Friday, October 16, 2009

TV Shows I grew up with


I had been wanting to blog about this a long time ago but was always too lazy to search for pictures and youtube videos and compile them up into a proper post.

And, maybe…. this is not even a proper post.

This is just for, memory sake.

Okay, I’m not going to list it down in chronological order, but in “This is what Nonnie loved/loves to watch” order.

1. Beakman’s World

Paul Zaloom as the wonky and sibeh lansi scientist making fun of the other two in a lime green lab coat who always go “Bada bing, bada bang, bada blast off!”

A rat named Lester helping Beakman with his experiments and always end up in disasters. And also a  young teenage girl in the show who mala-mala got changed one. Got Josie, Liza and Phoebe.

Actually hor, I already forgot what’s the name of the show. I tried to google Beak’s World, Beaker and Beak everything. Then I gave up and asked in my FB status, my primary ex-classmate Michael saw it and answered it. It was like rain in the drought. Hahahah. Yes, I was that desperate to know the name of the show.



Give it a try! Back in the days when I was still a kid who hated English lesson (because the Primary 3 English teacher damn garang and I still don’t like her up to these days)… meaning, um….. I didn’t quite get their conversation (with lots of puns) but it was really fun watching those science experiments!

Even after watching the videos, I still so want to try out those cool experiments. Why ah? They don’t produce kids show like this anymore is it? Sorry ah, my Astro at home is “Movie package” one, tak ada Star World, CN, Nickolodean (see, I can’t even spell it!) and Disney. Tak ada Documentary too.

p/s: Mr. Beakman is already 57 this year. OhmaiwahlaoBuddha!

p/p/s: Paiseh, I have no idea who is Bill Nye. Generation gap watdafish.

p/p/p/s: Mark Ritts (Lester the Rat) is the writer and producer of Barney the Dinosaur!

2. The Super Mario Bros Super Show!


Obviously, this TV show is based on the super famous video game Super Mario. The first and last parts of the episode were live action and showed Mario and Luigi living in Brooklyn, where they would often be visited by celebrity guest stars.

After a brief introduction, then it will be time for a 10-13 minute cartoon featuring characters and situations based on the video game, as well as sound effects and music numbers of it.

Normally, if I was watching those VCR (those big ass tapes), I would fast forward the first part because, again, I wouldn’t even understand what were they talking about, English too cheem (deep).

It’s the Super Mario Bros. Super Show! tu-toing tu-toing tu-toing. Hehehhee. Damn catchy eh!

I like I like. I miss I miss!


 3. Lamb Chop Play’s Along

Created and hosted by Shari Lewis (the woman in the picture, doh). Not only she’s the host, she also voiced for Lamb Chop, Charlie Horse and Hush Puppy, and I didn’t even know until I wiki-ed it!

Here, I’ve copied part of the funny quotes in the show.

Shari Lewis: How do you get rid of the hiccups?
Lamb Chop: Oh! When I get the hiccups, I can ne - *hic* - ever get rid of them!
Charlie Horse: Lamb Chop...
[Charlie Horse screams at Lamb Chop, and Lamb Chop screams in shock]
Lamb Chop: Whatever were you doing?
Charlie Horse: I was trying to scare the hiccups out of you.
Lamb Chop: You scared the daylights out of me! My hiccups are still fine, thank you. *Hic*
Shari Lewis: Lamb Chop...
Lamb Chop: Don't fool around!
Shari Lewis: I'm not going to touch you! Oh, I know what to do!
[to Lamb Chop]
Shari Lewis: Look the other way. Now, don't listen.
[Lamb Chop looks the other way]
Shari Lewis: Now, Charlie Horse, what you have to do is -
[Lamb Chop looks back at Shari]
Shari Lewis: Don't listen!
[Lamb Chop looks away again]
Shari Lewis: What you have to do is look at her, and make a horrible face, and you'll scare the hiccups out of her.
Charlie Horse: Okay, I'll do it. Lamb Chop?
[Lamb Chop screams]
Charlie Horse: I didn't make a horrible face yet!
Lamb Chop: Oh! I couldn't tell!

And there was one episode that the Lamb Chop had chicken pox. Shari disallowed Lamb Chop to scratch and they came up with a brilliant (or silly) idea. They drew a picture of chicken, with chicken pox all over it and scratch that piece of paper.


So, when I lapar, I try to munch those pizza from Pizza Hut / Fratini ‘s flyers lah?

Anyway, video time.

Opening Song.

Sweat at that ….

Bounce your bottom in your chair, bounce it here, bounce it there...
and with tender loving care,
bounce it, bounce it everywhere!
Bounce it fast, bounce it slow, bounce it high, bounce it low.


Walao…. I can imagine how my students will react watching this part liao. Was I too childish to enjoy this show or, kids nowadays just mature really fast? Whenever we have some free time, I would youtube some nice videos for them and they will only shout this, “Cher! Cerita Hantu! Kami mau liat cerita hantu!!!!”

