Not all kids tv shows are full of unicorns, teddy bears and\ntalking dogs, some of them are twisted and severely menacing.\n\n\n\nThis was particularly true in the 80's and 90's where horror was well and truly on the cards at CBBC and CITV.\n\n\n\nSo, let\u2019s take a look at ten scary kids TV shows we all watched after school, prepare to trigger some repressed memories.\n\n\n\nDoctor Who\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nNow, forget the modern incarnation of Dr. Who because back in the 80\u2019s it scared the living daylights out of us.\n\n\n\nIn the 80's the good doctor was played by Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy and although they may not have been quite as scary as the likes of the Tom Baker era they still managed to have us switching the lights back on.\n\n\n\nLets not also forget that we got all of the repeats as well so if the 80's seasons weren't scary enough we could revisit all the older ones as well.\n\n\n\nRound the Twist\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nMost of us will remember Round the Twist as a fun and totally surreal series and whilst it wasn't always regarded as a scary kids TV show it certainly had its moments of terror.\n\n\n\nOn occasion, the fear came from the surreal nature of the show but sometimes it was a pure horror fest. \n\n\n\nIn addition to the poltergeists that inhabited the lighthouse, there were episodes with a photocopier that made copies of people, magic mushrooms and a ghost ship.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nKnightmare\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nEveryone loved Knightmare, didn\u2019t they? \n\n\n\nThe computer-animated game show which saw one contestant guided through a computer-generated dungeon by their teammate was essential viewing but at times it was tense and terrifying. \n\n\n\nWho can forget the sound of the goblins chasing the Dungeoneer down a passageway or the tension as the team attempted to work out a riddle while danger crept ever closer.\n\n\n\nEven the health meter, which saw a face disintegrate as it went down, was scary. \n\n\n\nAs Tregard would say, 'Ooooh nasty'.\n\n\n\nThe Tomorrow People\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nRevolving around the premise of human evolution The Tomorrow\nPeople was both chilling and weird in equal measure. \n\n\n\nIt was one of those rare shows aimed at young teens that didn\u2019t talk down to them, in fact, it tried as hard as it could to scare them and keep them guessing.\n\n\n\nIn the show a group of children developed Psionic powers after they evolved after \u201cbreaking out\u201d but their newfound powers make them outcasts. \n\n\n\nEven worse they can\u2019t intentionally kill anyone, which sounds like a good thing in a kids' show but it really wasn\u2019t.\n\n\n\nThe show was originally from the 70s but it was repeated in\nthe 80s and actually remade in the 90s.\n\n\n\nLook and Read\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nNow, bear with us on this one. Yes, the long-running Channel 4 series was made for primary schools but for those of us who saw it at such a young age, it was harrowing.\n\n\n\nShows like Through the Dragon\u2019s Eye or The Boy From Space really challenged us and at such a young age we were easily scared. \n\n\n\nOne particular scene from Through the Dragon\u2019s Eye where the heroes are drowning in a bog will stick with us forever. And we\u2019ll never forget how to spell quagmire again.\n\n\n\nAnd let's not forget the evil skeletal force that's hunting them down, \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nEerie Indiana\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nEerie Indiana was cult viewing and was a full-blown horror show for kids. \n\n\n\nThe entire town it was set in was full of demons, ghosts and weird goings-on from people becoming immortal by preserving themselves in Tupperware to Elvis mowing his front lawn.\n\n\n\nThe episode when Marshall is made Harvest King and has to\ntrack down the Eerie wolf is horror at its best.\n\n\n\nThe show ran for only 19 episodes but that was enough to\ncement Eerie Indiana as an all-time great.\n\n\n\nAre You Afraid of the Dark?\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nAre You Afraid of the Dark followed a group of teenagers\nknown as the Midnight Society who got together tell scary stories.\n\n\n\nEach episode would show the viewer the story being told, meaning\nthat it was episodic like the Twilight Zone rather than a continuing story.\n\n\n\nEpisodes included Clown ghosts, a killer pinball machine, Vampires, Alien toymakers and lizard monsters.\n\n\n\nIt was genuinely scary in places and had us on the edge of our seats every week.\n\n\n\nTerrahawks\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nTerrahawks was a Gerry Anderson production and was seriously\nfreaky.\n\n\n\nIn the show, the Terrahawks were an intergalactic fighting force set up to protect the Earth and Mars from an evil alien invasion led by the psychotic and terrifying Zelda.\n\n\n\nPuppets can often be odd and these were particularly scary. If you thought Captain Scarlet or Thunderbirds were a bit creepy then Terrahawks took it way beyond.\n\n\n\nThe villains were genuinely scary to look at and were just as menacing as they looked and was always on a Saturday afternoon. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe Demon Headmaster\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe Demon Headmaster was about a young girl who is fostered\nby a family who send her to school with her two foster brothers.\n\n\n\nThe school turns out to be very odd and is run by a sadistic headmaster who is determined to stop her from learning the truth behind the strange goings-on.\n\n\n\nThe headmaster was realistically scary as he yelled and\nbullied the young girl and the first time we saw his eyes glowing he went from\njust a sadistic teacher to a genuine demon. \n\n\n\nThe Demon Headmaster ran for three seasons between 1996 and\n1998 and it scared the living daylights out of us.\n\n\n\nThe Tripods\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nTripods was based on a series of books by John Christopher although you could easily be mistaken for thinking it was loosely based on War of the Worlds.\n\n\n\nIn Tripods, a young man called Will decides to start an uprising against the aliens that have enslaved humanity. \n\n\n\nThe aliens use giant three-legged machines to hunt down humans and keep them under their control. \n\n\n\nWhilst the Tripods didn\u2019t appear all that much in the show\nit was the constant threat of their appearance that kept us on edge.\n\n\n\nThe series was criminally left on a cliff hanger and\ncancelled before we got to a real ending which has left fans crying out for a\nfinal season ever since.\n\n\n\nThe final scene in the show was absolutely harrowing as the\nheroes were being hunted across the Alps by a group of armed Tripods. \n\n\n\nSpecial Mention\n\n\n\nIt feels only right to give a special mention to a little-remembered show called The Incredible Games. \n\n\n\nWhilst most of the game show wasn\u2019t particularly scary the final level was pretty scary to a young child. \n\n\n\nThe final level, of course, was where the contestants would face the Dark Knight who would stalk the players across a chessboard. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThis encounter was extremely tactical and turn-based which added to the tension massively and none of us wanted to face the Dark Knight.\n\n\n\nEven David Walliams\u2019 voice over couldn\u2019t lessen the fear.\n\n\n\nYour Choices?\n\n\n\nSo that\u2019s the Retroheadz list of scary kids TV shows. What shows did you find scary when you were at school? Let us know in the comments below and tell us if you agree with our choices.