Thursday, November 15, 2012

Oh, Quality Television, Where Art Thou?

Taking time to check out the shows being shown on Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Disney Channel as well as MTV, I realized just how much time has changed and how the new generation is different from the last. Somehow seeing Oggy and the cockroaches and that odd show with the shark, the mermaid and the wolf on it on Disney Channel doesn't please me at all. Seeing Hannah Montana, High School Musical or the rest of the sitcoms makes me want to see Lizzy McGuire once again or perhaps That's So Raven as well. I don't mind seeing Phineas and Ferb and Disney movies every now and then. Somehow I wish they could have done more reinvention with the channel. I miss seeing cartoons like Gargoyles, Kim Possible, Mighty Ducks, Monster Allergy and Sabrina The Teenage Witch.

Meanwhile, I don't mind seeing Adventure Time or Ben 10 on Cartoon Network but somehow seeing Tom and Jerry speaking in the new series makes me wonder whatever happened to slapstick? I used to like them with less if not, no dialogue at all. It was funnier that way. I was sad when they said they wouldn't show classic shows like Popeye anymore as it was a big part of my childhood. As for Nickelodeon, whatever happened to Doug, Hey Arnold, As Told By Ginger and The Wild Thornberries? Sorry but I seriously am not a SpongeBob fan. I am just glad they show a little bit of Rocko's Modern Life every now and then.I am also glad that Avatar is shown ther eas well.

Lastly, MTV. Yes, M is supposed to be for music but why is it that these days, MTV shows a lot of other non-music related shows as well. I don't see why Jersey Shore should be there. I don't know why they have to play 16 and pregnant there. Seriously, MTV, what is the relevance of all these shows to the music industry? The occassional Beavis and Butthead and Aeon Flux cartoon was okay then but the shows now which they show aside from the music videos and concerts just shows how far commercialism has gone this time. Perhaps they have changed their list of programs because of the ever evolving audience but I know that the biggest part still falls on the fact that these channels want to earn more than they used to. I may not agree with it. All those who are in the same generation as I am might not either. But what can we do? There is no use crying over spilled milk. If only we can turn back time. Quality television, where art thou?

This is why these days I just watch shows from educational channels. Thank God for having National Geographic, Discovery, History and TLC. Oh and don't forget my regular viewing of The Walking Dead on FOX. I know it isn't education but what the heck? I like it!

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