Childhood Memories: What TV Series (series, not movies) meant the most to you... Why? How do you react when you see them now?

  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 06, 2009 3:18 AM GMT
    Man, childhood memories.... they can be so strong even in adulthood. Positive or negative, I'm always amazed how I react when I come across something that may have meant something when I was a little kid... TV
    Shows are no exception.

    I watched all kinds of shows growing up (like most of us did), but a number
    were really great... "Little House on the Prairie" for one.. I remember watching a fantastic 2 part episode called "The Race" in which Laura Ingalls raced the old shrew Nellie.... there were horses involved and I was just getting into it as a 10 year old kid. Others like DALLAS came about during my teenage years.

    Then there was "The Waltons"... amazing show. I got hooked on it as a little kid mainly because of the character of the youngest daughter Elizabeth (actress Kami Cotler and I were born in the same year).. so I was always into seeing what Elizabeth was doing, especially at the end of the series.
    Some shows I didn't care much about since it was more adult related, but
    the ones dealing with the kids were always interesting (despite the fact the other kids were years older). Then there were about a half dozen episodes
    of this show I didn't like.....

    "The Burnout" is one of those that made a real impression. Our next door neighbors barn had burned down earlier that year and 2 puppies were lost.
    As a 10 year old, I was becoming really aware of what bad things can do and when this episode of the Waltons came out... about the family's loss due to a fire, it was pretty emotional. The acting was excellent. I remember crying and bawling to my parents. I never wanted to see the episode again....... until the other day when I came across it on Youtube. Needless to say, there I was, a grown man with tears down his face watching (Youtube part 2) during my lunch hour. One of my assistants thought I was crazy no doubt.
    Maybe it was just the memories of a 10 year old kid revisited.

    So any series that do the same for you? Why?



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    Nov 06, 2009 4:39 AM GMT
    i loved watching fraiser.
    i have always had a crush on Dr. niles crane!
    i saw him in Curtains. he was really good.
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    Nov 06, 2009 4:47 AM GMT
    i like them all rugrats, real monsters, angry beavers, roccos modern life, animorphs, pokemon, dbz, dragonball, the animal transformer show.. ren and stimpy, catdog.. thats all i can think of right now
  • Celticmusl

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    Nov 06, 2009 4:53 AM GMT
    The Waltons rang true with me as well. My life was very much like their children's lives. We had to wear hand-me-downs. We would make home made ice cream. My mom was an awesome cook and always cooking something in the kitchen....I was totally spoiled with home made pies, breads, preserves, stews, tafffy(we actually had a taffy pull party), pickles, divinity, you name it....all home made from scratch. Money seemed always tight so we all had to pull together to make the best of the holidays.

    My Mother's relatives, of which there were plenty, were from Gallopolis Ohio, and although we did not have Waltons Mountain, we literally had Davis Hill. My Grandmother did not have an inside bathroom until the late 70's. A little bit up the road from my Grandmother was where my Aunt Lueva lived. After that, to find the next house would take you about a half hour down the winding road. Visiting there quite often was a total blast, and the location and people seemed to be pulled right out of the Waltons.

    I started watching The Waltons again last year on the Hallmark Channel and I really miss how simple life used to be.....or maybe it just seemed that way.
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    Nov 06, 2009 4:54 AM GMT
    Mmmmmmm....Muppet Babies, Teddy Ruxpin, Care Bears, Gummi Bears (man so man bear themed ones...), Punky Brewster (Maybe the wooorld, is bliiind...<3), Super Mario Bros (animated series), Cheers, original TMNT, Ducktales, Family Ties, Full House, BOY MEETS WORLD OMG I LOVED THAT SHOW
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    Nov 06, 2009 5:00 AM GMT
    lifted saidi like them all rugrats, real monsters, angry beavers, roccos modern life, animorphs, pokemon, dbz, dragonball, the animal transformer show.. ren and stimpy, catdog.. thats all i can think of right now


    Thumbs up.

    The raunchy cartoons made me much happier as a child than anything they have on television now.

    I'd like to throw in the Wonder Years, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Salute Your Shorts, Pete & Pete, Guts, Legend of the Hidden Temple, Doug, All That, and for those with parents like mine; SNL, MadTV, Aeon Flux, Beavis and Butthead, and Daria.
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    Nov 06, 2009 5:45 AM GMT
    The earliest shows I remember were Care Bears, Transformers (the original series), Knight Rider, Thundercats...Smurfs (lol)...a little later came Baywatch, The Pretender, The Simpsons (yeah, I remember when it started)...and yeah, I remember Dallas, Chris.

