I grew up in the 80s, and virtually any sitcom, cartoon, or educational program from that era can now be found on YouTube. But, Grandparents, did you know that many shows from the 50s and 60s that YOU grew up with can also be found on YouTube?
I did a quick YouTube search of some popular family/children's programs from the 50s and 60s and here is a short list of what I found:
The Lone Ranger
The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show
The Andy Griffith Show
Classic Mickey Mouse Club
The Shari Lewis Show
Leave It To Beaver (the 1954 season of Lassie available for free on Hulu.com)
Adventures of Superman
I Love Lucy (select I Love Lucy episodes also available for free on Hulu.com)
Also, check out the website, Free-Classic-TV-Shows.com. Lots of old shows, including some pretty obscure series and episodes.
When you start showing kids television shows that meant something to YOU as a child, you are making a family history connection with them. Every child has a favorite TV show; it's something in life that we can all relate to. Don't be surprised if the kids then start asking other questions about your childhood - Where did you live?, Did you wear clothes like those kids in the show?, Did you have a bike like that kid in the show?, Who were your friends? What was school like then?, Where did you parents work?, etc. And all of a sudden, you have a budding family historian!
©2014, Emily Kowalski Schroeder.