Throwback Thursday: Five great picks for the unrelenting kid in us all

Though we saw the coming of television, many of us grew up without cable or any TV at all. Then we vowed that when we grow up and became parents, we’d let our kids watch all the TV they wanted.

But now, we have gone reverse. While the good news is that Kids TV much like grown up TV has become a lot better over the years.

But now, we have forgotten our vows and keep on telling our kids to turn off the TV every once in a while. But when we’re being the cool, fun parents, we have these shows to thank.

And frankly speaking, in addition to being wonderful programs for children, we have assembled five great picks for the unrelenting kid in us all.


Beat Bugs
Creator: Josh Wakely

Beat bugs
This cleverly made animated series focuses on a group of young bugs just looking to live their lives on the ground but throw one interesting twist into the relatively simple format: Every episode is framed around a Beatles song.

Each episode features Beatles songs covered by popular artists such as Eddie Vedder, The Shins, James Corden, and Of Monsters and Men who all put their own spin on the song. The episodes feature positive messages about things like friendship and dealing with loneliness for the kiddos, and parents can tap their toes to the rocking soundtrack.


He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Creator: Mattel, Inc., Filmation

He man
Not a lot of animated shows hold up for three decades, but luckily, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was just crazy enough to still work all these years later. Following the heroes of the magical world of Eternia, the story tracks He-Man and his band as they battle it out with the evil Skeletor. It stands out in history as the first show ever based on a toy, and featured writing by some eventual legends like J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) and Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series.


Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Creator: Haim Saban and Shuki Levy

One of the most popular shows of the 90s, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was originally created using footage from the long-running Japanese programme Super Sentai.


The Power Rangers have proven to have surprising staying power, both among 90s kids who giggle now at the scrappy low-budget look of the show, and a new generation of fans finding it through both Netflix and a reboot that landed on ABC in 2010.



Creator: Pamela Eells O’Connell and Adam Lapidus


The story of a small town girl running to the Big Apple to pursue her dreams has been revisited, and sometimes parodied (hello Kimmy Schmidt), a number of times. But this particular version of that same tale which follows the titular Jessie as she tries to maintain order in the home of a rich New York family, is as engaging as it gets, thanks to the plucky energy and whip smart comic timing of its lead Debby Ryan and the four young actors playing the kids in her charge.

Like most Disney Channel shows, this one was a massive hit for the network and while it is scheduled to wrap up after its fourth season (currently airing), plans for a spinoff are already under way.

The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
Creator: Andy Heyward

Just as he had done with the world of Nintendo, producer Andy Heyward latched on to the potential of the Sega videogame system and spun it out into a TV franchise.

Loosely based on the plot of the popular Sonic The Hedgehog game, Sonic (voiced by Family Matters star Jaleel White) and his buddies fought against the evil Robotnik on the planet of Mobius.

Like its title character, Sonic had some surprising legs, moving after one season from ABC into syndication and then getting revamped a few years later with a new look and storyline under the name Sonic Underground.


Voltron: Legendary Defender
Creator: Lauren Montgomery, Joaquim Dos Santos

This CGI-animated revival of the classic 1980s Voltron franchise is turning into an ambitious sci-fi series in its own right following a rag-tag team of heroes as they try to protect the universe from the evil Galra Empire.

Though it’s influenced by anime, this series is actually an American series which gives it a very original style all its own. The animation work is tops and the creative team has done an excellent job of building out this team of heroes and developing a camaraderie that keeps you coming back, huge sci-fi action or not. But, of course, there is a whole lot of giant robot fighting along the way.