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    Phineas and Ferb

    Phineas and Ferb

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    Disney Channel
    Welcome to the Phineas and Ferb page at TV.com! Looking for something to do when school is out for the summer? Then you should tune in to this hit animated series on the Disney Channels (including Disney XD) as this show can give you all sorts of ideas that two overly creative stepbrothers can come up with during each day to pass the time before school starts in the fall. Of course, in real life, all of them would be impossible to do in one day. But as the master builders they are, Phineas and Ferb are able to bring their grand inventions and structures to life within a few hours, have their fun, and prepare for their next thing to do the next day. In their blended family, Phineas and Ferb are stepbrothers and can come up with the ideas on what to build and do for fun. Phineas' teenage older sister Candace, regards most of what they do as dangerous and unsafe, and in most episodes, tries her best to bust them in their schemes to her mom, Linda Flynn, or occasionally, her stepfather Lawrence Fletcher. However, her efforts are mostly thwarted as the boys' grand structures or inventions miraculously disappear before either parent can see them before arriving home or wherever they're located. Most times, they disappear as a result of their pet, Perry the Platypus, whom unknown to anyone in the family is a secret agent. To the Flynn-Fletcher family, he's a simple-minded pet, but when he gets the opportunity and nobody is looking, he puts on his little fedora hat, sneaks into his secret lair under the family home via various methods, and gets his assignments from Major Monogram. Perry's nemesis is Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz, an evil, but goofy scientist who comes up with various schemes of his own in efforts to rule the tri-state area of Danville, hometown of Phineas, Ferb, and company. Doofenshmirtz's schemes are as outrageous as the boys, as are the reasons he came up with them in the first place. But unlike, Phineas and Ferb, Heinz's efforts are usually unsuccessful as Perry is able to thwart the scientist's, and most times, the boys' and Perry's stories intertwine, leading to not just success for Perry, Phineas and Ferb and Doofenshmirtz's defeat, but Candace being denied the chance to bust her brothers. The cycle then starts again the following day in the summer.moreless
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    Young Justice

    Young Justice

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    Cartoon Network (ended 2013)
    Don't call them sidekicks! Young Justice follows the adventures of the teenaged superheroes Aqualad (the team leader, age 15 or 16), Robin (age 13), Kid Flash (age 15), Superboy (age 16 weeks), Miss Martian (age 16 in Martian years), and Artemis (age 15), who have finally gained independence from their leaders and the privilege to start their own covert operations team (of the very popular Justice League). The series is not based on the Young Justice comic series by DC Comics or any comic series in particular, but is simply based on various young heroes of the DC universe - who are sidekicks and protégés of infamed adult DC superheroes (most of which make up the Justice League). Set in Earth 16, the show focuses on the heroes trying to use their powers and abilities to fight crime on their own and make a name for themselves while trying to handle their adolescent years at the same time. Batman takes on the role of the team's mentor and mission deployer, Red Tornado is the team supervisor, and Black Canary is the young heroes' combat trainer. As the series progresses, the main team's roster is expected to change as characters die, quit the team, and join the team.moreless
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    Star Wars: The Clone Wars

    Star Wars: The Clone Wars

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    Cartoon Network
    Star Wars: The Clone Wars is the latest animated series in the Star Wars franchise to hit the small screen. The series takes place in between the films Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The following familiar characters (along with a few new faces) feature in the show: Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter), Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala (Catherine Taber), Yoda, Chancellor Palpatine (Ian Abercrombie) and General Grievous (Matthew Wood). The introduction to the series is a feature length film released in theaters August 15th, 2008 in the US. This will be the first Star Wars film in 3-D animation to be in theaters. Twenty-two episodes have been ordered for the first, second, third, fourth and fifth seasons. Broadcast History:
    Star Wars: The Clone Wars premiered with two back-to-back episodes on October 3, 2008 at 9:00pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. Repeat episodes aired at 8:30pm (ET), directly before new episodes premiered at 9:00pm (ET). New episodes continued to premiere Fridays at 9:00pm (ET) until the end of season. The second season premiered with two back-to-back episodes on October 2, 2009 at 8:00pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. This season is also known as "Rise of the Bounty Hunters." On November 13, 2009 new episodes began premiering at 9:00pm (ET). New episodes continued to premiere Fridays at 9:00pm (ET) until the end of the season. The third season premiered with two back-to-back episodes on September 17, 2010 at 9:00pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. This season is also known as "Secrets Revealed." On January 7, 2011 new episodes began premiering at 8:30pm (ET). New episodes continued to premiere Fridays at 8:30pm (ET) until the end of the season. The fourth season premiered with two back-to-back episodes on September 16, 2011 at 8:00pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. This season is also known as "Battle Lines." New episodes premiered Fridays at 8:30pm (ET) until the end of the season. The fifth season premiered on September 29, 2012 at 9:30am (ET) in its new timeslot. New episodes continued to air Saturday mornings at 9:30am (ET) on Cartoon Network until the season finale on Saturday March 2, 2013. The series won 4 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program, Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program - David Tennant, Outstanding Individual in Animation - Color and Outstanding Special Class Animated Program.moreless
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    Peppa Pig

