Earlier in the year I polished off a complete re-watch of ‘90s Saturday morning kids’ show, What’s Up Doc? (via YouTube). I watched all 100+ episodes of the show over the course of a few months, usually watching one or two (or three) episodes a week on a Saturday morning.
If you want to know how I got on, you can read all about it in my post: ‘I revisited What’s Up Doc? after 27 years – it was a bumpy journey’. Despite the title of the post, I enjoyed revisiting the show and revelling in the golden age of Saturday morning television.
Since finishing What’s Up Doc?, my Saturday mornings have been rather underwhelming and I’ve been looking for an alternative to liven up my weekends. There’s no place to go to re-watch old Saturday morning shows, other than YouTube, so I gravitated back to the video sharing site for another fix.
Apart from a few ‘clips’ here and there, there aren’t any Saturday morning shows of my childhood (Live & Kicking, Going Live, Motormouth, etc) available on YouTube. However, a little look at the ADC TV channel – the same channel that has every episode of What’s Up Doc? – offered up a collection of episodes of Ministry of Mayhem.
Bingo! Ministry of Mayhem totally works for me!
For those unfamiliar with the show, Ministry of Mayhem was a popular Saturday morning programme which ran from 2004 to 2006 on CITV. Initially hosted by Stephen Mulhern, Holly Willoughby, and Michael Underwood, the series featured cartoons, giveaways, and ‘celebrity’ guests, alongside musical performances and comedy sketches.
Ministry of Mayhem aired in the ’00s, so it did not air when I was a kid, but it was on television when I was a student at university – a period of time when I spent Saturday mornings in bed, ‘slightly’ hungover. As such, even though I was in my twenties at the time and far too old for the programme’s demographic, I would regularly catch bits of the show each weekend.
In my opinion, Ministry of Mayhem was a great Saturday morning kids’ show. In fact, I’d argue it was the last, great Saturday morning kids’ show.
Anyway, after reconnecting with Ministry of Mayhem a couple of weeks ago, this morning I worked my way through episode 3. There are only 17 episodes available on YouTube, as the channel has sadly stopped updating its content, so I’m watching one episode a week to give me 17 opportunities to reconnect to the past.
Each episode of Ministry of Mayhem has been edited to remove the cartoons, leaving around 50 minutes of content. But this is ideal for me, as it allows me to have a lazy Saturday morning in bed, while getting a short shot of nostalgia to kick-off my weekend.
I’m not sure what I’m going to do once I’ve consumed all 17 episodes – no doubt I’ll have more to say when I reach the end of this journey – but I’ll discuss that in a future post. For now, I’m enjoying this experience as it reconnects me with my uni days, and once again allows me to step back in time.
After spending a long time being nostalgic for the ’80s and ’90s, am I now entering a period of ’00s nostalgia? It would seem so!
Since publishing this post I have now finished watching every episode of Ministry of Mayhem. If you want to know how I got on, take a look at my post: Revisiting and re-watching Ministry of Mayhem.