Memorial Day Open Thread: Television of Our Youth
Contrary to popular belief, we authors here at TPV do take and value input from our amazing community. For example, there was a recent suggestion to have an open thread where we share our favorite childhood television programs.
Well, ask and ye shall receive!
Now, I’ll admit I’m one of the youngins here so my selected shows probably don’t mirror many of yours. However, I’m proud to share my generational perspective and I am more than excited to see all the programs that shaped you all as well. Hence the joy and beauty of an inter-generational community; there’s always something new to learn and experience.
Here is my timeline from 1988-2003. Feel free to share your favorites in the comments below. And, as always, take care of yourself and your loved ones over this extended holiday weekend.
Show 1: Transformers. What better way to settle down a rambunctious four-year-old than to have him sit in front of a television screen and watch transforming robots from the planet Cybertron battle for control of Earth? And yes, I am bitter at Michael Bay for totally destroying the franchise for the newest generation of America’s youth.
Show 2: Ghostwriter. God bless PBS. What better way to instill curiosity in a youngster than to have him or her watch a show about a mystery-solving spirit? For the record, despite meticulous notes and numerous suspects in my second-grade notebook, I could not solve the case of the missing class turtle.
Show 3: Saved by the Bell. Oh, Kelly Kapowski. Every boy’s childhood crush that would eventually lead him to idolize cheerleaders for the duration of his adolescence. I fondly remember being Zach to my fourth-grade crush’s Kelly on the elementary school playground and I know for a fact I wasn’t the only one who took on this role.
Show 4: Boy Meets World. Ah, middle school. The epitome of awkwardness. Had it not been for my real life bff Nancy, I would not have survived the 7th grade. Fortunately, the character of Cory Matthews on the show was my spirit animal; a socially awkward middle schooler who survived solely because he had the support of a best friend. Life often imitates art and for me, Boy Meets World and its characters pretty much nailed my middle and high school experience.
Show 5: The Simpsons. As I finally grew out of (most of) my awkwardness, I began to find that humor was a great way to make friends and influence people. And so, The Simpsons became my go-to source for comedic material. My Homer Angry Fist still to this day gets a chuckle out of those who know me. God bless Matt Groening and his amazing team of writers throughout the years for creating an iconic and, more importantly, quotable television program.
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