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Rain Man
11-06-2006, 06:52 PM
We can go with two categories if necessary: animated and non-animated.



As a little kid, I remember the non-animated shows more than the cartoons. I have vague memories of seeing The Red Skelton Show live, as well as an old Three Stooges movie on a Saturday afternoon. At the age of six, I pondered becoming a variety show host. I also have vague memories of The Courtship of Eddie's Father, and I greatly admired the bachelor upstairs neighbor who had the beads instead of a door. And of course, Wonderful World of Disney, which was quite interesting but also annoyingly void of cartoons to be full of such cartoon potential.

On the cartoon front, I remember greatly enjoying Wacky Racers, which I believe is where Dastardly Dan and Muttley got their start. My mom worked in a day-old bread store, and she had a little portable TV that she would set up in the back (inventory) room, where I would watch cartoons on Saturday morning.

KcMizzou
11-06-2006, 06:53 PM
Hmmm...

The Great Space Coaster

old_geezer
11-06-2006, 06:55 PM
Red Skeleton Comedy Show

What can I say? :skip:

CoMoChief
11-06-2006, 06:56 PM
Fraggle Rock


My mom also used to tape record the old Downy softener commericals with the talking Teddy Bear.

Deberg_1990
11-06-2006, 06:56 PM
Little Rascals....Gilligans Island....Beverly Hillbillies....Underdog.....Romper Room...

Bill Parcells
11-06-2006, 06:56 PM
Launching of Apollo 8 in 1968 in nursery school..first trip around the moon :)

JBucc
11-06-2006, 06:58 PM
I don't remember. Probably Fraggle Rock or Sesame Street.

Nzoner
11-06-2006, 06:59 PM
My earliest recollection is Dark Shadows,the daytime horror soap with the vampire Barnabas Collins,my grandmother never missed it.

Count Alex's Wins
11-06-2006, 07:00 PM
The Time Tunnel.

JBucc
11-06-2006, 07:01 PM
I do remember when I was about 8 or so going to my friends house and watching tv on Saturday Night. He didn't have cable so we'd watch COPS and America's Most Wanted.

KcMizzou
11-06-2006, 07:02 PM
..

JBucc
11-06-2006, 07:04 PM
I used to watch Dinosaurs a lot too.

Easy 6
11-06-2006, 07:08 PM
Thats a great question, outside of cartoons (Hong Kong Phooey, Warner Bros.) i would have to say that this Skynet became TV self aware watching Kung-Fu.

Fat Elvis
11-06-2006, 07:27 PM
Captain Kangaroo

Easy 6
11-06-2006, 07:30 PM
Captain Kangaroo

BAM, how did i forget the Captain, i am SOOO remiss!!!

Rain Man
11-06-2006, 07:34 PM
Oh, yes. Captain Kangaroo. Mr. Greenjeans is imbedded deep within the early-developing parts of my brain.

jspchief
11-06-2006, 07:37 PM
I don't know if it's chronologically accurate, but I really remember sitting down to watch Maverick (on Sunday evening if my memory serves). The old black and white one with James Garner.

Not sure why, but that really sticks with me. Maybe it was the theme song.

QuikSsurfer
11-06-2006, 07:39 PM
either fraggle rock or david the gnome

ZepSinger
11-06-2006, 07:40 PM
Red Skeleton Comedy Show

What can I say? :skip:

Red Skelton
The Gary Moore Show
Twilight Zone (the original series)

mlyonsd
11-06-2006, 07:42 PM
The noon news on the local Channel 9 ABC station.

Only because when I was 4 or 5 during the holidays they had a fake Santa dressed up reading letters kids sent in.

That fat bastard never did read my letter. But I got him back because I never bought his seed corn either.

CHENZ A!
11-06-2006, 07:43 PM
I think Sesame Street.

KChiefs1
11-06-2006, 07:58 PM
Batman with Adam West. As a kid I thought it was very realistic & had a major crush on Catwoman Julie Newmar & the episode where she was so greedy & wouldn't give up the golden cats & ultimately fell into the cavern made me cry.

