TV Shows That Inspired Me As A Child
This article is about television shows that inspired me while growing up. I know that there are many different generations that may be reading this and understand that you may not know that shows of which I speak but you probably grew up watching shows that meant a lot to your generation and I want to hear about that too. Feel free to leave it in the comments below this article. Even if you don't necessarily know the shows I'm sure you can identify with the spirit of remembering such things and hopefully it will inspire good thoughts of your childhood as well.
For me growing up in the country we had few options as we didn't have satellite. From our antenna we were able to receive only a couple channels but I am proud of what I was able to watch on those channels and to this day smile when I see them in syndication.
ROAD TO AVONLEA
Being Canadian and my main channel of viewing CBC which is Canadian owned and operated they would do whatever they could to showcase Canadian shows. So when this quality Canadian show came out back in 1990 it became one of the staples of my viewing experience as a child.
The story initially follows the story of a young girl, Sarah Stanley, probably around the same age I was when the show started who is sent to stay with relatives on her mothers side while her father is fighting a court battle being accused of fraud. The story takes place in the turn of the century village of Avonlea from 1903 - 1912. he doesn't get along with anyone but warms up to her young cousins and eventually her gruff aunt Hetty whom she is staying with. Throughout the show's run it features more stories about her relatives and involves Avonlea's inhabitants as well. Overall I identified quite a bit with family orientated programming and it made me feel good to watch such things at the end of the week just after Walt Disney on Sunday night. If you've never seen it I would highly recommend it. You can find seasons on DVD or online.
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
Like many even before Star Trek: The Next Generation came out I had seen all of the original series many times over in the form of repeats. I had also seen the films and so had an understanding of Star Trek. When it began I was quite young in 1987, but a few years into it as I matured I began to watch them fanatically until the series completed in 1994. I also was adamant about seeing all of the Next Generation films and was quite horrified in 2004 - 2005 when they decided to discontinue making Next Generation films.
Star Trek: the Next Generation opened my young mind to Sci-Fi and with the acting of Patrick Stewart taught me that even older people could be prolific and incredibly passionate. I personally think he came into his own on the show. He secured a star on the Hollywood walk of fame and besides his role in the Next Generation films he also went on to play Professor Xavier in the X-men films.
This show some may not know as well. It played for 3 seasons on CBC from 1992 - 1994 and then for years afterward in syndication. It centered around a young boy, Jay, who after being chased by a local bully and pals falls out of a tree house and hits his head. After going into a coma Jay encounters an unusual world in his subconscious mind where there is no adults and the world is run by children all under the age of 15.
Jay also meets and is accompanied by counterparts of his two friends from the real world as he goes on a journey to reach the Tower. Which is where the ruling "Brad" a younger version of his father is. One thing I liked most about this series is that whenever something would happen in the real world or a character was introduced in the real world they appeared or effected Jay's subconscious realm as well.
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