When you were a kid television shows were very different then they are today. Kids don’t grow up with the same reruns you did, and they’re missing out. Show your kids some of your favorite old shows, talk about what life was like in different eras, and have fun as you reminisce about things long forgotten. You may even find a few oldies you missed out on.
I Love Lucy – The original TV show, Lucille Ball is as funny and wacky now as she was in the 1950s. Filled with hysterical slapstick humor and bits of life in the fifties, this show will have your kids asking all sorts of history questions, even while laughing.
The A-Team – For boys especially, this show is something they’ve been missing. No sex or profanity or death, but plenty of violence and action. They’ll love Mr. T’s gold-bedecked hero, the antics of the crazy pilot, and the inevitable victory of the good guys. Not to mention cars flipping, big explosions, and high-speed chases.
MacGyver – The ultimate do-it-yourselfer, MacGyver is the show for the nerd in all of us. Anyone that can disarm a bomb with a paperclip and a shoestring is worth watching. A bit preachy at times, this eighties show glorified the quick thinker.
Happy Days – A show about better times, your kids will enjoy a glimpse into teenage life of the fifties. Jukeboxes, hamburgers, and the Fonz. What more could they want? Even better: no sex, teen pregnancies, or other awkward situations.
Saved By the Bell – Another teen show, this time in the eighties. Kids will love the loud clothes and big hair, and some teenage drama doesn’t change with generations. This squeaky clean teen sitcom is fine for even the youngest kids, however.
I Dream of Jeanie – A genie to grant all your wishes? Now that’s something kids could get used to. Think of it as a live action ‘Fairly Odd Parents’. When an astronaut finds a genie in a bottle, he has to keep her under wraps and away from his superiors. Hilarity ensues.
The Munsters – Like the Addams Family but less creepy. The humorous adventures of Frankenstein’s monster and his family living in 1960s suburbia. More blue-collar than the Addams Family, these monsters just wanted to fit in.
The Beverly Hillbillies – Another group struggling to fit in where they don’t belong. Your kids will love the younger hillbillies’ crazy antics and Grandma’s possum soup recipes. Between keeping gators in the swimming pool and shooting their neighbor’s hats, the hillbillies are sure to have your kids laughing.
Gilligan’s Island – The three hour tour is still going strong in this classic TV show. The original ‘Survivors’, Gilligan and friends struggle to get off the island they’re marooned on. Needless to say they never quite make it, though their schemes will have kids giggling.
Mork and Mindy – What more could kids want than a crash-landed alien played by Robin Williams? As is typical for his work, kids will be rolling on the floor with laughter as Mindy attempts to keep Mork from sleeping upside down, laying an egg, or eating the furniture. Nanu, nanu.
No matter what age your child is, you can find a classic TV show that they’ll be sure to love. From aliens to monsters to high school, there’s still fun to be had with old favorites and new discoveries to be made. Check out a few of these old television shows and see what new family favorites you can find.