Dale and I are big fans of public television. We are sustainers, contributing monthly, albeit a small amount. And we are watchers, enjoying everything from documentaries by Ken Burns to Call the Midwife to All Creatures Great and Small. My love for PBS is not new, it goes back to my childhood. Today, I’m going to share my 3 favorite public broadcasting shows from when I was a kid.
- Sesame Street. This iconic show first aired in November, 1969. I had just turned 4 years old and was, quite literally, the perfect age to enjoy it. I adored Bert and Ernie, laughed at Oscar the Grouch, counted along with The Count, and wanted Big Bird to be my big brother. I loved it so much that my mother would take me to my grandparent’s house to watch it because they had a color television and we did not.
- Zoom. This show first aired in 1972. I was 7 years old and, once again, at the perfect age to enjoy it all. It originated in Boston and I had fantasies about being one of the Zoom kids, coming up with ways I would introduce myself at the beginning of each episode, although nothing was ever as iconic as I’m Bernadette doing her arm swinging maneuver. The show was presented entirely without adults and it encouraged kids to be creative, to play, and to speak Ubbi-Dubbi, it’s own language which added the syllable “ub” into each word. I adored it.
- The French Chef. Now, you may think this is odd for a child, but I loved this show and I watched it with my mom. I learned that cooking can be fun, we laughed when Julia would sweep her messes onto the floor, and we oohed and ahhhed over the final scene of each episode when she would present what she cooked in the dining room. I remember so many episodes, from the giant lobster to coq au vin to crepes, her impeccably clean towel, and I can hear her voice at the end of the show saying, This is Julia Child, Bon Appetit!
I have to say, I truly enjoyed writing this post and remembering these shows from my childhood. I hope it brought back some memories for you, too, and I hope you’ll tell me about them in the comments.
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