Remember the good old days? Remember the cartoons and TV shows from back then?! It sounds funny for me to say ‘back then’, but 20 years ago is ‘back then’ to me! I remember cartoons like The Smurfs, Care Bears, and Rainbow Bright. TV shows like Full House, Saved by the Bell and Who’s the Boss. TV shows and cartoons that were funny, but had content and something to say.
I’m having a hard time finding those anymore! Christopher, being 6, still likes cartoons. Thankfully, the cartoons he likes have a message in them somewhere. Well, for the most part! His favorite is probably Spongebob, but he also likes Battle Force 5 and Bakugan. Spongebob usually has a pretty good message by the end that deals with friendship or hard work. Battle Force 5, even though it’s a get the bad guys kinda show, has teamwork as their message. Bakugans I’m still trying to figure out!
Trinity, who is 10 going on 16, likes the Disney channel shows. Some of them I like and others just make me shake my head. I really like Wizards of Waverly Place as does Trin. They are a family of wizards who run a sub shop, and a lot of the shows involve working through a family problem or teenage problems. The characters are smart, kind, and thoughtful of others, but still shows the brother/sister battle in a true way. There is one ditzy character, but it’s not over the top and she always does the right thing.
Then there is The Suite Life on Deck. This show is about a high school on board of a cruise ship. Why there’s a high school on a cruise ship I haven’t figured out yet. I also haven’t figured out why you never see these kids parents! The two main characters are twin guys who over act and are always getting in dumb predicaments. I’m sure there is a lesson in the episodes somewhere, but I can’t get past the character London Tipton to figure out what is might be. This is how the D.C. describes her on the shows website: “The resident heir to the Tipton legacy, our fabulous celebutant had no idea she was going on her daddy’s boat for SCHOOL! Now that she’s here, she has to share a room with a stranger. This is not in her plan. London has to learn to share her life, and her room, with Bailey if they don’t kill each other first!” From what I’ve seen of the show, she’s a spoiled rich kid who is very materialistic, dumb in all sense of the word and who only cares about her makeup and clothes being perfect. She runs around the ship in high heels and expensive dresses batting her eyelashes and giggling like an idiot. It drives me nuts!
The fact that they write a character so dumb for a kids show irks me. Is that what the Disney Channel really wants young girls of the world to be? “All about me” people? We have enough of those! Thankfully, Trin doesn’t watch that one too often and London is a minor character, but what happened to the shows from ‘back then’ that actually taught you a real life lesson? And that showed TV family’s like all family’s – real!