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T13: The 80’s American Sitcoms I Used to Watch in Scotland Donkeys Years Ago and Thought I Had Learned All I Needed to Know (About Living Here)

An instance where TV doesn’t teach your kids as much as you’d think it does.

1. Family Ties

2. CHiPS

3. Roseanne

4. Small Wonder

5. The Wonder Years

6. The A-Team

7. Married: With Children

8. Mork & Mindy

9. Taxi

10. The Golden Girls (shut your dirty mouth)

11. Cheers

12. Heart to Heart

13. Cagney and Lacey

(14.  The Cosby Show)


Words & Letters


Anything regarded as being an excellent example of something may be called a beezer, but the most common local use is in referring to a very cold day:

“That wis a beezer yesterday; did your pipes freeze an aw?”

Earlier today, my curiosity was getting the better of me and I had to know why NOGGIN had moved The Upside Down Show from 11 a.m. to 5 a.m. (MST) recently, so I went on an online quest and it wasn’t long before I unearthed the dark, dismal truth. Why would such a popular show be pushed back to an unearthly time of day? That’s what I wanted to know too. No kid (of mine) gets up at 5 a.m.! Imagine my horror/shock/disillusionment when I found out they had cancelled it and had no plans to air a second season. I couldn’t believe it! What were they thinking? Were they thinking?! That is quality programming at-its-best my friends. If you’ve never seen the show, I urge you to DVR it, tape it, do anything to see it. It cracks me up. It cracked me up. [cough, sob]I know I’m too late. I don’t care. I wrote a letter to a NOGGIN executive. A bonefide LETTER. Okay, I typed it–but still(!) I prrrrinted it off! And it’s on its way to Broadway on the 38th floor, New York, NY no less.

Shane and David of The Upside Down Show

Dear Ms. Brown Johnson,

Although I just barely received the news, I am deeply saddened and disappointed that The Upside Down Show will not be returning to the NOGGIN network for a second season.

As a mother who carefully seeks out fun, exciting and challenging television programming for her three-and-a-half year-old pre-schooler, I was delighted and encouraged by the originality and imaginative play The Upside Down Show offered on a daily basis. There really is no other program like it around, and for that I was grateful. As a mother, I enjoyed it for the snippets of interjected adult humour and slapstick comedic relief. My son loves The Remote (the best prop I HAVEN’T had to buy) and playing along with them. His extended vocabulary has increased exponentially—in short, his life stops when The Upside Down Show comes on. Imagine his disappointment when I told him it was now showing “before the sun comes up” at 5 a.m.

Since the show has moved, I have been forced to change channels. I would much rather he watch Dirty Jobs than Nickelodeon or Little Bear on NOGGIN. I think small children get easily tired and bored with constant cartoons and the same thrashed out rigmarole. I know I am not alone in my thinking; there are many, many thousands of others who share my same standpoint. I wonder how many other discerning parents there are out there who, like me, are oblivious to these changes(?).

Please know that I have never taken the time to write or e-mail any television corporation about scheduling or listings, but I felt I was really obliged to in this case.

In conclusion, I sincerely hope that you and your colleagues will reconsider your positioning on this.

Yours sincerely,



I’d better not get a form letter back. I hope I get something back.