Jun 112015

There’s something pretty awesome about connecting with your kids over something you loved when you were young, am I right?  It offers them a glimpse into what you were like as a kid yourself and gives you a way to relive your childhood.  Win-win.

As it turns out, cartoons such as the new Netflix original series Inspector Gadget and Danger Mouse are giving parents and their kids loads to bond over. Not only are the old-school classics we all grew up on more popular than ever, but new reboots are introducing a whole new generation to some of our most favorite characters.

I love snuggling up with my boys on the sofa to watch Inspector Gadget.


I plan on spending some time with the boys this summer watching these retro shows for sure, but watching them made me think back to all the other fun stuff we usually do over the summer in our family.

It wouldn’t be summer in our family without a visit to the local amusement park, Canobie Lake.


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And we never miss going to watch the Patriots Training Camp every August.


We are big strawberry lovers, so every June we go strawberry picking.

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We love Old Orchard Beach in Maine!  Here the boys are on their first trip there back in 2011!


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And if you are from the area, you probably have pictures of your kids just like this at Santa’s Village.  We’re there every summer, too.

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And of course, we go to Disney World every year – usually in the summer, but in 2013 we changed it up and went for Halloween.


So now that I have had my #tbt moment, I wanted to tell you about all the other cool throw back shows that you can stream on Netflix so that you can have your very own throw back.

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What’s your favorite show from when you were younger?

Note: I am a member of the Netflix StreamTeam.  As part of the #streamteam, I have received product and complimentary service, but all opinions are 100% my own. 

  157 Responses to “Summer Fun Throw Backs #StreamTeam #tbt”

  1. My brother actually was the inspector gadget fan while I actually preferred real live action shows like The Magic Garden as a kid. Not sure if you remember that show, but totally admit to loving it here 😉

  2. I think it’s great that you are such a close and active family! You are always headed somewhere fun and new! Summers are overloaded for us with all the great weather….we are outside enjoying it mostly, but there’s always a few days that are meant for marathon Netlflix sessions too!

  3. I love going through old pics and talking about it with the boys. I am often heard saying I remember doing this when I was younger or telling my hubby we need to go here with the boys because I did when I was younger and loved it. One of the main reasons I love Netflix is that we can watch my fav shows and the boys can enjoy them hassle free.

  4. My son used to love Inspector Gadget. These are fun activities during the summer. Every year, we love going to different beaches.

  5. This is so cute! When I was little (like 2 or 3) I loved Speed Racer 🙂 I remember loving that super hero show with the Wonder Twins and others…I forget the title. Scooby Doo was totally a favorite too.

  6. We had a Santa’s Village in the midwest too! Goodness, the boys have grown up so much! I love throwback shows, by the way.

  7. I absolutely LOVE Scooby Doo. It’s nice that Netflix has these available. Sadly we don’t get full internet service where we are at, otherwise I would have Netflix again.

  8. I like a lot of classics to. Whenever I can’t reach something I say, “Go Go Gadget Arms!” It just doesn’t work like Inspector Gadget.

    I bet it’s fun picking strawberries. They are bigger than my berries. We planted some this year, but I guess we’re supposed to wait until next year before we eat berries off the plant.

  9. Awe! Love seeing the #tbt photos of your kiddos. They are so cute. I used to watch Scooby Doo and Ryan does too – but he is a fan of the newer shows (of course!) Ryan has seen all episodes on Netflix – of course!

  10. We used to go to the Bears training camp every year when it was in Wisconsin. I’ll be the Patriots one is just as cool!

  11. OMG look how freaking cute and little they were! I love the tbt photos of the kids!

  12. Those are some great memories. My daughter is watching My Little Pony on Netflix as I type this 🙂

  13. We love Netflixs. So many good shows, old and new. The kids and I love sitting around watching old reruns or discovering new movies!

  14. My kids would FLIP for Inspector Gadget! Go Go Gadget Arms!

  15. I’m looking forward to watching these shows with my grandson. I think he’ll like Inspector Gadget. My kids watched a bunch of Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network shows.

  16. Love this throwback thursday style blog post. Your little one’s are so cute.

  17. I see a big part of my childhood in this post. Thanks to Hulu and the Retro Cartoon channel I’ve had a chance to relive these moments with my kids. We must watch Inspector Gadget, I know they would get a kick out of that one.

