You’re A Generation Too Late.

Someone asked, via the Ask the Darcy link:

Pinky, or the Brain?

The answer is neither.  I never watched that cartoon.  I am pretty sure I can sing the theme song, but I never watched the cartoon.  In 1993, I didn’t watch Animaniacs.  Then when they went on their own in 1995, I still didn’t watch it.

What WAS I watching?  Bill Nye the Science Guy, Reading Rainbow (yes, I watched that well into my college years and beyond, I find it incredibly calming), Friends, The Drew Carey Show, Lois and Clark, ER, The Nanny, The X-Files, Boy Meets World, Sister Sister, NewsRadio, 3rd Rock From the Sun, 7th Heaven, Arthur, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Just Shoot Me, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

I was not interested in the high brow cartoons of the 90’s.  PBS is always the exception, they had Arthur and other stuff I’m forgetting now, but I watched PBS kids shows in the 90’s despite the fact that I was in high school and college for most of that time.

What cartoons did I watch?  Go back further.  The Smurfs, Gummi Bears, Garfield and Friends, Heathcliff, Belle and Sebastian, Care Bears, Duck Tales (woo ooh), Fraggle Rock, GI Joe, He-Man, Inspector Gadget, Muppet Babies, My Little Pony, She-Ra, Strawberry Shortcake, Voltron and G-Force – and if we’re going to go back a little farther even, I watched the Muppet Show AS IT AIRED (mostly).  My brother and I would get into our jammies and every Friday night we would watch the Muppet Show.  I realize it stopped in 1981 and I was only 5 at the time, but I remember it distinctly.

So 90’s kids, don’t even try to talk to me about cartoons.  You missed the good ones, and that’s it.  You had nothing.  You can talk to me about Power Rangers and Super Mario Brothers and Pinky and the Brain all you want, but they have nothing….NOTHING…on my cartoons.

Don’t even get me started on movies or music.  I saw Michael Jackson in concert.  I saw the original Muppet Movies in the theater.  I saw freaking Star Wars when it was released. I saw Roger Rabbit when my parents were too naive to realize it wasn’t a kids movie and I was too young to have any idea what it was about.

The 70’s kids win this one.  80’s kids really don’t even win because unless they were born in the very early 80’s, they missed all the best parts and only got the poofy hair and french cuffs and jelly shoes and stone washed denim.  And those things all sucked.

I seem to have forgotten the original question.  But whatever it was, I would not trade my birth year for anything.

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