    Peppa Pig

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    Channel Five
    Peppa Pig is a precocious little piglet who laughs and snorts her way through her childhood with her friends and family.
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    The Cleveland Show

    The Cleveland Show

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    FOX (ended 2013)
    This FOX animated comedy is a spin-off of the much-loved series Family Guy. The series features the adventures of Peter Griffin's neighbor Cleveland Brown. Many years ago, Cleveland made a promise to his old high school sweetheart, Donna. Cleveland, along with Cleveland Junior, move to Stoolbend, VA to start a new life with Donna and her two children. The Cleveland Show is produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association with Fuzzy Door Productions. Theme song: "My name is Cleveland Brown, and I'm proud to be, right back in my home town, with my new family". "There's old friends and new friends and even a bear, through good times and bad times it's true love we share! So I found a place where everyone will know, my happy mustache face, this is The Cleveland Show!moreless
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    Robot Chicken

    Robot Chicken

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    Cartoon Network
    The stop-motion series entitled Robot Chicken is the animated program from Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, and is currently airing on the late-night programming block "Adult Swim".

    What is Robot Chicken? "Robot Chicken" was a dish from the Chinese restaurant where Seth & Matthew ordered take-out, while they were writing the show.

    About the Creators: Seth Green Known for his acting roles in dozens of movies like The Italian Job, Without a Paddle and the Austin Powers films. He has also appeared extensively on television, starring in the hit series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and as the voice of Chris in Family Guy.

    Matthew Senreich A former ToyFare editor. Began his career working in comic books before joining Wizard Entertainment, Wizard is a magazine covering comic books, action figures, anime and collectible card gaming. Senreich was named editor of ToyFare, then editorial director for all of Wizard's publications.

    Robot Chicken is original in the ways that there hasnt been any like it since Action League NOW! The great fact is the episodes are so incredibly random, yet they still happen to pull through and manage to be completely hilarious, without losing the viewers attention because of the entire random factor... So read the rules and have fun posting... about the sheer random-ness that is Robot Chicken!moreless
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    Shaun the Sheep

    Shaun the Sheep

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    BBC
    Aardman Animations creates a series focusing on the breakout star of Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave: Shaun the Sheep. In this series, Shaun has many adventures the rest of his flock, the farm dog and other barnyard animals.moreless
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    Ultimate Spider-Man

    Ultimate Spider-Man

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    Disney XD
    The newest addition to the Spider-Man franchise, Ultimate Spider-Man is loosely based on Brian Michael Bendis' comic book series of the same name, following the adventures of a "redefined" Peter Parker who is still in high school and has only been Spider-Man for a year. When Nick Fury (director of peacekeeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D.) offers Spidey a chance to receive special training, Spider-Man must learn to work with other teenage superheroes if he wants to become "The Ultimate Spider-Man." The web-slinger will face his share of villains, but at the same time will come to terms with his new powers and get to know his own destiny.moreless
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    Sonic X

    Sonic X

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    FOX (ended 2006)
    Sonic and Dr. Eggman are fighting outside his base once more. However, they are overcome by a massive explosion of Chaos Control that sends Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Cream and Cheese, Big, and Eggman to another planet inhabited by humans. After landing in his pool, Sonic befriends a young boy named Christopher. Together, they meet up with Sonic's old pals and try to stop Dr. Eggman from taking the seven Chaos Emeralds as well as taking over this new planet!

    SAGAS

    1. The New World Saga (Episodes 1-13) 2. The Chaos Emerald Saga (Episodes 14-26) 3. Chaos Saga (Episodes 27-32) 4. Shadow Saga (Episodes 33-38) 5. Eggmoon Saga (Episodes 39-41) 6. Emerl Saga (Episodes 42-46) 7. Homebound Saga (Episodes 47-52) 8. Metarex Saga (Episodes 53-78) (Unaired in Japan)

    Confermed by TMS and 4Kids, the show has officially ended. However some fans of Sonic X are refusing to believe it, even though TMS and 4Kids admitted it.moreless
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    Detective Conan

    Detective Conan

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    Shin'ichi Kudou is a high-school student who is famous for helping the police solve crimes. His almost girlfriend, Ran Mouri, is the captain of the karate club. Ran's father, Kogoro Mouri, is a detective and blames Shin'ichi for his lack of business. One night while Shin'ichi follows someone suspicious in the amusement park Tropical Land, he is given poison by a man in black which was supposed to kill him, but instead shrinks him to the of a six year old. Under the suggestion of Professor Agasa, he keeps his identity a secret from everyone until he can change back, going under the name Conan Edogawa based from mystery writers Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Ranpo Edogawa.

