Published on January 22nd, 2011 | by Yellow Magpie2
70’s Children’s TV: The Best Series
The 70’s was a good decade for children’s TV programmes. Vibrant colours dominated most series. But vivid colours were also matched with good storytelling and imaginative characters.
Bagpuss was a British children’s television series that was centred on a brightly coloured pink and cream cat. Made using stop-motion camera techniques, the series featured a little girl called Emily. Once Emily left, Bagpuss would awaken.
Bagpuss only lasted 13 episodes but so successful was the series, that it was rerun again and again.
The Muppet Show (1978-81)
One of the late Jim Henson’s greatest achievements, The Muppets was a mixture of puppets and celebrity guests that cleverly combined to keep both adult and child entertained.
The constant appeal of celebrities and the unusual and funny characters that The Muppets created was undoubtedly the reason as to why the series has been so popular.
The Partridge Family (1970-74)
The Partridge Family was about a touring family who performed musical concerts. After being persuaded by her son, Danny, a widowed mother decides to make a record with the result giving the family a career in show-business.
The Patridge Family was extremely popular helped also by the fact that the series created a teenage hearthrob in David Cassidy.
Mork And Mindy (1978-82)
Mork And Mindy was a huge hit TV series during the 70’s and 80’s. An alien called Mork from the Planet Ork crash lands on Earth and befriends a woman called Mindy. The series was largely dependent on Robin Williams’ comedic abilities.
Mork And Mindy was a spin-off of Happy Days in which Mork tried to take Richie Cunningham to his home-world. The series provided a platform for Robin Williams to show off his talents and the programme was a huge success.
The Famous Five (1978-79)
The Famous Five was the TV adaptation of Enid Blyton’s best-selling childrens novels. It followed the intrepid adventures of four young friends and their dog, Timmy. Of most note, was the sometimes sullen rebel George, who refused to be called by her birthname, Georgina.
The Famous Five was a liberating series for children as the characters were empowered to solve mysteries and take on the adults.