30 Days of TV – Day 13

Day 13 – Favorite childhood show

If you grew up in the late eighties/early nineties, chances are good that you remember The Disney Afternoon. It wasn’t the first programming block that I remember, nor the first cartoons I saw… I remember The Real Ghostbusters, and that it was followed by what I swear was a cartoon starring the 7-Up dot, but I can’t find any evidence of such a thing’s existence. (The flaws of memory: it doesn’t retain those formative years. Whatever, the show had a dot or a ball as a primary character; AFAIK it sucked beyond that.)

Anyways, The Disney Afternoon. It started right before I got home from school, so all I missed was the Gummi Bears (which was so, like, Pre-K), and ended right before we had dinner. (Which was stupid-early compared to the rest of the world, because dad had weeknight meetings.) The block introduced some seriously good shows to the Disney brand. Chip ‘N Dale might not have held up as well, nor Ducktales, but Darkwing Duck and TaleSpin were awesome. My fave was TaleSpin; it was on the first Disney Afternoon, and was the best (and last) of the lineup.

It doesn’t use the traditional formulas for a cartoon, which is why it worked so well: take the characters from The Jungle Book, put them in a 1930s sky ace radio serial that makes Crimson Skies blush, and add in a heaping of retro-screwball comedy. For a children’s show featuring (pre-furry) anthro characters fighting off sky pirates and Stalinist pigs, it has a good appeal to adults… I’ve never seen anyone badmouth the show, though it’s not on Netflix streaming so I can’t attempt to destroy my childhood nostalgia immediately. Yet it still managed to hook all us kids back in the day; it was clearly the most popular of the shows, with the possible exception of Darkwing Duck. I ended up getting a subscription to Disney Adventures just for the TaleSpin comics. (Later it had a large chunk of Bone, but other than that, it was kinda crap.)

In hindsight I’m pretty sure that TaleSpin was the influencing factor that accounts for my pulp fixation. And why I loved Sky Captain.

Day 01 – A show that should have never been canceled – Jericho
Day 02 – A show that you wish more people were watching – Fringe
Day 03 – Your favorite new show (aired this TV-season) – Game of Thrones
Day 04 – Your favorite show ever – Battlestar Galactica (2004)
Day 05 – A show you hate – various micro-rants
Day 06 – Favorite episode of your favorite t.v show – The Oath/Blood on the Scales
Day 07 – Least favorite episode of your favorite t.v show – Black Market
Day 08 – A show everyone should watch – Better Off Ted
Day 09 – Best scene/episode ever – Out of Gas
Day 10 – A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving – NCIS
Day 11 – A show that disappointed you – Heroes
Day 12 – A TV show you’ve watched more than 4 times – Robotech
Day 13 – Favorite childhood show – Talespin
Day 14 – Favorite male character
Day 15 – Favorite female character
Day 16 – Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 – Favorite mini series
Day 18 – Favorite title sequence
Day 19 – Best t.v show cast
Day 20 – Favorite kiss
Day 21 – Favorite relationship
Day 22 – Best pilot episode
Day 23 – Most annoying character
Day 24 – Best quote
Day 25 – A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 – OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 – Favorite series finale
Day 28 – First t.v show obsession
Day 29 – Current t.v show obsession
Day 30 – Saddest character death

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