It’s a rainy, damp Saturday morning, which means I woke up with a headache and stiff joints. So I popped on the TV and flipped through the channels while stretching. We have over-the-air television that gets 36 channels (although I have blocked nine that we never watch, so really we have 27).
I was struck by the fact that there were almost no cartoons for kids on at 8:00 in the morning. There was “Curious George” on PBS, “Bigfoot Presents” on QUBO, and “Odyssey” on one of the Christian stations. Most of what was on the air at 8:00 am was news, news and more news, plus older tv shows and movies.
So where did all the Saturday morning cartoons go? I remember my kids watching “Rocky & Bullwinkle”, “Doug”, “Garfield”, “The Flintstones”, “Inspector Gadget”, “Alvin & The Chipmunks”, and “Rugrats” as they munched on their cereal in front of the old family TV. The cartoons only went so far into the morning, and then all the networks started showing regular shows for adults. The kids had to turn off the tv then and go clean their rooms.
Well, now the cartoon line-up is on Netflix, and as long as you have an internet connection you watch cartoons 24 hours a day. While I do love the fact that there are no commercials on Netflix, the Saturday morning experience of yesterday is gone.