Published on February 12th, 2011 | by Yellow Magpie1
Children’s Favourite 60’s TV Series
The 1960’s was an innocent time when it came to children’s television. Like 1950’s TV, animals played a large part in some of the best TV series.
Skippy: The Bush Kangeroo (1966-68)
Skippy: The Bush Kangeroo was one of Australia’s most famous marsupials. Tapping into a love of the outdoors, Skippy was about a friendship between a young boy and his pet kangeroo. Occassionally, when the boy, Sonny, would get into difficulty skippy would come to his rescue.
The series was a huge hit not only in Australia but in many parts of the world.
Flipper was a famous 60’s series that focused on the relationship between a boy and a dolphin, rather like Skippy. The boy would often get into difficults and Flipper would then save the day.
Flipper tapped into people’s deep affinity with dolphins and the many different scenarios created the necessary tension to sustain the series.
The Brady Bunch (1969-74)
The Brady Bunch was a highly popular 60’s TV series which followed a modern, newly formed family. The sons, Greg, Peter and Bobby were Mike Brady’s children while Marcia, Jan and Cindy were Carol Martin’s children giving a perfect symmetry.
Carol and Mike’s marriage created difficulties for the children as they made adjustments. The innocence and almost saccharine sweetness of the Brady Bunch were its hallmarks and the series had a large fan base.
Sesame Street (1969 to Present)
Semame Street has been widely lauded as being one of the best children’s TV series. Featuring a large cast of characters, most notably Big Bird, it laid the way for educating young toddlers and infants in a way that was unmatched by other children’s programmes.
The true hallmark of its success is the fact that it is still running over four decades since its inception.
Mister Ed (1961-66)
Mister Ed, the talking horse, was a very popular 60’s series. Mister Ed would only talk to his owner, the strange but likeable Wilbur Post. This, and Mister Ed’s fondness of pranks often caused Wilbur to become annoyed.
The series was incredible successful as can be judged by the furore surrounding the supposed death of Mister Ed in 1979. In actuality the horse was put down for health reasons nearly a decade previously.