Being a kid is great. No responsibility, no impending deadlines – just hours and hours of great quality telly. Thinking back, it’s a surprise that we don’t all have square eyes… Anyway! Here are 10 of the best kids shows that kept us fixated on our old fuzzy TVs.
We love little Noddy, but we can’t help but wonder – is his friend really called Big Ears? Or is Noddy just being mean? With that cute red and yellow car and those charming doll cheeks, we’re opting for the former. Noddy couldn’t be mean if he tried!
The lovable and saggy cloth cat first appeared in a shop window in 1974. He might have been left on the shelf, but Emily (who owned the shop) loved him dearly. And so did we! You can even buy a Bagpuss wheat bag these days, but we’d advise against it. As nice as a warm cuddly Bagpuss is, watching him slowly rotate in the microwave is far too distressing.
We, like, totally love The Magic Roundabout, dude. It’s far out! And hey, did you know that Dougal was supposedly based on British comedian Tony Hancock? Or that the guitar-playing rabbit Dylan was based on folk troubadour Bob Dylan? Woah.
Yohoho! The Captain sailed the high seas in the infamous pirate ship The Black Pig, seeking adventure and treasure. Our favourite character has to be Cut Throat Jake, who paraded around with a massive black beard and a ‘shiver me timbers’ accent. Yarrr matey. Splice the main brace! What a guy.
Rainbow was ITV's longest-running show for pre-schoolers. In the show the puppets, George, (a camp pink hippo), Zippy (essentially a rugby ball with a zip) and Bungle (a clumsy brown furry bear) all lived together in perfect harmony. There’s a message there for all of us!
You knew The Simpsons would be in here somewhere! Homer and family have survived digs from President Bush and moral groups complaining about disrespectful attitudes to become the longest running animated series in the US. And with good reason. Barely a day goes by that we don’t quote Homer or one of his neighbours to our friends. Sometimes without even meaning to…
This Saturday morning show kicked off all the shows that followed - Saturday Superstore, Going Live, and Live and Kicking. But only here, with beardy Noel and a chubby Keith Chegwin, could you swap a xylophone for a Barbie doll. We’ve always wanted to see this brought back – but with Noel Gallagher in place of Edmunds!
We have a confession. We’re Teletubbies fans. We can’t help it. There’s just something adorable about those fuzzy, television-stomached space creatures. It’s not just us either – Teletubbies was a big hit with both toddlers and lecture-avoiding university students. All together now! Tinkywinky…
Retina-scorching shirts, comedy glasses, and of course, giant pink foam mallets. Wacaday launched Timmy Mallett to superstardom in the 80s, thanks to the high-energy wackiness of this popular kids’ show.
This anarchic Saturday morning ITV show launched the careers of Chris Tarrant and Lenny Henry. They invented mass gunking and condensed milk sandwiches. What more could you want from a Saturday morning? Oh, and we should mention – don’t try this at home kids!
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