The late 80s early 90s were a golden era for kids tv in the afternoons on the ABC. I’d get home from high school around 3.15, make myself something horrible to eat like 10 biscuits and an ice block then sit down to James Valentine and the afternoon show. This was the best part of the day because the house was mine.
The ABC has a lot to be proud of in the way it has raised a large amount of oddbod 25-35 year olds. The success of Triple J and indie films in Australia can almost be put down to the programming on ABC in the after school timeslot. Here are a few of the shows that influenced my generation:
Degrassi High Series
From junior high to graduation we followed the growth of Snake, Wheels, Joey, Caitlen and Lucy. Highlights for me was Joey taking Caitlen to the dance, Claude commiting suicide, Wheels parents dying and the final episode where there were more dramas than I’ve ever seen. One of the twins getting mono was also an eye opener. I had no idea what mono was!
Favourite Character: Joey Jeremiah
Ultimate historic television moment: The Zit Remedy play “Everybody wants something”
Fun fact to use at parties: The girl’s bum at the beginning of the show was Jacy Hunter who played Amy in the show.
Best related website: Degrassi Online
You can’t do that on television
Canadian tv was churning out brilliant tv shows at this time and YCDTOTV was a skit comedy for kids. Green slime came from the sky if you said “I don’t know” and barfy burgers was the place to hang out. The credits at the beginning of the show had a Monty Python type feel to it and the jokes were really bad but the fact that kids were doing this time of show was incredibly appealing.
Favourite Character: Moose (Christine)
Ultimate historic television moment: Whenever Moose got slimed
Fun fact to use at parties: Alanis Morisette used to be on this show. I hated her cause Alisdair had a crush on her
Best related website: YCDTOTV.com
Julia Sawalha was bossy even before she starred on Absolutely Fabulous. The teen sexual tension between her and Spike was compelling viewing as they argued their way through publishing a small paper. Best episode for me is the one where Lynda stole Spike’s passport to stop him going back to America. Colin was annoying but funny.
Favourite Character: Spike Thomson
Ultimate historic television moment: That a gunman would want to take a group of kids who publish a newspaper hostage
Fun fact to use at parties: Dexter Fletcher is actually english (he put on his american accent)
Best related website: The unofficial Press Gang website
Obviously there were other brilliant shows like The Goodies, Metal Mickey, Dangermouse and that wierd ass Scarecrow that scared the shit out of me, but I have more affection for the above shows. What else was on in that golden age of afternoon television that I’ve missed? (This is where I leave it open for Danielle to comment about her favourite show that starts with M)