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Cynthia Kinnunen blogs about sharing stuff from your childhood with your kids

We were all snuggled up in front of the TV last Sunday morning for an hour and what should come on but The Littlest Hobo.  Without cable, this and Coronation Street is about as edgy as Sunday morning television gets around our place.

But the kids were enchanted by this wandering dog that would latch on to people for a time and well, save their lives multiple times during the half hour.  In this episode, a family was taking off on a six-month sailing adventure and had to leave their old dog behind. Hobo, of course, was watching and then stowed away (knowing they needed a dog on board for numerous rescues).  He ended up saving the day after a wild, shipwrecked adventure and the kids couldn’t stop talking about him for the rest of the day.

I remembered how much I loved these shows, and even more as I look at them now with their simple story lines and concepts, and, of course, fantastic 70s television production quality. Such great stuff.

Like Mr. Dressup, a kids classic like no other. I found myself awash with nostalgic love when at an event at the CBC headquarters last year I got to walk amongst the old set pieces. Ernie Coombs was such a treasure. Oh, and how about Hilarious House of Frightenstein, which I’ve mentioned before. Billy Van was a treasure too, although of a very different kind.

And once I’d started that walk down Canadian television memory lane, I did a little online research to see if I could track down a few more of my favourites as a kid, ones that I’ll be bookmarking on YouTube to share with the monkeys.

Shows like The Beachcombers, Friendly Giant, Cucumber (Do you remember Moose and Beaver?), Parlez-Moi (Sol the Tramp teaching French? Hilarious.), Readalong (A boot taught me to read here. I’m starting to wonder what Canadian television execs were drinking over their lunchbreaks). And the list goes on.

They had all long since been erased from my memory until that morning. Talk about a great way to spend a few hours, watching snippets from these old TV treats.

What classic – or not so classic – television from your youth have you shared with your kids? Any?  Or do you think it’s better left in the past?

Previously in Old School Still Cool: That’s no moon, that’s an old school Lego space station!  

Cynthia Kinnunen is a mom of three wonderfully quirky little people who love music, old and new-school adventures and acting as silly as possible at all times. She’s also a freelance writer who blogs for fun at Crumbs in the Minivan and Maple Mixtape.

Photo via Cynthia Kinnunen

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