Why Our Childhood Television Shows Are Still Meaningful

When it comes to television shows is it the latest and greatest for you or also a little of the oldies but goodies?

We all have our favorite childhood television shows, whether it starts with cartoons or are the shows that led us into our adolescence.  For me, most recently it has been Little House on the Prairie.   I’ve been bingeing those episodes for days now and I started to ask myself why I am so drawn to this show.  I’ve seen it a million times, I know all the episodes, yet I’m intrigued still by every one of them.

We Align Them with our Childhood

I think that one of the reasons that we are drawn to these shows is that we align them with our childhood.  Whatever was going on with our lives at that time comes flooding back to us when we watch these shows.

Oftentimes it’s the comforting memories of being taken care of and having few stresses in life.   I remember many times watching Little House on the Prairie and my mom calling me for lunch.  Ahh… the years when someone made your meals for you and did all the clean-up..  The childhood years really are some of the least stressful for many of us.

The Quality of the Shows

Don’t get me wrong, I completely agree that there are many, many, quality shows out there now.  However, I think that they are of a different quality.  Today’s shows have technical aspects to them that just weren’t possible years ago but are present today and bring viewing shows to a whole new level.  There’s also so many new genres of televisions shows – much more of something for everyone now.

What I mean is that that shows of yesterday always seemed to have a morale to the story.  And this is so very ever-present in Little House on the Prairie.  For example, in every single show, while talking about the family’s trek across America to find a place to settle and farm land, they had a moral built into the episode for the viewer.  Also true in shows like Father Knows Best, Leave it to Beaver, Brady Bunch, etc..   You don’t necessarily see that in shows today.  While some are still filled with lessons, there is much more of a focus on entertainment value, stunts, and cool graphics.   All these things are enjoyable and bring a unique quality.  However, it’s just not the same as some of the shows of yesterday.

I thank goodness for all the streaming programs that bring to us the latest and greatest and also the oldies but goodies!

What Older Television Shows Still Catch Your Attention?

Do you have a favorite from your childhood?  What made it your favorite?  Do you still find yourself drawn to it, even as an adult?

32 thoughts on “Why Our Childhood Television Shows Are Still Meaningful

  1. I agree — there is so much nostalgia when watching a childhood favorite show. For me, it’s Full House!

  2. For me TV time is an hour, maybe to before bedtime once the kids have gone to sleep. I don’t want to be gambling on something I don’t know. I mostly stick to the sit come I know and love from the 80s, 90s and early 00s. If I hear good reviews about something I might take the plunge, like watching game of thrones when it had already got to season 7, and binge watching the first 6 seasons in less than 3 weeks ????

    Adam – http://daddoesautism.com

  3. My favourite show was The Clangers, closely followed by Bagpuss. They made a new version of The Clangers a while ago and I was so happy that Flora loved it too 🙂 Lisa

  4. I agree that there’s so much nostalgia from childhood shows, I used to watch Gilmore Girls a lot which I still love now. I don’t remember many of my favourite shows from when I was really small but I definitely get the same feeling about movies I watched when I was younger x


  5. Although I question some TV shows for kids as an adult, I found value in them as a kid. It gives some cool imagination as a child. I mean, I don’t mind watching Pokemon again haha. Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ✨ exquisitely.me

  6. I never really get the chance to watch TV because of working different hours, but if I do, I would always and happily watch Top Gear, that’s my favourite show

  7. I love watching back old shows, whether they were shows from my childhood or teenage years. I guess, like you, I find them very nostalgic and I can remember watching the shows when I was younger and what I was doing or even just remembering that I had no responsibilities and absolutely nothing to do but watch tv and find other ways of entertaining myself. Great post!

  8. I love watching old shows and movies from my childhood. Especially now that you can stream them from start to finish. I enjoy watching them with my fiance and children too. It makes a fun date night or family movie night.

  9. Yep, true. Most of my childhood favourites are my all-time favourites. Plus, I don’t really fancy my childhood favourite shows being remake especially My Little Pony. The original was so lovely.

  10. I love going back to shows I watched as a kid and seeing how I interpret their messages now. Sometimes I’m shocked that I was allowed to watch such a show and other times I’m really happy with it. I grew up watching a lot of the CartoonNetwork and I still love all those shows to this day! Might revisit them now after this post 🙂

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