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Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: April 06, 2022 08:50AM
Lying on a Murphy bed, watching Commander Cody. I’m pretty sure that was before Kukla,Fran and Ollie. big grin smiley






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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: lost in space
Date: April 06, 2022 08:59AM
Howdy Doody, around 1953.



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Posted by: pdq
Date: April 06, 2022 09:06AM
Supercar, done with “supermarionation”:



British kids show, made ‘61-62, but I’m sure I saw it after ‘62, when it was later syndicated in the states.

Boy, that was da bomb for a little rug rat like me.
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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: April 06, 2022 09:08AM
Captain Kangaroo





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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: pdq
Date: April 06, 2022 09:09AM
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davemchine
Captain Kangaroo


Is that Mr Greenjeans?
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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: April 06, 2022 09:12AM
....Mickey Mouse Club [ in b&w ].....Andy Griffith Show [ b&w ].....were probably reruns though.....



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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: archipirata
Date: April 06, 2022 09:15AM
Banana Splits





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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: Sam3
Date: April 06, 2022 09:15AM
The Kennedy assassination aftermath and some fitness show that my mom would watch and work out to, and forced me to participate as well. It might have been Debby Drake's fitness show.
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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: msglee
Date: April 06, 2022 09:17AM
The Lucky Pup show.

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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: rz
Date: April 06, 2022 09:19AM
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archipirata
Banana Splits


Ditto.

Also remember Batman (Adam West). I was 4 when Sesame Street started and vividly remember my mom and one of my older sisters watching the first episode with me.
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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: April 06, 2022 09:22AM
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rz
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archipirata
Banana Splits


Ditto.

Also remember Batman (Adam West). I was 4 when Sesame Street started and vividly remember my mom and one of my older sisters watching the first episode with me.

This, plus Sesame Street and Zoom, and Capt Kangaroo.
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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: pdq
Date: April 06, 2022 09:24AM
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Sam3
…and some fitness show that my mom would watch and work out to, and forced me to participate as well. It might have been Debby Drake's fitness show.
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My Mom was into Jack La-Lane (actually Lalanne, I guess).

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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: April 06, 2022 09:32AM
The Flintstones.

see what I did there?

prolly Ed Sullivan before the Beatles.
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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: wurm
Date: April 06, 2022 09:39AM
Probably Romper Room and Bozo the Clown (local)



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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: A-Polly
Date: April 06, 2022 09:45AM
I remember another show for little kids called Romper Room that I enjoyed, and recall being fascinated that the teacher would draw on a large easel tablet and could make pictures out of kids' initial letters. I was desperate to own the big crayon or marker she used, that made such bold, black lines!

My mom watched Jack Lalanne, too. And didn't Liberace have his own show? I remember sitting with my grandmother as he played music on a big piano with the candelabra.

I also watched Captain Kangaroo, but can't pinpoint exactly which show came first. Those memories have become pretty muddled. Old Fogette
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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: vicrock
Date: April 06, 2022 09:52AM
Howdy Doody
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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: flareslow
Date: April 06, 2022 09:57AM
A Disney cartoon from the mid '50's & Romper Room.
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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: April 06, 2022 09:58AM
Doctor Who, “Time Monster,” May of 1972. I had just turned four.
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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: April 06, 2022 10:22AM
Saturday Morning Cartoons.
Grape Ape
Hong Kong Fooey

Star Trek TAS was already in reruns
2 hours of Bugs Bunny Toons!



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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: rz
Date: April 06, 2022 10:31AM
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Rolando
Saturday Morning Cartoons.
Grape Ape
Hong Fooey

Star Trek TAS was already in reruns
2 hours of Bugs Bunny Toons!

