Thread: the DEATH of Saturday Morning

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    • 14 years 9 months ago
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    I'm 30, and I fondly remember getting up at the crack of dawn on Saturday morning with my brother. We'd sit in front of the TV and eat all the marshmallows out of a box of Lucky Charms while watching the Smurfs, Kidd Video, and a bunch of others. Personally, I'm rather sad that those days are pretty much over.
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    Born in the 70s, child of the 80s.
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    • 14 years 9 months ago
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    I'm nearly 30 and I remember that Satruday mornings weren't nearly as bad as they are now.
    I miss the days when TV was for everybody not just all of this stupid baby bullshit that they have on right now.
    I loathe the Kids WB Saturday Morning line up from 7:00 AM until 10:00 AM and I do my very best to avoid it between those times because I know that shows that aren't my favourite shows are going to be on at that particular time.

    Shows like Viewtiful Joe, Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island, and Loonitics Unleashed, which have no value whatsoever and don't teach kids anything except how to be rude and talk back to athority figures.
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    Quote by Cyber
    Being 34 I remember the good old days of Sat morning toons.. They started at around 6 and ended at 11:30.. I used to salivate to the TV Guide's fall preview pix and descriptions of all the new Sat morn toons..So many good memories.


    I thought I was the only one who use to do that! I wish I would have kept my tvguide with the previews in them from the early ninties to look back at the good times.

    I didn't read the article, but I'm sure it said that one of the facts is that cartoons are on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, that killed saturday mornings. I HATE anime! The fact that there are so many anime (or anime influenced shows) on saturday mornings today is what makes me not like most of the saturday morning shows. I miss the way Fox Kids shows use to look. I hate the way most of the 4Kidstv shows look. Although I do watch the occasional episode of Sonic X.
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    I remember watching Saturday morning cartoons until 2000. And I'm 19. 24 hour cartoon stations ruined it all!
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    I always looked forward to YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON TELEVISION, MY SECRET IDENTITY....... Nickelodeon wasn't bad, it had some great shows. Now when I turn the tv on I have to quickly do the whole channel surfing. I also looked forward to after school and the weekend. Sundays gave me MY SECRET IDENTITY and YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON TELEVISION, DON'T JUST SIT THERE. (where Jerry O'Connell and his co star Derek guest starred, that was a great show) I also loved watching older cartoons I discovered when they aired them as marathons. Tv isn't the same as the late 70's and 80's. I barely watch regular tv anymore, because alot of the stuff they have on now is CRAP. Same with the kid's shows. I also loved watching KIDS INCORPORATED. THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB wasn't bad, I watched the first three seasons of that. (before butney smears was on it)
    I watch TVLAND sometime just to watch the commercials they show from when I was growing up. (and of course to see famous people, before they were famous.) I miss My Secret Identity. (I have some episodes on VHS I managed to get) and Roundhouse and a few others. Too much garabage is on now. Those were the days!
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    I'm 22 and dearly miss Saturday Morning TV too.

    However, i am NOT depressed! We lived in the Golden Age of kids TV (the 70's till early 90's), and i for one have the best collection of memories of any generation i can think of. I fondly remember waking up at 6:00am on Saturday's with my 2 brothers to watch cartoons and kids shows till noon. Then we'd have great kids TV on the weekends when we got home from school. All those shows...it just boggles the mind. Now these days, kids don't look forward to anything. They live in a perpetual state of; 'meh, i won't watch that now, i'll watch the repeats in about an hour' or 'meh, i saw this an hour ago, bored now...'

    Sure i pity them, but my fellow RJ'ers, WE were the chosen one's . I will forever treasure those memories. No amount of crappy TV today will change that. So let the new generations get bored till they switch off. Eventually it'll all return to the way it was. Those fancy 24hour kids TV channels will lose so many bored viewers that they'll fold and Saturday will rise again...i hope
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    Quote by Euphoriac
    I'm 22 and dearly miss Saturday Morning TV too.

