Growing Up is one of the English language dramas in Singapore which was produced by MediaCorp. It had a total of six seasons and the show was set between the 1960s to the 1980s.
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I remember watching Growing Up during my primary school days. I would want to say it was because of the amazing family-orientated story lines, but it was mostly because of Steven Lim (not be confused with the very sad and gross attention seeker). He is CUTE!!
Anyhow, I did find that the morals and lessons they portrayed on the show to be very valuable. Needless to say, I learned a lot from the programme. Similar to what the previous reviewer stated, I "grew up" with the actors/actresses and it was a good way to know that I am not always the only one going through a particular part of my life.
Hmmm, I wonder if I can find the entire series online. I'm off to google search it now!
When I think back upon my childhood, one of the TV shows that had a great impact on me was Growing Up. I remember actually telling my mum to remind me when the show starts (this was when I was around 5 or 6!) and I remember basically "growing up" with the characters, seeing them get older and progress.
When Channel 5 had reruns of the show a few years back, I actually sort of kept track of the episodes and it was bittersweet reminiscing on days when I was younger and carefree..
It's rare nowadays to watch a show of this quality.
I promise everyone that Growing Up is the only show you will ever need to watch, and you will NOT and NEVER regret it. Although it was set in an era that was pretty far from the era i was born in (in terms of technological advances), i can still totally relate to it. I believe everyone and anyone can relate to at least one character in the show.
I especially love the eldest brother - Gary. He is played by Andrew Seow (whom I have a huge celebrity crush on), and he starts off at the beginning of the series by being the troublemaker and an absolute hooligan, but circumstances urge him to turn over a new leaf and he grows to become pretty successful and filial.
That aside, the show is a pretty good platform for the youngsters nowadays to learn about Singapore's past and the pretty decrepit living conditions (and probably learn that life now is not all about getting the latest crop tops and high-waist shorts, pfft).
There's so much to love about this drama.
As a young child, I used to watch this together with my family. The main themes present in this drama is family, and it being set in the past, I found it extremely interesting. I vaguely remember this drama holding a lot of emotion, and I wish I were a little older when it was showing on tv, because I think I would be better able to comprehend those emotions.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed this show. It taught me a lot about how Singapore used to be like in the past, and how people did things back then. I'm also very familiar with the cast that played in this show, and more familiar than I am with the stars of today.
It's a show which I can replay again and again without even the slightest yawn. It became another legendary local show which I adored. My family and I would rush over to our boxed up television set and watch the entire episode without battering an eye.
I recalled the episode where Gary, the hooligan in the family, decided to turn into a new leaf. There was another episode in which he portrayed his love for Elvis Presley. I, too, remembered when they switched a character, the daughter, to Jamie Yeo. It took me several episodes to process this new face. There was also the episode whereby their father wanted to propose to a new woman.
These are all evidence that there is no non-memorable scene in Growing Up. It wasn't a tech savvy show. Neither was it brimming with characters that parade the show like it was a fashion runway. It was this down to earth, realistically So Singaporean quality that ushered in this shows blooming success!
Until now, I cannot explain why so many of us were attracted to this drama. My family, in fact, my whole social network then was dominated by Chinese speaking people. Yet everyone I know, from classmates to neighbors to relatives, tuned in to the show religiously. It's as if come 8pm, everyone suddenly renounce their roots and turned into ang mohs for awhile. Even my dad, whose English was limited to 'Hello' and 'Thank you' ('Welcome' was beyond him), sat down and watched the show with us happily.
Sadly, the magic was no longer there by the later seasons as the plot became more convoluted and reminiscent of mainstream drama - love, hate and the shit. It's a pity, but at least we did get to grow up with the show in the beginning.
Growing Up was a family drama I watched when I was a little kid. Even then, I remember following the plot closely and it was a regular affair to watch it weekly with my family.
The trials and tribulations faced by the Tay family were not the only highlight, I loved the changing of the times shown brilliantly. From post-war Singapore to modern-day HDB flats, the evolution of Singapore was beautifully chronicled in Growing Up.
I was glad when it ended, though, as I felt it was getting too draggy and melodramatic towards the last two seasons. Nevertheless, a great production from our island!
In 1996, Growing Up debuted and I was pretty excited with expectation. The media had been running a series of marketing blitzes for the show. I was looking forward to seeing Lim Kay Tong act, being a fan of his and also the premise of the show.
This show had loads of nostalgia. Even my dad watched the show, and he is not a fan of local shows, just because it reminded him of his teenage years. I suppose he could identify himself with the character played by Andrew Seow.
There were some loose ends to the show. Generally ok acting by the cast. LKT was the best of the lot being a veteran and it showed. The rest of the less experienced cast improved as the years went by, and I am sure that as actors, they could look back on the show as their formative years in acting.
There should be a rerun of Growing Up.