the first prize had been a pony, resulting in her keeping the pistol set with box in virtually pristine condition in a closet all these years.

There is a somewhat similar irony in Ayn Rand first editions, the most valuable of them of course being the ones that the original owners probably never read.

I do however know of at least one somewhat amusing exception to that. A well-known portrait artist had taken out a copy of Atlas Shrugged from the library. It was I believe a 3rd printing or something like that with therefore little value, not to mention that it would be worth even less as a library copy. As if that wasn't bad enough, he then got so caught up in the book that he covered it with margin notes, being forced then to purchase it from the library.

But a few years later who should walk into his studio inquiring about having her portrait done but Ayn Rand with Frank O'Conner. He showed her his copy of Atlas and she, loving his marginalia, inscribed and signed his copy - and in that stroke of the pen transformed an utterly valueless book into one easily worth over $5,000 in today's market.

*Someone also brought in the first mask worn by the Lone Ranger. He only wore it once I believe because he didn't like the color. That was appraised at over $30,000.


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Get Smart
CBS News
The Lone Ranger
Andy Griffith Show

Get Smart M*A*S*H Bugs Bunny

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Get Smart
Bugs Bunny


eg's picture

How do you link this stuff up so fast?


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How old am I?

eg's picture

Sky King, Hopalong Cassidy, anything with Roy Rogers in it and my # 1 all time childhood favorite, The Lone Ranger, especially the opening to the William Tell Overture which to me is actually The Lone Ranger.

Btw, what did "Kimo Sabe" mean?


PS: special mention, nothing engaged me more than The Howdy Doody Show! "Hey kids, what time is it?" "It's Howdy Doody time!" I actually wrote one of the show's characters to warn it about the finageling of another character. In reply the show sent me some nice Howdy Doody stuff, cards I think. If I still had them they might be worth something.


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Hey! Muppets Take Manhattan was gold, man!

WWF wrestling
You Can't Do That On Television
Cosby Show
GI Joe
Loony Toons
Mr. Wizard

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