I've seen it now & it's the campiest show ever made. Strange how as a kid I really believe everything that was going on in that show & looking at it now none of it was played serious.

Nzoner
11-06-2006, 08:04 PM
I'm sure the order isn't correct by year but for kid's shows I'd say

HR Puffenstuff(sp?)
The New Zoo Review
Mulligan Stew
Land Of The Lost

siberian khatru
11-06-2006, 08:13 PM
My first memories were of Thunderbirds and Rocky and Bullwinkle. Midland, Mich., 1969. I was 3 years old.

siberian khatru
11-06-2006, 08:14 PM
Batman with Adam West.

I don't actually remember this, but I'm told that when I was toddling I would watch Batman. I'd hold on to the wall to balance myself, and toddle around in my diaper going "doo-doo-doo-doo-doo" ... y'know, the theme song.

QuikSsurfer
11-06-2006, 08:15 PM
I'm sure the order isn't correct by year but for kid's shows I'd say

HR Puffenstuff(sp?)
The New Zoo Review
Mulligan Stew
Land Of The Lost

lol, i remember land of the lost

Boise_Chief
11-06-2006, 08:16 PM
Little Rascals....Gilligans Island....Beverly Hillbillies....Underdog.....Romper Room...


dup: Exactly mine

DaFace
11-06-2006, 08:17 PM
Probably Sesame Street. I'm relatively young.

headsnap
11-06-2006, 08:18 PM
Adam 12

Saulbadguy
11-06-2006, 08:19 PM
Sit boo boo sit. Good dog.

redbrian
11-06-2006, 08:23 PM
I remember the Indian that came on first thing in the morning, a real dull show, he just kind of sat there.

Over-Head
11-06-2006, 08:32 PM
Mr.Dressup, Friendly Giant, and Sesame Street, we only got 2 channels when I was a kid.

Simply Red
11-06-2006, 08:34 PM
Electric Company Maybe...

sd4chiefs
11-06-2006, 08:34 PM
Wizzo

Frazod
11-06-2006, 08:40 PM
There are two that instantly come to mind: Captain Kangaroo and Gunsmoke. I also remember watching the Vietnam War reports on TV.

headsnap
11-06-2006, 08:47 PM
animated: Speed Racer

boogblaster
11-06-2006, 09:29 PM
Lone Ranger .. Zorro .. Capt. Kangroo .. Daffy Duck .. Stooges .. Combat .. Lawrence Welk ..and on old local Kake Tv out of Wichita.. Freddy Fudd...

old_geezer
11-06-2006, 09:31 PM
Red Skelton
The Gary Moore Show
Twilight Zone (the original series)


About the only ones left to mention from that era are;

Milton Berle
Hit Parade
Ed Sullivan
Jack Benny

Holy Crap, I'm old. :banghead:

HemiEd
11-06-2006, 09:35 PM
The TV at my Grandparents house was only turned on for special occasions, like Lawrence Welk. I remember the commercials best, the new "swept wing Dodge." (1957)

Wrasse
11-06-2006, 09:44 PM
Marshall, Will, and Holly
On a routine expedition
Met the greatest earthquake ever known.
High on the rapids
It struck their tiny raft.
And plunged them down a thousand feet below...

Raiderhader
11-06-2006, 10:21 PM
Magnum P.I.

KC2004
11-06-2006, 10:28 PM
First TV show I remember watching was M.A.S.H. Still catch it from time to time.

KChiefs1
11-06-2006, 11:19 PM
On 2nd thought I believe the first show I really watched was Torey Southwick & Ol' Gus on I believe "Torey Time" or something like that....

anyone remember that show? It was on channel 9 in the afternoon's during the mid 60's.

Nzoner
11-06-2006, 11:45 PM
I figured someone would possibly mention Johhny Sokko & His Flying Robot or Ultra Man

Archie F. Swin
11-06-2006, 11:51 PM
Wizzo

was he on a Topeka station?

Guru
11-07-2006, 12:14 AM
Little Rascals....Gilligans Island....Beverly Hillbillies....Underdog.....Romper Room...

