The Dark Age of Children’s Television?

Hey readers, it’s Ultimate iPad Expert here. Before I began this post, I do want to acknowledge my absence of posting. I’m just now finishing school, for one, as well as: helping my grandparents out, planning, packing, and more for a road trip to take place during most of June, helping out on the Poptropica Help Network sites to name a few. Basically, my schedule’s packed and I’m pretty busy. I’ve decided I’m going to strive to bring you a least a post a week, starting today. Once again, I apologize and hope to write more in the upcoming weeks! Now to the post:


I’ve decided to bring you a special post today! A while back, I was talking with an internet friend of mine and we got into a discussion about children’s television. That posed this question: Current times are known as the Golden Age of TV. But if that’s, true what’s the problem with kid’s television these days?

If you watch any of shows on, what I’d say are the two main children’s TV networks, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, you may know what I’m speaking of. Each of these networks premiere mostly sitcom material. For instance here is a lineup of the shows (as of the release of this post) on each of the two networks (sitcoms are underlined):

Disney Channel

  • Jessie
  • Austin & Ally
  • Dog with a Blog
  • Liv and Maddie
  • I Didn’t Do It
  • Girl Meets World
  • K.C. Undercover
  • Phineas and Ferb (which is ending this June)
  • Gravity Falls (Premiers episodes on Disney XD first, although could be considered a Disney Channel show)

Nickelodeon

  • The Thundermans
  • Every Witch Way
  • Henry Danger
  • Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
  • Max & Shred
  • 100 Things To Do Before High School
  • Bella and the Bulldogs
  • Make It Pop
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • The Fairly OddParents
  • Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Sanjay and Craig
  • Rabbids Invasion
  • Breadwinners
  • Harvey Beaks

Now, before anyone gets mad, I want to say, I do not dislike all of these shows. In fact, I actually enjoy some of them quite a bit. And I’m not going to make any extremely harsh judgements on the shows in these lists that I haven’t seen. Also, anything I say regarding these shows is simply my opinion, and may not even reflect the general opinion of the show.

Anyways, back to my point. You can see from these list that the majority of shows are indeed sitcoms. (In fact, I didn’t even mention Disney XD, which has a few sitcoms, as well) You also may notice that all of the shows that are not sitcoms are animated shows. This, I believe is one of the biggest problems with children’s television today. By this, I mean that all of the children’s shows I really enjoy are animated shows. Also, that there are no non-sitcom live action shows.

Now, I personally have no problems with sitcoms, I actually enjoy some adult sitcoms, such as Community. But, the problem with children’s sitcoms is that they are all basically the same show, and that’s not a good show. Each sitcom seems to follow the pattern of a main character(s) and their friends (and/or family) having some sort of strange thing happen to them in each episode. This then leads to more problems that the characters face and (what is supposed to be) hilarity ensues. As just mentioned, the jokes (which are basically the main part of the shows) generally feel forced or just aren’t funny. You may be thinking, “Hey, you can’t judge these shows for having a plot regarding some sort of strange situation, Community (which you said you liked) has that generally.” My reply to that is that you’re correct. The reason I like Community, is because the plots/situations that happen to the characters in Community (for instance) are interesting and the jokes do work for it. Another thing you could say to defend these sitcoms is, “They’re kids shows, you can’t expect them to be as good as adult shows.” To that I reply, why not? Take Pixar for instance. They make incredibly good films that are made for child audience. We can’t ask the same for a television show?

This brings me to the next problem I have with children’s shows. Many animated shows are not really good either. Don’t get me wrong, Phineas and Ferb & Gravity Falls are two of my favorite shows of all time, but a whole lot of animated shows are not really very well done. From the list of Nickelodeon animated shows above, I’d say I like two of them and another one (maybe two) is okay. The others, I don’t really like. Even quite a few Disney XD and Cartoon Network shows just don’t resinate extremely well with me, although I’d definitely say they have much better premises than basically all of the sitcoms that I’ve seen.

I really find it strange that we can make SO many great adult TV shows and SO many great animated films (even in the last few years alone), but we just can’t seem to make a majority of the children’s television shows today very well.

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Despite the problems with current children’s programming, I’m hopeful about the future from some of the shows coming up. Kids deserve to have great story, great characters, and overall great shows just as adults. And I hope to see it that way in the near future! :D


Anyways, these are just my thoughts. If you have a different opinion or anything else to elaborate on, I’d love to hear it below! :D  Please feel free to like and share this if you enjoyed it!