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What was your favorite television show when you were a kid?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on May 27, 2011

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“‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.’”

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“‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse.’”

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“‘The A-Team’ and even older, ‘S.W.A.T.’”

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Full House.’”


ebyrdstarr 6 years, 11 months ago

When I was 5, I would have told you "Wall Street Week" was my favorite show. Because I used to sit on my dad's lap while he watched it and Louis Rukeyser looked like a very nice grandfather.

Take_a_letter_Maria 6 years, 11 months ago

A father and his three sons and their oriental male "housekeeper" living in the middle of nowhere.

Kinda makes you go hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

What out Hop Sing here comes Hoss.

labmonkey 6 years, 11 months ago

Fall Guy, Knight Rider, and A-Team.

All my friends' mom's favorite character was Murdoch.

Gene Wallace 6 years, 11 months ago

The first cartoon show made for television, Crusader Rabbit! In my teens, Mission Impossible, Man From U.N.C.L.E., Star Trek, Twilight Zone, Outer Limits and Science Fiction Theater.

Bill Lee 6 years, 11 months ago

Sky King, The Lone Ranger and American Bandstand.

trinity 6 years, 11 months ago

i'd have to say Bonanza-"little joe" was my first crush. followed closely by moose&squirrel, lol...oh and deputy dawg, too...heckle&jeckle...yaddayadda...

snoozey 6 years, 11 months ago

Lawrence Welk - it was loved by the adults but long and painful for us kids.

RoeDapple 6 years, 11 months ago

"The Three Musketeers Meet Daffy Duck" Oh wait. That's now. Playing on a sandbar near you.

Terry Sexton 6 years, 11 months ago

"Moose and Squirrel"

You betcha, would love to be a kid again & watch that stuff fresh. Hey, maybe I can get there in the Wayback machine. Somebody send Sherman to fetch Mr. Peabody.

Gene Wallace 6 years, 11 months ago

The only problem is that the Metal Munching Mice from Muni Mula ate all of the TV antennas. You don't see any on rooftops do you?

MISTERTibbs 6 years, 11 months ago

Sherman would most definitely NOT be fetching Mr. Peabody. Mr. Peabody adopted Sherman from the orphanage, not Sherman saving Peabody from the shelter.

Terry Sexton 6 years, 11 months ago

Having solved all the other world problems, lemme address this Sherman/Peabody business. At my house, the pet does the fetching. Young Sherm be the pet. It's all semantics, though. Anybody that much into those two is okay in my book.

Sorry for the thread, tried the posting this at the end, didn't look right.

Phase 6 years, 11 months ago

Tom Terrific --- a little guy with an upside down funnel for a hat. If you belonged to the Tom Terrific Club, you'd get a transparent plastic sheet that you could stick to the TV screen (black & white and all of about 10 inches ) so you could draw along with him.But the thing I watched the most was probably the indian test pattern on WDAF.

livefoniks 6 years, 11 months ago

I promise every night at 11, I will tune in to All Night Live. A faithful viewer I'll always be, I ain't handing you no jive.


Chrissy Neibarger 6 years, 11 months ago

Greatest American Hero , 21 Jump Street, and Twilight Zone

MarcoPogo 6 years, 11 months ago

As a kid, I was mesmerized by "Land of the Lost", though even back then it looked incredibly fake. I remember liking "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters", "New Zoo Revue", "Diff'rent Strokes" and a stranger serial-type show called "Cliff Hangers" that scared the bejeezus out of me.

And every Saturday night, we'd set sail with Charo on "The Love Boat".

Flap Doodle 6 years, 11 months ago

Have Gun Will Travel was pretty spiffy also.

Terry Sexton 6 years, 11 months ago

"Cheyenne" starring Clint Walker was a fav of mine. Also "Maverick" starring James Rockford, er, Garner. I had someone try to convince me the other day that Jennifer Garner is his daughter. Can you believe that?

Terry Sexton 6 years, 11 months ago

Do any of y'all remember the weekday cartoon show hosted by Torey Southwick & Ol' Gus? Here's a link to jog your memory.

BorderRat 6 years, 11 months ago

I think for me it's a toss up between The Real McCoys and Rat Patrol. Still have a thing about rebuilding old army jeeps.

mistygreen 6 years, 11 months ago

My favorite show was "A Family Affair" with Buffy, Jody, Cissy, Mr. French and Uncle Bill.
Or The Brady Bunch. LOL - guess I always wanted to have a different family.

