My Favorite TV Shows from Childhood

Why is this here? Well, I was inspired to put this list together after JakeSully over at the Technodrome Forums posted a huge, impressive list of all his favorite TV shows from when he was a kid. So I thought it would be great to have a permanent place to list all of mine, both for nostalgia and posterity. Because the older I get the harder it is to remember all of the awesome things that defined my childhood.*

Eventually I’ll get around to updating this page with anecdotes, video clips, captures, theme songs and other nostalgic goodness, but for now just the list will have to do:

Favorite Cartoons:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Batman: The Animated Series
Captain N: The Game Master
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show
Sailor Moon
Masters of the Universe
Tiny Toons
Garfield and Friends
Muppet Babies
Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors
Prince Valiant
Ren & Stimpy

Favorite “Filler” Cartoons:

(Explainer: These were the shows I didn’t necessarily make an effort to watch, but I enjoyed them in between the shows I really tuned in for.)

Eek! The Cat
Bobby’s World
The Tick
Denver the last Dinosaur
Grimm’s Fairy Tale Classics
Camp Candy
Captain Planet and the Planeteers
David the Gnome
Police Academy

Favorite Live-Action Kid’s Shows:

Sesame Street
Fraggle Rock
Punky Brewster
Out of this World
Saved by the Bell
Pee Wee’s Playhouse
Are you Afraid of the Dark?
Mr. Wizard
Eureeka’s Castle
You Can’t Do that on Television
Legends of the Hidden Temple
Wake, Rattle and Roll
Reading Rainbow
Shelley Duvall’s Fairy Tale Theater
Today’s Special
My Secret Identity
Hey Dude
The Worst Witch (the HBO series + the original made-for-TV movie starring Fairuza Balk & Tim Curry)
Mr. Rogers Neighborhood
Shining Time Station
The Elephant Show

Favorite Sitcoms:

Three’s Company
Full House
Who’s the Boss?
Family Ties
Married with Children
Small Wonder
The Wonder Years
Just the Ten of Us
Herman’s Head
The Golden Girls
Mr. Belvedere
Kate & Allie
My Two Dads

Favorite TV Dramas:

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Beauty and the Beast
Rags to Riches
Forever Knight
21 Jump Street
Doogie Howser
Life Goes On
Amazing Stories

Favorite Game Shows:

The Price is Right
Shop ‘Till You Drop
Legends of the Hidden Temple
Finders Keepers
Nick Arcade
Double Dare

Favorite “Forbidden” Shows:

(Or the shows I wasn’t technically allowed to watch but I did anyway!)

Tales from the Crypt
Freddy’s Nightmares
Tales from the Darkside
Dream On
Twin Peaks
The Tracy Ullman Show
Studs (my older sister and I would sneak & stay up late to watch this hilarious dating show on Fox)

*I’m sure I’m forgetting stuff. I’ll update this list as I think of more.