The Best Saturdays of Our Lives Podcast

The Best Saturdays of Our Lives Podcast

The Best Saturdays of our Lives chronicles the origins of competitive Saturday Morning Television from the “big bang” of the 1966-67 season though the 1990s.

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Mark McCray
Dan Klink

Episode #26 The Cutesy Era – Part 2

In part two, trends in both marketing and child psychology coalesce. We might talk a bit more about the Care Bears then we intended, but this is what you get from an episode recorded back in 2019. Part two also explores Disney’s leap into Saturday Morning market. 00:00:24 Attack Them

The Best Saturdays of Our Lives # 25 The Cutesy Era – Part 1

There’s nothing tiny about this trend! From Tex Avery’s last animated work to Jim Henson’s first, we shrink it down and look at all that was small on Saturday morning.  00:00:24 Squishable Plushable Boss Hog 00:15:23 Muppet Babies 00:25:00 Don’t Miss It! TOTAL RUNNTIME: 00:27:21 The ESO Network  #esonetwork  Mark

The Best Saturdays of Our Lives Ep# 24 – Wonder Woman 1968?

Wonder Woman made her small screen debut almost fifty years ago, but not in a way you would expect. Mark and Dan explore her Saturday morning origins all the way through the modern cable era. You’ll be fascinated by both when, and how, Diana Prince finally got animated! 00:00:25 The

The Best Saturdays of Our Lives Podcast Ep#21 – A Tribute to Ken Spears

In Episode 21 Mark and Dan pay tribute to the life and legacy of Ken Spears who, along with his partner Joe Ruby, changed the animation landscape forever! 00:00:24 The Early Years 00:21:44 The Later Years 00:31:20 Thank You TOTAL RUNTIME: 00:33:36 The ESO Network Mark McCray The Best


The Best Saturdays of Our Lives Podcast – Ep#20 Not PBS Kids part 2

In part 1 of “Not PBS Kids” we brought you the landscape. Now we dive into the shows! Romper Room hits the pre-K crowed while Schoolhouse Rock hits all the right notes with endearing lessons in civics! Celebrated journalists bring the news to Saturday morning and beyond, and children become


The Best Saturdays of Our Lives Podcast – Ep# Not PBS Kids part 1

Censorship! Educational Programming! Degrassi High! In episode 19 Mark and Dan jump all over the place. From the Lawrence Welk show and the Rural Purge to Action for Children’s Television and PBS, we drop a lot of knowledge in this one. And knowing is half the battle! 00:00:24 ACT 1


Ep. #17 Live Action in Animation – Part 4

Remember that episode of Happy Days when the Fonz and gang got lost in time with a traveler from the future? In part four we Punky out to Gilligan’s Planet with Mork & Mindy while Star Wars and Ghostbusters land on Saturday morning with mixed results!   00:00:11 Somethin’ Somethin’


Ep. #16 Tribute to Joe Ruby + Live Action in Animation – Part 3 

In this special episode Mark pays tribute and we say goodbye to one of the giants of Saturday morning animation, Joe Ruby.  We continue our “Trek” into the live action to animation genre through the 1970’s with The Jackson 5, (most of) The Partridge Family, and so much more while

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