Damn, I forgot all about romper room. That would have to be my answer.

greg63
11-07-2006, 12:17 AM
HR Puff N Stuff

Guru
11-07-2006, 12:21 AM
HR Puff N Stuff
I can tell already that I will enjoy this thread.

cdcox
11-07-2006, 12:28 AM
Captain Kangaroo.

Prime time: Red Skelton.

Nzoner
11-07-2006, 12:33 AM
I wish Skipper would join in this thread I'd like to hear his stories of pulling a chair up to the radio to listen to The Shadow

cdcox
11-07-2006, 12:37 AM
Any one remember "Tory"? It was a local KC show where kids could appear. That is about all I remember except that Tory was later the host on 41 Treehouse Lane.

Nzoner
11-07-2006, 12:39 AM
Any one remember "Tory"? It was a local KC show where kids could appear. That is about all I remember except that Tory was later the host on 41 Treehouse Lane.

I remember Uncle Ed,dude did everything from Treehouse Lane to Creature Feature

trndobrd
11-07-2006, 12:44 AM
I never got to stay up and watch the whole show, but I always remember the theme to Hawaii-Five-0 coming on. Sometimes I would feign thirst or hunger to I could stay up and watch a little.

cdcox
11-07-2006, 12:44 AM
I remember Uncle Ed,dude did everything from Treehouse Lane to Creature Feature

That is the dude. His first gig that I remember was "Tory".

Halfcan
11-07-2006, 12:52 AM
Lost in Space-the chicks on there were hot. Something about go go boots that gets my attention.

Rausch
11-07-2006, 01:19 AM
Rain Man is either too lazy or making too much money to make his own poll.

Once they start asking for apricoc colored $3it you know the artist has let the mad fame go to 'es head...

penchief
11-07-2006, 01:22 AM
Jack Lalanne, Art Linkletter, and the Micky Mouse Club.

GoodDaySir!
11-07-2006, 01:24 AM
Sesame Street or Fraggle Rock.

Rausch
11-07-2006, 01:29 AM
One, TWO! THREE! Four, five, SIX, seven, eight, NINE!

NEIN!

StcChief
11-07-2006, 07:36 AM
Mickey Mouse Club

still remember JFK being shot, saw it on B&W TV

Amnorix
11-07-2006, 08:21 AM
Electric Company and Romper Room are the shows that are deepest in my subconscious.

My children have an unbelievable capacity to watch the EXACT same thing over and over and over and over and over.

I'm convicned they'll be able to recite Thomas the Tank Engine, and Harold, episodes from memory when they're my age. It's just unbelievable.

Edit: P.S., I can't recommend Harold and the Purple Crayon more highly for ages 2+. My kids absolutely love it, it's very imaginative, well done, cute, inoffensive, educational, blah, blah, blah. One episode deals with death in a very good manner (Harold's goldfish dies).

http://www.amazon.com/Harold-Purple-Crayon-Connor-Matheus/dp/B0002TSZFQ/sr=1-3/qid=1162909326/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3/002-3434593-6939220?ie=UTF8&s=dvd

Duck Dog
11-07-2006, 08:59 AM
Gun Smoke and Dark Shadows. Good thing we had a big doberman pincher because after watching Dark Shadows, I'd make him follow me everywhere in the house.

siberian khatru
11-07-2006, 08:59 AM
I wish Skipper would join in this thread I'd like to hear his stories of pulling a chair up to the radio to listen to The Shadow

ROFL

Lzen
11-07-2006, 09:00 AM
Sesame Street.

Dartgod
11-07-2006, 09:01 AM
On 2nd thought I believe the first show I really watched was Torey Southwick & Ol' Gus on I believe "Torey Time" or something like that....

anyone remember that show? It was on channel 9 in the afternoon's during the mid 60's.Yeah, it was called Torey Time and is probably one of the earliest I remember. My brother was in Cub Scouts and got to be on the show and he said hi to me because I was sick at home. I was probably around 4 years old.

