Kids TV

Andy Pandy

1 9 5 0 - 1 9 5 7 (UK) 26 x black & white episodes 1 9 7 0 (UK) 13 x colour episodes Although Andy Pandy was actually produced in the late fifties, it was repeated often up to 1980 as the mainstay of the Watch With Mother series. Initially it was shown in the afternoon between 3:45pm and(...)

Andy’s Gang

1 9 5 5 - 1 9 6 0 (USA) Andy Andy Devine Midnight, the cat June Foray Tige, the dog Bud Tollefson Old Grandie, the witch June Foray The Teacher Billy Gilbert The Maharajah Lou Krugman The Poet Alan Reed Buster Brown Jerry Maren Gunga Ram Nino Marcel

Animal Kwackers

1 9 7 5 - 1 9 7 8 (UK) 39 x 20 minute episodes "Rory, Rory, tell us a story, Rory, Rory tell it like it is!" Children's entertainment from Yorkshire Television featuring a quartet of animals (well, I had a sneaking suspicion they were actors in animal costumes really) from the planet Popland. The(...)

Animal Magic

1 9 6 2 - 1 9 8 4 (UK) 440 x 30 minute episodes Animal Magic first aired on 13 April 1962 and ran for 22 years with host Johnny Morris (pictured) mixing tips on animal care with information on wildlife and zoos, while providing the animals with quintessential English voices - the blustering retired colonel,(...)

Animaniacs

1 9 9 5 - 1 9 9 9 (USA) 99 x 22 minute episodes After decades of imprisonment in the water tower at Warner Bros studio lot, three cartoon characters - Yakko, Wakko and Dot - escaped to wreak madcap mayhem and drop sight gags galore - often to musical accompaniment. Each episode consisted of(...)

Annie Oakley

1 9 5 3 - 1 9 5 6 (USA) 81 x 30 minute episodes A gun-toting, pigtailed Annie Oakley (an actual American Wild West character starring with the Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West Show in the late 1800's) became the main character of a 30-minute television adventure series directed towards younger viewers. Mostly fiction, the(...)

Aquaman

1 9 6 7 - 1 9 6 8 (USA) A children's animated fantasy series from CBS and Filmation. After being born to a woman from Atlantis and a lighthouse keeper, Aquaman controls all the creatures of the sea and was known as "King of the Seven Seas". Aquaman could live underwater and used brainwaves to(...)

Arabian Knights, The

1 9 6 8 (USA) A regular cartoon segment of The Banana Splits Adventure Hour. Led by Prince Turhan and Princess Nida, this odd group of heroes did battle with the evil Bakaar to try to recapture Turhan's throne.      Bez, Fariik, and Raseem were the three magicians who assisted the royal duo through an array of(...)

Archie Show, The

1 9 6 8 - 1 9 6 9 (USA) Adapted from the comic book creation of cartoonist Bob Montana and John Goldwater, Archie and the whole gang from Riverdale High came to Saturday morning TV in the USA in the late 60s and stayed through various incarnations for almost 10 years. The Archie Show was the(...)

Ark II

Ark II

1 9 7 6 - 1 9 7 9 (USA) The live-action sci-fi show Ark II started life on the Saturday morning schedule at CBS, but shifted to Sundays during a run that lasted from 1976 to 1979.   It starred Terry Lester (who portrayed Jack Abbott on The Young and the Restless) and also featured Jean Marie Hon,(...)

Art Attack

1 9 9 0 - 2 0 0 4 (UK) Neil Buchanan presented the UK children's television art programme Art Attack. Neil had obviously been doing children's programmes for a long time as he had mastered the art of speaking on a kids' level while making a picture out of food, string or rhinoceros poo. Neil's most(...)

Arthur and the Square Knights of the Round Table

1 9 6 6 (Australia) 39 x 25 minute episodes   The first Australian animation series to be successfully syndicated and sold overseas, Arthur had a distinctly British look and feel but was produced by Walter J. Hucker API (Air Programs International in Australia). Led by King Arthur, the pint-size hero, with his unlucky sidekick Sir Lancelot, and(...)

Arthur of the Britons

1 9 7 2 - 1 9 7 3 (UK) 26 x 30 minute episodes This series stripped away the elaborate medieval view of Camelot, Guinevere and Merlin, and instead presented Arthur as the chief of a small Celt tribe in Dark-Ages Britain, a century or two after the withdrawal of Rome. Arthur struggled to weave the(...)

Ask Aspel

1 9 7 0 - 1 9 8 1 (UK) Before the VCR revolution of the late 1970s, if you wanted to see a particular moment from your favourite BBC programme again you did one of two things: You waited for a repeat or you wrote to Michael Aspel. Ask Aspel was a children's programme in which(...)

Astro Boy

1 9 6 3 - 1 9 6 6 (Japan) 51 x 30 minute episodes When his son is killed in a car crash in the year 2000, widower scientist Dr Boyton builds a robot, Astro Boy, for company. When he eventually realises the robot can not replace his dead son, Boyton sells the robot to(...)

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