Rockman wrote:When I was a kid I had a lot of great cartoons to watch, and a lot of really lame cartoons. Like way more lame cartoons than not lame ones. Sure nothing may ever top Animaniacs or Batman TAS, but those are outliers to a bunch of other lack luster cartoons that I totally blocked out of memory.
However today when I turn on the tv there is mostly great cartoons on. Adventure Time, Regular Show, Phineas and Ferb (all time great cartoon), Gravity Falls, Avatar and a whole other slew of cartoons that I personally don't care for but can recognize that the production values are better than most of the stuff I got when I was a kid.
But that level of genius is hard to touch. Not everyone can be that good, so it makes sense that, when held up to that, far far too many others paled. Sometimes drastically.
Though I was really only talking CN and kid's show's as a whole (meaning all that non-cartoon crap, which admittedly has been around for a VERY long time, in some cases) the shows you mentioned do deserve merit---though I've never seen Gravity Falls, so I can't really gauge it. And no, almost none of the shows you mentioned were my "cup of tea" either, but their quality stands alone, regardless of my opinion.
I stand by my initial statement, especially when we're talking about every station that runs "kids shows", in that the quality used to be better than it is now for the overall category, but I see your reasons and I don't disagree about the shows listed. They deserve a good mark, each (more than one, respectively).
A show I hated, but was also of great quality was "Kids Next Door." It was perfect
. Just not my thing.