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Fee-fie-foh-fum is from Shakespeare.
King Lear, Act 3, scene 4: "Fie, foh, and fum,/I smell the blood of a British man".
Imo the 1960s were the heyday of television story writing. Yeah, you had clunkers like lost In Space (though that was good too at first), but nothing was more exciting (or video-game violent) as the westerns, Star Trek, the Herculoids (and other cartoons from Alex Toth), or the other one-hour action shows. And the good guys always won. What's wrong with that? Like TVLand used to put it, it was 34 (or something like that) percent better than real life. Imo it was also 100% better than most of the garbage they put on TV now.
I worry about kids today, but the quality of children's TV is way down on the list of reasons why.
In the UK we had Oliver Postgate. His TV programmes were so, so wonderful. Go and find Bagpuss, Noggin the Nog or the Clangers on Youtube. If there were messages in them they must have been subliminal as they did produce a rather strange generation.
Modern children get Adventure Time, Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra, and my eternal hatred for it.
At least Animaniacs was suitably amazing, and still holds up extremely well.
New shows suck. Old shows were better.
"Cookies are a sometimes food."
Game. Set. Match.
how can you not mention Fat Albert as the ultimate kid show?
The television wasn't the problem in my house; on the plus side, we had Bill Cosby's earliest standup routines. It was stuff like the songs of Tom Lehr that seriously warped my young mind.
I say again, Adventure Time is the answer to all of this.
Just gotta reiterate Craig's point and remention Oliver Postgate. A great hero. Anybody who doesn't know what "The Clangers" are; Stop; Go to Youtube. Watch. Now. Do it. Do it now.
Now. To refute whoever it was who said that TV shows for six year olds are better than those for four year olds. Not where I was. The pre-schoolers TV when I grew up was brilliant. Not only the afore mentioned Clangers and Bagpuss, but also The Herbs, set in a herb garden. Mr Benn, who each week went down to the fancy dress shop, changed into a costume and then left through the other door for a costume related adventure. All of them facing challenges involving courage, initiative, clever thinking and hard work, but never violence.
You've got me started now. I could rattle on for ever: I've already gone on too long and now it's time to stop.