One of the Plinky prompts was to name my favorite TV shows as a kid. Well, I watched shows from three continents, so lots of you out there should recognize these.
We lived in the Netherlands until I was almost five, and we didn’t have TV. But I remember watching Klaas en Pimpernel (had to search to find the title; I only remembered Klaas) at my grandparents’ house occasionally.
In Australia, the first TV show I ever watched was Skippy the Bush Kangaroo. That was the bee’s knees! Because of watching Skippy, the first thing I ever wanted to be when I grew up was a helicopter pilot.
I also watched lots of cartoons like Bugs Bunny, Yogi Bear, the Flintstones, etc. and a children’s show called The Magic Circle with a woman called Mrs. Flowerpot. And apart from Skippy, I also watched Flipper, Lassie and Rin Tin Tin. But they couldn’t light a candle to Skippy, Skippy, Skippy the bush kangaroo. Skippy, Skippy, Skippy a friend ever true! Okay, I’m getting carried away.
My parents and I also watched the Carol Burnett Show, the Dick Van Dyke Show, I love Lucy, The Beverly Hillbillies and Mc Hale’s Navy. Those are the ones that stand out in my memory. Occasionally I got to watch a Tarzan movie with Johnny Weismuller. Exciting stuff!
Later on I watched Robin Hood with Richard Greene with my parents, and I have to say that, of all the shows I ever watched as a child, that one was and still is my all-time favorite. I found the complete episodes on DVD a year or two back, and I was in heaven watching them all again, and lots I hadn’t seen.
Back in the Netherlands we again didn’t have TV most of the time, but every now and then I got to see De Fabletjeskrant and Pipo de Clown, and later Q en Q. My brother watched Ti Ta Tovenaar, Beertje Colargol en Calimero. As a teenager I watched Monty Python’s Flying Circus and All in the Family with my parents.
But the memories of TV shows in the Netherlands after coming back are a lot less vivid than those of shows watched in Australia before the age of ten. I think everything is more magical when you’re younger.