We spend a lot of time talking about all of the cartoons that filled the Saturday morning lineup of our youth, but today we thought we would focus on those wonderful live-action shows that we grew up with and were equally beloved. Some offered strange creatures in costume, others offered ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. Today, we want to know what your favorites were, and why. And just to be helpful, we’ll even offer up a selection of live-action “blasts-from-the-past” to get your brain cells working.
First up, we travel back to 1969, and the wonderful minds of Sid and Marty Krofft, who created the beloved series, H.R. Pufnstuf. This psychedelically laced adventure about a boy shipwrecked on a mysterious island offered a selection of colorful characters that still resonate in the memories of so many of us. Let’s take a look:
Next, we really travel back in time, to visit the Marshall family, who fell through a time portal and found themselves amongst dangerous dinosaurs in the 1974 series, Land of the Lost. Each week, we tuned in to see what new prehistoric perils Rick, Will, Holly and their helpful friend, Cha-Ka, would face.
Moving along into the 80s, few live-action shows were as unique and captivating as Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. Masterminded by comedian Paul Reubens, millions tuned in each week to watch Pee-Wee converse with his friends, such as Chairry, the talking chair, and learn the secret word of the week.
And finally, let’s travel to Bayside High to visit Zack, Slater, Kelly and Screech, in the Saturday morning sitcom, Saved by the Bell. So popular was this show, it inspired two spin-off series, two TV movies, and even a comic book.
So, we’ve give you some of our suggestions, but any show is fair game. Perhaps you preferred superhero shows like Shazam!, or variety shows like The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Comedy Show. Maybe you even liked to get more bank for your viewing buck by settling into a smorgasbord of live-action on The Krofft Supershow. In our comments section, tell us which is your favorite live-action show from the Saturday mornings of your childhood, and be sure to share why they were your favorites!