(An Article by Ghost Writer Crystal Halcott)
When I was growing up I remember simply: having a good time. We used to play Kick The Can and Hide and Seek and climb trees. We would roll ourselves down the small hill in the neighborhood and play in the woods. We would stay out late during the summer and go in and out of the neighbor’s houses playing video games in the basement or playing Barbie’s in the bedrooms. We would have sleepovers almost every weekend and stay up late planning the next day’s activities. We also had great television! Nowadays it is full of reality crap that no one gives a damn about. Back then, and I’m talking the 80’s and early 90’s, there was so much GOOD television. Interesting shows that you just could NOT miss. Shows you would skip dinner for and shows you would purposely loose Kick The Can for. I remember those shows and they will always have a special place in my heart. So here they are, in no particular order (and please feel free to let me know what your FAVES are as well)…
Rescue 911– A reality based TV series that originally aired in 1989 and ended in 1996. It was hosted by William Shatner for 7 Seasons on Tuesday Nights and showed re-enactments of actual events and played actual 911 calls. I do believe I learned CPR from watching this show and it was one I NEVER missed.
Americas Most Wanted-It is hosted by John Walsh and began airing on Feb 7, 1988. It is currently in its 22nd season and is the longest running program of any kind in FOX history. I remember wanting to be able to find someone they were looking for and call in a tip.
The Price Is Right–Bob Barker was the host from Sept 4, 1972 to June 15, 2007. (After he left I was not able to bring myself to watch it anymore, just not the same). It is the longest running five-days-a-week game show in the world. And with games like Plinko, Cliff Hangers and Hole In One, it was worth staying home sick form school for.
Unsolved Mysteries– Aired from 1987 to 2003 for 14 seasons and 533 episodes. It was hosted by Robert Stack and was a documentary format profiling real-life mysteries. The categories of segments included: Criminal Cases, Lost Loves, Unexplained/Alternative History, and Paranormal Matters. It aired on NBC, CBS, Lifetime, and Spike TV.
Are You Afraid of the Dark? – “Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story…” 7 seasons and 91 episodes. It ran from January 16, 1992 to April 20, 1996 on Nickelodeon’s SNICK. It was basically “The Midnight Society,” a group of teens sitting around fire telling scary stories… “I declare this meeting of the Midnight Society closed.”
Punky Brewster– Aired from September 16, 1984 to September 7, 1986 for 4 seasons and 88 episodes. Penelope “Punky” Brewster (Soleil Moon Frye) was abandoned by her mother at a shopping center w/ her dog Brandon. She finds an abandoned apartment owned by Henry Warnimont (George Gaynes) who eventually adopts her. Other characters are Cherie Johnson, Betty Johnson, Allen Anderson, Margaux Kramer, and Mike Fulton.
Small Wonder– Aired from 1985-1989 for 4 seasons and 96 episodes. Victoria “Vicki” Ann Smith-Lawson (Tiffany Brissette) is a robot created by Ted Lawson (Dick Christie). She was created as a domestic servant with girl-child appearance and lived in a large cabinet in Jamie’s (her “brother”) bedroom. This show is definitely one of my Top 3 Fave’s.
Dinosaurs– Aired from April 26, 1991 to July 20, 1994 for 4 seasons and 65 episodes on ABC. It is set in 60,000,000 BC and it stars the Sinclair Family: Earl, Fran, Robbie, Charlene, Baby, and Grandmother Ethyl Phillips. “Not the mama!” I remember going to the bowling alley on Friday nights with my parents and curling up in the TV room to watch this.
Full House– Aired from Sept 22, 1987 to May 23, 1995 for 8 seasons and 192 episodes. It is set in San Francisco with single Dad Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) raising his daughters: Donna Jo “D.J.” Margaret Tanner (Candace Cameron Bure), Stephanie Judith Tanner (Jodie Sweetin), and Michelle Elizabeth Tanner (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen), with the help of his brother in law Jesse Cochran/Katsopolis (John Stamos) and Joey Gladstone (Dave Coulier). “Everywhere You Look” is the opening theme song and made me giddy every time I heard it start. And even to this day I will stop and watch a re-run.
Land of the Lost– Aired from 1974 to 1976 for 43 episodes. It is about the adventures of the Marshall family who get caught in some alternate universe where dinosaurs rule the world. There is also a culture called the Pakuni, and lizard creatures called Sleestak. The episodes are about the Marshall’s efforts to survive and try to find a way back home. Why there was a movie made about this I don’t know but I can’t see anything positive coming from it.
3-2-1 Contact!- Aired from 1980 to 1988 on PBS for 225 episodes and 8 specials. It was a science educational show that taught scientific principles and their applications. Was it more fun then school, of course, but it was still about math and science. Not my two favorite subjects but still entertaining to watch.
Adventures of the Gummy Bears– Aired from 1985 to 1991 for 95 episodes. The show was about the Gummi Bears who were the last survivors of the civilization of Gummis. They fled when humans forced them into exile and now live in the kingdom of Dunwyn. Characters were: Gruffi, Zummi, Grammi, Tummi, Sunni, Cubbi, and Gusto Gummi.
The World of David the Gnome– Aired from 1987 to 1995 for 2 series and 26 episodes. It was narrated by Christopher Plummer and stressed the importance of treating the environment with respect. Characters included: David, Lisa, Swift, The Trolls (Pit, Pat, Pot and Holler), Susan (Granddaughter), and King.
Noozles– Aired from 1988-1993 for 26 episodes. It is about Sandy Brown, a 12 year old girl who receives a package from her grandfather (who was lost at sea 38 years ago). Inside she finds a stuffed Koala named Blinky who she Noozles (or Eskimo Kisses). Together, and with Blinky’s sister Plinky, they go on many adventures.
The Elephant Show– Aired from 1984 to 1988 for 5 seasons and 65 episodes. Sharon, Lois and Bram star in this show and they sing songs to help children with their problems. “One Elephant Went Out to Play” is the opening theme song and Skinnamarink is a popular fave as well.