RoeDapple 6 years, 11 months ago

"The_Original_Bob (anonymous) says… I was a child of the 80s, so I liked A Team, Dukes of Hazard, etc."

I have underwear older than you.

wmathews 6 years, 11 months ago

For those of you who want in on this, Friday Food Wars is hamburgers vs. hot dogs:

No mustard allowed.

RoeDapple 6 years, 11 months ago

The first TV I remember my parents having was an early '50's Philco black and white with a round screen Dad would let me stay up to watch "The Friday Night Fights" sponsored by Gillette. Didn't care about the boxing, just about getting away with staying up later than my brothers and sisters.

Mike Hatch 6 years, 11 months ago

The Sleestacks on Land of the Lost scared the heck out of me. My brother did a pretty good immitation of them and would put our mom's knee-highs over his hands to make it look like he had webbed fingers and chase me around making that hissing/breathing noise at me. Even at 5, I could tell that show had a very low production budget.

Until I was 10, my main goal in life was to play the tamborine and the triangle for the Partridge Family.

Loved Match Game in the mornings, and The Price is Right. And the CBS Saturday night lineup in the 70s. The Family sketches on Carol Burnett were the best.

The only PBS show I really liked was Zoom. I remember trying to do that thing with your arms like that one girl on that show.

Mike Hatch 6 years, 11 months ago

The Whizzo! show out of Topeka also scared me to death. Just something about him made me uneasy. But when my cousins got to be on the show on their birthdays, I was pretty jealous. I saw him driving in his Whizzomobile once on the highway when were driving down to my grandparents house.

Mike Hatch 6 years, 11 months ago

Whizzo was to Bozo as Joyland was to Worlds of Fun. I remember my parents buying an odd brand of potato chips and getting a blue round plastic token in them that was good for a free ride at Joyland in Topeka. All their rides looked unsafe...creaky and layers of flaking off paint. But I loved going there.

RoeDapple 6 years, 11 months ago

Mrs Roe was on the Whizzo Show when she was five. She says he was grouchy to the kids and smelled like booze.

wmathews 6 years, 11 months ago

"Are You Afraid of the Dark?" on SNICK and "Legends of the Hidden Temple." Green Monkeys!

Pitt_Mackeson 6 years, 11 months ago

After watching that show as a 7 year old, you BET I was afraid of the dark!

persevering_gal 6 years, 11 months ago

Great shows! Silver Snakes all the way! Salute Your Shorts & Wild & Crazy Kids were also a must for me.

zikzak 6 years, 11 months ago

Dr Who! stayed up till 10:30pm to watch ol'Tom Baker playing the role of Dr. Who. Now my kids watch the same show and love it.

FlintlockRifle 6 years, 11 months ago

What was this TV thing??, I was out in the woods or down on the "Walky" playing back in them days , no TV at our home

Mike Hatch 6 years, 11 months ago

My dad and I used to watch Benny Hill at night on channel 41 (back when it was an independent station). That made my mom maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad.

Had no cable, so no MTV when it first came on the air. Sometime in the early 80s, there was a UHF station in Lawrence that would show some of the weirdest music videos. But it introduced me to the B-52's, so something good came from it.

JulieCRea 6 years, 11 months ago

We had a ritual when we got home from school to watch "Lil' Rascals" from the 30s. It played on Channel 41 (I think) and we always thought it was hilarious. We also used to turn off the picture--we could do that with old tv sets--and just listen to the sound effects for Speed Racer. It was rather entertaining as the sounds they made would sound very inappropriate. The noises Speed made when he was scared or how Pops used to talk or when you wondered what in the heck Chim-Chim and Trixie were up to. The other shows that were on during that time were Johnny Sokko and Ultraman. They were pretty bad.

GardenMomma 6 years, 11 months ago

Batman & Robin (the live action, not the cartoon) Captain Kangaroo The Electric Company Zoom Superfriends (Saturday mornings) Battle of the Planets Tom & Jerry Woody Woodpecker Scooby Doo The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show Gilligan's Island Land of the Lost Voyagers Lost in Space Dungeons & Dragons You Can't Do That On Television Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom NOVA The Brady Bunch

somedude20 6 years, 11 months ago

Greatest American Hero/ALF/21 Jump Street/Cheers/V/Married With Children/Remote Control/Skinemax/Headbanger's Ball

Mike Hatch 6 years, 11 months ago

I had a Nintendo game of Remote Control...that was the trivea game show on MTV?

whats_going_on 6 years, 11 months ago

Just depends on when in my childhood

Sesame Street Mr. Rogers Anything on Nick in the 90's Ren & Stimpy Land of the Lost old school WB and Disney cartoon shows anything on Nick @ Nite (I Love Lucy, Dick van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, etc) Lassie Mystery Science Theater 3000

Mike Hatch 6 years, 11 months ago

Manos, the hands of fate---one of the best MST3K's ever.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 11 months ago

I watched the Salt movie. Angelina's character was so thin looking that I kept hoping the bad guys would stop chasing her long enough for some kind person to give her a sandwich.

