Friday, July 24, 2009

Top 5: Shows From My Youth

It's the Summer the Celebrities Died. The latest victim is Les Lye, the totally awesome, only adult actor on the best Canadian TV show ever, You Can't Do That on Television (Seriously. I realized YCDTOT is the reason for my Canadian obsession. It's just that important). His passing got me thinking about other shows I loved as a kid (let's say before the age of 12) and naturally, I decided to share my thoughts with you.

1. Alf - I was obsessed with Alf. I actually wanted to marry Alf and have his children. I wish I was kidding.

2. Fraggle Rock - Who doesn't like Muppets...especially redheaded Muppets!?! Wow. I'm starting to see a pattern here in these first 2 picks. Let's just move on.

3. Animaniacs - Another show I was obsessed with. I remember having a Dot doll or something. The memories are hazy. I do know Pinky and the Brain are two of the greatest cartoon characters ever.

4. Double Dare - I like to think I would have killed on Double Dare, but I'm not such a fan of getting dirty, so I don't know. I do know, I like watching people get slime dumped on their head. I am a simple woman. Too bad they ruined this show when they let kids compete with their stupid parents.

5. Jem - Jem is truly outrageous! Truly, truly truly outrageous! I obviously loved the cartoon about the super cool music exec/secret rock star!!! It's like Jerrica was living my life!!! Seriously though, reading this plot synopsis is awesome. Who thinks of this crap?

Honorable Mentions: Inspector Gadget, Tiny Toons, Duck Tails (woo hoo!)

Reminisce about your childhood in the comments, won't you?


Liz said...

Are you pondering what I'm pondering?

Good list, but how can you leave out Saved by the Bell?!?!?!

red said...

OMG!!! What a fool I am! Definitely replace Jem with Saved by the Bell!

Some Guy said...

Aw man! No more "Barth Burgers"? I watched my share of Double Dare. I'd always get pissed at the kids in the final obstacle course that didn't know the tricks to help finish quickly.

Garney said...

Gotta give some respect to Zoobilee Zoo giving Broadway stars another opportunity to dress up like animals.

words...words...words... said...

You know, Alf is probably single and underemployed these days and would jump at the chance to go out with you. I'm just sayin'.

My favorite shows from when I was a kid:
Speed Racer
Match Game
Mighty Mouse
Woody Woodpecker
The Banana Splits (though looking back I have NO idea why.)

I feel like I should make a special mention of how much I hated The Electric Company. Don't pander to me, PBS. I see you working, trying to be all "cool" to make the young people like you. You are like a grandparent who forgets how old their 14 year old grandkid is and takes them to Storybook Land, The Electric Company. And I was not having it.

Anonymous said...

The Electric Company may not have been high on my list but Square One was definitely high on mine. Who can forget Mathnet and the pac man ripoff math game?

Fav shows as a kid:
You Can't do that on TV
Duck Tales
Gummy Bears
Cartoon Express on USA
This week in Baseball
The Cosby Show
Family Ties
Can't think of any saturday ones though.

BeckEye said...

Obviously, you're a bit younger than me. I did watch Alf though.

I was more into shit like Dukes of Hazzard, BJ and the Bear, and Scooby Doo. Oh, and Welcome Back, Kotter reruns, of course.

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

My cousin Jamie tried to get us on Double Dare, but it never happened. *sigh*

Brand New said...

Cartoon Express on USA

YES! When and Why did this go away?