Kids watched cartoons because it was a fun way to pass the time, and it substituted the old fun way of passing time, like running around outside with other kids getting into shit.
Video games are the new fun way to pass time, and the internet in general combined with things like Netflix etc allow you to watch anything you want on-demand.
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Superfriends was the one I always looked forward to the most (LOL). Scooby-Doo wasn't bad either.
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There were numerous Saturday Morning kid shows for me (including those you mentioned) but nothing beats Dragon Ball Z. Waking up 6 in the morning on Saturday and (eventually) Sunday just to catch the next episodes? Those were days.
I still don't think this should have ended. All these channels can have these "mature" and reality shows 24 hours a day but they can't even have just one block for the kids? There's no excuse for that.
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Saturday morning cartoons/shows/anime had kinda lost their luster for me after awhile at some point, but being up on a Saturday morning like today and not seeing much on at all makes me realize how I miss 'em now. :\
Kids now and future generations that won't have Saturday morning programs to grow up with as we did though, is what I feel most sad for. It's such a traditional thing that feels weird to have faded away now, even though I get the reasons for it.
The problem with that is we still don't see the cartoons we want. For Saturday Mornings, there was so many different channels with so many different cartoons and it was always a joy to see what's going to happen in the next episode the next week. Great way to get hyped!
There's very few channels like Cartoon Network and therefore, very few shows to watch (especially when they keep playing the same ones over and over). Yet there's PLENTY of channels for reality shows and crime dramas and stuff. *sigh* They just don't care about kids anymore.