Hong Kong Fooey. Not my first memory of TV, as I was probably 8 or so when it first came on. I remember having to do a skit in school with some friends and we had someone dress up as Hong Kong Fooey. The teachers had no idea who he was, but the other kids thought it was hysterical.
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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: MindMeld
Date: April 06, 2022 10:31AM
Howdy Doody.
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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: April 06, 2022 10:35AM
Sesame Street, but that doesn't say much.
I do recall some Captain Kangaroo, and then locking the babysitter in the basement! smiley12
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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: April 06, 2022 10:37AM
I did not see a TV until I was about 7 at a friend's house. We watched "Batman" with Adam West. I had nightmares about it. That was also about the time my little brother's epilepsy and learning disabilities got really bad and he lost the ability to walk and talk. Most of my nightmares involved monsters trying to hurt him and me fighting them to protect him.
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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: April 06, 2022 10:46AM
Geeze, I wish I could remember that far back.

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airman was the country music band.

Commando Cody was a favorite of mine, but it was far from my first memory of a TV show.

King of the Rocket Men was the first I saw of Cody or what led to later iterations that becamee Cody.

There were two more Commando serials, the first being my favorite — Radar Men from the Moon.

The second was Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe.

Also Zombies of the Stratosphere but that was a movie serial and I don't know if it ever made it to TV.

The helmet and flying 'suit' were used in a number of shows and films and got really confusing.

But the whole thing was great fun because it was a human who could fly, and not some alien from an exploded world.

Not that there's anything wrong with that...






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Posted by: Ombligo
Date: April 06, 2022 10:48AM
Hard to pinpoint what was first but I remember always watching Romper Room and Capt Kangeroo. There were also reruns of Andy's Gang.

I also remember Ultraman, Banana Splits (and the Lidsville knockoff). Saturday morning Tarzan Theater.

When I got to stay home from school, I never missed The Galloping Gourmet or The Mike Douglas Show (yeah, I was a weird kid).



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Posted by: steve...
Date: April 06, 2022 10:50AM
I think it was a western that I watched in a dark room with a roomful of people at the neighbor's house on a summer evening — first TV in the neighborhood. I also vaguely remember watching Flash Gordon — I'vee been watching for those episodes ever since.







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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: April 06, 2022 10:56AM
Romper Room and Captain Kangaroo.



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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: April 06, 2022 11:07AM
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steve...
I think it was a western that I watched in a dark room with a roomful of people at the neighbor's house on a summer evening — first TV in the neighborhood.

Howdy Doody?

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Posted by: Ammo
Date: April 06, 2022 11:23AM
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Filliam H. Muffman
Romper Room and Captain Kangaroo.

So many of us in this cohort! Mostly early 50’s birthdates, I suspect.



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Posted by: Grateful11
Date: April 06, 2022 11:28AM
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Captain Kangaroo


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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: April 06, 2022 11:37AM
Memories…

I loved Topo Gigio and remember seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan.

As an adult, I got to see in person the spot Andy and Opie walked down during the opening.

Captain Kangaroo’s advice about strangers literally kept me from being kidnapped and assaulted in kindergarten.

Almost got to be the “Butchy Boy” of the day on our local Bozo the Clown show, but when I stood up after my name was drawn, there was a quick huddled meeting by (I assume now) the director. I distinctly remember hearing the word “colored”. Then I found out a “mistake” had been made and was sent back to my seat with what seemed like a hell of a lot of candy, so it was all good with me. big grin smiley



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Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: April 06, 2022 11:38AM
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davemchine
Captain Kangaroo


Either this or Romper Room or maybe Bozo.



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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: April 06, 2022 11:40AM
.....do remember 'Romper Room' and 'Captain Kangaroo'......



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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: April 06, 2022 12:01PM
Beany and Cecil I think. [en.wikipedia.org] Mom would plop me down in front of the tube, probably hoping I would be distracted enough not to wander off and get into trouble. (I was four).

Captain Kangaroo also sparks memories.



