I had a little trip down memory lane today. What I mean by this is, me and a friend got a bit over excited about old CBBC programs and the memories just came flooding back. This inspired me to make a countdown of my top ten favourite kids TV shows of 2000-2010. So, without further ado, let the nominations begin!
10. The Wild Thornberrys
The Wild Thornberrys was an American cartoon about a family of documentary film makers who travelled all around the world in their caravan. The youngest daughter, Eliza, had the gift of being able to talk to animals animals and went on many adventures with the families pet chimp, Darwin, in tow. Just like every quality imported cartoon in the 2000’s, every episode had a moral behind it, usually discovered by Eliza and Darwin on their adventures.
9. Dick and Dom in da Bungalow
This was a comedy game show presented by Dick and Dom, which took place in ‘their bungalow home’. It consisted mainly of games, usually involving custard, in which two teams of children would compete to earn ‘bungalow points’. It then ended with a huge custard pie fight, and the winners (the team with the most ‘bungalow points’) where crowned. For the first 8 years of my life, this was the definition of a Saturday morning.
Another american cartoon, but this time starring a super hero bat and his sidekick ‘Karate’. Batfink’s power was wings of steel, which he used to defend himself from bullets. Of course, he used this power for good, and aided the police in fighting criminals, such as mad scientists and robots.
7. Tom and Jerry
The classic cartoon. This show entailed the story of the classic rivalry between the house cat (Tom) and a mouse (Jerry). Although most programs showed Tom being outwitted by Jerry and causing mayhem and destruction, they occasionally teamed up to achieve a mutual goal and showed that, deep down, they really cared for each other.
6. Cave Girl
This was a live action comedy about the adventures of a teenage cave girl. She is very feisty, individual and a bit of tomboy. Me and my sister absolutely loved this program, we even made our mum make us Cave Girl costumes!
5. The Cramp Twins
This was an American cartoon about two twins, Wayne and Lucien, who had pretty extreme sibling rivalry problems. In fact, the title sequence even showed them having a fight in their mothers womb! Lucian was very clever and kept a pet worm under his bed. He was the more sensitive of the twins, often called names and bullied by his less intelligent, tear away twin, Wayne.
4. Watch my Chops
An American cartoon starring a teenage dog-sitter, Bernie, who discovers the dog he is looking after, Corneil, can speak. However, Bernie is the only one who knows about Corneil’s intelligence and must keep it a secret, especially from his owners. Bernie and Corneil have a pretty uneasy friendship but Corneil still uses his intelligence and wits to get Bernie out of numerous sticky situations.
Another classic. This cartoon told the stories of Arthur the aardvark and his friends, all various other animals. It basically showed his everyday life, at home and at school, in a humorous way that always had a very strong message behind it. One of my all time favourite TV shows that I still kinda enjoy today… shhhh.
2. Yvon of the Ykon
This is at number two simply because of it’s plain weirdness. Another American cartoon, but this time about a French explorer who attempted to sail around the world only to get knocked out of his boat and frozen in the ice for 300 years. He is then defrosted (still alive) when his best-friend-to-be Tommy’s husky dog wee’s on him. He then sets up life in the Ykon by moving into a wooden shack and only wearing a red shirt and a pair of blue pants. He also becomes friends with Tommy, a local teenager who’s dog defrosted him, and his dad who runs a bar from their house.
1. Fairly odd Parents
This is my childhood in a TV show.
This is another cartoon that tells the story of a little boy called Timmy. Timmy has two Fairy God parents who disguise themselves as his fish and can grant him any wish he wants. This basically gives the message ‘be careful what you wish for’ and Timmy is not always clever with his wishes. He gets himself into lots of scrapes and, since his Fairy God parents can’t undo wishes, it’s up to him to solve them. He also has an arch enemy, his baby sitter Vicky, and, hence the title, a pair of fairly odd parents.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my trip through memory lane, and maybe sparked up a few memories of your own!
Thanks for reading!