Friday, May 1, 2015

Kid's TV Shows To Revisit by Triston Harlan

Don’t you ever just get that nostalgic feeling where you want to revisit some old shows you loved as a kid?  Maybe you want to get your little brother or sister to see what kind of TV you grew up on, and show them some good-old-fashioned-quality entertainment. Or maybe you just like little kid shows; we don’t judge. One thing’s for sure, they don’t make them like they used to, but how do you decide what shows are worth your precious time? Well, you can take my word for it, and read this list of my personal favorites.

  1. Drake & Josh-
One of my favorite shows period right here. When I was a wee lad, I spent a lot of time on Nickelodeon and this Drake & Josh was the main reason for that. It has become a staple of what a live action kids show should be and spawned future Nickelodeon programs to come. It really was a well written, well acted show that taught little kids about the importance of friendship and family. It ran from 2004-2007 and kept audiences laughing and uplifted the entire time. The humor, the acting, the writing, it all still holds its own today and can be fun to check out with the kids.
  1. Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends-
While an underrated show, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends was definitely one of my favorite cartoons as a kid. My mom even loved it; we would watch seasons at a time together. In case you never checked it out, it was about a boy named Mac who was forced to give up his imaginary friend, Bloo, for adoption because he’s getting too old for him. So, Mac takes him to Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends under the conditions that Bloo couldn’t be adopted if Mac visits him every day. The best thing about this series is its characters that it introduces you to. It’s funny, cute, and an all around good time.
  1. Ed, Edd, ‘n Eddy-
Another classic from Cartoon Network, Ed, Edd, ‘n Eddy explored the life of children who live in a cul-de-sac. It focuses on three friends: Eddy, the meanest of the group who is always trying to scam the other kids to earn a quick quarter; Edd aka Double D, the smart voice of reason; and Ed, the idiot of the group who just kind of goes with the flow. What makes the show so special is it’ diverse group of side characters. Chances are there is at least one character on this show that you will absolutely love. The show’s art style is what particularly sets it apart from others, and it’s all worth a revisit if you ask me. Protect your jawbreakers.
  1. Spongebob Squarepants-
Yep, it had to be on the list somewhere. One of the most iconic cartoon characters out there, Spongebob is a show that everyone has probably seen by this point. What’s incredible is that it still manages to put a smile on my face after all these years. Incredibly, Spongebob is still going on today, so your little siblings have probably already seen it. But that doesn’t mean you can’t show them some of the older episodes. It might sound like a lot of hoopla, but the show is one of the funniest out there, so there you go.
  1. Teen Titans-
NO, I’m not talking about Teen Titans Go!, I’m talking about the OG Teen Titans, you know, the good one. I had to put at least one superhero show on here, so I settled with this. Teen Titans was a hit back in the day, following the teenage DC heroes Robin, Beast Boy, Raven, Starfire, and Cyborg. While funny and cute at times, Teen Titans actually got pretty dark and serious as well. It showed Robin struggling with the pressure of being a hero, and Beast Boy struggling with being the “immature” of the group. It taught me that not everyone is perfect, but you have to accept who you are. This show is a really well executed show that gives something for kids, teens, and even adults who were fans of the old comics. If you’re ever bored, Teen Titans can be a fun one to revisit.

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