Ahh, Saturday mornings. There was a magic to that period when you were a TV-watching kid. Monday through Friday you had to fight the parents for TV. Mom had her soaps, Dad hadn’t come home from work yet but you know he’d put on the news or something equally boring. There were shows for you to watch but it wasn’t really “your time”. You came home from school and had homework to do, possibly chores, and then once dad was home (granted we’re talking typical because every home and family structure was of course different, especially if you were old enough that mom could go back to work if she chose) no more TV. It’s to the dinner table where TV wasn’t allowed, maybe some family bonding programming, and then to bed to do it all over again.
Saturday was different. No school in the morning so maybe you got to stay up a little later on Friday night but Saturday TV was your time…when you didn’t have the vacuum cleaner going over it. (Mom really didn’t remember when she was a kid.) From 8-12 TV was all you. The parent stuff was boring even to parents, sports wasn’t coming on until the afternoon, and you could talk mom out of kicking you outside to play until after lunch…later if it was raining. No, Sat AM TV was YOUR time. The shows were for you, the distractions smaller because even if you didn’t do your homework on Friday you could always do it on Sunday. Saturday morning was your TV time. If you wanted action shows or comedy, cartoons or the occasional live action bit, there was something for you at least once during that morning.
And then it died.
What did kill Saturday morning? Just today James Rolfe of Cinemassacre posted a video talking about Saturday morning television and why it stopped being made. However, I don’t think he quite understood how it all worked, like the difference between Saturday Morning Cartoons and Syndicated Cartoons, or the other reasons SatAM died beyond the one he gave. So let’s watch his video, because it’s still interesting, and then I’ll try to fill in the blanks.