TV Shows of my Youth

Random 5 Friday is a weekly meme over at A Rural Journal.

Today I want to tell you about the shows I grew up watching!

1. Rescue 911.  Narrated by William Shatner, baby.  Is there something strangely gruesome about three kids who would hustle through baths and into pajamas in time to watch a show reinacting crimes, injuries, and accidents?  We loved it.  And we especially loved the end where Shatner would say, “Next time, on RESCUE ………………………………………… 911.”  The pause was Seacrest-worthy.


2. Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.  I can’t have been the only young girl with a devastating crush on Sully.


3. Square One TV.  My siblings and I didn’t even realize we were being tricked into learning math.  The best part of this show was the last 10-15 minutes, featuring MATHNET, where two mathematicians solved crimes.  (It was like the original NUMB3RS!)  My sibs and I geeked out on MATHNET, pretending to punch details into our fake calculators right along with the investigators, and doing a three-way high-five when we’d solve a crime.  George Frankly was the name of the male investigator.  Over the years, he had two female partners: Kate Monday and Pat Tuesday.  And no, I didn’t have to look any of this up either. 🙂

Bottom left: Pat Tuesday and George Frankly

Bottom left: Pat Tuesday and George Frankly

4. Ghostwriter.  WORD!  “He’s a ghost, and he writes to us.  Ghostwriter.  What a trip!”  Another mystery-solving show, this time featuring a team of kids from the city solving cases with the help of a ghost who could read.  Again, tricked into learning!  Gotta love it!  My sister even carried around a “case book” and wrote to “GW.”


5. Boy Meets World.  Heck yes.  Shawn, Corey, Topanga and gang were featured in the show to watch in junior high and high school.  Did you know that there is a companion series coming out soon called Girl Meets World, featuring Corey and Topanga’s daughter?  Danielle Fishel and Ben Savage are returning!



What were your favorites?

17 thoughts on “TV Shows of my Youth

  1. OK, I feel really old right now. 🙂 I didn’t watch any of these except for Dr. Quinn (I love that show). Sounds like you like a good mystery! When I was little, it was all about Saturday night with All in the Family, The Jeffersons, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, MASH and the Carol Burnette Show.

  2. I had a crush on Sully… I also loved Full House, Christy, Family Matters, Bewitched, and of course I Love Lucy 🙂

  3. Uh, I don’t know any of these shows except Dr Quinn. Must mean I am old! I grew up watching Perry Mason, Columbo, Hawaii 5-0 (the original), Ironside and Lassie. Yep. Lassie was a Sunday night favorite.

  4. I was addicted to television as a child. I read the TV Guide as my personal Bible. Most of what I watched doesn’t bear repeating. By far the best show– perhaps the best TV show ever — was “The Andy Griffith Show.”

  5. Oh my, I’ve heard of Quinn – all the rest of these . . well, for a moment i felt as if i arrived from another planet – nothing, I’ve never seen or even heard of these.

    Wow, where was I?

    That said, it sure sounds like a brilliant childhood.

  6. Boy Meets World!! I used to tell my brother he looked like Ben Savage (because he did) and it would make him so mad! Lol.

    When I was younger I loved the Facts of LIfe, Growing Pains, 21 Jump Street, Twin Peaks and Beverly Hills 90210. Lol.

  7. i never watched any of your picks and some i’ve never even heard of lol…as a kid i loved i love lucy (i’m not old enough to have watched the originals though lol)…bewitched, i dream of jeannie, brady bunch 🙂

    dr quinn always reminds me of that scene in ricky bobby “if we wanted wussies, we would have named them dr quinn and medicine woman” lol

  8. Gosh Jackie, I only know about one of them (Dr Quin) but never saw any of them! Where have I been? lol 🙂

  9. Oh I LOVED Rescue 911! That was a great show. I always remembered this one episode where this kid got his tongue stuck on a metal pole outside in the winter time and they had to send a rescue crew to help him get it unstuck!!! It’s probably not nice to laugh, but honestly, we all thought that was the craziest thing!

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