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Part 5 – When We Were Young! [5]

Let me know below what your favourite TV shows were for you when you were young.

Here’s the next 10 from our list. 

Let me know below which were your favourites…

38 – Star Trek – The Original Series – 1966 – 1969 – 3 Seasons –  79 Episodes

James T Kirk, who is the captain of the Starship Enterprise, explores the whole galaxy with his crew and goes on several adventures as they fight evil forces together.

39 – Top Cat – 1961 – 1962 – 1 Seasons –  30 Episodes

Life in a New York alley was never as much fun as in this 1961 animated series that follows the many get-rich-quick schemes of a band of streetwise felines. Top Cat, a clever hustler whose close friends get to call him TC, leads his faithful followers Benny the Ball, Choo Choo, Brain, Fancy-Fancy and Spook in assorted scams, gambling activities and harebrained stunts, all in the pursuit of a fast dollar. Keeping an eye on things is Officer Dibble, a beat cop who has his hands full trying to break up TC’s shenanigans.

40 – Atom Ant – 1965 – 1966 – 1 Seasons –  UnK Episodes

“Up and at ’em, Atom Ant!” So goes the battle cry and theme song for Hanna-Barbera’s tiny titan of justice, who first appeared on TV screens in 1965 in a show alongside another animated crime-fighting animal, Secret Squirrel. Blessed with amazing strength, super speed and the power of flight, Atom Ant would spring into action and lend a hand in cases that were just too tough for regular law enforcement to handle. Recurring villains pestering the atomic-powered insect included Ferocious Flea and Dr. Von Gimmick.

41 – Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea – 1964 – 1968 – 4 Seasons –  110 Episodes

Admiral Harriman Nelson and his crew of the nuclear submarine USOS Seaview faces several adversaries during a mission to save the planet.

42 – The Flintstones – 1960 – 1966 – 6 Seasons –  166 Episodes

The Flintstones were the modern Stone Age family. Residing in Bedrock, Fred Flintstone worked an unsatisfying quarry job, but returned home to lovely wife Wilma and eventually daughter Pebbles. Fred, a big fan of golf and bowling, also enjoyed bullying neighbor Barney Rubble, while Barney’s saucy wife Betty was best friends with Wilma. During the show’s run, Barney and Betty would adopt an unnaturally strong son, Bamm-Bamm, who would become friends with little Pebbles. “The Flintstones,” heavily inspired by “The Honeymooners,” convinced a generation of children that dinosaurs and humans occupied the planet at the same time.

43 – Blue Peter – 1958 – Present – Many Seasons –  – Episodes

Blue Peter is a British children’s television programme that was first broadcast in 1958. The programme, which has had continuous seasons since it was first aired, is now the longest-running children’s TV show in the world.  It was broadcast mainly from BBC Television Centre in London until September 2011, when the programme moved North to MediaCityUK in Salford, Greater Manchester. It is currently shown live on the CBBC television channel.

44 – Joe 90 – 1968 – 1969 – 1 Seasons –  30 Episodes

Joe 90 is a British science-fiction television series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and filmed by their production company, Century 21, for ITC Entertainment. It follows the exploits of nine-year-old schoolboy Joe McClaine, who becomes a spy after his adoptive father invents a device capable of recording expert knowledge and experience and transferring it to another human brain. Armed with the skills of the world’s top academic and military minds, Joe is recruited by the World Intelligence Network (WIN) as its “Most Special Agent”.

45 – Animal Magic – 1962 – 1983 – 21 Seasons –  – Episodes

Animal Magic is a BBC children’s television series which ran from 1962 to 1983 from BBC Bristol. It began fortnightly and was transmitted weekly from 1964. The presenter was Johnny Morris. The show combined jovial voiceovers applied to various animals from Bristol Zoo with some basic educational features.

46 – Biggles – 1960 – 1960 – 1 Seasons –  44 Episodes

Biggles was a 1960s television series based on the Biggles series of books by W.E. Johns. Neville Whiting played the title role. There were 44 black and white episodes of 30 minutes (including adverts), which were made by Granada Television and ran from 1 April till 12 October 1960. Biggles was a Detective Air Inspector attached to Scotland Yard. Helping him was Ginger (John Leyton) and Bertie (David Drummond) and they fought against villains like von Stalhein (Carl Duering). Aimed at a younger audience there was plenty of action, excitement, death traps and even some flying with each adventure ending in a cliff hanger with the viewers told to tune in next week for more daring adventures.

47 – Clangers – 1969 – 1972 – 5 Seasons –  150 Episodes

Follow the Clangers as they live on their planet in outer space.


Well there we go, that’s part five of ten, now tell us, which are your favourites from this line up, or are these new to you …………. really??

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19 thoughts on “Theme Times – When We Were Young!

  1. I watched some Flintstones and a lot of the original Star Trek. None of the others. Back then, I really enjoyed game shows. Truth or Consequences was a big fave. Match Game. Hollywood Squares.

    1. I don’t know any of the game shows you mention – but we had similiar ones in the UK in the mid to later 80’s – and even something in Australia in the early 70’s 🙂

  2. Star Trek and The Flinstones. I’ve never heard of most of the others.
    We didn’t always have a working television also. My mom was on welfare, we had zero money for luxury items.

    1. Suze saw some of those in the UK, l saw some in Australia – l never saw Star Trek until the 80’s and in truth didn’t like the old ones but love the new films.

      Grew up on the Flintstones, love TC of Top Cat, was enthralled with Voyage, Blue Peter didn’t catch until the 80’s, loved Animal Magic in the early 70’s and even today still don’t get what Suze loved about the Clangers 🙂

  3. We loved Star Trek! Watched it from the very beginning to the last and still talk about some of our favorite episodes. We also watched The Flintstones and probably all of the TV Programs shown in the video above at one time or another.

    TV and the Library were our only form of entertainment. On special TV nights, I often made a double recipe of peanut butter fudge and a paper grocery bag full of popped corn. Everyone was allowed to eat all they wanted! 😁Of course, in those days, we didn’t know how bad sugar is for a person, so that was a real treat!

    Don’t remember any of the other programs, though my children might. It sure was fun looking at the clips from these old shows, Rory! 😃 Thanks for making it possible!

    1. Hey Betty – none of us knew back then how bad sugar was ..but hey, that was then, this is now – there is a point to history – we learn from it – thanks for sharing family life 🙂

    1. It’s astonishing how many loved Star Trek – l liked it but not as much as others – but l think that may have been due to Australia not showing ST at the right age for me when young, l grew up especially in Oz with Skippy ha ha and the STrek was viewed later 70’s early 80’s when l was already starting to move into and onto differfent interest pastures.

      Top Cat – well TC and Bennie Rocked!!

      1. I think it’s more the happy memories that go with it than the show itself. I really love Star Wars but of course it’s not a tv thing 🙃

        1. Wow, a Star Warsie as well – are you big on the sci fi genre? I watched the original three SW’s but since then l am lost and lost interest, coming , going, backwards, forwards … uhuh … 🙂

          1. Um, not as much as you’d think. I don’t go in for sci-fi specifically. The first three are my favorites too. Sometimes I think there’s an enchantment to the timing of a song or movie or book as much as the thing itself. When you experienced it for the first time. I recall loving the music of that first Star Wars. I still have that original album. It felt as big as the universe itself to me.

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