Torey...

http://www.wtv-zone.com/dpjohnson/kcit50/torey-ball.jpg

And Gus

http://www.wtv-zone.com/dpjohnson/kcit50/olgus.jpg

One more...

http://imagehost.vendio.com/bin/imageserver.x/00000000/postchris/torey1.jpg (javascript:history.go(-1))

Rain Man
11-07-2006, 09:28 AM
Edit: P.S., I can't recommend Harold and the Purple Crayon more highly for ages 2+. My kids absolutely love it, it's very imaginative, well done, cute, inoffensive, educational, blah, blah, blah. One episode deals with death in a very good manner (Harold's goldfish dies).


Have you seen the new CSI: Purple Crayon? A team of glib men and beautiful women do gruesome autopsies of the goldfish and examine the crime scene to find out why the goldfish died. I think they're running out of spinoff ideas.


On an unrelated topic, my mom said that when I was a toddler, I would stand in front of the TV watching as "My Three Sons" came on, and I would tap my foot to the same beat as the tapping foot on the intro.

siberian khatru
11-07-2006, 09:30 AM
On an unrelated topic, my mom said that when I was a toddler, I would stand in front of the TV watching as "My Three Sons" came on, and I would tap my foot to the same beat as the tapping foot on the intro.

You're mocking me, aren't you? Just because you're ashamed of denying Brian Waters his Super Bowl glory.

And you call yourself a judge. Feh.

Rain Man
11-07-2006, 09:32 AM
You're mocking me, aren't you? Just because you're ashamed of denying Brian Waters his Super Bowl glory.

And you call yourself a judge. Feh.

I'm a judge and I'll be on the bench for as long as justice needs to be served and this little pump keeps working.

DMAC
11-07-2006, 09:37 AM
I remember 3

Knight Rider

The Monkees TV show

Shirt Tales

penguinz
11-07-2006, 09:39 AM
Hmmm...

The Great Space CoasterOMG! I have lost track of how many people I have asked if they remember this show. No one ever has. :(

MOhillbilly
11-07-2006, 09:45 AM
some show that had fire trucks.
charlies angels

wonder woman

that kinda stuff.

ChiTown
11-07-2006, 09:55 AM
Captain Kangaroo (with my Mom in the mornings)
Gunsmoke (sitting on my Dad's lap)
Mickey Mouse Club (with my older sibblings in the afternoon's)

Fat Elvis
11-07-2006, 10:03 AM
was he on a Topeka station?


WIBW, Channel 13 with weatherman Gary Wallace.

DMAC
11-07-2006, 10:04 AM
Anyone from Springfield remember Mike Malibu?

MOhillbilly
11-07-2006, 10:10 AM
Anyone from Springfield remember Mike Malibu?



what channel/year?

what was the clown show in the mid 80s on 33?

Brock
11-07-2006, 10:13 AM
Thunderbirds. Or maybe Gumby.

Jmart
11-07-2006, 10:17 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryCvUNziFEw

siberian khatru
11-07-2006, 10:29 AM
Thunderbirds. Or maybe Gumby.

Yes, Gumby should've been included in my list, too.

During that time, I had a rubber Gumby toy. I left it on the front lawn one day, and my Dad ran over it with the lawnmower. I looked at the chewed up toy in the grass and said "Gumby all gone. Gumby all gone."

Years later ... when I was in college ... my Mom gave me a Gumby and Pokey toy set for Christmas, to replace the one that got eaten by the mower nearly 20 years earlier.

Frosty
11-07-2006, 10:40 AM
Mostly, I remember watching Star Trek and Land of the Giants with my dad. I would have been about 3 or 4. I vaguely remember the kids' shows like Romper Room and Captain Kangaroo. About the same time, I remember watching Dark Shadows, I Dream of Jeannie and Gilligan's Island, but I don't think that was until later.

Frosty
11-07-2006, 10:42 AM
Yes, Gumby should've been included in my list, too.

I had forgotten about Gumby. That would have about the same timeframe. There was a similar show about that same time - Davey and Goliath, maybe?