    "There is only one truth!" ("Shinjitsu wa itsumo hitotsu!")

    Opening Themes:
    1) "Mune ga dokidoki" by The High-Lows (eps. 1-30) 2) "Feel Your Heart" by Velvet Garden (eps. 31-52) 3) "Nazo" by Miho Komatsu (eps. 53-96) 4) "Unmei no Roulette o mawash*ite by ZARD (eps. 97-123) 5) "Truth ~A Great Detective in Love~" by TWO-MIX (eps. 124-142) 6) "Girigiri Chop" by B'z (eps. 143-167) 7) "Mysterious Eyes" by Garnet Crow (eps. 168-204) 8) "Koi wa Thrill, Shock, Suspense" by Rina Aiuchi (eps. 205-230) 9) "Destiny" by Miki Matsuhashi (eps. 231-258) 10) "Winter Bells" by Mai Kuraki (eps. 259-270) 11) "I Can't Stop My Love for You" by Rina Aiuchi (eps. 271-305) 12) "Kaze no lalala" by Mai Kuraki (eps. 306-332) 13) "Kimi to yakusoku shi*ta yasashii ano basho made" by Yuuka Saegusa in db (eps. 333-355) 14) "START" by Rina Aiuchi (eps. 356-393) 15) "Hoshi no kagayakiyo" by ZARD (eps. 394-414) 16) "Growing of my heart" by Mai Kuraki (eps. 415-424) 17) "Shoudou" by B'z (eps. 425-437) 18) "100 mono tobira" by Rina Aiuchi & Yuuka Saegusa in db (eps. 438-456) 19) "Kumo ni notte" by Yuuka Saegusa in db (eps. 457-474) 20) "Namida no yesterday" by Garnet Crow (eps. 475-486) 21) "Glorious Mind" by ZARD (eps. 487-490) 22) "Ai wa kurayami no naka de" by ZARD (eps. 491-504) 23) "Ichibyou goto ni Love for you" by Mai Kuraki (eps. 505-514) 24) "MYSTERIOUS" by Naifu (eps. 515-520) 25) "Revive" by Mai Kuraki (eps. 521-???)
    Ending Themes:
    1) "Step by Step" by Ziggy (eps. 1-26) 2) "Meikyuu no Lovers" by Heath (eps. 27-51) 3) "Hikari to kage no roman" by Keiko Utoko (eps. 52-70) 4) "Kimi ga inai natsu" by Deen (eps. 71-83) 5) "Negai goto hitotsu dake" by Miho Komatsu (eps. 84-108) 6) "Koori no ue ni tatsu youni" by Miho Komatsu (eps. 109-131) 7) "Still for Your Love" by Rumania Montevideo (eps. 132-152) 8) "Free Magic" by WAG (eps. 153-179) 9) "Secret of my Heart" by Mai Kuraki (eps. 180-204) 10) "Natsu no maboroshi" by Garnet Crow (eps. 205-218) 11) "Start in my Life" by Mai Kuraki (eps. 219-232) 12) "Always" by Mai Kuraki (eps. 233-247) 13) "Aoi aoi kono chikyuu ni" by Azumi Uehara (eps. 248-265) 14) "Yumemita ato de" by Garnet Crow (eps. 266-287) 15) "Mushoku" by Azumi Uehara (eps. 288-299) 16) "Overture" by Koshi Inaba (eps. 300-306) 17) Ashi*ta wo yumemite" by ZARD (eps. 307-328) 18) "Kimi to iu hikari" by Garnet Crow (eps. 329-349) 19) "Nemuru kimi no yokogao ni hohoemi wo" by Yuuka Saegusa in db (eps. 350-376) 20) "Wasurezaki" by Garnet Crow (eps. 377-397) 21) "June Bride ~Anata shika mienai~" by Yuuka Saegusa in db (eps. 398-406) 22) "Sekai tomete" by Shiori Takei (eps. 407-416) 23) "Thank You for Everything" by Sayuri Iwata (eps. 417-424) 24) "Kanashii hodo kihou ga suki" by ZARD (eps. 425-437) 25) "Mou kimi dake wo hanashi*tairi shinai" by Aya Kimiki (eps. 438-458) 26) "Shiroi yuki" by Mai Kuraki (eps. 459-470) 27) "I still believe ~Tameiki" by Yumi Shi*zukusa (eps. 471-486) 28) "Sekai wa mawaru to iu keredo" by Garnet Crow (eps. 487-490) 29) "Yukidoke no ano kawa no nagare no you ni" by Yuuka Saegusa in db (eps. 491-504) 30) "SUMMER MEMORIES" by Aya Kamiki (eps. 505-514) 31) "Go Your Own Way" by Yumi Shi*zukusa (eps. 515-520) 32) "Koigokoro kagayaki nagara" by Naifu (eps. 521-???)moreless
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    Rick & Morty

