13 TV Show Intros From My Childhood

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Thursday 13 #12
I was surfing around Youtube the other day and it occurred to me that they might have some of the intros to the shows that I loved in my childhood. And by childhood I mean before I turned 18. I started searching and wow! They had all sorts of things. That’s about the point that it occurred to me that this would make a great [tag]Thursday Thirteen[/tag]. So, without further ado, here is my list, complete with links to the YouTube videos of the intros. Do you remember any of these? What were your favorite shows? (Oh, and I apologize for the short informational bits this week. My tendinitis is really acting up.)

13 TV Show Intros (for shows I loved) From My Childhood

1. Benji, Zax, and The Alien Prince – Has anyone else ever heard of this show? Generally I get blank looks when I talk about this Saturday morning treasure from when I was ten. Except from my sister, that is. And yes, that Benji. It was a show about an alien prince hiding out on Earth. I adored it.

2. The Tomorrow People (old) – I also loved the new Tomorrow People, but I came on when I was in college. I remember watching this on my Uncle’s TV when we were staying at his house. He had cable, you see. I still occasionally hum the music to myself. The show was about kids discovering that they were the next stage of human evolution. They got cool powers and lost the ability to kill. I still want a Jaunting Belt.

3. The Big Blue Marble – My memories of this show are vague, but I remember loving it back in the 70s. It was a very progressive understand-each-other kind of show. I love the opening theme.

4. Chocky – Another show that I saw on Nickelodeon, though I think we had cable by then. It was based on a book by John Wyndham (which I managed to hunt down eventually.) I distinctly remember the alien calling a car “silly.”

5. Kidd Video – A show that combined animation and music videos. This Saturday morning treat was about a Band that was turned into a bunch of cartoons. Each week they had adventures and tried to find their way home. At the end of each show they had music videos that had quite catchy tunes.

6. Doctor Who (4th Doctor version) – Do I really need to explain this one? I mean, I write for Watching Doctor Who. I get paid to write about my favorite show ever. Talk about a childhood dream come true. The Fourth Doctor was my first Doctor, so I shose his intro to highlight here.

7. Misfits of Science – Goodnight Bunny. Yet another cool show that my family loved…that was canceled. I loved this group of high powered misfits. It even included Courtney Cox as a teenager.

8. You Can’t Do That On Television – Another Nickelodeon show. I loved the slime and the skits and…okay…the whole show. This was the origin of the whole slime thing on Nickelodeon. A Canadian show that contained a variety of child actors…including Alanis Morrisette.

9. The Mysterious Cities of Gold – A cartoon that I think originated in France. I saw it on Nickelodeon (no surprise there.) I taped the theme by holding my tape recorder up to the speaker. Unfortunately, the tape was faulty and the song speeds up faster and faster as you listen. To this day I still expect the song to do that, even when it’s a perfectly good MP3 copy. The show was about those Mysterious Cities of gold, and the hunt to find them.

10. Mork and Mindy – I saw every episode multiple times. I loved all of the actors. Nanoo nanoo!

11. The Powers of Matthew Star – Oh look! It’s a show about an alien prince hiding out on Earth. This show was really good…for about the first half of season one. Then the show changed in a really weird way. I only acknowledge the episodes before the change.

12. Starman – I am still pissed off about this show being canceled. Seriously. I also know that I am not alone. What was the network thinking?!?!?! Nice use of the Stranger Comes to Town idea.

13. Robin of Sherwood – I used to watch this on Showtime at my Nana’s house. I own the soundtrack. Michale Praed was so dreamy. *swoon*

10 Responses to “13 TV Show Intros From My Childhood”

  1. Hootin' Anni Says:

    The only one I recall from your list that I viewed at times was Mork and Mindy. [the one with Mork and the eggs seems to stick in my mind even today ---"Fly, be free!"] Oh and ALF. He was adorable.

    I have the Thursday 13 of the Chinese New Year this week. Hope to see you there for a visit.

  2. Xakara Says:

    5, 6, 7, 10, 11, and 12 were all things I watched too. I LOVED Starman! I never saw the original Tomorrow People, but was young enough to appreciate the new version of it. It’s something I’d like to see come out on dvd.

    Thanks for the flash back. I won’t be able to get Kidd Video out of my head for days. :)

    ~X

  3. Working at Home Mom Says:

    mork and mindy was a fave of mine!!

  4. Malcolm Says:

    Excellent TT. I did a TT on some of my fave TV show openings a few weeks ago. If you are interested in checking it out, here is the link:

    http://popculturedish.blogspot.com/2008/01/thursday-thirteen-28-some-of-my.html

    In the early days of Nickelodeon, “You Can’t Do That On Television” was one of my favorite shows. I still remember the host Christine getting all sorts of abuse during any given episode.

    I used to drive my girlfriend at the time crazy when I used to sing the theme to “Kidd Video” or should I say the only line I knew from the song (From my video to my radio).

  5. Malcolm Says:

    Oh by the way, I also have a TT for this week as well.

  6. Starrlight Says:

    I remember a lot of those!

  7. angel Says:

    Hootin’ Anni, he did the same thing to a Christmas ornament as I recall. I remember Alf.

    Xakara, well the old Tomorrow People is out on DVD. I think that the new is out in the UK, but don’t quote me on that. oh, and …”Getting me rockin’ getting me movin’ on….”

    Working at Home Mom, I loved that Show.

    Malcolm, Well, now you can memorize the them properly. :) Poor Moose really got all of the abuse.

    Starrlight, thanks for stopping by.

  8. Nicholas Says:

    The only one I know is Dr Who, but my fave doctor was #2

  9. angel Says:

    Patrick Troughton was indeed a fine Doctor. I have his Autograph.

  10. egb63 Says:

    The only people I know that knew the Tomorrow People were my mom, my sisters, and I. I think that was when I realized that fantasy and SciFi were going to be big in my life.

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