• R&B Staff

The 2000’s Greatest Hits: Kid’s Cartoon Shows

Kids' shows have been around to entertain the youth since the beginning of the television. Most cartoons are here to either educate or entertain kids, including the classic shows like the Looney Tunes, The Flintstones, Fat Albert, and many more.

Over the years, these shows have evolved into much more than what they started out as. Take one of Cartoon Network’s shows, Regular Show, for instance. The show is about a bluejay named Mordecai and a raccoon named Rigby who work a job at a local park as groundskeepers. Even if they get into not-so-regular circumstances that threaten to destroy everything they hold dear, they still manage to stay friends and be lazy on the job. Another show by the name of Adventure Time tells the story of a teenage boy named Finn and his orange, magical dog, Jake, who live in the land of Ooo and go on various adventures battling wizards, god-like beings and the undead while trying to balance their own lives. More examples of entertaining cartoon shows would be the infamous Scooby-Doo series. It features a Great Dane named Scoobert “Scooby” Doo and his gang of friends who ride around in their Mystery Machine and solve the most bizarre, life-endangering mysteries.

Along with cartoons which are simply meant to entertain, there are shows on the educational side, and they are mostly found on the network known as PBS Kids. PBS Kids contains shows that teach the youth how to do basic math, read, and understand the world around them. Some of the shows include Cyberchase, Electric Company, Sid the Science Kid and more. For example, the well known show, Sesame Street, is famous for how it targets the younger audience and uses characters like Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, the Count and other characters to teach kids how to count, help them learn the alphabet, and even learn other languages. Not only that, but Sesame Street also teaches kids about healthy lifestyles and life lessons. Other examples of educational cartoon shows would include Between the Lions, a show that puts the fun in reading. The show was about lion librarians, and it introduced a new way of reading. It used famous children’s books and brought these well-known books to life.

Cartoon shows have, as I mentioned before, evolved over the years switching between being pleasing to kids and and teaching things about life that kids today can’t learn in most schools. These cartoons have also helped teach kids how to deal with bullies and deal with kids with certain illnesses or disabilities.

Research done with wikipedia.com