Kids TV

Barbie

1 9 5 5 (UK) 7 x 30 minute episodes This short black & white series starred Marcia Manolescue as Barbie, the daughter of a famous conductor who is away on a world tour. Barbie goes to temporarily live with her cousins, Laurel (Kika Markham) and Simon (Jonathan Swift), and her uncle (David Markham) at their(...)

Barnaby

1 9 7 0 - 1 9 7 2 (France/UK) 13 x 14 minute episodes "Barnaby the bear's my name Never call me Jack or James I will sing my way to fame Barnaby the bear's my name" The thing is, "Barnaby" wasn't actually the little bear's name. He was originally called "Colargol" when he was 'born' in(...)

Basil Brush Show, The

1 9 6 8 - 1 9 8 0 (UK) 152 x 30 minute episodes Basil Brush - a mischievous upper-class fox, created and voiced by Ivan Owen (formerly the operator of Yoo-Hoo the Cuckoo in the 1950s' Billy Bean and His Funny Machine and dog Fred Barker in Tuesday Rendezvous and Five O'Clock Club) - started off on the telly(...)

BatFink

1 9 6 6 - 1 9 6 7 (USA) His wings were "like a shield of steel". Assisted by Kung Fu side kick Karate, Batfink used his "Super Sonic Radar" to catch the baddies (usually Hugo Agogo).  

Batman

1 9 6 6 - 1 9 6 8 (USA) 120 x 30 minute episodes Parents never seemed bothered that our childhood was spent fixated on a man who wore his underpants on the outside, a mask and hung around with a young boy. When trouble brewed in Gotham City, Police Commissioner Gordon would light the(...)

Batman: The Animated Series

1 9 9 2 - 1 9 9 5 (USA) 85 x 25 minute episodes Batman: The Animated Series, darkly noir-ish and Art Deco inspired, finally presented the television viewing public with arguably the definitive depiction of Gotham City's legendary Dark Knight vigilante. While the Tim Burton Batman movies influenced much of the show, an updated(...)

Battle of the Planets

1 9 7 8 - 1 9 8 5 (USA/Japan) 85 x episodes Battle Of The Planets was adapted and translated from a Japanese animated series entitled Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. That series began in 1972 and ran for an incredible 105 episodes in its native country, and was so successful it spawned a further 100 episodes in(...)

Be Our Guest

1 9 6 6 (Australia) Australian show Be Our Guest was an attempt by the Australian ABC-TV to capture a slice of the late daytime viewing audience, designed to please the whole family from early teens to Dad and Mum. Contrived but entertaining, the nightly 30-minute programme was a display of the talents of the showbiz guests who(...)

Beany and Cecil

1 9 6 2 - 1 9 6 8 (USA) 1 9 8 8 (USA) The characters of Beany and Cecil were first seen as puppets on the 50s show Time for Beany, which featured Capt. Horatio Huffenpuff and his nephew Beany Boy as they travelled the high seas aboard the Leakin’ Lena. Beany (who was named for the(...)

Beatles Cartoon, The

1 9 6 5 - 1 9 6 9 (USA) 39 x 30 minute episodes The Beatles cartoons were screened in the US from 25 September 1965 to 20 April 1969 on ABC Television. They were then seen in syndication and overseas. The series was also repeated in the US in 1986 and 1987 on MTV. Almost(...)

Beavis & Butt-Head Show, The

1 9 9 3 - 1 9 9 7 (USA) 186 x 10/30 minute episodes 1 x 60 minute episode Beavis and Butt-head were two ugly, pubescent cartoon males variously regarded as "the first truly modern attempt at TV" (Time Magazine) or "the latest link in the Darwinian descent of the American adolescent" (New York Times). Moronically(...)

Belle & Sebastien

1 9 6 7 - 1 9 6 8 (France) 13 x 25 minute episodes Two customs officers are patrolling the mountains during a night of heavy snowfall when they find a young woman carrying a baby in her arms. The officers (and a hunter called Cesar) take the frozen and fatigued woman into a shelter(...)

Bengo

1 9 5 3 - 1 9 5 9 (UK) Narrator Sylvia Peters

Benji, Zax & the Alien Prince

1 9 8 3 (USA) 13 x 20 minute episodes This live-action series from Hanna-Barbera aired on Saturday mornings on CBS in 1983 with repeats airing in the US and internationally for a number of years through the 1980s. A tyrant named Zanu had taken control of the distant red planet of Antars (which was "way off(...)

Big John, Little John

1 9 7 6 (USA) 13 x 30 minute episodes After taking a sip from the Fountain of Youth, John Martin changed from a 45-year-old school teacher to a 12-year-old boy. Because he only took a sip, the change was not permanent - but it was recurring and Martin had no control over when the change would occur!(...)

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