To think 30 years ago was 1985 is not always a pleasant thought but we children of the 80’s have a definite fondness for the programmes we watched. Here is a list of 10 amazing shows that may or may not have made it across the pond but deserve a visit with our children. From encouraging learning to sheer wonder these are not programmes to be missed.
1. Reading Rainbow (1983-2006)
This show is all about teaching the kids how to love reading. Full of adventures of all different kinds and lessons to be learned. Levar Burton has dedicated his life to improving literacy around the world and this show is to one to be enjoyed by all. Also once you hear the theme song you will catch yourself humming it all the time.
2. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994)
The second instalment of Star Trek led by Captain Picard uses its platform of sci-fi to tackle complicated issues that at the time were not widely discussed. This show provides a great starting place to having endless discussions with your children regarding our place in the universe.
3. Labyrinth (1986)
What do you have when you combine the magic of Jim Henson and the music of David Bowie? An irresistible classic full of goblins, magic, and seemingly endless walls. Also learning the lesson that life is always fair but that’s okay because along the way you will find friends to help you through the good and bad.
4. The Dark Crystal (1982)
An unexpected destiny is thrusted upon a young Gelfling in this masterwork of animatronics and puppetry brought about by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. Taking place on a completely unique alien world this epic fantasy follows a harrowing journey that will decide the fate of an entire world.
5. The Last Unicorn (1982)
A magical creature strives to discover the fate that befell the rest of her kind. Along the way she joins with some unusual friends and together they deal with curses, unpredictable magic, and the results of love. Beautiful hand drawn cartooning is matched with music by America to create a timeless classic.
6. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
Set in the world of Sherlock Holmes’ mouse holes this animal story takes us from Baker Street to Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. With the villainous Ratigan attempting to replace the Queen with a toy replica will our furry detective, Basil, and his associate Dr. Dawson be able to stop the devious plot? You’ll be hugging each other on the edge of the couch watching this mouse tale.
7. Peewee’s Big Adventure (1985)
Tim Burton, sitting in the directors’ chair of a full length feature film for the first time, is paired with Paul Reubens’ Peewee Herman to go on a journey to recover his stolen pimped out bicycle. Peewee travels from his home to Texas on the advice of a psychic, makes friends with some bikers, manages to find his way to Warner Brothers Studios in California and back home again all in search of his red bicycle. Along the way he learns there are more important things in life then a material possession and that living life is its own reward.
8. Peewee’s Playhouse (1986-1990)
Exuberant and at times over the top Peewee’s Playhouse is a never ending source of whimsical fun. A big part of Peewee’s format as a children’s television show was that it did not talk down to kids as if they were less intelligent, this allowed for the show to have a large adult audience as well. A large cast of characters brings about a multitude of situations for Peewee to navigate through while having running gags and the wonderful “Word of the Day” craziness.
9. Explorers (1985)
In the Explorers four kids decide to make dreams reality. Taking the schematics one boy dreams of and building it the children realize it will allow them to travel through space. Deciding to use the technology they created the children head off on a mission to explore the galaxy and find aliens. Well, sometimes when you go out looking you find things in the strangest of places.
10. Fox and the Hound (1981)
Not many movies so seamlessly weave a story of overcoming differences to become friends as the story of the Fox and the Hound. This movie teaches us that sometimes someone has to step up to make society see that it is wrong and that it is time to move the world forward. It also shows us the power one person can have when they stand up for the right things.