Week 22 - Kid Shows
Being a stay at home aunt has been an interesting experience for me. My husband and I had been alone for years and it'd been a long time since I'd seen any kids shows. They sure aren't what I remember them being so this week we're going to see what's what in the world of kids!!
1. When you were a kid what was (or is if you're still a kid LOL) your favorite show?
I loved the SuperFriends. And let's not forget that 80's classic Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. Also, my all-time favorite TV show is Doctor Who, which in the UK where it's produced is considered a "children's" show. But I didn't find Doctor Who until my teenage years.
2. What is the silliest kids show you've ever seen? (You can use stupidest, most outrageous, worst, etc if you prefer!)
I've been re-introduced to children's shows, thanks to my eight plus years of being Uncle Michael. Gracelyn, my niece, is really into the Elmo and the Wiggles. I had no clue who the Wiggles were until baby-sitting her one day and we watched a DVD of them. They're cute, but they could get obnoxious really fast. I still think the best children's shows are Sesame Street and The Electric Company. I used to love those as well. As for the worst, I'd have to say just about any of the current shows today that are nothing but a running advertisement for some type of new toy. Of course, we had those in my day as well--He-Man, anyone?
3. If you could be any character in a kids show (past or present) who would you be? Why?
I think it'd be cool to be the Doctor from Doctor Who....travelling through time and space with attractive female assistants...how can that be bad?
~Bonus~ This one is kind of for the adults and parents out there. Do you feel kids shows have changed for the better or worse since you were a kid?
Honestly, I think the overall quality has gone down. For every brilliant Batman: The Animated Series, there is a wealth of just pure
drek dren like Pokemon or Power Rangers. Yes, my generation had shows designed to sell toys like Transformers or G.I. Joe, but at least they tried to have some semblance of a plot. And, at least, we had classic Looney Toons stuff repeated so we could see what good animation and humor was. I worry about the kids of today growing up without getting to see the classics of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, etc. And say what you will about Doctor Who, but at least it tried to be "family" viewing--offering a chance for kids and adults to enjoy it. It worked on a couple of levels. Honestly, Ican't see myself willingly sitting down to watch Pokemon or some of the tother shows targeted at kids these days.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 9/08/2004 09:14:00 AM