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Growing up in the 80’s: Favourite Children’s TV shows and my Favourite Movies at the time.

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So along with two different coloured fluoro long socks rolled down to expose each colour and my eldest sisters permed haired I have listed some of my favourite 80’s movies and TV shows from the era I grew up in to share with you.

 

We only had five channels growing up and one TV in the household, for those who are thinking it must have been the dark ages, we did have colour TV, my siblings were alive during the transition from black and white TV, my great Aunty Molly talks to dead people, you be the judge on the last tip bit?

 

The most important thing to do after school was beat your siblings to the TV so you had control of the channel being watched until dad came home from work or until dinner time. If you lucked out beating your sibling the alternative was ‘use your imagination’ or go ride your bike to visit your friends. Quite frankly it was the thrill of coming first against some tough opponents more than the actual activity of watching TV. I really liked riding my bike, swimming in the pool or using my imagination growing up, I hope you do too.

 

To start is my list of TV shows. There is no specific order they were all just as entertaining as one other. Start to google this if you don’t remember any of these to you youngster!

  1. Super Gran

  2. Astro Boy

  3. Dungeons and Dragons

  4. Fraggle Rock

  5. Ulysses 31

  6. The Goodies

  7. Monkey Magic

  8. Henderson kids

  9. The Leyland Brothers

  10. Anything David Attenborough was presenting

I’d like to think my choice of TV shows doesn’t reflect a part of who I am, more a reflection of what was available at the time.

 

So this list is the Movies that stayed with me from the 80’s. Some of them had profound effects on my imagination good and bad and some are just timeless to me. Again no specific order.

 

  1. E.T. the Extra Terrestrial – Magical and sad and OMG I loved Drew Barrymore then I watched her second movie………

  2. Firestarter – It scared me but I couldn’t look away and I didn’t really understand it, but it had Drew Barrymore in it!

  3. Never Ending Story – So so so good, of course my sister Denise and I wanted to have a dragon creature like Falkor ourselves. These days the concept and effects of the movie would not relate to the younger generation but back then there was nothing like it.

  4. Gremlins – This movie started out all cutesy with the Mogwai, than just add water and it became a bit scary as they turned into Gremlins.

  5. Labyrinth – David Bowie wearing the pants he did may have been trendy at the time but really unnecessary for kids viewing. This movie made me laugh, cry and wonder about alternate realities.

  6. The Dark Crystal – The puppetry was amazing but it was set in a really dark atmosphere which gave it a spooky vibe.

  7. The Caravan of Courage – Yes it is a spin off from Star Wars but I wasn’t all that into galactic warfare at the time so the Ewoks got my attention instead.

  8. The Goonies – So at the time the heart throbs of the day were, Corey Feldman and Sean Astin. Also Corey Haim but he didn’t appear in this movie.

  9. Stand By Me – This actually had a really heart felt story line, I remember crying. Not to mention the eye candy, I know I was only seven but I knew River Phoenix, Jerry O’Connell, Wil Wheaton and Corey Feldman were cute.

Thank you for reading, Join me next time,

 

xox Bec Mc

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