"If you were lucky enough to have grown up in the 1960s or 1970s, you grew up in the golden age of Saturday morning cartoons." -- Mania.com
Now that I have a baby daughter, I was wondering what type of entertainment will spark her imagination growing up. I remember the joy of Saturday mornings, watching School House Rock, SuperFriends, and other fun shows. Back then Saturday mornings were a goldmine of children's programming. I caught the tail-end of the golden age, right before the 1980s started watering-down the content, and before the expansion of channels brought more competition. Nowadays, kids have entertainment at their fingertips, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on countless networks and DVDs, not to mention videogames.
There was something special about waking up on a Saturday morning and looking forward to the shows on the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC). I kind of feel sorry that the kids today won't have that same experience my generation had. That's not necessarily a bad thing. They probably aren't missing anything, it's just my nostalgia rearing its ugly head, wanting to relive my memories with my child.
But even if the Saturday mornings won't be the same, I'm sure there will be other entertainment to spark the minds of the little ones.