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ThatDudeintheHoodie
Benjanime wrote :

I thought Saturday morning cartoons died out since last decade. remember 4kids and their terrible anime edits and dubs?
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Don't get me started on that
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Vaporman87
Yeah. Saturday Morning Cartoons were only really a magical kind of thing when there were only the big 3 networks around. With the cable boom, that magic slowly faded.
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Mr Magic
There's still Nickelodeon, CN and Disney XD.

But it's probably not the same, right.
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ThatDudeintheHoodie
Vaporman87 wrote :

Yeah. Saturday Morning Cartoons were only really a magical kind of thing when there were only the big 3 networks around. With the cable boom, that magic slowly faded.
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I had cable and still enjoyed Saturday morning cartoons.



thecrow174 wrote :

There's still Nickelodeon, CN and Disney XD.

But it's probably not the same, right.
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It's not the same. Those stations focus on cartoons while the ones that did Saturday morning cartoons didn't unless it was Christmas.
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blueluigi
I already gave my take on the Retrojunk thread, but I'll repost it here.

It was inevitable anyway. Sure, some people blame the FCC and the like.
That may be part of it, but I really think the number one biggest reason
is the fact that kids have cable channels like Nickelodeon, as well as
streaming services such as Netflix. All of which, gives kids a lot more
options, that there is really not much of a reason to watch Saturday
Morning cartoon shows on broadcast TV.


Really, Saturday morning cartoons had more meaning back during the 60s
and 70s, because there was no cable, and the only place to watch
cartoons was on any of the three TV networks. And with that, they made
Saturday Mornings the ultimate place to turn to watch the newest and
latest cartoons (although, a lot of them at the time were a bunch of
shitty Scooby-Doo clones). And then, cable came along, and Nickelodeon
was launched as the first kids TV channel. That was one of the first
signs that would bring the end of Saturday morning cartoons, but even
then, it was still alive and well in the 80s.


What really marked the beginning of the end was when NBC got rid of
their Saturday Morning cartoon block, and they brought in teen shows on
NBC, such as Saved by the Bell. Sure, the magic of Saturday Mornings was
still around even when I was a kid, and there did exist Fox Kids and
Kids WB, which had a hand in keeping Saturday Mornings around for a
little while longer, but it was still slowly dying back then. The
popularity of networks like Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network was rising,
and this gave Saturday morning blocks an even bigger chance to die off.


Now that cable raised to being the standard, and kids are not only
watching 24/7 kids networks, but they also have the Internet, in which
they can watch quality kids programming through Youtube, Netflix, Amazon
Instant, etc. This really gives kids more opportunities to view their
favorite programming. With that much access to children's programming,
there's really no longer a reason for kids to watch any traditional
Saturday Morning TV blocks on broadcast television.


Still, we can't really complain. Like Vkimo said earlier, these shows
are for kids... and this isn't something for us to try to petition and
get Saturday Morning shows to come back on the air. I know there was one
butthurt user on Youtuber I made fun of years ago who tried to do that,
because he thinks that he, and other people, thinks their entitled to
have kids programming that's just the way it is during their childhoods.
The thing is though, if kids do not feel they have a reason to tune
into any broadcast channel for Saturday Morning cartoons, then there's
no reason for them to exist. If they really do appease to these internet
users by actually creating a new Saturday Morning block that's
supposedly targeted for kids, and it's all the type of programming that
these people on the internet have asked for, and it's not something kids
are interested in watching. All this so called "children's block" would
be catered towards are grown-ass manchildren in their 20s and 30s, and
not for the kids. This is why I say this... we're not the ones who are
entitled. I know some people aren't willing to accept this, but it is
something we should move on from.

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