    Rick & Morty

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    Adult Swim
    Rick & Morty is an animated series that follows the exploits of an old genius and his dimwitted grandson. Based on "The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Maharti" the show was created by Dan Harmon (writer, Community) and Justin Roiland.moreless
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    Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated

    Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated

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    Cartoon Network (ended 2013)
    This edition of the Scooby-Doo franchise is based in the small town of Crystal Cove, a place with a long history of ghost sightings, demons, phantoms and other paranormal activity. What better place for Scooby and the gang to put down roots?moreless
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    Caillou

    Caillou

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    PBS
    "Growing Up is the Greatest Adventure of All" Welcome to the Caillou guide at TV.com! This show is about the life of a young bald boy named Caillou, his family and his friends. It is based on the books by Christine L'Heureux and Helene Despeteaux, which is highly popular in the Quebec area in Canada. There are actually two versions of the show. The first version premiered in late 1997, is only 5+65/2=35 minutes in length, consists of 65+7/2=36 episodes, and is fully animated. The plotline of this version is that a grandmother reads her grandchildren a Caillou book which Will Re-air with a Grandfather Named Bob West With Brain E. as Michael. The second version, which premiered in late 2000, has the show exended to 30+50/2=40 minutes, and has puppets, music and live action segments thrown in. The animation parts, however, are a mixture of the first version of the show with the "grandma reading to kids" part of the story lopped off & Re-aired on Television! and some new stories (the stories are completely original as of the U.S. second season.) You can usually tell when you're watching a story lifted from the first version because in these, Caillou wears a non-descript dull-grey shirt rather than the bright-yellow one he wears in the newer segments. It premiered in the US and is now airing side-by-side with repeats of the old version in Canada. It is also aired around the world, although some parts of the world still air the old version. In 2006, Caillou debuted even more new episodes. These new episodes now feature fantasy segments, but no longer any puppet segments or musical numbers performed by real children. Instead, Caillou performs a song in-between the second and third story segments of each episode. These new episodes have now finished their run, & Newer Ones Aired in 8 years later! but if you missed any, watch for upcoming repeats on PBS. Both versions of the show are known to be available in 2 languages - French and English. The show is produced by Cookie Jar animation in Canada, known in older seasons as CINAR. It is available in Dolby Surround and with Close Captioning on selected networks. Note 1:The old (5+65/2=35 minute) version is listed in this guide as Season 1 episodes, while the new (30+50/2=40 minute) version are listed as episodes from Season 2 onwards. Also, due to the varying runtimes, the runtime entry is omitted on purpose. Note 2: The network in the information section was formerly Teletoon, as this was the first network to pick up the show. It has been changed to PBS to reflect that the airdates listed in the guide for the newer (and current) episodes of show reflect the dates that the program aired on PBS. Note 3: The new version is aired under the title "Caillou and Friends" on TeleToon Canada. This is done presumably to avoid title conflicts with the old version of the show. Note 4: Season 3-4/2-3US Does Nwo Contain new Improved/ Ones Narrated by Bob West! From Barney & Friends! Along With Brian E. Lauren K. Ricky C. Jessica Z., & Leah Gloria as Well! Along with Sonia M. & Northern C. From The S. S. Show! in 1986!moreless
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    Sid the Science Kid

    Sid the Science Kid

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    Meet Sid, an inquisitive preschooler who uses scientific principles to help satisfy his curiosity about the world around him. Produced by the Jim Henson Company, this series takes the classic puppetry style of the Muppets and uses motion-capture technology to create virtual puppet characters.moreless
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    The Fairly OddParents

