Child's Play - A Look Back at Long Lost Kid Friendly Horror TV Shows!

Child's Play - A Look Back at Long Lost Kid Friendly Horror TV Shows!A lot of people ask me, "Creepy, how did you first come to love horror movies so much?" Well, growing up in the Seventies, there was plenty to go around. There were TV classics like Gargoyles, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, and any number of TV Movies of the Week, and there was also...

There was also a ton of weird and quirky bits of monster-themed kids programming. Usually "The Munsters" and "The Land of the Lost" get all the love, and rightly so. They're absolute classics. That being said, we're gonna talk about some other things here. Things you may not have known even existed. For instance, were you aware that way before Venkmen, Spengler, Stantz and Zeddmore there was a whole other set of Ghostbusters? How about a different Monster Squad? Got your attention? Good. Sit back, relax, and get ready to soak up some lunacy as we revisit...

Child's Play - A Look Back at Long Lost Kid Friendly Horror TV Shows!

Now mind you, you don't have to be a kid to enjoy the nuttiness on this list as the following programs are so gloriously whacked-out they still stand the test of time. Especially if you're in the... shall we say... "right frame of mind!" If you're an adult, having "party favors" on hand will surely help.

First on my list of the absolutely strange and obscure is a Japanese import that I wasn't lucky enough to enjoy as a kid...

"The Space Giants" (1967)
It was the Foywonder who brought this giant-fighting gem into my life, and I've never been able to look back. This show out Ultras "Ultraman" and is an absolute MUST for fans of Godzilla and monster movies. Our main hero is a fifty-foot tall robot named Goldar who looks as if he got lost on the way to a Spinal Tap concert. Goldar works with his wife Silvar and their son Gam. So how does he know when the Earth is in jeopardy? A news reporter named Ito Mura and his son Miko always seem to be on the front lines of an alien attack, and when there's trouble, Miko blows a magic whistle three times and Goldar and company fly to the planet's aide by transforming into rockets and speeding off to the rescue. There's also some form of strange alternate reality where Goldar lives that's run by a weird looking wizard named Methusan. Sound strange? You have no friggin' clue the insanity that waits for you should you track this hard-to-find gem down. Known in Japan as "Ambassador Magma," "The Space Giants" enjoyed a hell of a run in the Far East, accumulating more than 50 episodes.

Child's Play - A Look Back at Long Lost Kid Friendly Horror TV Shows!

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Vlad's picture

Lots of great memories here, thanks for sharing (I also grew up in the 70s!). The vampire stuff is, of course, more near and dear to my heart. If anyone's interested in more vampire TV, check out my book! (shameless plug...)

Submitted by Vlad on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 5:25pm.
Terminal's picture

Fantastic list.

Submitted by Terminal on Fri, 04/05/2013 - 1:51am.
PrairieGhost's picture

That's one hell of a look Back in time! Makes you feel sorry for all the kids growing up now. Every parent should feed their kids minds with these shows.

Submitted by PrairieGhost on Thu, 04/04/2013 - 9:20pm.
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Debi Moore's picture

How well I remember some of these shows - especially Groovie Goolies. Such a blast from the past this story is!

Submitted by Debi Moore on Thu, 04/04/2013 - 4:58pm.

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