    What happens when I watch them now? The animated series'...make me wanna curl up with a bowl of Fruit Loops (no pun there) and be lazy all morning. Night Rider and Dallas make me cringe at eighties production values and acting standards. Watching Baywatch makes me wistful for simpler times when Pam Anderson was young and pretty and I couldn't figure out why the guys in red trunks made my lower regions tingly.
  • OptimusMatt

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    Nov 06, 2009 7:22 AM GMT
    Absolutely everything transformers, from G1 all the way to beast machines...have them all, watched them all, my desktop background is black with
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    and my iPhone's name is 'Soundwave' with the emblem as my wallpaper...

    I'm a HUGE transformers nut, to this day - when the movies came out every straight gene in my body kicked into overdrive (and definitely gave me a healthy obsession with megan fox to boot)

    I saw them both opening night, the second one I even went alone because all my friends were busy.

    I'm not 'rah rah transformers' on a day to day basis but if you wanted me to drop to my knees and suck your dick for forever and a day....you'd wine me, dine me, and provide me with a mint condition Soundwave Transformer (including ALL the cassetticons) circa the 1980's.

    C'mon. It's only the BEST idea to ever be thought up. They are giant freaking ROBOTS. And they turn into big fuck-off trucks, and jets, and SPACETRAINS, and FREAKIN DINOSAURS. They appealed to just about everything a little boy could possibly ever want to play with, and I love them greatly to this day.
  • OptimusMatt

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    Nov 06, 2009 7:29 AM GMT
    Oh, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer when I was a teenager. The thing about Buffy, aside from it being kitchy teen drama filled with wayyyyy too much teenage angst is watching Buffy fight desperately against fate, and watching as she struggles against the crushing disparity of growing up to a life full of responsibility and obligation vs the lives of all the people she's out there saving, all the other valley-girls. On the surface it's pretty trite, but if you watch it through from start to finish with that idea in mind...it's a pretty good fictionalized portrayal of how sometimes, no matter how hard you try, how hard you struggle...life keeps coming, and it'll kill you if you let it. For Buffy, her responsibilities literally put her life in danger. For realworldland...it's the crushing weight that most everyone feels, and a great deal end up buckling under, becoming hollow, empty, and irreversibly numbed to what should be a heartachingly beautiful existence.

    Then again, maybe it's just about a valley-girl turned vampire slayer. I'll still take Buffy over Twilight any day.
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    Nov 06, 2009 8:00 AM GMT
    Soundwave, right on. Those are my exact thoughts on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    I remember: He-Man, She-Ra, Jem and the Holograms, Transformers (every afternoon at 2:30), the Cosby Show (which every black family I know emulated), a Different World, and I loved TGI Fridays on ABC as a pre-teen/early teenagers.

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    Nov 06, 2009 12:56 PM GMT
    carebears, thundercats, He Man (I fancied him), She Ra, Dogtanian and the Three Muscahounds, Nightrider, Baywatch, The Dukes of Hazzard, the Smurfs, The moomins. The A Team

    JP is just bitter as they hadn´t got picture wireless when he was young.
  • drypin

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    Nov 06, 2009 1:18 PM GMT
    Really young... Warner Bros. cartoons, The Andy Griffith Show (b&w), I Love Lucy (it was in syndication... so don't even go there), The Carol Burnett Show, The Brady Bunch.

    I can watch outtakes of I Love Lucy and The Carol Burnett Show (yes, the dress with the curtain rod is still a classic, along with her trying to get the others to break character), but the others are pretty dull now.
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    Nov 06, 2009 1:24 PM GMT
    As a kid I traveled so much I didn't get to watch my favorite shows with much regularity........often seeing them as re-runs. Here were my favorites: The Fugitive; Mission Impossible; The Untouchables; American Bandstand; The Big Valley; Falcon Crest. If I were to see them now, I'm sure they would bring back some good memories..........especially the hunky actors in each of those series. It didn't happen back then, but if I saw those shows today, certain actors in each series would cause a stirring in my loins.....especially David Jansen; Robert Stack; Peter Breck; Lee Majors; Lorenzo Lamas and William R. Moses.
  • Timbales

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    Nov 06, 2009 1:32 PM GMT
    When I was a kid, my favorite shows were the Saturday morning live action shows. There was the Shazam and Isis Power Hour, Far Out Space Nuts and a Land of the Lost. I also liked to watch the re-runs of Gilligan's Island, Brady Bunch, Partridge Family, I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched. I also like Sigmund and the Sea Monsters and the Bugaloos.
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    Nov 06, 2009 1:33 PM GMT
    Cosby Show... I'm a kid of the 80's.
  • Matia79

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    Nov 06, 2009 1:39 PM GMT
    Knight Rider, Golden Girls, Murder She Wrote

    Carebears; She-Ra; He-Man; Transformers; Gummi Bears and my all-time favourite...THUNDERCATS!

