Monday, April 12, 2010

The Wonders of 80s TV

Uka's recent post about the old vs. new TLC and the mention of Zoobilee Zoo made me long for the TV shows of my childhood so I've decided to devote a post to the wonders of 80s TV. 

There were very few programs my parents allowed me to watch so as I wouldn't be poisoned by secular influences, but the programs I do remember watching I treasured dearly! Off the top of my head here are my favs:


Strawberry Shortcake 

Care Bears

There's a really good website called Retro Junk that re-hashes all the old shows, showing clips, theme songs and even commercials. Sometimes for fun Uka and I will go to the website and watch clips just for nostalgia's sake. Remember Picture Pages?

I wanted it SO bad and just about every other mail-in product. I would furiously write down the addresses for the items I wanted, but I could never get them down in time!

Now the nerd in me LOVED science shows like 3-2-1 Contact and Mr. Wizard. I haven't met anyone who remembers Mr. Wizard on Nickelodeon. but he really did exist! 

The website Classic Nick is like Retro Junk but focuses only on Nickelodeon. I think there's even been a petition to get a classic Nick channel on cable TV but I highly doubt it'll ever come to pass.

Sometimes I'll pick up an episode of the Smurfs on Boomerang, and I realize how poor the video quality was and how the creators were probably under the influence of drugs! But then I catch a glimpse of today's Saturday's cartoons and I realize just how more innocent the shows of the 80s were. 

I hope to get some episodes of my favorite shows online for Baby Agbai to watch as she gets older (Ebay has some great finds!). I know it's not the 80s, but Uka and I even want to go back as far as The Little Rascals

Let us know what your favorite shows were!


  1. You now know someone who remembers Mr. Wizard... me!! I wouldn't be surprised if David does too. I remember all of those shows and also watched many of them. Now Emma watches the "new" Strawberry Shortcake and LOVEs it. I wasn't allowed to watch Smurfs because of the magic in it but I did watch Rainbow Bright too. Those were good times!! Thanks for taking me down memory lane! :)
    Julie :)

  2. @Julie McGee You're welcome Julie! I remember my mom getting worried about the Smurfs too especially when they started talking about crystals. Seems like that was a big 80s theme. So glad I'm not the only one who knows Mr. Wizard!