Start planning your Saturday mornings

When I was a small child—back in the Jurassic Era—I used to get up early on Saturday mornings and plunk myself down in front of the television with a box of cereal. I considered this one of the few privileges of childhood: The inalienable right to Saturday morning cartoons paired with a sugar cereal that might have a toy in the bottom of the box.

Because I am a dedicated mother and also because I now want nothing more than to sleep in a little on Saturdays, I have tried to recreate this experience for my children. I leave the cereal boxes in an accessible location in the pantry (okay, I don’t buy sugar cereals, but I do buy pop-tarts, so don’t go trying to pigeon-hole my buying habits) and encourage them to turn the television rather than wake me up.

I do this because I care.

Of course, these days my kids can operate the DVR better than I can, so if they can’t find something to tickle their fancies, they just watch something they recorded. Like maybe one of the zillion episodes of Ben 10 we always seem to have hanging around.

To me that sort of seems like cheating, because part of the magic of Saturday mornings is watching the stuff that’s only on then. Today’s kids don’t even understand that concept, I suspect. Alas.

Anyway, both the Kids’ WB and 4Kids TV (Fox’s Saturday morning block) have announced their Fall schedules, so you might want to at least program the DVR, if not set your alarm clock.

Check out the Kids’ WB schedule here, but here’s the short version:

07:00am-07:30am Will & Dewitt {new series}
07:30am-08:00am Magi-Nation {new series}
08:00am-09:00am Tom and Jerry Tales
09:00am-09:30am Skunk Fu! {new series}
09:30am-10:00am Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue!
10:00am-10:30am Eon Kid {new series}
10:30am-11:00am Johnny Test
11:00am-11:30am Legion of Superheroes
11:30am-12:00n The Batman

(Take a good look at that photo above, taken from the new Scooby series. Does the gang bear more than a passing resemblance to a pack of Bratz dolls, now, or is it just me??)

Check out the 4Kids TV schedule here:

8:00am Winx Club (E/I)
8:30am Yu-Gi-Oh! G/X
9:00am Chaotic
9:30am Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward
10:00am Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward
10:30am Dinosaur King
11:00am Viva PiƱata
11:30am Sonic X

I’m afraid I can’t help you out with the whole breakfast cereal thing, but you can’t expect me to do everything for you, after all.

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3 thoughts on “Start planning your Saturday mornings

  1. It’s funny how viewing habits have changed (no live TV! stay seated while changing the channel!), yet the concepts on Saturday morning are more retro than ever.

    Thanks for posting this … there is something so quintessentially childhood about getting out the cereal (or pop tarts!) and watching cartoons on Saturday morning.

    You might find my recent article on this trend interesting:

    http://www.childrensmediaconsultant.com/saturday-morning-cartoon-deja-vu.htm

    I’d love to hear what you think!