    I was obsessed with Thundercats! As I grew older I often wished I could see it again...finally I found the series on DVD and bought two seasons. It's true what they say, "you can't go back".
    BUT HOW CRAZED AM I THAT THERE'S A MOVIE COMING OUT?!!!
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    Nov 06, 2009 1:42 PM GMT



    THIS.

  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 06, 2009 1:54 PM GMT
    zdrew said

    Night Rider and Dallas make me cringe at eighties production values and acting standards. Watching Baywatch makes me wistful for simpler times when Pam Anderson was young and pretty and I couldn't figure out why the guys in red trunks made my lower regions tingly.


    I thought Baywatch was pretty awesome... but I was too busy staring at some of the guys on the show.... but that was before "acting" on anything.

    Sorry to hear Zach, you didn't like Dallas.. perhaps it was your young age at the time... hehe... I LOVED IT!
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    Nov 06, 2009 2:09 PM GMT
    ALF, Boy meets world, Small Wonder, Wonder years, Muppets, Silver spoons, All in the family, Jeffersons, Saved by the bell, 90210, Saturday Cartoon Express, Laff-olympics, Snorks, Wuzzels, Littles, My secret identity, 25000 pyramid, Golden girls, Voltron, V the final battle, Melrose place, Life goes on and AGAIN......ALF!!!!


    If any of these shows come on again, i'm soooo happy, and its takes me back to grandmas house and feelings of nooo stress and good home cooked meals....icon_biggrin.gif and the biggest smile(s) on my face....
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    And H R Puffenstuff, too!
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    Nov 06, 2009 2:31 PM GMT
    The Brady Bunch. I have two older sisters who were pretty much out of the house when I was growing up. I always wondered what it would be like to grow up with a lot of siblings and have brothers. Still love to watch the Brady Bunch.
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    Nov 06, 2009 2:38 PM GMT
    Matia79 saidKnight Rider, Golden Girls, Murder She Wrote

    Carebears; She-Ra; He-Man; Transformers; Gummi Bears and my all-time favourite...THUNDERCATS!

    I was obsessed with Thundercats! As I grew older I often wished I could see it again...finally I found the series on DVD and bought two seasons. It's true what they say, "you can't go back".
    BUT HOW CRAZED AM I THAT THERE'S A MOVIE COMING OUT?!!!


    There´s a Thundercats movie? WOW, OMG. OMG

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  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Nov 06, 2009 2:42 PM GMT
    Favorite Cartoon was "The Flintstones", but the TV shows that stand out in my mind are "The Brady Bunch", "The Partridge Family", "The Beverly Hillbillies", "I Love Lucy", "The Munsters", "The Adam's Family", "Leave It To Beaver", "Land of the Giants", and "Gilligan's Island".
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    Nov 06, 2009 3:10 PM GMT
    Oh my God you guys are twe and tree decades behind my early TV viewing pleasures. Andy Griffith show "Mayberry" with Opie, Aunt Bea, Andy Taylor, and Don Knotts, it holds the most influence. Then would be the Bananza show on Sunday evenings, Ed Sullivan Show I Loved the ones where He introduced the Elvis Pressly, The Beattles, The Rolling Stones, The Fifth Demension, and many others on Saturday night as well as Gilligans Island, I well remember how much it was advertised prior to its coming on air and how much I looked forward to seeing it the first time in the mid 60's. I liked the Real McCoys, and Roy Rogers when I was real small in the 50's Big valley, Maverick, Wagon Train and Daniel Boone was great too !!! I hated--------absolutely HATED --- The Lawrence Welk Show that my parents made us watch saturday nights. Sonny and Cher, Laughin was hillarious By the time the shows came on that most of you have mentioned, I was working, married and having kids so didn't spend much time viewing TV. I guess I've dated myself haven't I LOL !!!