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Childhood favorites: TV shows.
February 22, 2011, 4:39 am
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On Saturday, I slept in until a cool 9:00AM. Though a refreshing change from my get-up-and-go-hurry-you’re-already-late mornings, this weekend relaxation kind of bothered me. I turned on the TV, expecting to encounter some news or a classic something-or-other. However, I was met with ONLY cartoons, generalized children’s programming, and infomercials. I realize that, only having basic cable (which Comcast so brilliantly defines as 2, 5, 7, 9, 11, 32, 26, 50, etc), this is to be expected, but HEY at least give me some quality.

I wasn’t about to get out of bed and start my day, so I decided to watch some of them. Conclusion: Not impressed. Secondary emotion: Overwhelming nostalgia.

Seeing as I had to subject myself to some recent Saturday morning programming, I figured I would highlight some weekend favorites from my childhood. (I’m not, by any means, saying that these represent a “best of” list – I actually did like some obscure stuff. This is just a peek into the crazy world of Stefanie’s viewing habits from age 7 to 13-ish).

Bozo the Clown
It doesn’t get much more classic than this. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for local shows, and waking up to the Bozo Super Sunday Show on weekends was truly a highlight. Like every child from the 60’s onward, I painfully longed to be a part of the Grand Prize Game, but cottage cheese containers nailed upside down to a wooden plank was pretty much all I got. Though this isn’t on the air anymore, my favorite part of the holiday season is watching the special on Bozo, Garr, and Ray that airs on WGN. The show covers a lot of the history behind the Bozo show and, though I didn’t actually experience the programming from the 60’s, 70’s, etc and am part of the Joey D’Auria era, I absolutely love learning about Chicago traditions that once were. Below is a WONDERFUL video about Chicago programming that is completely worth a look. It’s almost as if learning about these shows has become a tradition in itself for me. (NOTE: This video contains a ton of classics, especially that of Berwyn-representing, rubber chicken victim Svengoolie – all of which are completely worth looking further into.)

Ghostwriter
One of the weirder shows that I liked, Ghostwriter highlighted the adventures of a group of kids who got into and out of trouble while solving mysteries with the help of an invisible ghost. Almost no one that I know remembers this show, but to me, this was a clear stand out among Sunday morning programs. The episodes featuring the Slime Monster were particularly frightening, even as I look back at them as an almost-adult. Here’s the opening montage–soooo 90’s.

Mystery Science Theatre 3000
GYPSY. TOM SERVO. CROOOOOOW. What more can I say? I loved this as a kid and still love it now. Granted, I probably (definitely) didn’t understand a ton of the references in it back in the day, but looking back at this show now still induces within me a peaked interest in all things sci-fi. The show features old b-movies that are notably cheesy and pretty bad by traditional standards. What makes it tolerable and immensely enjoyable? Each of the movies is commented upon by Mike Nelson (the most recent human star), Tom Servo, and Crow T. Robot. Each character has his own charm, and the show is extremely un-PC.

Can I sing, word-for-word, the opening song of this show? Maybe (but yes, yes I can). It’s so hard to pick one good clip from this show, so I’ll just post a classic holiday tune.

Land of the Lost
Campy, campy, campy. But so what? Land of the Lost instilled within me a distinct fear in dinosaurs that shockingly I still posess to this very day. As I looked up the history of this show, I became sort of confused. Apparently, the series ran from 1991 to 1992 and was a remake of the original series of the 70’s. Given that I was 2 and 3 in those years, respectively, I’m wondering where I actually saw this show. It should also be noted that the “Cyborg” from this show IS THE SAME BEING as the “Garthok” in Coneheads. There are a ton of episodes of this on YouTube under the name “LOL”.

The Dinosaurs
Where Land of the Lost put fear into my heart, The Dinosaurs wiped it away. This show is the EPITOME of programming that both adults and kids can enjoy. I recently watched an entire season of this and was absolutely taken aback (in a completely approving way) at all of the adult references in the show. That being said, this show is great. Just great. From the catchphrase-laden escapades of the “baby” to the head chomping habits of Earl’s t-rex friend, there is no reason that this show should have been cancelled at all. Included below is a superb example of the true wit that this show had.

I guess I watched a lot of television as a child. My roommates and I recently had a discussion about TV that came up because I was doing research for this post. I kept asking them, “Do you remember this show? How about THIS show?” to absolutely no avail. At the time, I didn’t really think I was attached to the television, but I guess, when compared to the majority, I was an entertainment expert. However, this isn’t really as cool you’d believe–most of the programming I loved was kind of obscure and centered around my father’s preferences, which were not entirely mainstream. I watched a lot of FOX but also a lot of classics–Three Stooges, Green Acres, the Twilight Zone, and more.

As I close this post, I definitely recognize that I left a lot of TV shows out; however, I think that these notables will encourage a little discussion and will hopefully take you back to a time when you could still run downstairs on Saturday and Sunday mornings to catch your favorite shows.