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A look back to the future...

Captain Kangaroo, Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers, and The Electric Company? Or how about waking up as early as you could to view the adventures of Mighty Mouse? What about warming up your eyes to early Sunday morning cartoons? 'Toons such as The Groovy Ghoulies, Drak Pack, or The Robonic Stooges? A Sunday morning may have also included clips from the Skate Birds, The Magic Door, HR Puff 'n Stuff or maybe even Dirty Dragon's Gigglesnort Hotel--that odd little show which took place in a unbelievably tall hotel steered by an old captain living in the penthouse and powered by a dragon who kept the broiler working in the basement. Nothing ring a bell yet? How about the good 'ol afternoon agenda? We start the line up watching Tom & Jerry or Bugs Bunny. Then things got real with G-FORCE! And as I recall it, the totally uncool alternative was the Mickey Mouse Club or the Banana Splits (I personally always loathed the perpetually happy Brady Bunch). Of course there is one show so renowned for wasting precious time that it warrants its own sentence: GILIGAN'S ISLAND!! But only after you were forced to do homework (yechk!) which mainly consisted of Dick & Jane math problems and Focus on Phonics workbooks, you probably gobbled you dinner so that you could catch the shows like: Eight is Enough, Charlie's Angels, The Incredible Hulk, Three's Company, Alice, and on those late saturday nights...Solid Gold and Saturday Night Live. Times have changed and our tastes matured. Soon we watched Tom & Jerry and only did it when no one was around. Also, the peak for Captain Kangaroo, Mr. Rogers, Sesame Street, and The Electric Company (even with Spiderman and Letterman in it,) soon ebbed. Prime time was the only time worth viewing now, even though G-FORCE and Giligan's Island still held a place in our hearts. Other afternoon time busters were, Happy Days, Lavern & Shirley, the Partridge family, and Muppets. The shows on the "Hip List" were now The Greatest American Hero, The A-Team, Magnum PI, Knight Rider, AutoMan, Manimal, Voyagers, C.H.I.P.s and Hill Street Blues or The Six Million Dollar Man. For those who still craved the entertainment in the afternoon, there were nifty little shows that you could watch. These little treats came in the forms of cartoons or people performing the same as if they thought they were in a cartoon. Shows with labels such as Gi-Joe, Transformers, He-Man, She-ra, Jem and the Holograms, The GhostBusters (complete impostors,) The Real Ghostbusters, Superman, Wonder Woman (It was a wonder that her costume got passed for T.V.,) Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, and last but no least, Smurfs--those lovable creatures you just hoped Gargamel would get. All in all, tastes vary when it comes to television. I know the list of shows here is far from comprehensive but I was curious what shows you remember from your childhood? If any of these tickled that nostalgic nerve or sparked a memory of a show not mentioned here and long forgotten, please share it in the comments below.

Until next time, this is Mork signing out with love from Mindy....Nanu-Nanu!


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