Photo of Three children watching the television. One sitting very close to the television set circa 1960.

The golden age of TV?

We asked: What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid?
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Gunsmoke. The best episodes were when Festus and Doc got into squabbles. I could do without any other shows as long as I had my weekly episode of Matt, Kitty, Doc, Festus and Sam. Even the town drunk, Louie, was great to watch.

— Sandy Stewart (District 13 Hamilton-Wentworth, Haldimand)

We didn’t watch much TV as kids, but we did watch a lot of The Flintstones! And, of course, if we were sick, we watched The Price Is Right!

— Suzanne Scanlon (District 28 Region of Durham)

The Jackie Gleason Show, The Red Skelton Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, Lassie.

— Merla Buote (District 16 City of Toronto)

Ramper Room, The Flintstones, Batman, The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, and, surprisingly, we enjoyed watching wrestling as a family.

— Angela Pidone (District 23 North York)

The Mickey Mouse Club.

— Elaine Marentette (District 42 Mainland British Columbia)

Get Smart, The Ed Sullivan Show, Bonanza and sometimes The Bugs Bunny Show.

— Gabriele Southby (District 36 Peterborough)

That would be a toss-up between Bonanza and The Ed Sullivan Show. Also, Lost in Space.

— Heather LeCraw (District 18 Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes)


— Shirley Criscione (District 24 Scarborough and East York)

The Ed Sullivan Show was a weekly staple for our family. It’s where I first fell in love with the Beatles. And who can forget Topo Gigio? “Eddie, kiss me goodnight”! Or Tiny Tim tiptoeing through the tulips with his ukulele.

— Linda Skeries (District 17 Simcoe County)

The Mickey Mouse Club.

— Elizabeth Fraser (District 24 Scarborough and East York)

The Bugs Bunny Show.

— Lorraine Knowles (District 36 Peterborough)

American Bandstand.

— Carolyn Romanin (District 14 Niagara)

The Brady Bunch.

— Kerry Black (District 22 Etobicoke and York)


— Megan MacFarlane (District 27 Ottawa-Carleton)

I Love Lucy!

— Donna Martin (District 16 City of Toronto)

When I was three years old, we lived in Toronto and were one of the first houses to have a TV. My mother said I sat on a stool and watched the test pattern. Later, my favourite was a western with Johnny Mack Brown.

— Joan Hambley Bennett (District 43 Nipissing)

The Gene Autry Show, The Lone Ranger, The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, later The Mickey Mouse Club. In 1953, when I was about to enter Grade 1 in Holland Marsh, my mother got a lottery ticket for buying my lunch pail. She won a TV and it came to live in our farmhouse.

— Dianne Mathies (District 15 Halton)

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