Published on February 19th, 2011 | by Yellow Magpie1
The Best Children’s TV Series Of The 50’s
1950’s children’s television was strongly influenced by both children’s love of animals and their strong appetite for adventures.
50’s series were imaginative and excelled at exploring children’s dreams and desires. The magic of 50’s series has stuck in the memories of many people as many names are as familiar to modern audiences as they were to children 50 years ago.
Lassie, the Rough Collie, is probably the most famous dog of all-time. Mainly set in the beautiful American countryside, Lassie advertised the great outdoors and the special bond between children and dogs. Often Lassie would get people out of trouble.
The fact that the series almost lasted 20 years alone justifies its selection as one of the best TV series ever produced.
Dennis The Menace (1959-63)
Dennis The Menace is perhaps the most mischievous but well-intentioned boy that was ever created. This 50’series followed the black and red striped Dennis as he inflicted misery upon his favourite neighbour Mr. Wilson.
Dennis The Menace was based on an earlier comic strip and has been successfully remade into both film and other television series.
The Adventures Of Rin Tin Tin (1954-59)
The Adventures Of Rin Tin Tin centred around the orphan Rusty and his dog, Rin Tin Tin. The series was set around the almost mythical period of when cowboys and Indians ruled the West.
Rin Tin Tin was a highly popular series that made full use of people’s love for their four-legged friends.
Blue Peter (1958 to Present)
Blue Peter is a long running BBC children’s TV series. The programme is fronted by two presenters who teach children how to make stuff and play games. However, it has now being expanded to include sections on pets and gardening.
The fact that Blue Peter is alive and well after 50 years proves that the age-old format was truly a winning formula.
The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1955-60)
The Adventures Of Robin Hood was a popular 50’s children’s series. Based on the legendary figure from Sherwood Forest, the series was faithful to the Anthony Munday plays.
Adventure and swashbuckling action suited thrill-seeking children down to the ground and the series has been voted one of the greatest British children’s programmes.