Ish, not cute at all.

Then, the ending song. LOL. At the end of each episode, the puppets and children would sing several verses of the song while hostess Shari Lewis would try in vain to stop them. In the end, Shari successfully stops Charlie Horse by grabbing his mouth and persuading him to leave. Do you know what’s the song already?

This is the song that doesn't end,
Yes, it goes on and on, my friend.
Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was,
and they'll continue singing it forever just because...

and it repeats till….. you get bored of it, or someone throws a slipper at you.

I downloaded that song and played in the staffroom and everyone started singing with me. LOL. And lately, I’d downloaded the OST of Sound of Music, everyday also “Doe, a deer, a female deer. Ray, a drop of golden sun. Me, a name I call myself"….”. Nostalgia waaaaaaa.

4. SquareOne TV

Um… I’ve never been a big fan of Sesame street because, they “B B b B b b b B B b B b B – in that army tune” everyday one. Or, “One! One Cookie! Two! Two Cookies! MUAH HA HA HA HA! *cue thunder*”. Or showing Ernie in the bathtub with the yellow duck. Or Pfhhh, Layyyyy, Phh-layyyy, PLAY! My favorite character in Sesame Street?


Sibeh yau-yeng (got style), damn got character/attitude one. Hahahhaa. Lives in a trashcan damn convenient. Imagine you can simply litter in your house and make it sound reasonable!

“Why are you throwing rubbish around your house?”
“I’m decorating it! Doh!”

Hahhahahaha!!!! Wah seh! Good good!

Oscar's mission in life is to be as miserable and grouchy as possible, and pass that feeling on to everyone else. When a visitor knocks on his trash can -- invariably interrupting him from a nap or an important task -- Oscar greets them with a snarl. He complains that he wants to be left alone, although when he's left entirely to himself, he's dissatisfied -- there isn't anybody around to irritate or complain to.

…. sounds, a bit like me also eh?

Elmo? Ya ya, he’s cute. Whatever.
Oscar the Grouch rules!



Eh, I was talking about SquareOne lah!
Back to the topic. Drifted too far.

Square One Television (sometimes referred to as Square One) was a children's television show produced by the Children's Television Workshop to teach mathematics and abstract mathematical concepts to young viewers. Erm, I guess I’m just a typical Chinese who loves Maths? I don’t understand why people would hate Maths because, Maths is damn straight forward and easy to please. Apply the correct rules and formulas, do it in a right order and *ta da*, you’ll score! But hor, like English hor, damn hard to please one. Sikit-sikit salah, sikit-sikit error. This cannot that cannot. Mafan one.

(Ok ok. TESL friends, don’t marah. It’s just my personal opinion mah. Your English sibeh very the good, macam caviar damn precious and mahal. My English like roti kahwin, rojak one and cheap. We friend friend ah.)

But hor, I didn’t quite get the MathNet part in SquareOne lor last time. Too deep for me kua?

My favorite is… MATHMAN!!!!!!

A parody of Pac-Man, Mathman was a fictional arcade game starring a character of the same name. Mathman's objective was to run around a Pac-Man-like maze board (the traditional dots were replaced with + and - signs) and eventually encounter a number or polygon. He would then have until the count of three to determine if that number/polygon was consistent with a given category (see examples below), and if so, eat it.

5. Ghostwriter

He's a ghost... and he writes to us. Ghostwriter.

The series features a group of New York City teenagers who solve mysteries with the help of an invisible ghost, who can communicate with the kids only by manipulating whatever text and letters he can find and using them to form words and sentences.


Used to show on RTB in the morning during every school holiday!

6. Are you afraid of the dark?

A group of kids calling themselves "The Midnight Society" spends each episode sitting around a campfire swapping scary stories. Creepy, but never gory or excessively frightening, common subjects included haunted houses, what goes on behind the neighbor's walls, and other things that go bump in the night.

It used to scare me quite a lot when I was a kid. NTV7 was having reruns last couple of years and when I watched it again (as a grown-up, sort of), I asked myself, “Ngaiti… like that also scare meh? So fake eh. How come I so stupid one when I was young?”

7. Fun House

A game show for kids. Hai, used to dream that I live in US so can join this kind of game show one.



I guess, that’s about it. Actually, I’m just lazy to continue this post.

(You can see those sections are getting shorter and shorter kan?)

I was being over-ambitious and thought that I can at least list 10 shows but now malas already.

I want to do another one for cartoon.

Where’s Waldo?

My Little Pony

(So hard to find the old version. The new one… hilang feel for me already)


Jem and the Holograms



Adventure of Teddy Ruxpin!

….. *shy* Conan the Adventurer


and so much more!
Alvin and the Chipmunks, Chip & Dale, Smurfs and..