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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: April 06, 2022 12:36PM
I don’t know what show it was, but I remember I was 4 when we got a TV, and I looked through the little holes in the Masonite panel on the back, trying to see what he people. Then I remember laying on my back underneath the TV and trying to look up Polly Bergen’s dress.
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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: RecipeForDisaster
Date: April 06, 2022 12:59PM
Sesame Street, which doesn’t narrow down my age very much. Mr, Rogers, too.
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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: CJsNvrUrly
Date: April 06, 2022 01:00PM
Romper Room, Banana Splits, Speed Racer, Kimba/Simba (?) the White Lion, HR Pufinstuf, Captain Kangaroo, Wonderama...




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Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: April 06, 2022 01:05PM
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Romper Room, Banana Splits, Speed Racer, Kimba/Simba (?) the White Lion, HR Pufinstuf, Captain Kangaroo, Wonderama...

Most of those came a little later for me.

Fun fact: I attended the taping of an episode of Wonderama with my Cub Scout troop when I was seven or eight. If you didn't blink, you could catch a quick glimpse of me during one shot of the audience!



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Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: April 06, 2022 01:17PM
.....Electra Woman and Dyna Girl......



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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: jonny
Date: April 06, 2022 01:17PM
Star Trek... Must have been about 1972.



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Posted by: AllGold
Date: April 06, 2022 01:31PM
I remember Captain Kangaroo for sure. I vaguely recall possibly watching Romper Room but that didn't come to mind at all until others suggested it. I think there was a locally-produced kids show that I watched as well, but I don't remember the name (or really any details at all).
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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: rich in distress
Date: April 06, 2022 01:32PM
Either The Porky Pig Show or Super Friends.



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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: fmgtech
Date: April 06, 2022 01:44PM
Winky Dink
But my mom would not buy me the plastic to put on the tv screen to solve the secret code.
I showed her, I just used the tv screen and crayons.
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Posted by: Michael
Date: April 06, 2022 01:46PM
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Ammo
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Filliam H. Muffman
Romper Room and Captain Kangaroo.

So many of us in this cohort! Mostly early 50’s birthdates, I suspect.

Those are mine, as well. Born 1953.
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Posted by: wurm
Date: April 06, 2022 02:09PM
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Ombligo
When I got to stay home from school, I never missed The Galloping Gourmet or The Mike Douglas Show (yeah, I was a weird kid).

I guess I was too, then. Used to love the GG's line "First, you take a leek."



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Posted by: GGD
Date: April 06, 2022 02:24PM
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Ammo
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Filliam H. Muffman
Romper Room and Captain Kangaroo.

So many of us in this cohort! Mostly early 50’s birthdates, I suspect.

I also remember Ding Dong School, although it was likely the syndicated Ding Dong School Again from 1959-1965.

[en.wikipedia.org]

And what about cartoons, featuring Rocky and Bullwinkle, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Fractured Fairy Tales, Mr Peabody and Huckleberry Hound.
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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: Altered Horizons
Date: April 06, 2022 02:26PM
Crusader Rabbit (and Ragland T. Tiger) - first series. Romper room and Winky Dink (yeah, I sometimes drew directly on the TV screen too).



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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: April 06, 2022 02:33PM
Bob Keeshan (Capt. Kangaroo) was also Tinker Tom and before that Clarabell the Clown on Howdy Doody starting in 1948...for all you latecomers.

I'm pretty sure mine was Uncle Miltie in a dress and the Texaco Tower of Power.


Kukla,Fran and Ollie, Ray Forest, Howdy Doody and other kiddie shows are in there someplace.

My aunt, uncle, cousins had one of the early TV's with the tiny screen and huge chassis. Think I might have seen Eddie Cantor on that.
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Re: Don’t be shy. Show your age. What’s the very first TV program you can remember?
Posted by: stephen
Date: April 06, 2022 02:38PM
Hazel, Concentration, maybe the B&W evening news. I remember them saying POW on screen and thinking, Mama, what's POW. (Prisoners of War, during Vietnam.)
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Posted by: tlh828
Date: April 06, 2022 02:40PM
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