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What was the very first television programme you enjoyed?

Asked by flutherother (21331 points ) August 19th, 2010

Television for better or worse is a large part of most people’s lives and we can feel a real nostalgia for some of the programmes we saw as kids. What TV shows do you remember seeing?

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Frankie's avatar

Probably Sesame Street.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. I can’t remember the host’s name, the other guy that did all the work was Jim.

muppetish's avatar

I love this question. I grew up on Muppets and Jim Henson is a hero of mine. The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, and Sesame Street – my trifecta of puppetry brilliance ;)

Other show I was fond of… The Adventures of Pete and Pete (highly recommend this Nickelodeon show for anyone who missed it in the early 90s – it is one of those rare gems that still holds well today), Bill Nye the Science Guy, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (“Heyy Rocky! Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!” / “Again?!”)...

I’ll stop for now and let others chat :) I could go on forever as I’m still a kid at heart.

JilltheTooth's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe : Marlin Perkins?
For me, Mickey Mouse Club and Ed Sullivan

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@JilltheTooth Yes! He sat in the blind with a martini while Jim wrestled the anaconda.

marinelife's avatar

Mostly, The Wonderful World of Disney. Great stories, lovable characters.

Austinlad's avatar

For me, that’s going way, way back when I was Austinkid and TV was brand new—we were the first in our neighborhood to have a set—but I remember wrestling, cowboys, early sitcoms (migrated from radio) that predated even Lucy, Kate Smith, and my favorite, which came along in the early ‘50s… THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN with George Reeves.

ucme's avatar

Benny Hill, I was breast fed so what’s a kid gonna do :¬¨)

flutherother's avatar

The first television serial I remember watching was Whirlybirds about a couple of helicopter pilots who ended up rescuing somebody or other most weeks. I thought it was great.

mrentropy's avatar

Sesame Street and Wild Kingdom. Also, that Disney show that was on that I can’t remember the name of.

row4food's avatar

Fraggle Rock!

ragingloli's avatar

Unser Sandm√§nnchen. Proper children’s television.

BratLady's avatar

The first I remember enjoying was The Little Rascals. Watched Grand Ol’ Opry with grandma and The Bolo’s on wrestling with grandpa. Thought they were rich when they got a TV.

Austinlad's avatar

Easy to see our wide range of ages on this thread.

BratLady's avatar

Austinlad- looks like you and I are a little older than most answering so far.

Jude's avatar

Friendly Giant (Canadian show)

Frenchfry's avatar

Well it was probably Bugs Bunny cartoon. I think..

JilltheTooth's avatar

@BratLady : Well, I think @Austinlad ‘s got me beat, but not by much! Here’s to the old Black and White days!

Jude's avatar

Here he is.

Austinlad's avatar

@BratLady and @JilltheTooth, oh for a time machine…

muppetish's avatar

Oh! I just remembered! One of my oldest memories is watching The Andy Griffith Show at my aunt’s house. I can often be heard whistling the theme wherever I go :) The Twilight Zone, Mystery Science Theater 3000 and PeeWee’s Playhouse were favourites when I was a bit older, but still a kid.

I was also convinced that Sailor Moon and Power Rangers were amazing. I do not maintain these sentiments today and am hesitant to mention it to others.

rooeytoo's avatar

I am old, heheheh, Howdy Doody was the go for me!!!

NaturallyMe's avatar

I don’t know, but apparently i loved the Muppets (with Kermit the frog and Miss Piggy or something?). I don’t remember watching that at all really.

JilltheTooth's avatar

@rooeytoo : Why yes, yes you are!

Seaofclouds's avatar

Zoobilee Zoo
The Care Bears
The Smurfs
The Snorks
Fraggle Rock
Mister Rogers
Reading Rainbow

muppetish's avatar

An English professor of mine classified the heroes of literature into two categories: Hefty Smurf and Handy Smurf :) We were thankful for the comparison we could relate to (my personal favourite was Jokey Smurf, voiced by June Foray – a lady after my heart.)

