Monday, January 17, 2011

TV Shows from My Childhood

I didn't watch all that much TV growing up; most likely because my parents hated it and so we usually didn't have cable. But whenever my grandpa came to visit they caved and got it because my grandpa has to watch his Jeopardy.
I remember if my parents caught me out of my bed watching TV they would cut the plug off the cord of the TV. Literally take a scissors and snip snip there'd be no cord. By the time I was 15 there was no cord left.

Anywho, those rare times we had TV I would park myself right down in front of it with my bowl of frozen peas (or carrots depending on the show) and soak up the shows like a sunflower in Seattle soaks up the rarely seen sun.

If there was an episode of Scooby-Doo on I was there! I would sit and cuddle with my Golden Retriever and we'd eat carrots together and when I got scared I'd hide in his fur. After awhile though we couldn't help but notice the monsters were never real. So I hid less and less in my dog's fur and I spent more time yelling at Scooby and Shaggy for not realizing the monsters were just people in disguise! Of course the show wasn't just about catching men dressed in costumes, it was also about romance! Now, Fred could never be accused of being subtle about his crush on Daphne; heck even a 6-year-old could tell he had a thing going for her! I mean, could you be any more obvious Fred?? You always go with her when you guys split up! Always! But I loved the show despite Fred's transparency and Scooby and Shaggy's cowardliness.

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"I'm the baby got to love me!" If you know where that quote is from you are clearly almost as awesome as I am. I was really young when Dinosaurs came on but I remember loving it and tormenting my siblings by constantly saying "I'm the baby got to love me"; of course my siblings usually responded with something along the lines of: "no we don't we don't". (It was a love-hate relationship.)

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Remember that show Legends of the Hidden Temple? Yeah, I wanted to be a Blue Barracuda so badly! I would have given anything as a kid to be on that show-- my Tamagotchi, Skip-It, anddd my Flintstones Orange Push Ups, anything! But alas I never did wind up on that delightful show. Except now, I'm kinda happy about that. I managed to catch an episode of it not too long ago and I saw the part where the kids go into the Hidden Temple and then all of the sudden one of the temple guards popped out of nowhere and I screamed like a little baby! Looking back, I don't think I would have been able to handle the suspense of trying to beat the clock and the horror of running into a guard. If one of them had leapt out at me I have a feeling I would have either a)peed my pants or b)punched them in the face. Neither option appeals to me.
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Doo doo doo doo do you have it? Na na na na na na! GUTS! What a great show! I had almost forgotten about it and what a travesty that would have been! That show had everything--knee pads, competition, 90s fashions (or lack thereof), goggles, flashing lights and sound effects--*sigh* those were the days. Although, if you get the chance to look at it now it was just a little much. I have to give props to the host though; he managed to make every challenge seem like it was life-or-death even though of course there were safety nets, harnesses, knee pads (and shoulder pads and elbow pads and helmets, and mouth guards and...) and a bigger safety crew than on most big budget Hollywood action films! I always loved when the kids would get interviewed after a challenge and they'd be all "yeah, it was really hard; there were some moments when I didn't think I'd be able to get over that obstacle but ya know I just kept going!YEAHHHH!" It always cracked me up; they acted like they had just won the Super Bowl! Then again, I highly doubt most kids in our country would have been able to complete any of those challenges. Just another reason why 90s kids are superior!

But that's all for now folks!


  1. OMG!!! I was THE biggest Scooby-Doo fan growing up!!! In fact, I was just telling Jen we really need to watch Ghoul School sometime. One of my favorite Scooby movies. ^_^


    Oh and finally, one of my favorite dog breeds is the golden retriever. I had one pure goldie and one mixed and I still say they were two of the awesomest dogs ever.

  2. AHHHHHH I loved legends of the hidden temple and guts! What that used to be my fav shows! Scooby doo was actually kind of scary so I didn't really watch it lol..but my brother loved it. Now following you! Happy blogging!

  3. finally figured out how to comment on here! lol. omg blast from the past! i lovee all these shows! except i don't remember guts but your description is so funny. and i can't believe you didn't have cable sometimes! that would've been torture for me!

    ps - did you ever see the last episode of the dinosaurs? i looked it up online once and i guess it was like really sad and they died because of an ice age or something? so crazy!

  4. Wow! Thanks for all of the blog love! Woot totally going in my diary tonight hahaha

    Angela: Ghoul School was up there for me for sure! I'm not going to lie though, I like the new Scooby-Doo too! Especially since the characters don't have skin-colored eye balls lol!
    Dinosaurs was rather original and you had to love the family dynamics!
    Goldens are the best!

    Jet-Setting: Thanks for following! Scooby-Doo was wayyy tamer than Legends of the Hidden Temple! Are you crazy!!!??!?

    Rachel: Yay thanks for taking the time to firgure it out and leave a comment! I appreciate it! Honestly, I spent more time reading books instead of watching TV but yeah I enjoyed those shows. Glad you liked the descriptions; I tried to capture the essence of the show haha
    And no I didn't! That's horrific!

  5. My parents didn't get us cable until I was in high school. I spent many night sneaking into their bedroom to watch re-runs of Friends and Mad About You while they were still downstairs. Now I watch TV 8-16 hrs a day (this includes when I'm doing other stuff like commenting on blogs or cooking and whatnot) so looks like their attempt to keep me from watching TV so much backfired. Maybe they shouldn't have yelled at me for staying up with a flash-light reading when I was really little.

  6. @Me: I'm glad I'm a starving college student and can't afford cable or I would most likely be in the same boat!
    Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment!

  7. I'd forgotten about Dinosaurs but my sisters and I watched it regularly. And I remember always wanting to punch that baby! :)

    Also, I would've done anything to be on Legends of the Hiddent Temple. I also know that I would've never made it far. I would've kicked a guard in the balls.