10 Things I Remember About Kids' Tv When I Was Growing Up

Most of this was circa 1987 to 1992.
  1. 1.
    How much the kids on "You Can't Do That on Television" hated Brussels sprouts
    I never really had Brussels growing up. When I first had them several years ago when they were huge, I was shocked to discover they're delicious. Now to find myself a Barth Burger.
  2. 2.
    Being jealous of the "Mickey Mouse Club" kids getting to bounce-slide into the camera shot to intro themselves
  3. 3.
    Wanting to work on a dude ranch (but inside)
    If it seems like a good idea to buy all of "Hey Dude" on eBay and watch it all on a Sunday with themed food and drink, trust @emilydibari and me: You will discover 10 minutes in that the themed menu is the only enjoyable part of the day.
  4. 4.
    Not wanting to go to Camp Anawanna
    The black girl was the only tolerable person on "Salute Your Shorts," if I remember right. Also, what a dirty name for a kids' show. "This thing came apart."
  5. 5.
    "I'm Telling," the sibling version of "The Newlywed Game"
    "She only burps with her friends!" https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=f8_Qf3O7-I0
  6. 6.
    How ridiculously long it took to get through the Fun House
  7. 7.
    "Total Panic Live," a variety show that lasted a long time on weekends but didn't last long in life
    I used to practice hosting it by introducing a segment on my grandmother's front porch, tossing to an imaginary co-host on the back porch, then rushing to the driveway for her to throw it back. 🤗
  8. 8.
    "Square One," a public TV educational sketch show, the highlight of which was "Mathnet"
    Wikipedia tells me "Mathnet," a spoof of "Dragnet," was produced by the wife of "Dragnet"'s creator, so that's a thing.
  9. 9.
    This $2 game being the most amazing thing that could happen to a person
  10. 10.
    Too many Double Dare franchise spinoffs
    It became the Chewy Sweetart of game shows. Candy Spinoffs That Should Not Exist