I also watched Care Bears and Snorks in the mornings. And My Little Pony (Tales and Friends.) I was practically raised by the telly, for better or worse.

perspicacious's avatar

I remember Captain Carl, Captain Kangaroo, and Howdy Doody (barely).

Frenchfry's avatar

Captain Kangarooo! Mr Green Jeans… Oh! Yes.

perspicacious's avatar

@Frenchfry Yes, we loved our Mr. Green Jeans!!!!!!!!!

charliecompany34's avatar

the price is right and let’s make a deal.

mrentropy's avatar

Actually, now that @charliecompany34 mentioned it… I was kind of forced to watch Jack La Lane (or whoever it’s spelled). That may be my earliest memory of watching TV, but I didn’t enjoy it that much.

Frenchfry's avatar

I remember my parents making me watch the Lawerence Welk show.

muppetish's avatar

@charliecompany34 My brother was a Game Show kid :) He especially loved The Price is Right and Press Your Luck.

Has anyone here seen What’s My Line? I ran a marathon of clips from the show on YouTube. It’s amazing how many stars they had on the show… I especially enjoyed seeing Vincent Price, Groucho Marx, and Lucille Ball.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Tom Terrific, Mighty Mouse, Captain Kangaroo, Howdy Doody, Roy Rogers,
Sky King, Friendly Giant

Frenchfry's avatar

@Dr_Lawrence Awww Might mouse. I remember that one.

row4food's avatar

Now I’m remembering watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Captain Planet, and Inspector Gadget with my cousins.

Leanne1986's avatar

Rosie and Jim according to my mum.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

The Banana Splits

HungryGuy's avatar

Fraggle Rock
You Can’t Do That On Television
The Tomorrow People

Nullo's avatar

I can’t remember the first, but I do remember enjoying several in more or less the same timeframe: Sonic The Hedgehog, that show with the Super Mario Brothers, Sesame Street, TMNT, Power Rangers (the old (first?) one), Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, Reading Rainbow.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

The very first TV show I can remember seeing is Romper Room with Miss Julie, her magic mirror, being a do-bee, and the Susie Snowflake song. I remember this even before the Micky Mouse Club, Bozo, and Captain Kangaroo. In fact, I think I was still in diapers.

mrentropy's avatar

Oh yeah. I forgot about Romper Room. And the CIA spy mirror.

aLittleBit's avatar

Wonderama. It aired on Sunday Mornings and seemed to last for hours.I wanted to be on the show. I wanted to compete in the dance contest. The show was filmed in New York, though, and I lived in Los Angeles.
I also loved Hobo Kelley, Romper Room, Love American Style,The Carol Burnett Show, The Three Stooges, and The Little Rascals. The list goes on. I’ll stop here, though.

comity's avatar

I remember my family was the first to have a TV set in the apartment house we lived in. Neighbors came to watch Milton Berle, and my parents would serve drinks and snacks.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@comity Check out Little Rascals. Filmed in Ithaca.

comity's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Will do! Interesting!

Yetanotheruser's avatar

@rooeytoo Sounds like we’re from the same era. I remember Mama listening to the soaps on the radio, and then several years watching them on TV. (pun intended, although most here will probably not get it) I also was a big fan of Howdy Doody. I remember the big deal when the show was broadcast in color and black-and-white.

@muppetish, I remember Groucho as a game show host on “You Bet Your Life!”
Say the secret word and you win $50. It’s a common word, something you use every day!

rooeytoo's avatar

@Yetanotheruser – I just checked your profile and yup, we are of the same vintage! ;-)

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

@Dr_Lawrence I was too young to remember Howdy Doody, but I do remember Sky King, Captain Kangaroo, Mighty Mouse, and Roy Rogers. Also Bozo, Romper Room, The Micky Mouse Club, Lassie, and my heartthrob, Powwow the Indian Boy.

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