What is your favourite children’s TV show?


I loved them when I was 4 and I love them now I’m 40.

In my youth it was Scooby Doo (and before that no good chancer Scrappy came on the scene), Danger Mouse, Trap Door , Count Duckula and the brilliant Hair Bear Bunch.

I loved Mr Ben, Top Cat (my nickname at school as those are my initials), The Muppets and does anyone remember Battle of the Planets and Thundercats?

Now my children love Spongebob, The Simpsons, Ben 10, The Justice League – and I sit and watch them all (although I do draw the line at Barney).

My son loves the ‘old stuff’ too and would list among his favourites Hong Kong Phooey, Inspector Gadget and the utterly barmy Rocky and Bullwinkle (but obviously not the totally pants movie they made of it, which is better left forgotten).

And watching toons is clearly stimulating their young brains as my 3-year-old daughter now counts from 1 to 10 clearly and concisely – in Spanish.

Totally self taught, and all from watching Dora the Explorer.
I nearly fell over when she sat there at the dinner table and counted the number of carrots on her plate in Spanish!

So I ask you, what were your favourite children’s TV shows when you were growing up and what do you (cough, cough)/your children watch now?

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19 Responses to What is your favourite children’s TV show?

  1. Sparx says:

    We weren't allowed to watch enough TV to develop favourites. My son however is not so fortunate. Currently his favourites are Peppa Pig, Pocoyo, Rupert the Bear and the Simpsons. He's two. I need to get him out more…

  2. Heh, heh, I have got a memory…She-ra, He-Man, Rainbow Brite, The Get Along Gang, Smurfs, Snorks, the Archies, Captain America and the Justice League, Spiderman, yeah, this goes on for a while…Now, I watch Imagination Movers with my toddler and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Dora is seldom (but recognized) and so is Blue's Clues. I DO still watch cartoons like the Simpsons and Family Guy. (I have issues.)

  3. Blogger Dad says:

    I loved UnderDog and any 70's cartoon with superheroes – Spiderman, The Avengers, The Hulk, Iron Man, Super Friends, Thor, Captain America and even the Sub Mariner, though he wasn't a whole lotta' fun. Also loved The Jetsons and The Flinstones.In later years, Smurfs and Voltron were cool. Well, Smurfs wasn't cool, but I watched it.My son likes Jack's big Music Show and Blues Clues.

  4. Working mum says:

    Hair Bear Bunch! Yes! Hong Kong Phooey! Yes! I loved Bagpuss, too.Daughter is getting a DVD of Ivor the Engine for Christmas – I can't wait!Now I like Charlie and Lola, Nina and the Neurons, Space Pirates, Carrie and David's Popshop …… Oops, too much CBeebies.

  5. Vodka Mom says:

    I LOVED the Flinstones, The Jetsons; Underdog; Mighty Mouse; Hr Puffinstuff!!!Do you remember ANY of those??????

  6. Laura says:

    My favourites were Bagpuss, Pink Panther, She-Ra, He-Man, Mr Ben, Pigeon Street, Inspector Gadget, Dungeons & Dragons … god I could go on for hours!The kids favourites are Peppa Pig, Charlie & Lola, Pink Panther, Inspector Gadget, Tom & Jerry, The Back Yardigans, Kerwhizz and Lazytown.I love Boomerang as they show all the old stuff which I have started too introduce to my kids.

  7. DCUrbanDad says:

    Man this is bringing me back. I loved Captain Caveman, Spiderman, The Hulk, The Justice League, GI Joe, Transformers and He-Man. Inspector Gadget also rocked.Why don't they make them like that?

  8. Potty Mummy says:

    Like Sparx tv was limited, but Dangermouse was up there at the top. Now, well it would have to be Monkey Business. Not officially a kids programme, but my kids don't know that…

  9. Tony says:

    The only cartoon I can remember watching as a kid was Scooby Doo. I watch more cartoons now than I did as a kid. Now, I like to watch The Family Guy, The Simpsons, and Robotchicken (which really isn't a cartoon a stop animation)The kids like Ben 10, Johnny Test, Chowder, Charlie and Lola, and of course my niece loves both the movies and the animated series of Hellboy.

  10. Oooh, The Flumps and Button Moon! And Playschool and Scooby Doo. Dangermouse. Thundercats. Tom and Jerry although my favourite was always Daffy Duck. Smurfs…..Captain Caveman, Rentaghost, Wacky Races…..ah, it's all coming back to me now.Mac loves all the Tom and Jerry's but prefers Roadrunner….Blues Clues was a favourite but Charlie and Lola is a favourite as is Dexter's Laboratory. Boomerang is one of our "favourites"…….

