They are on the big three networks, it would seem. ABC is the only one that still carries original children’s programming on Saturday mornings. WB and FOX have some good stuff (TMNT, X-Men Evolution, Static Shock) and some derivitive crap (Fighting Foodons, Yu Gi Oh) but I really think that the age of Saturday morning TV that those of us who were kids from the 50’s to the early 90’s is over.
Once upon a time, Saturday morning was the big time for cartoons. When I was a kid there was alway a couple of hours of cartoon on in the afternoon, syndicated toy commercials like He-Man and Transformers that I couldn’t get enough of, but my mother would always be pestering me, “Turn that off and do your homework!” Saturday was the big day, no school, nothing but cartoons all morning. In those days, other than Saturdays mornings and weekday afternoons, there were generally no cartoons or kids shows to be found on the tube.
Now, with at least four 24-hour a day cartoon networks and networks like Nickelodeon and The Disney Channel offering kid/family friendly programming all day, all week long, there’s little reason for kids to specifically look to Saturday mornings as a time to veg out in front of the TV and catch some toons.
Sure there’s still a few Saturday mornings toons worth catching, but that’s the because the show themselves are special, not because there’s anything special about saturday mornings. Not anymore.