Today’s kid’s TV shows a blast, yet any entertainment of real value rests in the past


Collage of different symbols from an unknown artist, representing different shows that were popular in the 2000’s. People choose to commemorate the time when their favorite shows aired, and they do it in their own creative ways.

Taja Carroll, Staff Writer

I can still remember waking up Saturday mornings when the house was quiet, and I would pour myself a bowl of Captain Crunch and settle in front of the TV to watch my favorite TV show of all time: That’s So Raven. I admired the main character, Raven Baxter, so much because I’d never seen a live-action female African-American main character on any show. The show was hilarious, and you never could predict what was happening next. It made me laugh, cry and develop an emotional connection with the show itself. I learned how to be confident and developed my sense of fashion and humor because of my investment in that TV show. When it ended, a part of me went with it, and all I ever wanted was for it to come back on regularly like it used to.

Whether your favorite show was Drake and Josh, Ed, Edd, n Eddy, or The Proud Family, I’m willing to bet that most teenagers or young adults today would prefer the TV shows they grew up watching rather than the ones being made today. While every generation has some nostalgia at some point in their life, reminiscing about their childhood or teenage years, that is not the case in this instance. Teenagers today and even some older pre-teen kids are wishing that TV channels would bring back the TV shows that used to entertain them, the ones that they used to have a real connection with.

The difference between kids’ shows being made today and the ones we either grew up with or were a little before our time is as basic as the content and values that they provide. Older shows use the audience’s connection with the show to create a story line with different aspects of problems in life like various family and social issues, and then they show how those characters might deal with them. For example, on the show Fresh Prince of Bel-Air there was an episode where Will Smith’s character starts to open up and face the truth about his father who’d left him as a child. This was a raw and emotional moment and a real  problem that isn’t typically exposed on most TV shows, but it is something that really happens and a lot of people can relate to. Whereas, most families on modern TV shows are a complete family and don’t address such issues.

Most of the characters on modern TV shows are sassy or rude, and they don’t have consequences for their actions. In a show called Henry Danger on Nickelodeon, the parents are almost never around, and when they are, their daughter Piper is usually bossing everyone around with her melodramatic attitude. The daughter is never checked about her attitude. Whether it’s intentional or not, kids register what they are seeing on TV in their brains and utilize what they learn. Therefore, TV should revert to a time when it taught children values and lessons to help them grow as better people. The things being put into the minds of children from television has now become a question of life lessons versus entertainment; seemingly, corporations have become concerned with the ratings they can achieve rather than the values they can provide.

However, kids’ TV networks are failing to hold their audience’s interests. According to data from Nielsen Holdings, kids’ TV networks have lost half of their audiences over the past decade, with ratings falling more than 30 percent. The kids are running to streaming services instead of cable, and the television corporations are trying and failing to catch up with Netflix by creating their own streaming services. For example, Disney Plus, Noggin and the Boomerang app have become available on various devices since the ever-increasing growth of Netflix. However, the matter of what kids experience from what they watch goes far beyond statistics and ratings.

TV Land is a channel that plays older shows for adults, and I believe this concept should be put into effect to combine all the great shows that played when the big three networks, Disney, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, were at their peak. The channel should consist of those ranging from the 1980’s to the early 2000’s. No great form of entertainment should be lost to the world forever. The voices of the people should be heard. While authority has always said that TV rots your brain, there was a time when TV used to stimulate our brains and demonstrate right from wrong, the way it was done was entertaining as well. If I had the power to bring back the great shows I grew up with, I would do it in a heartbeat.