Saturday morning was once a magical time on television, when the network schedules were filled with programs, mostly cartoons, designed to sell sugar-infused cereal and cheap imported toys to children (with an occasional 3-minute break for math, grammar and civics lessons).

Producing teams such as Sid and Marty Krofft, Hanna-Barbera, and The Wonder Twins ruled the airwaves, having developed mechanisms for delivering highly-targeted messages of consumerism directly into children's brains via the flickering images on the TV set.

But faced with competition from cable networks for children's pocketbooks, the networks have largely dropped this format, and instead focus on weekend editions of their morning shows (which contain even less actual content than their weekday counterparts, if that's possible) and reruns of programming from Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel.

Programs from the Golden Age of Saturday Morning TelevisionEdit

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