Uncle Scrooge inspired me to own a gold coin pool and swim in it!

Then got game shows again leh! Wheel of Fortune, Win, Lose or Draw, Shop till you drop, Who wants to be a Millionaire?



p/s: Anyone remembers the dog and cat cartoon Spit & Hercules? I tried to google for that but no result lah.

p/p/s: So, what’s your favorite TV (kids) show?


@lex said...

OMG!! .. this bring back so many sweet memories ...
you just open the floodgate to old memories..
it flooding back !!

Effy said...

Omigosh! Along the list of the usual favs thundercats, voltron, smurfs, ghostbusters, saber rider, tmnt including the ones you've mentioned, i also liked (in no particular order ranging from cartoons/series/game shows/sitcom)

2)Tom & Jerry
4)The Jetsons
5)Dino Riders
6)Jim Henson's the Story Teller
7)The Amazing Stories
8)Captain N: The Game Master
9)The Secret World of Alex Mack
10)It's out of this world
11)The girl from tomorrow
14)The odyssey
15)Ocean girl
17)Young riders
19)Crystal Maze
20)Mother goose and stories
21)The adventures of Gummi Bears
22)The Adventures of the Black Stallion
24)Denver the last dinosaur
25)David the gnome
26)Glo & Moon dreamers (My lil Pony & Friends
28)The electric company
29)MASK (cars)
30)Road to Avonlea

I can go on and on but for everyone sake i just stop here la. LOL. I enjoyed this post very much. Brought so much fond memories :)

Nonnie King said...

SL : Work ah you. I tell your boss you curi tulang then you know. The sea not enough water meh? Still have to flood. Ok ok. Very lame joke I know.

Effy : Wow. What a list! Your list more complete than mine leh!

-Dee- said...

omg nonnie! u bring back my fond memories too!
i totally forgot abt ghostwriters!
owh there's full house too right?the one with the olsen twins!
love ur post!!!
i love care bear too! haha..matey ehh.suddenly trying to think apa sja i watched when i was a kid! :D

Imaan said...

Waah Nonnie, your list sure brings back wonderful memories of the afternoons I spent glued to the television! I actually attribute Sesame Street for my English skills. Do you happen to remember the name of show whose heroine was able to melt into a gel like substance?

Nonnie King said...

Dee : Full House is a television sitcom. Not forgetting to mention.... FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR! And also, Steve Urkel, the "Did I do thattttttt?"


Imaan : Ya, my mum used to sort of forced me watch Sesame street because other aunties told her it's good for ENglish learning.

The cartoon you mentioned didn't ring a bell to me..
Need more clues.

WaterBased said...

I used to dislike elephant thingy from sesame street and also big bird.

I don't know whether you remember "Pinky and the Brain" and "Sharky and George"?

I love lamp chop, I watched it all the time, I don't care what others said about playing with socks.

But shame, they don't sell the lamp chop toy. She is so funny de.

Imaan said...

Got it Nonnie! It's "The Secret World of Alex Mack". I remember watching it from RTB dulu, dulu...hahaha...

Here is some info on the show - "Having gained superpowers during a chemical spill accident on her first day of Junior High School, Alex now must contend with both the drama of the average teenage life and the dangers of her not-so-average powers. She develops the abilities to move objects telekinetically, shoot electric zaps through her fingertips, morph into a puddle of liquid, and glow when she gets nervous" [from Wiki]

Nonnie King said...

Max : The elephant with super long lashes! Snuffles? Sniffles?

Pinky and the Brain I remember. Can sing lagi.
"One is a genius, the other's insane"
Before that show, they played Animaniacs first.

Ya lor, not much Lamb chop's merchandise here. Sien.

Imaan : I better go google it. It still didn't ring a bell. *malu*

Tina said...

I used to want to join Fun House too. :( I want to collect the tokens!!!

RetroVixen'78 said...

U forgot to add in She-Ra....u noe, He-man's sister.

I remember one Japanese animation called The Magical World of Gigi.
Used to watch it around 4pm (i think). Coz by dat time I would be home from Ugama school.

**~Pu-3~** said...

Wow~ i was just thinking about my favoarite Mario Bros Show! All your listed shows and cartoons were a must watch for me back then ;D

Jem and the Holograms! The theme song kept ringing in my ears but i couldnt find it anywhere coz i thought it was BARBIE! So i thank you very much! ;D So happy to be able to watch it again in youtube

Nonnie King said...

Tina : Me too! I already planned in my head where I wanna go. Bobby said he used to think that the contestants were stupid because they kept going to the same places. Macam handal.

RV78 : He Man and She-ra, I remember!Hahaha. But I think I was too young to remember the story.

Pu-3 : LOL! They do kinda look like Barbie pulang. And I nearly had a heart attack when Bobby had Jem and the Holograms in his fb fan's page. WTF