    However, i am NOT depressed! We lived in the Golden Age of kids TV (the 70's till early 90's), and i for one have the best collection of memories of any generation i can think of. I fondly remember waking up at 6:00am on Saturday's with my 2 brothers to watch cartoons and kids shows till noon. Then we'd have great kids TV on the weekends when we got home from school. All those shows...it just boggles the mind. Now these days, kids don't look forward to anything. They live in a perpetual state of; 'meh, i won't watch that now, i'll watch the repeats in about an hour' or 'meh, i saw this an hour ago, bored now...'

    Sure i pity them, but my fellow RJ'ers, WE were the chosen one's . I will forever treasure those memories. No amount of crappy TV today will change that. So let the new generations get bored till they switch off. Eventually it'll all return to the way it was. Those fancy 24hour kids TV channels will lose so many bored viewers that they'll fold and Saturday will rise again...i hope


    True. We may miss the past, but we can't live there.

    Besides, Saturday mornings were at least 40% emotional. It wasn't just about the new cartoons. It was the fact that kids could just kick back with a bowl of cereal and divorce themselves from their troubles for a little while. School was two whole days away. They had time. (For most grown-ups, Friday night has replaced Saturday morning in this capacity. Not for everyone, though).

    So, it's still possible to create your own Saturday morning (or at least a reasonable facsimile). A few DVDs of old cartoons, a box of sugary cereal and a chance to escape your worries for a decent period of time. It's all that's needed.

    Like my signature says: Saturday morning isn't just part of the week. It's a state of mind.
    Saturday Morning isn't just a part of the week. It's a state of mind.
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    I agree that the quality of Saterday morning cartons has gone down hill, unfortunantly, there is nothing we can do about it, save for ordering a retro channel like Boomerang. Although, there is a point where cartoons with life lessons are just plain done to death. I will say this, though. on waking up early, I got you beat. 4:00 A.M., weekday, to watch Anime in the 80's.
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    AIm I the only one here who still watches saturday Morning Cartoons? THre are still some good non-anime shows on WB, such as the Batman and Xaolin Showdown. And I don't know about you guys, but I watch Loonatix and it isn't really that bad. Also, The new Ninja turtles show is awesome as well as the new GI Joe cartoon, although they are the ONLY good things on 4Kids TV. SO I may be in the minority, but I don't think that Saturday morning cartoons are quite dead just yet.
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    maybe not dead, but on life support for sure. while i do enjoy the ressurection of g.i. joe and TMNT, although they are far inferior to the originals, there just isn't as much creativity in the new shows as there used to be. Also, i was watching the original g.i. joe series on dvd the other day, and was shocked when i thought about and compared it to cartoons today. Some of the vocabulary in older cartoons is very adult, and IMO was not dumbed down for kids like so many cartoons today are. today cartoons seem to only be concerned with flashy animation and bad storylines, whereas we come from a generation where the animation was important but was secondary to storyline and actual dialogue. If you don't believe me, find your favorite 80s cartoon and close ur eyes and listen to it, and then a new cartoon, i bet u'll be shocked by what u find......
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    It's so true, todays T.V Programing can't really rank up to the Standards of old T.V Viewing.
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    Quote by ShadowTheHedgehog#1
    It's so true, todays T.V Programing can't really rank up to the Standards of old T.V Viewing.


    I agree with that big time. Today's cartoons and TV programming in general are all carbon copies of each other. I hardly ever watch TV these days. I miss the days when you can watch TV almost all day and never get bored. Now I can't watch TV for five minutes without flipping the station.
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    Quote by Euphoriac
    I'm 22 and dearly miss Saturday Morning TV too.

    I feel more Gen-X than you perhaps!

    However, i am NOT depressed! We lived in the Golden Age of kids TV (the 70's till early 90's), and i for one have the best collection of memories of any generation i can think of. I fondly remember waking up at 6:00am on Saturday's with my 2 brothers to watch cartoons and kids shows till noon.

    I can remember that vividly, though the choices at 6AM in my area wasn't much, either off-air static, an episode of "AgriCountry" or some other local farm-related report, a network show that was pre-empted from last week (my CBS affiliate would do this a lot for things like showing "Wild Kingdom" while ditching "Teen Wolf" or whatever else on schedule), or even a locally-produced kiddie show of sorts (worst I had was a Christian type called "Three Cheers for Life" ).

