We didn’t get a whole lot of television channels when I was growing up way back in the 1970s (yes, I really am THAT old!), but my early childhood favourite TV shows included Sesame Street, Mr. Dressup, The Friendly Giant, Little House on the Prairie, Gilligan’s Island, and The Brady Bunch.
Some random thoughts about Sesame Street (which I warn you may be Canadian-centric!) and some of the other TV shows that enthralled me as a child…
I remember one particular episode of Sesame Street where Mr. Hooper‘s store caught fire. I couldn’t get to sleep that night, afraid that our house might catch fire too! Of course my parents were quick to reassure me that I was safe, and after a time I was able to put the fear out of my mind. I think that episode was the only one that caused me any worry, and in retrospect it probably instilled in me a healthy caution and some knowledge of fire safety, even as a wee child.
Thinking back, I credit my love for learning French with the early exposure I had to the language on Sesame Street. What a great time to start learning another language and being exposed to another culture within my own country… so much easier than being introduced to it all for the first time as an adult.
As a child, before I knew how to tell time for real, I used to have my own sense of it from my favourite TV shows. If we were on a trip and I asked my parents how long it would be until we got there, they would put it into words I understood, for example, “We’ll be there in one Sesame Street (1 hour), one Mr. Dressup (30 minutes), and one Friendly Giant (15 minutes).” Brilliant, don’t you think?!
I love that Sesame Street is so widespread throughout North America and, now that it’s some 46 years old, has touched pretty well every generation alive today. Even if you didn’t watch the show, chances are your children or grandchildren did.
I realize just how much that show means to me, and am grateful for all the fond and happy memories I have surrounding it. Thank you, Sesame Street, for being a part of my life!
What were your favourite childhood TV shows?