If you flip through TV channels on a typical Saturday morning, you’d expect to see the news, some cooking show, and of course, kid shows and cartoons. Nowadays, however, it seems as if these kid shows don’t even exist anymore. Shows that are supposedly directed toward children and young adults are more trashy and mind-numbing than ever before. What happened to the days of “Lizzie McGuire” and “Doug”?
It is really quite sad to see the kid shows on TV now compared to what was played when we were children, and it almost feels as if children now are being robbed of their childhood television years. Kids of the 90s and early 2000s had shows that actually had morals and meanings behind their episodes. Now it seems as if shows are just thrown together with a few jokes. All of the shows seem to have the same concept now, and all lack originality.
Old Disney shows like “That’s So Raven,” “Lizzie McGuire” and “Even Stevens” are now replaced with shows about 10 year-old geniuses and teens becoming some sort of famous. Nickelodeon hardly plays any cartoons, and the ones they do produce are dull and lack any type of imagination.
Not only are kids shows lacking originality and true meanings, the wardrobes of the actors and actresses on these kids shows are absolutely appalling. Girls are wearing super short shorts and cropped shorts, while guys are wearing tank tops, and baggy pants. What happened to modesty? It seems as if these TV shows are making it seem acceptable for kids, especially young girls, to be wearing such revealing and inappropriate clothing.
Unfortunately, it is not only the children’s TV shows that are going down the drain. For teenagers, it’s all about the “Jersey Shore” and “16 and Pregnant.” Why aren’t there any decent shows, like “Boy Meets World” or “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”? Shows in the earlier 90s and 2000s were significantly more interesting, funnier and a million times cleaner and more appropriate. It almost seems like the older we get, the more advanced and trashy shows appear.
It’s sad to turn on the TV these days. Hopefully, one day TV producers will realize that they need to go back in time and revert to their old shows!
By: Jessica Dupuis