Flashback Friday

Childhood cartoons illicit nostalgia

When sophomore Hannah Blankenship was younger she liked dancing and singing, but most of all she liked to sit down in the morning before school and watch her favorite TV show, “Kim Possible.”

“Kim Possible” aired from 2002 to 2007 on the Disney channel, with 87 episodes in all. She was a teenage superhero and captain of her high school cheer leading squad.
Another Disney show, “That’s so Raven” premiered on Jan. 17, 2003 and ended Nov. 10, 2007.

“‘That’s so Raven’ was a funny show,” sophomore Madyson Curvin said. “Older shows are the best; they’re original. I loved ‘Kim Possible’ and ‘Hannah Montana’ too. I don’t get why they would take them off.”

Disney was not the only channel that featured popular TV shows in the late 1990s and early 2000s. On TeenNick, there are reruns of some popular Nickelodeon shows on the program “90s Are All That” showing every night at 11 p.m.

“Older shows were more meaningful and funnier,” freshman Grace Lee said. “I liked ‘Drake and Josh’ a lot. My favorite character was Josh. He had an insane obsession with Oprah and it was funny.”

“Drake and Josh” was produced by Dan Schneider, who produced most of Nickelodeon’s other shows like “Zoey 101,” “The Amanda Show” and “iCarly.”
Since the 1990s to the early 2000s, most networks have created new shows and occasionally show re-runs. “Breaking Bad,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Walking Dead” and “Glee” are all shows that have captured teenagers’ attention.

“I like older shows more,” junior John Hillis said. “They were better because they appealed to me and now the newer ones appeal to the next generation of kids.”
The Cartoon Network features most of TV’s cartoons. Their shows are mostly animated, only a few are live action shows. In 2001 Cartoon Network launched a spin off program called “Boomerang.” It features animated shows from the 1980s and earlier.

“‘Teen Titans’ was my favorite,” senior Caitlin Wiley said. “It was a cool animated show and it had superheroes that were trying to be superheroes and teens at the same time.”
On certain shows the goal was to teach children life lessons. In “Scooby Doo,” children were taught to confront what might be scary.

“The newer shows have no point, concept or lesson,” freshman Tim Williams said. “It was something that kept me entertained and it was something you and your parents could relate to.”

With advances in technology including apps like Hulu plus and NetTV, viewers can return to the ‘90s in a flash.