In a previous post we reflected on the fact that our TV viewing habits have changed somewhat since the 1980s, mainly due to the fact that streaming services such as Netflix have made us rather spoilt for choice when it comes to our TV viewing…
But despite having less choice 3 decades ago, we still weren’t short of some brilliant TV shows to watch, and below you can see 12 that will definitely remind you of when you were a kid. How many of these shows do you remember watching? Which was your favourite? And which TV show can you not believe that we haven’t included?
1. Button Moon
Like a bad trip, Button Moon encouraged us to follow a spoon-shaped man to a moon that was actually a button. If you remember, there was also a living hoover on the moon that did the cleaning. It was all rather bizarre but as kids we absolutely lapped it up.
2. Fraggle Rock
My sister, now in her 30s, is still petrified of Fraggle Rock for some reason, was she the only person who found it really scary? To be fair to her, the creatures that lived outside Fraggle Rock’s exit called the ‘Gorgs’ were rather intimidating.
Recently voted the 17th greatest children’s TV show of all time, Jackanory first aired all the way back in 1965, lasted for over 3 decades, and was designed to encourage kids to read books.
4. Jonny Briggs
Jonny Briggs featured the exploits of a young boy (played by Richard Holian), his pet dog Razzle, and his eccentric family members. If we’re honest we don’t remember a great deal about the show itself, but Jonny coming down a slide as the brass band theme tune started up is etched into our memory.
Known as ‘Journey to the West’ in its native Japan, and also often referred to as ‘Monkey Magic’ (which was the name of the theme tune), Monkey was based on the 16th century Chinese novel by Wu Cheng’en, and it originally hit our TV screens from 1978 to 1980.
6. Record Breakers
“Dedication, dedication, dedication, that’s what you need. If you wanna be the best, if you wanna beat the rest, ooo-ooo dedication’s what you need.” Do we need to say any more?
7. Simon And The Witch
The Simon and the Witch TV show was based on a children’s book by Margaret Stuart Barry. Simon was of course a young schoolboy who befriended a real-life witch.
We don’t know about you, but we mainly remember Terrahawks for all the nightmares it gave us! It featured a band of humans who defended the Earth against the evil alien queen Zelda, and she may well have been a puppet, but there was just something about her that still gives us the shivers today.
9. The Krypton Factor
The Krypton Factor was presented by the legend that is Gordon Burns, and it ran from 1977 all the way through to 1995. Were you a fan?
10. Thomas The Tank Engine And Friends
We don’t know if you’ve seen the new computer-generated Thomas and the Tank Engine TV show, but it’s not a patch on the original with its real-life models and Ringo Starr voice-over.
11. Tucker’s Luck
Tucker’s Luck was a Grange Hill spin-off, running from 1983 to 1985 and focussing on the two lead characters Tucker and Alan trying to find work.
12. Worzel Gummidge
You may remember Worzel Gummidge with much fondness, but don’t forget that he used to take his own head off and replace it with another one. For better or worse, you simply do not get anything close to this in children’s TV shows these days!
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