The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years

In 1988, a television show debuted that quickly won the heart of every baby boomer out there. The Wonder Years followed the daily life of a young boy named Kevin Arnold, who was coming of age during the turbulence of the late 60s. While Kevin struggled with his own adolescence, the nation had it's own challenges - the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, and the liberation of women - and millions tuned in each week to follow the trials and tribulations of this all-American suburban family. Continue reading...

Eerie, Indiana

Eerie, Indiana

Imagine taking the quirkiness of a David Lynch-type series and applying it to a show for kids. The result might look something like Eerie, Indiana, which aired for a single season on NBC in 1991 and followed the adventures of a boy and his best friend who, much to their dismay, live in one of the most bizarre towns imaginable. Continue reading...

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

For kids who had a hunger for the occasional spooky story, the early days of Nickelodeon had something right up their alley, guaranteed to raise a few goosebumps. Debuting in 1992 as part of the SNICK lineup, Are You Afraid of the Dark gathered a group of kids in the dark and desolate woods, to weave tales of the macabre around the time-honored campfire and scare each other silly. Continue reading...

Hong Kong Phooey

Hong Kong Phooey

If there is one quality that all superheroes share, it is their affinity for the alter ego. It is the only thing that allows them a semblance of a normal life, free to hang up the cape for a bit and mingle among the less extraordinary, do some grocery shopping, even try to engage in a bit of romance. And while their occupational choices have ranged from nurse to newspaper reporter, perhaps none has ever set the bar lower than a canine custodian named Penrod Pooch. Continue reading...

TaleSpin

TaleSpin

Way back in 1967, Walt Disney introduced us all to a collection of colorful critters in his animated feature, The Jungle Book. And much to the delight of fans everywhere, these beloved characters would make quite the comeback, some 23 years later, as part of an all-new animated series on the Disney Channel called TaleSpin that left millions of 90s kids, and more than a few of their parents, spellbound. Continue reading...

Bill Nye the Science Guy

Bill Nye the Science Guy

After decades of teaching kids about the ways of science, the 90s saw the Bunsen-burner torch passed from Mr. Wizard to a new guy with his own quirky method for making learning fun, Bill Nye the Science Guy. Reminiscent of that high school science teacher that every kid hoped they would get, his off-kilter (and often high-speed) approach kept the attention of every tyke that ever tuned in. Continue reading...

Growing Pains

Growing Pains

A family-based sitcom is dangerous territory. If the kids annoy, if the writing falls flat, if the family isn't realistic – all can lead to a quick demise. But every once in a while a show like Growing Pains comes along where everything clicks. This 80s series, which would go on to become one of the longest-running and most watched of the decade, had it all – clever humor eliciting unexpected guffaws, a cast of likable characters of all ages, and a clan that never seemed too “Hollywood.” Continue reading...

Thats Incredible

That’s Incredible!

The 70s brought us a number of reality-based talked shows that put the spotlight on individuals will interesting abilities or stories to tell. The first was Real People, which swiftly rose in the ratings and caught the attention of the competitors. In 1980, ABC answered with That's Incredible, a show that focused on those among us with extraordinary abilities. Continue reading...