Terry Sexton 6 years, 11 months ago

Ponder this, Babboy - MaryAnn AND Ginger. Why am I hungry for a sammich all of a sudden?

Terry Sexton 6 years, 11 months ago

lol! Too slow. Snap stepped all over that joke.

Terry Sexton 6 years, 11 months ago

Concentration - with Hugh Downs. That's another topic, though: fav game shows

kernal 6 years, 11 months ago

Mickey Mouse Club; it had it all - drama, cartoons, singing, dancing...

Maddy Griffin 6 years, 11 months ago

I remember racing home ater school let out at 3:20 to watch Dark Shadows at 3:30 followed by Superman (not the cartoon) at 4. I remember crying when Superman killed himself and couldn't figure out how that was possible. Did he overdose on Kryptonite? At night it was either Family Affair, or The Monkees. Davy Jones is still HOTT!!

roadwarrior 6 years, 11 months ago

ditto...but have we forgotten ? The Ghost and Mrs Muir. Charlie Chan. HR Puffnstuff (with witchypoo) Shirley Temple which came on very early Sunday mornings. My sister and I would watch as we ate left over party food from the parents hip 60's get togethers the night before. After Shirley Temple came Blondie and Dagwood. Whoa, I just took a trip and never left the farm !!

Armored_One 6 years, 11 months ago

You folks are missing some of the better ones, like Airwolf.

Airwolf, Automan, Manimal, Knight Rider, Street Hawk, Remington Steele, Moonlighting, SOAP, Mork and Mindy, The Cosby Show, Highlander: The Series, War of the Worlds....

There is really a severe lack of decent programming, or at least interesting, these days. It's really a bad sign when Full House is a better choice, ya know?

Katara 6 years, 11 months ago

Battle of the Planets Thundercats Dr. Who Knight Rider The Lone Ranger The 3 Stooges Green Acres

Linda Endicott 6 years, 11 months ago

We used to watch Burke's Law all the time...also The Avengers...great shows... Gosh, for a list... Batman I Love Lucy Leave It To Beaver The Dick Van Dyke Show (the original, where MGM got her start on TV) Sing Along with Mitch Miller (one of my mother's favorites, wasn't half bad and we loved watching that bouncing Red Skelton Jack Benny Johnny Quest Gilligan's Island Get Smart The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (now that's a pain in the behind to type properly) The Monkees The Brady Bunch All in the Family Mary Tyler Moore Bob Newhart The Jeffersons Good Times The Waltons (got tired of it later, especially with all that "goodnight, John Boy" stuff...) The Twilight Zone Bewitched The Andy Williams Show (especially the Christmas shows) The Hollywood Palace The Munsters We used to watch Torey Southwick all the time...if I remember right, his show was on channel 9, now KMBC) We also watched Whizzo, but it annoyed me because I thought he was incredibly Oh, far too many good shows to remember them all and to list them...

Linda Endicott 6 years, 10 months ago

Before we had all the transistors and computers in TVs that we do now, they were all the old tube type...does anyone else remember turning the TV off and waiting to see how long it took for the little dot in the center of the screen to disappear? lol...

Mike Hatch 6 years, 10 months ago

I had an old B/W Zenith "portable" TV in my room growing up. I think it weighed about 100 pounds. I remember the dot! My dad used to work on our TVs when they went on the blink. He had dozens and dozens of tubes of all types, and a tube tester. I remember him sitting at the kitchen table with that box, plugging tubes into them. I remember once saying to him that what he was doing looked like fun. He just said "it's not". Also remember those tube testers at the store.

Linda Endicott 6 years, 10 months ago

Yeah...they had those tube testers at a lot of drug stores, too...and even radios back then had tubes...

We also loved to watch the stations go off the air at night...and the Indian test pattern was fascinating...

coolmarv 6 years, 10 months ago

The Banana Splits

Tra, la, la,,,tra, la ,la, la....tra la,, la, la, la

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