Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Here Come the Double Deckers! (1970)
If you grew up in the 70's, Saturday mornings meant watching such classic children's television shows as The Shazam!/Isis Hour (1975), Lance Link: Secret Chimp (1970) and Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (1973). While your caregiver(s) were sleeping off the effects of five days of mindless work, you were catered to by some of the greatest minds in children's television and advertising. Some have argued that your time might have been better spent in some cooperative physical activity in which you could have acquired valuable social skills and attuned your body to the physical world, but they probably never watched Here Come the Double Deckers (1970), the single greatest children's program ever to reach these shores.
The Double Deckers had a clubhouse in a junkyard in an actual double decker bus. They were English, which meant they were smart, and they could make up songs on the spot and sing them to illustrate important story points. Though one club member was black, he had all the same club privileges as the other members. They lived just outside London right at the end of the swinging 60's, the best place and time to be alive ever.
Though this show is not yet on DVD or VHS, you can purchase a 3-DVDr set of the entire series on eBay. The original source material is most likely a television broadcast, so some serious copyright laws are being broken, as well as your eBay user agreement, but what's your other option? To not watch the Double Deckers ever again? Bullshit!