The TV was always on at our house when I was a kid. Before school, after school, evenings and weekends, I was as happy as a pig in mud when I was watching my favourite shows and funnily enough, not much has changed. Even though my laptop has replaced the TV screen and Netflix is my “channel” of choice, I still love nothing better than huddling under a blanket and losing myself in another world.
While House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black are the shows that rock my grown-up world, the five shows below were some of the childhood faves that made my little square eyes the happiest on the block. I’ll bet you remember them too…
I loved Strawbs SO much and thinking of her now not only makes me feel nostalgic, but bloody HUNGRY! Firstly, Strawberry lived IN a Strawberry Shortcake, was a strawberry farmer, had a cat called Custard and friends with names like Blueberry Muffin, Raspberry Pie and Plum Pudding. Even the “bad guy” – The Peculiar Purple Pie Man, sounded delicious. Yum! A merchandiser’s dream, there were countless Strawberry Shortcake dolls, colouring books, stationery, books and other memorabilia for kids to tantrum over at the shops and lucky me, I had a strawberry-scented (of course) Strawberry Shortcake doll who I loved. Heaps.
Who didn’t want to live in Rainbow Land with a horse (a talking one no less) called Starlight? Seriously, Rainbow Brite was the original Angelina Jolie with all her peace-keeping goodness, protecting the world from “darkness and gloom”. Her mates were the ‘Colour Kids’ with names like Canary Yellow, Red Butler and Shy Violet. If you had a Rainbow Brite doll, you were one lucky kid and if, like Stace, you had a Rainbow Brite costume, well, you were next-level cool.
“If you could live under water, where would you go? If you had friends under water, who would you know?” My God, The Snorks (not to be mistaken with The Smurfs) were my before-school viewing favourite and if I’m not mistaken, had a regular timeslot on that beloved Aussie show, Agro’s Cartoon Connection. Give me a bowl of Coco Pops, a blue and white school uniform and The Snorks and I’m back in ’89. Those were the days…
The year was 1987 and I was in grade three when Ridgey Didge burst onto our screens in the highly competitive after-school time slot – the 4pm golden hour. This show was best watched with a Cottee’s cordial by your side while shoving a packet of BBQ Shapes in your trap. There were a variety of hosts including the dreamy Ashley Paske (remember him?), who were joined by puppets Buzz the Blowfly and Shaun the Sheep. I won’t lie, I cheated on Ridgey Didge with C’mon Kids which was on at the same time on Channel Nine. Flusey.
This clip is so damn good, even just for the acid wash denim.
It was sorta like Full House if Uncle Jessie, Danny Tanner and the rest of the gang were prehistoric dinosaurs. It was SO good because it was this awesome loving family of dinos who lived in a modern 90’s world with all the modern conveniences like cars, televisions and telephones and the best bit was that the humans were caveman who were like pets. BRING IT BACK!!
“Honey, I’m home….”
What was your fave childhood show??