  18. I love this trip down memory lane! Your little man was trying SO HARD to pull your husband. That’s adorable.

  19. Loved Inspector Gadget as a kid! I haven’t been to Old Orchard Beach since I was young either. That’s for bringing up memories for me too!

  20. I used to love to watch inspector gadget when I was a kid. I still know the theme song. LOL Strawberry picking looks fun. It looks like you all had an awesome time. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  21. Your trip to the amusement park looks like it was a lot of fun. That is the kind of stuff I enjoyed as a kid too.

  22. Ah we love Netflix, its how we watch most of our movies! Going to Disney World every year!? Awesome!

  23. I love Netflix for that, and Youtube for the more obscure shows. Sounds like you’ve got a great summer planned!

  24. Your boys are so playful. I love that picture of your young one pulling his Dad, so cute!

  25. I think it’s wonderful you help your family traditions and memories live on through your kids! I’m going to have to check out some of the shows I loved as a kid on Netfilx like Garfield.

  26. I loved Tom & Jerry, The Brady Bunch and Little house on the Prairie.. That’s what I would sit in front of the t.v. and watch! Looks like you have all sorts of eventful things to do!

  27. Thanks! My hubby will be out of town for 2 weeks and I need some wind down time! I used to love Inspector Gadget! We were a day too late for strawberry picking this year. 🙁

  28. You are going to have a great time watching those old favorites on Netflix with your kids–they will love them too–but love to catch your face while they are on!!

  29. Thank you for sharing your throwback moments! I just opened a box full of old photographs this morning and it really game me some nostalgic moments too!

  30. I liked Inspector Gadget a lot, but Smurfs was my favorite when I was a kid! I LOVED this blue little creatures.I and glad that Netflix is bringing back some of the old shows!

  31. Really cute family pictures! Inspector Gadget is such a throw back for me. I was so excited whenever they filmed the movie version in my hometown of Pittsburgh a few years ago!

  32. I always love taking my boys to do summer activities in the area that my parents used to take me to as well. Love when everything goes full circle…and any and all references to Inspector Gadget, of course!

  33. These are some great choices of shows to watch with the kids. They are all classic and worth watching.

  34. I love getting to share things that I loved as a kid with my children. We will be checking these shows on Netflix for sure!

  35. Looks like you had a ton of fun! Those pictures are just so insanely adorable, what great memories.

  36. Inspector gadget was such a huge part of my childhood. I remember one birthday asking for penny’s magic book computer thing and I was heartbroken when I didn’t get it and then was told it wasn’t real. Oh my gosh.

  37. Aww love that first photo of them in the train. So sweet!! Some of these old series brings back such fond memories. Can’t believe so many years have passed already!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  38. Mine have become pretty big Scooby Doo fans! But they also like the super hero ones too. We’ve watched Spider-Man and X-Men and the Power Rangers. It’s pretty cool to see them watch episodes that I watched when I was younger.

    Pretty cool seeing the Pats training camp!!

  39. My favorite movies were always the scary ones, LOL. I have always loved scary movies! Your boys are so cute and it looks like they have so much fun together!

  40. I love some of these older shows and have been introducing them to my children! It’s been so fun to share with them and see them fall in love with the same cartoons I did!

  41. I love introducing my son to shows that I liked as a child. The last one I showed him was Garfield.

  42. Oh, I remember Inspector Gadget! It was one of my favorite shows to watch.

  43. I loved Inspector Gadget growing up. I’ll have to look it up on Netflix tomorrow. I have been to the MNSSHP at WDW too. It’s a fun party. We’re hoping to go to the Christmas party later this year.

  44. Oh my, I actually remember inspector gadget. That show was awesome. I hope it’s on Netflix because I need to introduce my kids to him. 🙂

  45. My son and I have been watching a lot of the Netflix featured cartoon series and I had no idea that Inspector Gadget was on there. I think we’ll be watching that pretty soon.

  46. Aww Disney at Halloween is the best!!! I love Mickeys not so scary! But yeah my daughter…my little pony obsessed… Swear I have the whole series memorized word for word -_-

  47. Oh, my gawd! They were so little and totally adorable! I may have to go back and watch some Inspector Gadget myself!

  48. Awww how cute! 🙂 it’s always fun to look back at these memories! Thanks for sharing these photos with us!

  49. Love all the throwbacks on Netflix.
    The pictures are awesome. 🙂

  50. aaaww what treasured photos! This is what i like about blogging a lot. I know and can read and look back at every summer we had for the past 8 years! everything is well documented.

