Top 5 Friday: Kids shows!

TOP 5 FRIDAY is when we each list five of our favorite things, depending on the topic. Feel free to join in via the comments or by posting on your own blog and linking back here. Play along. It’s Friday.

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I think one of the funniest things about being an adult who used to be a kid is that I have weird kid memories. For example, I remember LOVING a show on PBS that had talking shoes. A boot, to be exact.

And through the years, I have asked around to friends to see if anyone else remembers this show. And the usual answer is no one. So randomly I pop onto google and search things like “kid show + talking boot” or “PBS 80s boot talking” which could lead to any manner of things.

Thanks to the ever improving quality of google, I have FINALLY located the show. It was called Readalong and it is from Canada and it was EDUCATIONAL! You could have knocked me over with a feather when I watched a few clips and realized that I was learning that whole time. Well played, Canada.

So this week, I’d thought we’d all share our childhood favs….


[sidenote: this list could be way longer, and I’m going to read some of your answers and wish they were my answers, but this is the best I can do without a time machine.]


1. Zoobilee Zoo

No lie. I can still sing this entire theme song and for some reason, I have mild romantic emotions towards Lookout Bear.

I am surprised to learn that this was also educational. Dear Mom and Dad, y’all were tricky. And now I’m a great reader. So, congrats.


2. Gummi Bears

Weird kid memory: we went on vacation to Chattanooga [when I was probably 5 or 6] and we stayed in a train car and Mom let us watch TWO episodes of Gummi Bears and I remember thinking, “THIS is vacation.”


3. Muppet Babies

One of the only shows that Tatum and I always agreed upon. Muppet Babies were a huge hit in the early 80s Downs home.


4. The Wuzzles

I loved Bubblelion.


5. Welcome to Pooh Corner

There is something about Winnie the Pooh that just makes kids happy. Am I right?

Sorry these videos aren’t better quality but HELLO THEY ARE ALMOST 30 YEARS OLD. Technology is amazing.

[Honorary mention goes to Inspector Gadget and Mr. Wizard, both shows that I totally hated but had to watch if my sister had control of the channel changer. I still hate science. I blame you, Tatum.]

And just as I suspected, my brain can think of about ten more that I want to list. But no more. I refuse to break my own Top 5 Friday rule of having, you know, FIVE favorites. So I’ll stop here and let you take it away…..

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What were your favorite shows as a little kid? 

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