Classic kids' shows
Children's television has changed quite a bit over the past few decades. However, some shows have withstood the test of time. Let's take a look at these 10 classic kids' TV shows. Some of them are still being filmed and broadcast today, while others only can be found in syndication.
Sesame Street debuted on November 10, 1969 on PBS and is still going strong today. A favorite among young children and their parents, the show features Muppets, animation, educational lessons, humor and much more. As of 2009, Sesame Street had received 118 Emmy Awards, more than any other TV series.
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood ran from 1968 to 2001 and continues to be popular in syndication. Host Fred Rogers had a quiet gentleness that was appealing to young kids and parents alike. Mister Rogers spoke directly to the viewers as he told stories, demonstrated experiments, constructed crafts, played music and interacted with friends -- real ones and those in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.
Many kids woke up to Captain Kangaroo. The show aired weekday mornings on CBS from 1955 to 1984. Bob Keeshan, who played the title character, also portrayed the original Clarabell the Clown on The Howdy Doody Show. This TV program was centered around The Treasure House where Captain Kangaroo would tell stories, do funny stunts and meet guests.
The Mickey Mouse Club
This old school classic started in 1955 and was aired on ABC. The original show (which ran from 1955-1959) featured a regular cast of teenage performers (Mouseketeers) that included the likes of Annette Funicello, Tommy Cole, Darlene Gillespie and Cubby O'Brien. The series has been revived and reformatted numerous times since its original run. In the 1990s, Christina Aguilera, JC Chasez, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake were among the Mouseketeers on this TV program.
Romper Room was a popular television series aimed at preschoolers that ran in the U.S. from 1953 to 1994. It featured the hostess and a group of four- and five-year-old children. She would lead the kids in the Pledge of Allegiance, games, songs, exercises and moral lessons about being polite, sharing toys, behaving for parents and more. The most memorable part of each show was at the end of each broadcast when the hostess would look into her magic mirror and name the children she saw out in televisionland.