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TV Shows That Inspired Me As A Child

Updated on February 17, 2012

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
Road To Avonlea | Source


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.

Road To Avonlea Cast
Road To Avonlea Cast | Source
Picard | Source


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.

TNG Crew
TNG Crew | Source
Jay, Alpha & Flash
Jay, Alpha & Flash | Source


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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    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      mommy ara - yes MacGyver was cool too :) glad you got in too!

    • MobyWho profile image


      6 years ago from Burlington VT

      Oh my! How did I ever grow up? TV wasn't invented back our first b/w set when my 2nd child was born (1956). But I watched with them then" Mr. Greenjeans; later the Muppets; Sesame St. - favorite was Crabby Appleton (rotten to the core). I loved Ally McBeal, JAG, etc. but they've all been pulled. Don't watch TV anymore - just news and weather...then read.

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      mommy ara 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      Nice hub. I remember the shows of my own childhood in my side of the earth. I loved the US TV series, MacGyver. Once I got locked out of our house and the first thing I did was think what MacGyver would do in such a situation. I think I tried picking the lock and trying to reach the doorknob thru an open window. I'm not sure which one worked but I am pretty sure I got in =)

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      Au fait - I know what you mean I have a TV but hardly watch it, I see things online mostly.

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      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      I loved Star Trek: The Next Generation. My favorite characters were Warf and Data and Q. Remember hearing about the other programs you list here, but I don't think I ever saw them.

      I don't even have a TV anymore. Too much to do and no time to watch TV. Every once in a while I will see a clip of the reality shows that are on these days and then I don't feel deprived for not having a TV . . .

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      hoteltravel - good to know we shared some interests, I'll check out your hub on Flipper too, it sounds interesting.

    • hoteltravel profile image


      6 years ago from Thailand

      Star Trek played a major role in stretching my imagination. In my dreams and daydreams, I was Captain Kirk out exploring strange planets. But Flipper was one TV series that defined by childhood. I have written a hub about this. My obsession of swimming with dolphins finally came true much later when I visited Florida.

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      Simone Smith - it took me from childhood into my teens so often when I think of times in that period it brings to mind the episodes of Road To Avonlea. Star Trek Too :)

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      Dancilla - I haven't really watched it myself but I have heard a lot about I Dream Of Genie, it sounds interesting, thanks for commenting :)

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      looniestlove - no problem I enjoy telling others about my interests, so if it interested you I'm glad.

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Road to Avonlea sounds like a really cool show, and I REALLY need to re-visit Star Trek. Great Hub!

    • Dancilla profile image


      6 years ago from El Paso

      Very interesting hub, I used to watch a bit of star trek when I was younger, but it sure had changed a lot after so many seasons. Since I was born in the 80s I don't really recognize or remember a lot of old shows growing up. But one that I used to watch was I Dream of Genie, that was a funny show and it was one of my favorites.

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      6 years ago from Davao City, Philippines

      thanks for sharing this hub to us this is very informative and intresting hub...but I'm only familiar with star trek I know that there are a lot of other TV shows that we in the Philippines did not know about...Thank you very much for writing this hub

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      pmccray - Star Trek TNG I used to watch a lot as a kid doing my homework on my Nannies couch :)

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      6 years ago from Utah

      Yep same here, the only one I'm familiar with is Star Trek, because I was too busy being mommy and it was my son's favorite.

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      I feel like that too, it used to be because TV had lower budgets then movies they had to try to come up with a story with substance that people would find interesting. Now it has switched from that to exploitation TV, the outrageousness is what draws people in and that doesn't inspire, unless you want to be a hollow, shallow person.

    • breakfastpop profile image


      6 years ago

      Looking at the stuff on television today tells me that we are in deep trouble. How inspired can anyone get from jersey Shore, Housewives, Mob Wives, Hoarders and 16 and Pregnant. It's frightening The days of inspiration are over.

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      Zabbella - thanks for commenting, I've seem most of Deep Space Nine but not all episodes and some of Voyager even, not really much of Enterprise but I like Star Trek quite a bit so maybe at some point I'll see the episodes I haven't yet seen.

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      Yep, they are part of what makes a person. Thanks for the vote up!

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      Gypsy Rose Lee - I know Road To Avonlea had been translated into many languages and played in other countries guess you have to see the english version to get the full effect in some cases. I've seen Little House on The Prairie and the Waltons mostly on video though. Thanks for commenting.

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      6 years ago from NJ-USA

      Good article! I had never seen "The Odyssey" but you made it sound very interesting! I enjoyed the Star Trek series and all the spin-offs. If you ever get a chance to see Star Trek's "Deep Space Nine", please do. They kept Lt. Worlf. on this show and he has a great story line.

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      6 years ago from Franklin

      This is very interesting. It is amazing how shows can influence us. Thanks for sharing. I am voting up!!!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Ready for this. Road to Avonlea was shown on TV here in Latvia a couple of years ago. However it lost quite a bit in translation. When I lived in the states my favorites that related to days gone by were Little House on the Prairie and The Waltons.

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      Becky Katz - I suppose I am a little younger but my family was very pro family show so I actually have seen Bonanza, the brady bunch, the monkeys on video. I also saw Little House on the Prairie quite a bit in syndication. I also saw Gunsmoke and a few other shows on video. Thanks for commenting :)

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      Alecia Murphy - I agree TNG was good for that, you really got to know each character :) The other shows were Canadian, not sure where your from but if your from the US you probably didn't see them but check them out if you have a moment, thanks for commenting!

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      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      You are a little younger than I am. These shows were on when I was raising my children. Star Trek was on when I was a child and we watched it. Bonanza, The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, and The Monkey's were the ones we watched. Little House on the Prairie also. The next Generation and all the movies also were necessities for a Trekkie.

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      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I love this hub. Unfortunately, the only show I'm familiar with is Star Trek :TNG. It came on in syndication every Saturday while my mom would make dinner and I fell in love with the show. I know this one alot better than the original mainly because they gave equal billing to all of the characters. Great job!


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