  51. Great summer activities indeed! Love that you often see the Patriots training camp and witnessing Brady!

  52. Strawberry picking is also one of our favorite things to do. We also love to visit museums and amusement parks.

  53. Lovely photos. These are the reasons why we always look forward to summer. We love Disney, strawberry picking, visiting parks and going to the beach.

  54. You just brought back so many memories…I loved inspector Gadget!!!! My kids might still be too young to understand it, but I’m going to show it to them anyway!

  55. I use to love Inspector Gadget. Go, go, gadget arms!

  56. Oh gosh what a blast from the past! LOVED Danger Mouse, I will have to stream this for my kids on Netflix!

  57. Oh my goodness, it has been way too long since I have seen Inspector Gadget. Cannot believe Netflix has brought it back. My inner child is having a party right now.

  58. Wow, talk about a walk down memory lane. I loved Inspector Gadget, Garfield, Jem, The Snorks, and so many more. Cartoons were so different back then. I have Nextflix and can’t wait to watch some of these with my kids. They usually love the shows I watched as a kid just because I watched them!

  59. I loved the Smurfs, Care Bears and Pound Puppies. but, my brother watched most of these.

  60. Great pics! I remember all of those shows..lol! When I was a kid {a long time ago..LOL}, I liked the Smurfs, and The Road Runner/Coyote, and so many more…

  61. My Husband loves to show movies and tv shows that he grew up with to the kids! Looks like you arte having a great start to your summer!

  62. My favorite show when I was little was Little House on the Prairie, lol! I miss good shows like that one! (That first picture of your boys rubbing noses…heart squeeze! So precious!)

  63. I agree connecting with your kids does offer a glimpse into what we were like as a kid and brings the kid out in ourselves – looks like a great time

  64. My kids have been watching Donald Duck on Youtube. And Tom and Jerry. It has been fun to watch those shows with them.

  65. I love this post. I think it’s so wonderful to see this trip down memory lane. Your boys – large and small – look really happy!

  66. Very cute photos of your boys, they are so adorable! Sounds like fun for you all.

  67. So funny – I am literally watching My Little Pony’s with my 6 year old right now! I love being able to share a bit of my childhood with her!

  68. I really enjoy your pictures. These activities with the family is a treasure. My daughter and I watches Scooby Doo and Looney Tunes. They were my favorite when I was a kid. 🙂

    Mhar Sefcik

  69. I wonder if my kids would like Inspector Gadget – it used to be one of my favorites to watch every day before school. I see other faves on your list, too. My kids think Garfield is hilarious (he is!)

  70. Funny- I was going through old summer photos the other day too

  71. This is sooo cute! They look like they are having a great time.



  72. How fun! We love strawberry picking and going on weekend adventures during the summer! MY kids are really into My Little Pony, but they also love The Magic School Bus which is one of my favorites!

  73. I use to love the Smurfs and Scooby-Doo. Fun shows! I will have to see if they have Little House on The Prairie- another series I loved as a kid.

  74. Your boys are too cute! We have Roku, in addition to Netflix, and we found old, and I mean really old, cartoons from the 30’s and 40’s and me and the kids have been loving watching the old cartoons and laughing!

  75. What a great post, reminds me of my childhood memories with my parents and brother. Thanks for sharing!

  76. Oh what fun! I’ve never been to Disney for Halloween but I bet it’s a blast.

  77. I grew up in SoCal and we had a Santa’s Village also, they now use the deserted amusement park to host raves, lol.

  78. Thank you so much for sharing. I watched “The Best of Me” last night on Netflix and cried like a baby, lol. I used to love weird shows as a kid like Petticoat Junction.

  79. I want to take my son to our amusement park. So excited he is finally old/tall enough to ride the rides.

  80. I’m so excited they have Scooby Coo. I have always loved Scooby Doo.

  81. I loved looking through your old photos! My favorite childhood memory was playing in the front yard 🙂

  82. I like the idea of doing a retro post on past summers! I better put my thinking cap and see how much I can remember! (Wish I had a smart phone with a camera, tho, more memories would have been photographed!)

