1970s children's TV shows

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1970s children's TV shows
The 1970s saw a rise in the variety of children's programming. (old television image by inacio pires from Fotolia.com)

By the 1970s, the average American household had at least one television. Subscriptions to cable television, which had existed since the 1950s, tripled between 1970 and 1979, leading to a boom in the variety of shows produced specifically for children.

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Educational

Educational programs for children in preschool and elementary school became popular in this decade, with some lasting well into the 1980s and beyond. These included shows such as Romper Room, Sesame Street, The Electric Company and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Cartoons

Well-liked animated programs included Scooby-Doo, Josie & the Pussycats, Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids, The Pink Panther, Superfriends and Schoolhouse Rock. Winnie the Pooh was a favourite amongst the preschool crowd.

Non-Animated

Older children were entertained by Shazam, Land of the Lost and the Mickey Mouse Club. The younger set enjoyed shows like Captain Kangaroo and The Bugaloos.

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