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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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Wendi and Ken talk about watching TV as a youngster.

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kid

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?

reruns

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.

narrator

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.

banned

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.