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What happened to childrens TV?


To good stories well told? Great dialogue? Beautiful animation? Quality performances? I wish my kids could grow up with this too...

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I fully agree - what is on now is simply meaningless tripe

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It's sad, but you're very right... They just... Patronise kids, nowadays...

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and also i hate to sound racist, but so much kids tv is american that my lil brothers have started saying "trash" and "vacation" and its just dreadful...

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I agree on the American thing, it's annoying. Also stuff like the Boo-Bahs, where they don't even talk properly, can't be a good thing. Bring back Playdays, with Peggy Patch and Why Bird! And Rosie and Jim, and Tots TV...and AOFW, of course.

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I don't see why using American words is such a problem, we're all on the same planet at the end of the day.


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It's the same here in the states. Things started going downhill roughly in 1996, roughly around the time Disney bought ABC. Disney Channel abandoned their higher-quality cartoons (Talespin, Gargoyles, Rescue Rangers, etc) in favor of far lesser material and Fox ditched their block of Warner Bros cartoons (Animaniacs, Tiny Toons, and Batman animated series). Bit by bit, they succumbed to safer, more inane cartoons and a plague of tween-centered programming. Nickelodeon succumbed a few years later, but their material, while imaginative, hasn't aged as well. A few good to great shows have slipped through since then (samurai jack and kim possible) but otherwise children's programming is probably as bad as it was in the late 70s.

As for this show, I never recall it airing in the US, but I wish it had. The first 2 seasons sound fantastic.

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I completly agree with you! They don't make programms like they used to. What do kids these days have to put up with? Flipping stupid cartoons with no meaning like Horrid Henry and more crap like Klipto the superdog! MY GOD! BBC use to show this until about 2 years ago! I wish I taped them all seeings as you can't get it on DVD

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Bring back Farthing Wood, so my little brother has something better to watch then Dora the Explorer...(I am of the belief that Dora should be drowned...)

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no guys this is just nostalgia talking. if these shows were on when we were young we would have loved them too.

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I know what you mean.I was eight years old when this started in 1992 ( i'm sure it was 1992 when it started,not 1993 ),and i loved it !.I've been watching it on youtube aswell.It brings back great memories.It was good how it had important lessons for children to learn in the stories aswell.Anyone remember the magazines you could get of the series where there were stickers of the animals in them aswell ?I used to collect those !.

Other cartoons i used to love growing up were:

Inspector gadget
Superted
Potsworth and Co
Fantastic Max
Bucky O'Hare
Rugrats
Doug
Hey Arnold
My little pony
Care bears
Count Duckula
Captain Planet
The completely mental misadventures of Ed Grimley
Dennis
Animaniacs



and there were more besides those.

These werent cartoons,but some programs i liked were dizzy heights hotel,round the twist,chucklevision,sister sister,the secret world of alex mack,ghostwriter and scratchy and co.


I agree that cartoons were way better back then,and it's a shame they arent as good these days.I havent watched any of them,but have caught glimpses on tv,and can tell just by the names of some of them.If i ever have children,I'm going to show them some of the things i used to watch.I'd like to collect them on video or dvd.I already have all the episodes of Ed Grimley on dvd,all the episodes of Doug on dvd,1 video of Potsworth and Co,the whole series of Ghostwriter,and some episodes of Fantastic Max and an episode of Dizzy heights hotel that are on a very old tape from when i recorded them when they were shown on tv.

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I don't know how bad things are in Britain, but in Norway, the poor quality, patronizing and stupid children's TV started some time around 1995. At that time, there was 30 minutes of children's TV at 6 pm on the national broadcast channel for the kids, and during that time, they usually made room for three episodes of various shows (two short and one long). Except for "The Animals of Farthing Wood" and "Noah's Island" and a couple of other foreign productions, most of the main shows were about real humans in life like situations - Two people running a train station along with three huge "dolls" (some spin-off of Sesame Street, I believe), two people living in a huge, old house, a woman living in the attic of the same house, etc. No weird clothes, no silly voices. They didn't oversimplify things, or act like clowns. Then, in 95, they started airing a new show about a guy living in a lift. I was 7 at the time, and I remember wanting to punch him in the face everytime his show was on. He did what his predecessors hadn't done: he acted like a complete moron. Other shows with the same attitude towards children followed, and now seem to be the norm. Currently, the Children's shows have gotten even more stupid, with grown-ups in weird clothes acting completely ridiculous who play with food and stay in their children's TV personas when they have guest appearances in other shows... It's just disturbing, and yes, it's possible that some kids enjoy it, but good entertainment isn't just entertaining, it's also demanding a little from the consumer. Good TV, no matter who the audience is, should offer new knowledge and new perspectives. It should teach compassion, kindness and empathy. It should be intelligent. This is what makes my mom love "The Lion King", even though she was grown up when it was released on VHS, and what makes me discover new layers of humour and meaning when watching it again, so many years later. If we compare it to modern atrocities, it's obvious that something's changed: just look at the shows Disney Channel airs: there's no creativity, no word play, no intelligence. When they from time to time try to teach the audience something important, they do it in a all-too-obvious, superficial way. There has definately been a paradigm shift in how adults view children, and how they want to entertain them, and I hope that the young adults of today who get the chance to make children's entertainment will remember the glory of olden days and do something...

I guess this ends the report on children's TV in Norway :-)

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I used to really like this as well as Sonic the hedgehog.



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