  83. i have been watching Care Bears and My Little Pony with my daughter; it brings back many childhood memories for me. Love seeing your family activity pictures. We are also dying to go to Disneyland this summer.

  84. My daughter is obsessed with My Little Pony lately! I had no idea Inspector Gadget was on Netflix now though, we will definitely be checking that out 🙂

  85. My kids are “tween”age right now a year or so ago we introduced them to one of my old favorites… The Brady Bunch! It sounds like you all have a blast during the summer…. good job Mom and Dad…. That’s what memories are made of!

  86. My kids watch most of those shows on Netflix! They love them :-). They may also be the only kids in their school that know the theme song to Gilligan’s Island, lol!

  87. I used to love Inspector gadget! I will have to watch a couple episodes with them soon.

  88. I love watching old tv shows. I am currently into watch The Addam’s Family so many memories.

  89. ITs fun to look at old pictures and old movies.

  90. We just started using Netflix and I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of stuff from my own childhood.

  91. I love your fun summer throwback photos! I love the classic movies your have featured here too! Great ones for the kiddos on those super hot days!

  92. WOW, love all your throwback photos, they are amazing memories. Netflix is amazing we love watching our favorite shows with the kids from when we were kids. Thanks for the memories.

  93. I love your list! So many memories are flooding back. My favorite will always be The Magic School Bus. Miss Frizzle taught all of us!

  94. Love your #tbt … favorite show when I was younger was Flipper. I grew up in Florida and thought, how cool to have a pet dolphin. 🙂

  95. You definitely have lots of fun on your summer vacations! Netflix has so many great #TBT shows that I love – especially Power Rangers!

  96. The throwback shows available on Netflix are one of my favorite parts of the service. I love Pee Wee’s Playhouse!

  97. HR Puffinstuff! We got Lucie hooked on that last year and she played it for her friends at her sleepover birthday party. Last weekend we were watching the Monkees on TV, too.

  98. It is so much fun to look back! Time really does fly by, doesn’t it?

  99. Oh I loved Inspector Gadget when my kids were little. My yours has grown.

  100. I haven’t been strawberry picking. That sounds like a lot of fun. I would like to go someday!

  101. What a fun summer you are going to have! When my kids were younger we would make a bucket list and do all sorts of things like this. It’s harder now with over summer homework and volunteer work, swim team etc!

  102. Watching Inspector Gadget is such a blast from the past. I used to love watching it with my siblings when I was a kid.

  103. I caught Jem on Netflix and it was a complete throw back. Love that you can get so many shows now.

  104. Your sons looks too cute. The pictures you have shared here are really awesome. Especially the Orchard Beach activity looks like so much of fun. Over all it sounds like you had a wonderful day with your family. Thanks for sharing your memories with us.

  105. So many fun summer activities. I would love to be able to go strawberry picking. We do have a blueberry patch that we could go to. Maybe we should do that again.
    I used to love Inspector Gadget! My kids watch Magic Schoolbus several times a week, though I never watched it before. I used to love Smurfs, Gummi Bears, Punky Brewster, and Jem and, and, and, So many good shows in the 80’s.

  106. oh, fun memories! It’s always great to look back at those special moments. Kids are growing up so fast.

  107. It’s it awesome making memories with your kids and then having the photos to look back on! We were just looking at photos from last year and my daughter changed so much!

  108. I love Inspector gadget!! Have no idea it was on Netflix! Can’t wait to show my son!

  109. I love this throw back post. It’s fun seeing memories from the past.

  110. I used to love watching inspector gadget. I’ll have to go on Netflix and watch a few

  111. I didn’t watch much tv as a kid so i dont really have any favorites but we do like Netflix at our house. One daughter and I recently watched a documentary on snakes that we found on Netflix. Loved it!

  112. What a great, fun summer activity. Your loved ones like it! For sure you guys are planning to do this again.

  113. My kids discovered Care Bears, which I loved as a kid! I love that there are so many fun shows to stream now- always something to watch!

  114. Inspector Gadget was one of my kids favorite shows when they were younger. I love watching Charmed on Netflix. It is an oldie but i love it.

