The missing joy of Saturday morning cartoons

Maybe it is because I am now age 56 and my kids are no longer little, but there seems to be something missing in the lives of children. With endless cartoons 24×7, the joy of watching them has been diffused, so that Saturday mornings are now somewhat lacking. If you were like my siblings and me, we arose early on Saturday to a morning of cartoons, which seemed extra special. Our parents would know what we were doing and would sleep in, as they knew these opportunities occurred only once a week.

Our Saturday mornings would actually start sans cartoons with an eye-opening episode of “Our Gang” complete with Darla, Alfalfa, Froggy and Spanky. I was keen on “Archie,” which was titillating for a young adolescent boy, as we would pretend we were in high school along with Archie, Veronica and Betty. “Scooby Doo” was always a thrill and we would pull for little old me, “Underdog,” to fight the bad guys.

Yet, my favorite cartoon bar none, was “Jonny Quest.” I loved this show and felt so very worldly watching Jonny, Hadji, Race and Doctor Quest travel to foreign lands and end up fighting the evil that found them. Of course, who can forget Bandit. I also was found of the “Bill Cosby and Kids” show, which was wonderful. Even though my memory of him is now tainted, he is and was a great comedian. “Superman” and “The Lone Ranger” were also two that I enjoyed, but they were more throw ins compared to the others.

This is also where “Schoolhouse Rock” was created. Seeing those little snippets on the hour was marvelous. We always regretted not switching the channel in time, if we one of our shows was not on ABC. Yet, we did buy the whole series on DVD for our kids, so we no linger miss “Unpack your Adjectives” or “Figure 8.”

What were some of your favorites? Also, were you allowed to have a bowl of cereal in front of the TV and what was in the bowl? Did you have a favorite “Schoolhouse Rock” song?