  11. Tara says:

    You guys are all just brilliant – did we all just watch the same shows when we were young or did we have impeccable taste even back then!@Sparx: Peppa Pig is just genius. I sometimes think that show was made for adults and not children at all!@Sprite's Keeper: She-ra and He-Man, wow yes, totally forgot about them. I hear they are remaking the He-man movie too. A couple of those though, did you make up? The Get Along Gang? Snorks? Nowt wrong with liking The Simpsons and Family Guy (which is just brilliant and yet shown and some ridiculous time on the TV in England, like 11pm)@Blogger Dad: "any 70's cartoon with superheroes" – you are such a nerd and always have been! Does this mean you are how my son is going to turn out? He would bite your arm off up to the elbow to get any of those toons off you! Just found an Iron Man cartoon DVD for like £3 for his Christmas stocking and I just know it will be one of his fav gifts! @Working mum: Ahh Bagpuss. Such a comforting old show. My son has the DVD and it takes me right back when we watch it. Still can't stand the mice though . . . @Vodka Mom: Flinstones and Jetsons were fab. Mighty Mouse I recall too but Puffinstuff? You made that up didn't you?@Laura: Bloody hell yes, Dungeons & Dragons , how could I forget that!And Lazytown has to be one of the best shows ever invented. A show with a superhero who loves exercise and gets his strength from 'sports candy' (fruit). Just genius. @DCUrbanDad: Have just looked up the intro to Captain Caveman on YouTube – so cool! The teenangels!My son just adores The Justice League and will watch them over and over and over. I had heard they were planning on making a movie based on the comic books: how cool would that be? Superman, Batman, the Martian Manhunter, Flash, Wonder Woman et al all in one movie . . . @Potty Mummy: Monkey Business? I remember Monkey the terribly dubbed Chinese show with Pigsy . . . I'm guessing it's not that then?@Tony: Robotchicken? What the? Ben 10 is big in our house too ("mummy do you think Four Arms could beat Stinkfly in a fight?". Seriously, I'm expected to know this stuff). And good lord, your niece loves Hellboy? What have you done to that poor girl's mind?!@Nunhead Mum: The Flumps! Hells bells that was so funny. Thundercats were brilliant and oh my goodness, Rentaghost!

  12. Maternal Mirth says:

    The Muppet Show … hands down.

  13. Jo Beaufoix says:

    I loved Hong King Phooey, Scooby, Duckula and The Muppets. I also loved Animaniacs which my two love now, Bagpuss and Chorlton and the Wheelies. don't remember the Hair Bear Bunch, but then I did have to share the TV with a sister and two brothers so I might have just missed it.And I too draw the line at Barney. Shiver.

  14. Patricia says:

    I loved Mr. Roger's Neighborhood when my children were little, not only because he was one of my Professors in Grad. School but because he had such a respect for children. I hate to confess it but when he sang about "you are the most important you in the world," I felt like he was singing to me – you know those days rocking a baby with a running nose that has been up all night…I just knew he really cared. I was not allowed to watch tv when in school myself so I do not know most of these shows, but I did like the Muppets too with my children.

  15. Tara says:

    @Maternal Mirth: Good good choice. I loved Beaker and the professor and Statler and Waldorf (who I secretly try to be at work!)@Jo: Chorlton and the Wheelies, wow yes that brings back great memories! Now what was that bloody witch called . . . @ Patricia: Never heard of Mr Roger's Neighbourhood, but absolutely recognise that crying at the telly at low points!

  16. I loved Play School, Bagpuss, Trumpton and Pipkins. Later it was Grange Hill and Swap Shop!My youngsters like Peppa Pig, Timothy Goes to School, Simpsons, Futurama and Naruto!

  17. I loved Play School (I loved Floella and the teddies and Jemima), Bagpuss, Mr Ben, Jamie and His Magic Torch, Button Moon, Bod.My kids love, Tumble, Peppa Pig, FiFi, Lazy Town, Dora, Backyardigans.Have a wonderful CHristmas Tara.Hope it's a good 'un!xxx

  18. that girl? says:

    The Muppets were a firm favourite as was Morph (how chuffed was I when he left Take Heart and got his own show?!?), Baba Papa – does anyone remember that?! Hong Kong Phooey was also fab with the secretary who used to answer the phone " Hello Hello…if you wanna date I get off at eight!" I confess to watching The Wonderpets and The Backyardigans with Small Child because they all sing the lines and its hilarious! Also love Charlie and Lola – pure genius!Hope you have an amazing Christmas Tara and that you and your lovely family have a relaxing time! lots of love and Christmas CheerThatgirl, Other Half and Small Child xxx

  19. Working mum says:

    Popped back to say there's an award waiting for you at my place.Hope you had a good Christmas.

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