Childhood television for a different generation

Kaitlin Gould

Over the years, TV channels such as Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, Boomerang and Cartoon Network have been changing the content they choose to air. While it’s only natural to change with the time, this has caused some classic shows that many college students grew up watching to be taken off the air, put back on or completely revamped.

Students who spent their childhoods watching shows such as “Drake & Josh,” “Hannah Montana” and “Cory in the House” may not be able to relate to the current shows that are being released. Just like those shows were catered to the youth of the time, new shows are now produced to a younger and more digital generation, which may be why current college students aren’t able to relate to them as much.

Freshman Kylie Kennedy explained how the shows that air on many children networks aren’t the same anymore. Kennedy also explained how the quality of the newer shows won’t be able to compare to the older ones.

“When I was younger, the shows seemed so much more authentic,” Kennedy said. “I really enjoyed watching shows such as ‘That’s So Raven’ and ‘Zoey 101.’ I think the new shows just aren’t relatable to college students because the generations below us are growing up differently than we did. I feel like the new shows will just not ever be the same as the older ones.”

Although many shows have been taken off networks such as Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, some of them have made an effort to reboot older shows to cater to an older audience. These shows mainly consist of “Full House,” which was rebooted as “Fuller House” and a reboot of “All That,” which was announced last year. Senior Devin O’Brien said this is a great way for audiences to get back into watching shows they saw when they were younger and help the younger generation to see what some of the older shows used to be like.

“If networks start to bring back older shows, then they may be able to get back the audiences of the young adults who watched their shows when they were kids,” O’Brien said. “I really miss some of the shows that used to air when I was younger so I really like what the networks are starting to do with reboots. I am especially excited to see which shows from my childhood are going to be rebooted next. I also think that the younger generation would really enjoy the old shows.”

A lot of the new shows that have aired over the years, such as “Good Luck Charlie” or “Dog with a Blog,” are just a couple examples of shows that have taken on the role of relating to the younger audiences. This may be due to the fact that these shows featue a lot of current technology, such as new phones or computers that many young kids use. This allows the younger generations to really get in touch with the shows that are currently airing on many networks. Freshman Aaron Lawson explained why the new shows cater really well to younger audiences and maybe not as well to college students.

“In my opinion, the newer shows on networks like Disney are really good for young kids,” Lawson said. “Things that we didn’t really have, like iPads, are what the kids are using now and it is what is shown in the newer shows. This is probably why our generation can’t really get into the new shows that are aired and they probably never will.”

Lawson said since kids use more electronic devices now, it is smart for the networks to incorporate those items to hook children’s attention. Lawson would like to see more networks incorporate aspects of older shows in some newer ones and see some of the older shows actually brought back as well. Lawson also said that he thinks the networks will eventually start to air more of the older shoes that college students came to love in their childhoods.

Even though a majority of shows college students grew up with don’t air anymore, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network may still be trying to figure out ways to get back the viewership of this generation. This may take a while, but those older shows like “SpongeBob SquarePants” are still viewed by many as classics.