  115. Lots of expats here use Netflicks. I believe my sister has an account and lots of my colleagues.

    You guys have had a lot of fun throughout the previous summers. I’m sure this summer is just as exciting.

  116. My favorite show was probably a toss up between Scooby Doo and The Brady Bunch. At 4 o’clock after school they followed one after the other and I loved it.

  117. Inspector gadget is my jam! I definitely will be streaming this tomorrow with my kiddos!

  118. I love these types of posts with tbt. I love how little your kids were.

  119. I think it would be fun to go to Disney for Halloween. I’d love to give it a go too! I know my son would love it.

  120. I remember Danger Mouse!!! Love your TBT pics! We always went to Old Orchard Beach with my brother’s baseball team in the summer!!

  121. Wow, nothing sticks out in my mind, but I do remember being very active in the summers and I have a list of things that I have to do each summer or it just doesn’t feel right.

  122. All of these look like great memories. When I was little, I loved picking strawberries.

  123. Wow. The Patriots Training Camp would be an amazing experience for my kids. I’m sure it was worth it.

  124. I LOVE finding old shows and movies I use to watch on Netflix so that not only I can watch them but so can my little ones!

  125. Lucky you to have access to so many neat opportunities. This made me miss our visit to the beach last summer. We too have recently also come across Inspector Gadget on Netflix and my daughter LOVES it!!!

  126. Such wonderful memories! I love looking back at pictures and seeing everyone growing up through the years. Love the halloween one!

  127. I had no ideas all the shows my kids loved when they were little were on Netflix now. I watched the heck out of the 90s Spiderman. The only other cartoon that’s better is the 90s Batman,

  128. These are all some of my favorite shows from when I was a kid. I can’t wait to start watching these again with my son.

  129. My son loves Scooby Doo. I just wish they had some of the more older versions on there.

  130. This is a great list of throwbacks! I really enjoyed watching shows such as Scooby Doo and Garfield as a child. Here in Korea, they love the Magic School Bus. A great educational show.

  131. Oh my goodness…..so many favorites as a child. And now I’m singing the Inspector Gadget song! 🙂

  132. Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers! I never missed an episode! And Duck Tales!

  133. Scoobie and power rangers were two of my favourite growing up. Duck tales, voltron even transformers can not wait to have kids and share this with them

  134. I loved watching inspector gadget with my daughter when she was done. Lots of great memories.

  135. I loved to watch Inspector Gadget as a child. I even enjoyed the reruns.

  136. I love going through and seeing shows and movies that bring back memories. My daughter loves watching throwback movies from her childhood

  137. Patriots photos aside, this was a great post! 🙂 I am glad you are having so much fun with your family. My favorite show when I was little was a cartoon called “Shirt Tales” – you never see them anymore and sometime I wonder if it was all in my imagination…

  138. I used to be a huge fan of Inspector Gadget. I am going to have the theme song in my head now.

  139. My toddler is currently obsessed with the Spiderman cartoon on Netflix. We watch it WAYYYY too much.

  140. Oh my goodness how fun is that – I want to play too – happy summer

  141. Inspector Gadget was my favorite Cartoon growing up though he did more harm than good it was fun to watch . Its been a while since i rode on one those little cars

  142. Halloween at Disney sounds awesome! I also love watching these throw back cartoons. My Little Pony and Inspector Gadget are favorites.

  143. So sweet! I love reading about all of your family’s adventures!

  144. It looks like you guys sure know how to have fun! I would love to go strawberry picking every year, I love strawberries!

  145. It ws interesting to look at your TBT photos and see your various family adventures. Netflix is a great place for throw backs because it lets me share old favorites with my children.

  146. My kids love Inspector gadget! Such a fun show!

  147. Thank you for sharing this! You guys look like your having so much fun!

  148. I love Inspector Gadget and danger Mouse. Thanks for sharing about this, I can’t wait to share this with my daughter.

  149. That truly was a throwback and great movies there to watch this weekend.

  150. This makes me want to visit Disney world this year with the kids.

  151. So many fun things you do! I just love summer, you can create such wonderful memories in it!

  152. Sadly, I don’t remember my favorite show when I was a kid. Maybe it’s just because we rarely watch television in those days as our parents make us help to work, therefore no time for such thing.

  153. All of these photos brought joy to my heart. I think that my favorite is the one at the bottom with Mickey and Minnie.