    Of course after Saturday Morning, we had the classics like "American Bandstand on ABC (also Wide World of Sports), though my former NBC affilaite put together it's own high school quiz program, effectinoally called 'High School Quiz!" It was utter boredom to watch, but better than their "Sunday Mass for Shut-ins."

    Then we'd have great kids TV on the weekends when we got home from school. All those shows...it just boggles the mind. Now these days, kids don't look forward to anything. They live in a perpetual state of; 'meh, i won't watch that now, i'll watch the repeats in about an hour' or 'meh, i saw this an hour ago, bored now...'

    Or else they'll hit the XBox for a spell. I can understand clearly what today's youth do have for their spare time (besides homework). Used to be SO different 20 years ago.

    Sure i pity them, but my fellow RJ'ers, WE were the chosen one's . I will forever treasure those memories. No amount of crappy TV today will change that. So let the new generations get bored till they switch off. Eventually it'll all return to the way it was. Those fancy 24hour kids TV channels will lose so many bored viewers that they'll fold and Saturday will rise again...i hope

    Rather it went back to those pre-TV days when kids actually got out of the house more often!

    Then there's radio (I see potention for that to come back).
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    Quote by Strykor
    I agree that the quality of Saterday morning cartons has gone down hill, unfortunantly, there is nothing we can do about it, save for ordering a retro channel like Boomerang. Although, there is a point where cartoons with life lessons are just plain done to death. I will say this, though. on waking up early, I got you beat. 4:00 A.M., weekday, to watch Anime in the 80's.

    Funny if they had to air "Robotech" that early.

    I only wish I saw "Star Blazers" growing up myself. Shows like that don't get much appreciation in today's anime-conscience newbies.

    A great podcast to check out I reccomend is "Anime World Order"! Those guys are the true fans of the medium...


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    - From The King of Esoteric
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    I now watch my nephew over at my sisters she's just starting back to work. Doesn't have cable which is fine it isn't a have to have. Flipping through at 9:30am there was no cartoons on at all I was interested in sitting through. I've known for quite a few yrs now that Saturday morning cartoons was dead. It's sad too cause that means my nephew isn't going to grow up with cool cartoons on Saturday mornings like his mom and I did. So after a few min I got bored with flipping and threw Beauty and the Beast in the VCR.


    Even with cable which I have here at home there isn't any good cartoons on.
    It's OK, next time I'll make you listen. I wish that it were in the power of all children to say that to their parents and to know that indeed they would be heard as we were in those wonderful days on Waltons Mountain.Narrator The Waltons (From the Runawa
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    • 14 years 17 days ago
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    I've been watching Saturday Morning cartoons since I was 9 months old (my first Saturday Morning cartoon was Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics) and I became a regular Saturday morning viewer with my cousins for the next 15 years (my last Saturday Morning cartoon would technically be Captain N, the Game Master, but I was watching new eppies of TMNT, Gummi Bears etc) Then that one day it happened. Saturday Morning cartoons died when NBC cancelled their block in 1992. And a lot of my favorite shows were gone by then (Gummi Bears, Muppet Babies etc) so I just lost faith in Saturday Morning cartoons and stop watching except for TMNT, Bugs and Tweety show and Garfield and Friends. Most of the other shows on during the 90s just didn't appeal to me even though I was still watching cartoons at the age of 15 (I mostly watched Cartoon Express, Cartoon Network and the Disney Afternoon) Saturday Morning cartoons have been a tradition by kids since 1966 and my family and I been watching them together since then until 1992. Yep 24 hour cartoon channels ruined everything. They are like "Who needs Saturday Morning cartoons when you can watch cartoons 24/7?" Now ABC shows Disney channel rejects, NBC shows new and Discovery Kids (interesting!) and CBS shows modern DiC cartoons (if they had M.A.S.K., SMBSS, Inspector Gadget and Heathcliff I would be all on this. But yeah, Saturday Morning cartoons is dead and I miss the old blocks from the late 70s and 80s. *goes and cry a river*
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    Death of Saturday Morning, or Birth of Saturday Morning Central?

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    • 14 years 17 days ago
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    wow ducktalesfan, 9 months!
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    Yeah, 9 months. I was already walking and stuff.
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    funny
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