DMAC
11-07-2006, 10:49 AM
what channel/year?

what was the clown show in the mid 80s on 33?KDEB 27--mid 80's to late 80's I reckon. He did not have his own show or anything...he would just be on before cartoons for 10 minutes or so. Also I remember he remixed "Ice, Ice, Baby" to KDEB 27 style.

Was the clown Bozo?

siberian khatru
11-07-2006, 10:49 AM
I had forgotten about Gumby. That would have about the same timeframe. There was a similar show about that same time - Davey and Goliath, maybe?

Yes, I watched D&G, too. So did JimNasium.

DMAC
11-07-2006, 10:50 AM
Put down that hammer, Daaavvveeeyyyyy.

http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/9256/daveyve7.jpg

Ari Chi3fs
11-07-2006, 10:53 AM
http://ctwmedia.tripod.com/videos/tec/teclogo.jpg

DMAC
11-07-2006, 10:55 AM
Anyone from OK know Gospel Bill?

MOhillbilly
11-07-2006, 10:55 AM
KDEB 27--mid 80's to late 80's I reckon. He did not have his own show or anything...he would just be on before cartoons for 10 minutes or so. Also I remember he remixed "Ice, Ice, Baby" to KDEB 27 style.

Was the clown Bozo?

i do kinda remember malibu mike. to old maybe? the clowns name was sammie b goode i believe.

Frosty
11-07-2006, 10:58 AM
Yes, I watched D&G, too. So did JimNasium.

OMG, it's still around. http://www.daveyandgoliath.org/

BIG_DADDY
11-07-2006, 10:58 AM
Dark Shadows

Rain Man
11-07-2006, 11:03 AM
Mostly, I remember watching Star Trek and Land of the Giants with my dad. I would have been about 3 or 4. I vaguely remember the kids' shows like Romper Room and Captain Kangaroo. About the same time, I remember watching Dark Shadows, I Dream of Jeannie and Gilligan's Island, but I don't think that was until later.

Whoa. Land of the Giants. I can't remember anything about it other than the opening scenes of them coming off of that ... flying machine.

Dartgod
11-07-2006, 11:04 AM
Dark Shadows
That was another one I remember. We used to watch that during the summer when the parents were off to work. I remember the theme song still. Creepy...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/bc/Barnabas_Collins.jpg

Frosty
11-07-2006, 11:08 AM
The weird thing is that I don't really remember watching very many cartoons when I was young. The Road Runner, Bugs Bunny and the Pink Panther come to mind, but I've seen them so many times over the year that I don't remember how long ago it was that I first watched them.

Probably the earliest cartoon was The Herculoids. I mostly remember seeing that because my cousin and I would pretend to be one of the characters while we watched it and, since he was older, he always chose the dragon first and I got stuck being the stone ape. :rolleyes:

Frosty
11-07-2006, 11:14 AM
Whoa. Land of the Giants. I can't remember anything about it other than the opening scenes of them coming off of that ... flying machine.

Well, here ya go, then...

http://www.iann.net/giants/season1.htm

BIG_DADDY
11-07-2006, 11:25 AM
That was another one I remember. We used to watch that during the summer when the parents were off to work. I remember the theme song still. Creepy...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/bc/Barnabas_Collins.jpg


I was really young and used to get nightmares from it. It would piss my mom off. I was banned from watching most of the time but I always find a way around that. It's amazing what you can get when you promise to listen to the babysitter if you can just watch the show and promise not to tell mom. :)

greg63
11-07-2006, 03:54 PM
I can tell already that I will enjoy this thread.

:D

wilas101
11-07-2006, 04:08 PM
The earliest tv show I can remember watching was the 50's version of Rin Tin Tin.

It was before I went to kindergarten so that would have made it probably 73 or so. I remember watching it every morning and then fighting with my mom when she'd try to dress me in shorts because I couldn't play Rin Tin Tin in shorts... cowboys didn't wear shorts.

Archie F. Swin
11-07-2006, 04:20 PM
WIBW, Channel 13 with weatherman Gary Wallace.

Those represent my earliest memories watching television...wow what I wouldn't give to see a clip.

kc rush
11-07-2006, 04:47 PM
Either Speed Racer or Batman (Adam West) reruns.