In a previous life, I worked Saturday mornings at a CBS affilliate, where my job was to run a single station ID at the end of every half-hour.  The era in question meant I saw cartoon versions of ‘The Mask’, ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’ and ‘Timon and Pumbaa’, but also gems like ‘The Weird Al Show’, the final seasons of the TMNT and ‘The Adventures of Hyperman.’  Sadly, I was far too late to see ‘Pee Wee’s Playhouse’, but my enjoyment of the kids’ show has been a lifelong part of my pop culture footprint, leading to today’s Y7 query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also misses the classic days of Nickelodeon, especially ‘You Can’t Do That On Television’, asking: What’s the best kids’ show of all time?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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  1. Every Saturday morning, I was glued to the TV. I am one of those ‘young’ enough to remember the Saturday morning live action shows like “H. R. Puffenstuff” and “Electra Woman and Dyna Girl.” I couldn’t tell you how many kids shows that were churned out over the years like “the Ghost Busters” from the 70’s (another live action). (It predated the ‘Real Ghostbusters” that was based on the movies.) Most of those shows are very forgettable.

    The “Bugs Bunny Show” which ran under different names for decades was among the best.

  2. i’m gonna echo the Warner Brothers/Looney Tunes and Tex Avery cartoons for nostalgic reasons, but i think we’re sort of living in a golden-age of kids shows right now. in the past 5-10 years, we’ve had Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Gravity Falls, She-Ra, all dealing with subject matter beyond “good guys vs. bad guys” in a refreshingly frank manner.

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