Shows We Had to Watch When We Got Home from School

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  1. Oh man; great episode. My top five are:

    [1] Batman: The Animated Series
    [2] Gargoyles
    [3] Duck Tales
    [4] Darkwing Duck
    [5] Johnny Quest (in the morning before leaving for school). Once I realized someone dies every episode it was a wrap!

  2. I always wanted to watch the Disney Block: DuckTales, Darkwing Duck, Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers (helloooooo Gadget), Gummi Bears, TaleSpin, GoofTroop; Mask; Tiny Toon Adventures; Batman The Animated Series; TMNT; X-Men; Animaniacs.

    Top 5 (1-5): TMNT, X-Men, Batman, TaleSpin, DuckTales

  3. Back in the early sixties KPTV broadcast foreign cartoons right after school. There were the Adventures of Tintin, which were my favorite, and there was also some strange Japanese stuff, too! Then, in the mid-70s, there was something being broadcast called “Robotech” and I would rush home to watch that! Sure, it had idiocies like jet planes that transformed into robots for now apparent reason, and how in the name of Heaven did making a giant spaceship transform into a huge robot with aircraft carrier arms make any sort of sense? But you also had the major characters having fights, falling in love, getting married and dying – which was such a departure from the Super Friends and Scooby-Doo pablum that flooded the airwaves that it made it special. (Incidently – in the original broadcast run of Robotech, in the city scenes, you could spot buses and bus terminals in the background which were sporting a partial name based on a Japanese word having something to do with transportation. The partial word, unfortunately, was, in English, a four letter malediction having to do with solid waste elimination. I noticed that in later releases, these unfortunate names were digitally blurred out.) Then there was something called “Sailor Moon” which became an after school guilty pleasure. None of these shows have held up very well over the years, and I believe the original Adventures of Tintin probably no longer exist. They haven’t been broadcast since the early sixties, and they are currently being reanimated by a different studio, so I suspect, that like the early Doctor Who episodes, the original tapes got erased and nobody thought to preserve any copies. The scene where Tintin’s rocket crashed on the moon, tearing off the tail fins, has stuck with me through decades! Pity we’ll never be able to see that again…

  4. Wait, Mathew – where did you watch Almost Live in the 90s?! I thought that was a strictly Washington phenomenon. Did they just edit out all the local humor? The whole show was at least 75% stereotypes about different Seattle neighborhoods – each episode must have been 13 minutes long.

  5. Sean Mulkerrin on

    Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles
    Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds
    Dogtanian and the Muskehounds
    Gundam Wing (Thise was the end of “school” and maybe the beginning of college)
    DragonBall Z (This one was in college )

    Thunderbirds and Dogtanian were either super re-runs ors that’s just when things got to Ireland in the early 90’s

    Interesting Fact, the guy who wrote the Danger Mouse and Count Duckula music bought my grandparents old house and occasionally lives near me.

  6. Great show. My top 5 are:
    1) GI Joe
    2) Little house on the prairie
    3) mister Rodgers
    4) Square One TV
    5) ABC World News with Peter Jennings

  7. All through junior high, my sister and I would race home from school to watch Star Trek. Final bell was at ten til three. Star Trek started at three. It took us about 15 minutes to run home, so for years, I saw every episode of the show having never seen the pre-credits teaser scenes. For years after, I would watch Star Trek and see something unfamiliar and get a rush of joy thinking that it was an episode that I had somehow never seen. Then the title card would come up. ~sigh~

  8. Almost Live! is still a local legend here in the Seattle area… it has never gone off the air, with reruns still showing on Saturday nights. Up until this January, it immediately followed SNL, but now John Keister and company are back with a new show called The 206, which airs after SNL and before the Almost Live! rerun. :)

    • What I recall rushing home to watch after school… let’s see…
      Gilligan’s Island, Bewitched, Emergency! and Adam 12 (they aired back to back, and to this day almost seem like one show to me… my little brother used to come running-waddling-in his diapers, screaming “Woowoo is on! Woowoo is on!” whenever he heard the sirens in the intro, LOL). And, occasionally, the After School Special, although most of them were lame.

      I’m dating myself, aren’t I??

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