I was wondering about something and thought I should share it on the blogosphere. The recent (minor) fuss about actor Neil Patrick Harris being gay made me realize something about childhood TV shows and memories. One of my friends remembered the show Doogie Howser, MD, and he considers it a decisive factor in his having wanted, at some point, to become a doctor. To most others, the show rang no bells. How many of you remember this show? How about other shows that “shaped your minds” or had an effect on you? I can easily think of Quantum Leap, Mission Impossible, and Sliders. How about Road to Avonlea with Felicity King?


At Tuesday, November 07, 2006 6:06:00 PM, Blogger arch.memory said...

Ooh, he finally came out; good for him! I always thought he's a cutie...

At Tuesday, November 07, 2006 7:48:00 PM, Blogger Lazarus said...

doogie howser ... one of the best shows ever.

ya man, shoo zakarak bi sliders!? that was one hell of a show. mtv, 8:30ish pm, mondays (or tuesdays ... i think) ... :P

At Tuesday, November 07, 2006 8:28:00 PM, Blogger Firas said...

Quantum leap - definitely
Mind Your Language - definitely... "por favor?"
Larry and Balky - forgot the name
Battlestar Galactica
Buck Rogers
Three's Company
Max Headroom
The Tomorrow People - brit 1970s sci-fi with cheesy effects. They were able to teleport, awsome. It played way back in early 80s.
Zora La Rousse

And don't get me started on Cartoons (Adnan wa Lina, Grendizer, etc.)

At Tuesday, November 07, 2006 8:52:00 PM, Blogger Delirious said...

Quantum Leap
Mac Gyver
Perfect Strangers (that's for Balki and 'Cossin Larry', Firas ;-)
The Wonder Years
Knight Rider
The Cosby Show
The Muppet Show
Fraggle Rock
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Inspector Gadget
He-Man/She-ra (had those on video!)
Belle wa Sebastian
etc. etc.

Wow.. stirred up quite a few memories~ :)

At Tuesday, November 07, 2006 9:33:00 PM, Blogger Charles Malik said...

My parents didn't really let me watch TV.

But the Cosby Show was fantastic!

Hmmm... Funny that Bashar would be so influenced by Doogie Howser.

At Tuesday, November 07, 2006 10:01:00 PM, Blogger hillz said...

lower standrads (??) :P :
- sliders
- x files
- party of five
- neighbours (australian)
- e street (australian, TL)
- dawson's creek (first two seasons)
- felecity (first two seasons)
- wonder years
- murder she wrote..
- law and order

At Wednesday, November 08, 2006 10:49:00 AM, Blogger Hassan said...

Charles Malik!

I meant someone else, not Bashar. Bashar wanted to be a doctor like many others want to be doctors, engineers, or lawyers (hakim, mohandes, aw mohami). Don't get me started on the Lebanese society :P

At Wednesday, November 08, 2006 4:01:00 PM, Blogger Hassan said...


ALF?? I was terribly scared of him as a child. Very traumatic, I'd say.


I watched Party of Five, Neighbours (it was daily at around 14:00, right?), and sometimes Felicity. I know the first two were on Future, but I forgot about the third.

I watched Murder She Wrote way back when I lived in the south and all the channels we had were Jordan TV (Arabic & English channels), Israel (Hebrew & Arabic channels), and Middle East TV, the Evangelist station that was also the quasi Lahd militia (SLA) TV.

At Wednesday, November 08, 2006 5:11:00 PM, Blogger Eve said...

one of the things that made me realize I was growing up is watching Sarah from Avonley who was about my age maybe. When she started dating in the last episodes of the series, I was like: inno mbereh ba3da mfa2seh min el bayda wlo.
3andak kamein Mac Gyver's smartness, Kevin's ( wonder years) mistakes and embarassing moments, Sam's leaps, the Full House family etc..

At Wednesday, November 08, 2006 7:46:00 PM, Blogger Lazarus said...

hehe. alf was hilarious ya hassan!

didn't anyone used to watch black adder?

At Wednesday, November 08, 2006 8:34:00 PM, Blogger John Smith said...

Babylon 5

At Thursday, November 09, 2006 7:28:00 AM, Blogger Charles Malik said...

Okay, I guess I have to admit it. I was a big fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

I also liked Murphy Brown when I was 9.

Hassan, great topic introduction! Quite a discussion.


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