Your top five favourite childhood television shows 11



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Earlier this week Starts at 60 asked you what your favourite childhood television show was, and you answered.

While the Starts at 60 list included Thunderbirds, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, the Dick Van Dyke Show and Get Smart, you were quick to point out a great many more television shows that deserved more time in the spotlight.

Starts at 60 read your comments and constructed a list of the top five television shows from your childhood based on your exact answers.

There was a lot of love for Rawhide, the American western television series starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood that aired for eight seasons between 1959 and 1966. Set in the 1860s the show portrayed the challenges faced by the drovers of a cattle drive.

While Mr EdI Love LucySugarfoot and Doctor Who all got a notable mention.

5. Lassie

You loved the adventures of Rough Collie dog, Lassie and her companions (human and animal) so much you voted the show into fifth position. It was the fourth longest-running television show in the United States chalking up 19 seasons.

4. Bonanza

The second longest-running western television series in American history, Bonanza came in as your number four. Set in the 1860s and centred around the Cartwright family the series starred Lorne Green, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker and Michael Landon. It ran between 1959 and 1973.

3. The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin

Starring child actor Lee Aaker as Rusty, the boy left orphaned in an Indian raid who was being raised by US Calvary soldiers posted at ‘Fort Apache’, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin followed Rusty and his German shepherd dog, Rin Tin Tin. The pair were often tagging along with the soldiers as they tried to restore order in the American west.

2. Mickey Mouse Club

In the number two spot was this US variety television show. It was created by Walt Disney and first televised in 1955. The cast of mostly teen performers included Sharon Baird, Lonnie Burr, Karen Pendleton and Annette Funicello and was led by Head Mouseketeer Jimmie Dodd. Each day of the week had a special show theme that was reflected in the various segments.

Which brings us to the top television show from your childhood as voted by you. Drumroll please…


1. Adventures in Paradise

There was overwhelming support for Adventures in Paradise, largely because it featured the very good looking Gardner McKay as Adam Troy (your words, not ours), the captain of the schooner Tiki III that sailed the South Pacific looking for passengers and adventure. There was plenty of adventure, but there was also romance and for that reason it tops your list.

What was it about these television shows that you liked the most? Is there anything you’d like to add to the list?

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  1. My top five shows when I was a kid were
    McHales navy
    The Rifle man
    Beverley hillbillies
    The frost report
    Till death do us part

    anyone remembers these thoughts please

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    • I loved The Rifle Man and McHales Navy – cannot believe I watched them so many years ago – time flies along…

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    Loved the last two, from the Frost Report, we got Not Only But Also, with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, who can forget Pete and Dud….

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    • Saw Dud here playing Piano. He was just brilliant!

      It was on this Tour he noticed something wrong with his little finger. It was the start of the crippling brain disease which eventually killed him.

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    Loved the last two, from the Frost Report, we got Not Only But Also, with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, who can forget Pete and Dud….

  4. Who could forget ‘The Monkees’? My sister and I used to make Dad get back home from our family days out, so we could watch The Monkees on a Saturday night after Dr Who. I’m talking British TV here. Also loved High Chapperal and The Quest. And would you believe, The Waltons!

  5. I have never heard of Adventures in Paradise and cannot even find it being replayed on any station … says a lot about surveys I guess.

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    • Adventures in Paradise is an American television series created by James Michener which ran on ABC from 1959 until 1962, starring Gardner McKay as Adam Troy, the captain of the schooner Tiki III, which sailed the South Pacific looking for passengers and adventure.

  6. Doctor Who
    The Samurai
    Not Only but Also,
    The Frost Report’
    The Goodies,
    Monty Python

  7. ANY show with horses’ in it!
    Mickey Mouse Club & Disneyland
    Sea Hunt
    77 Sunset Strip
    Bourbon Street Beat

  8. In 1960, some of the Mousketeers’ toured here. Bobby, Cheryl, Cubby & Karen.
    I was disappointed that neither Annette nor Darlene was with them. They were the most talented, IMO!
    Jimmie Dodd was here too, but a very ill man.

    Met Duncan Renaldo, the ‘Cisco Kid’ , & ‘Roscoe’ from ”77 Sunset Strip’.

    It was the greatest ‘blast’ of my young life, to that point!

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