Tagged: children’s programming
Kids have always loved television shows and movies featuring monsters. For those fortunate enough to live in New York during the 1970s, there was a particularly cool show called The Hilarious House of Frightenstein. Featuring all the popular creatures of the day (and night), the horror spoof was more funny than frightful, endearing millions of youngsters during its run. … read more
You’ve tumbled out of bed and sleepily made your way to the kitchen for a bowl of Cocoa Puffs. Bowl in hand, perhaps a blanket to wrap yourself in, you flip on the television. And here you will sit for the next few hours or so, assuming you had parents that would allow such a thing. Such were the magical Saturday mornings of the 1970s. … read more
In the 70s, not all families felt comfortable talking about controversial topics that are commonplace today. Perhaps there was an alcoholic teen, an abusive parent or other issues in the home and it was hard for kids to get the advice they needed. ABC stepped up with a series called the ABC Afterschool Special to tackle these issues, offering guidance to many a troubled kid. … read more
If you spent your childhood on Long Island in the 70s, and especially if you watched TV when you stayed home from school, you will likely remember Carole and Paula, two hippie-esque women who sang songs and frolicked with pink puppets each weekday on The Magic Garden. A local favorite for over a decade, this charming kid’s show certainly left an impression. … read more
If you have vague childhood memories of waking up to a singing frog, hippo and owl, don’t worry; you likely aren’t suffering from dementia. Rather, you are just one of many 1970s kids who remembers watching The New Zoo Review. Airing in syndication throughout the country, this popular children’s show is still fondly remembered by millions. … read more
Many of us grew up learning letters and numbers from our pals who lived on Sesame Street. Once we felt more confident, it was time to move to another PBS series for the slightly older set. The Electric Company was poised to challenge our young minds in new and entertaining ways, earning a rightful place in the history of children’s programming. … read more
After all that wonderful gratuitous violence we witnessed on Saturday mornings in the 70s, television programmers must have figured that we needed a little moral guidance the following day. To that end, there was a boy and his dog named Davey and Goliath, who had plenty to learn about life and lots of advice to share with young viewers. … read more
There isn’t a kid from the 70s that doesn’t remember a kindly old gentleman named Captain Kangaroo. Portrayed by actor Bob Keeshan for three decades, the enormously popular children’s show of his own design was there waiting for us every weekday morning without fail. Looking back, we were all richer from our childhood encounters with Captain Kangaroo.
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We’re wagering a guess that you not only remember Zoom, but that you might even be humming the theme song as you read this (“We’re gonna zooma-zooma-zooma zoom!). One of the most beloved children’s television shows of the 70s and beyond, Zoom was both hosted by kids, and watched by millions of them over the years. … read more
If you remember watching The Magic Garden in the 70s, you may also remember that it didn’t appear on Fridays. Those were reserved for a beloved little series called Joya’s Fun School. Filled with stories, songs and other activities, the show was a local educational favorite for over a decade. … read more
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