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TV Shows

Wendi and Ken talk about watching TV as a youngster.

Wendi: OK, so the next thing was when I was young, I used to watch this TV program. It was called the "Wonder Years". And I had such a crush on that kid Fred.

Ken: Fred Savage was it?

Wendi: Yeah, yeah, Fred Savage. What was his name in that show?

Ken: I actually never really watched that show. No, I've seen a couple of reruns.

Wendi: I know he had a crush on some girl names Wendi but I can't recall what his name was, but I has such a huge mad crush on him.

Ken: It's that show with the little kid, but like someone else, like the adult's like recounting his childhood.

Wendi: Yeah, I think so.

Ken: Like there's a narrator in the back.

Wendi: I think so. Yeah. I think so. But then, that whole thing just broke down when I saw Austin Powers, and "Mole, Mole, Mole, Mole".

Ken: Was that him?

Wendi: Yeah.

Ken: That was him?

Wendi: It's the same guy and he's an adult and he's not attractive or cute whatsoever and so I just feel really betrayed.

Wendi: OK, so I told you about an actor I had a crush on when I was young. So what show did you grow up on that you totally had a crush on - one of the actresses?

Ken: Unfortunately. Unfortunately, I was banned from watching TV as a child.

Wendi: Are you serious?

Ken: Yeah, so.

Wendi: Were you really?

Ken: I did not grow up watching TV. Yeah. I was not raised on TV.

Wendi: You weren't raised on TV at all?

Ken: Not at all.

Wendi: So, were taking Monday to Friday, no TV?

Ken: I'm talking I had to, like while my mom was cooking dinner, I could like turn the volume really low on a nine inch black and white TV and maybe catch five minutes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or something.

Wendi: Are you serious?

Ken: That's how bad it was.

Wendi: That's shocking.

Ken: That is, yeah.

Wendi: Yeah, so then at like what age did you, because you know how to work a computer quite well, when did you learn all this stuff?

Ken: I guess once my brother and sister started growing up, then my mom, you know, let me have a little bit more freedom.

Wendi: Yeah. Yeah.

Ken: We got our first computer. I was more into computer than TV, initially.

Wendi: Yeah.

Ken: And the first Tv show I watched regularly must have been like the Simpsons, probably.

Wendi: How old were you?

Ken: I can't remember. Probably, seventh, eight grade.

Wendi: Oh, yeah.

Ken: So thirteen or fourteen years old.

Wendi: Crazy. Crazy. That's amazing.

Ken: Yeah.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson


I used to watch "Wonder Years" and I had such a crush on that kid Fred.

'Kid' is an informal word for child. Notice the following:

  1. I played hockey when I was kid.
  2. Who's that kid over there?


I never really watched that show, but I've seen a couple of reruns.

A 'rerun' is a show that has already been played on television but is now being played again. With many popular shows, that television channels will continue to play old shows, even after new shows are no longer being made. Notice the following:

  1. They don't make this show anymore, so these are all reruns.
  2. At this time of night there are nothing but reruns on television.

mad crush

I can't recall what his name was on the show, but I had such a huge mad crush on him.

A 'mad crush' means a 'big crush.' You have a crush on someone when you like him in a romantic way. Usually we use 'crush' to talk about someone we don't know well, have never met or think we have no chance with. Notice the following:

  1. Lots of teenage girls have mad crushes on Justin Bieber.
  2. I had a mad crush on him all through high school, but we never dated.


It's like an adult recounting his childhood, so there's like a narrator in the back.

A 'narrator' is a person who tells a story or adds extra comments to a story, television show, performance or movie. The narrator is not always a character in the performance, and usually you can't see him when he is narrating; you just hear the voice. Notice the following:

  1. She is the main character and the narrator in the show.
  2. He has a very famous voice, because he has been a narrator in many movies, but nobody knows what he looks like.


Unfortunately, I was banned from watching TV as a child.

When you are 'banned' from doing something, you are not allowed to do it. It is prohibited. Notice the following:

  1. The teacher banned chewing gum in the classroom.
  2. There are a number of countries in the world where alcohol is banned.

Vocabulary Quiz

kid • rerun • a mad crush
narrator • banned
  1. They just played this the other day.
  2. Bad language is on this channel, so it's good for kids.
  3. All the girls in his class have on him.
  4. She was never attractive enough to be an actress, but she was a popular .
  5. Even though he's just a , he's really tall.
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