    The Fairly OddParents

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    Nickelodeon
    The Fairly OddParents is a totally out-of-this-world cartoon about a 10-year old boy named Timmy whose life isn't exactly normal. The Fairly OddParents has been shown from three different channels throughout the world: Jetix, the Disney Channel, and on Nickelodeon. Being bossed around by his bossy babysitter, Timmy can't stand it anymore, so his Fairy Godparents are there to help. His Fairy Godparents go by the name of Cosmo, Wanda, and baby poof who grant Timmy's wishes. Of course, these fairies aren't exactly geniuses, especially Cosmo. Watch their wacky adventures you'll wish for more! Like fellow Nicktoon SpongeBob SquarePants, the show has become hugely popular and has a large, devoted fan base encompassing all age groups. Character Guide: Timmy Turner - Timmy, an average 10-year-old boy, was miserable because of his dimwit parents and Vicky, his evil babysitter. One day, he was playing with a magic 8-ball and a married fairy couple named Cosmo and Wanda appeared. When they became Timmy's fairy godparents, his misery ended. Cosmo Wanda - Cosmo and Wanda are the married couple of fairy godparents that are assigned to Timmy Turner. They are several thousand years old, and have had many, many fairy godchildren. They grant wishes to Timmy so that he isn't miserable anymore. Poof - Poof is the only natural child of Cosmo and Wanda and is Timmy's fairy godbrother. He was born in the episode "Fairly Odd Baby", and has since become a regular character on the show. He is way too young to grant wishes, but depending on his emotions, magical things happen. And sometimes, when Timmy grants a wish, he gets the wish wrong. Vicky - Vicky is an evil 16-year-old babysitter who constantly tortures Timmy and other kids. Her favorite things are money, torturing children, and watching TV. Denzel Q. Crocker - Mr. Crocker is Timmy's fairy-obsessed schoolteacher. He is also one of Timmy's arch-enemies. He strongly suspects that Timmy has fairy godparents, though when he tells people he believes in fairies, they think that he's crazy. Chester McBadbat - Chester is one of Timmy's best friends. He has braces on his teeth, which he once used to help Timmy win a contest. He lives in a run-down trailer with his dad, who wears a paper bag over his head because of the humiliation he faced as a lousy baseball player. A.J. - A.J., an African American, is Timmy's other best friend. He is the genius in Timmy's class, and also has a secret lab. Consequently, he sometimes gets jealous when someone else wins first place in a contest. A.J., like his dad, likes to invent things. Theme Song: Chorus: Timmy is an average kid that no one understands. Mom and Dad and Vicky always giving him commands. Vicky: Bed, twerp! Chorus: But doom and gloom up in his room is broken instantly, by his magic little fish who grant his every wish, 'cause in reality, they are his odd parents, fairly odd parents. Wanda: Wands and wings! Cosmo: Floaty crowny things! Chorus: Odd parents, fairly odd parents. Really mod, pea pod, buff bod, hot rod. Timmy: Obtuse, rubber goose, green moose, guava juice, giant snake, birthday cake, large fry, chocolate shake! Chorus: Odd parents, fairly odd parents. It flips your lid when you are a kid with fairly odd parents. Vicky: Yeah, right! Chorus: *Bop!* The series won 3 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Individual in Animation - character designer: Shelf Life, storyboard: Dadbracadbra and Outstanding Sound Mixing - Live Action and Animation.

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    Dragons: Defenders of Berk

    Dragons: Defenders of Berk

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    Cartoon Network
    Dragons: Riders of Berk takes us from the point where the movie left us wanting more, it now takes us into the world of The Dragon Academy where Hiccup and his friends begin theirs and the dragons training. The dragons have become accustomed to the vikings and... well they just want to have fun. Fun for a dragon means headaches for the vikings, the dragons like to scare the other animals and breathe fire on just about anything else, after all... dragons just like to have fun. Stoick, father of Hiccup has declared that Hiccup start an academy for training the unruly dragons, thus the beginning of Dragons: Riders of Berk. Come with us into the world of dragon training and watch as Hiccup, Astrid, Fishlegs, Snotlout, the twins Ruffnut & Tuffnut, and of course Toothless and the other dragons not only go on adventures but also battle the likes of the viking Outcast tribe who are led by Alvin the Treacherous, however there are other villains, which include those within the village of Berk and those who appear as if they are friends of the residents of Berk. The show is great entertainment for the whole family. Dragons: Defenders of Berk continues the story of the dragons and riders of Berk who must now defend against the newest, deadliest threat: The Outcast tribe with their own dragons to ride.moreless
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    Curious George

    Curious George

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    PBS
    The tale of Curious George is sweet and basic. George, an African monkey, is being raised by the Man in the Yellow Hat. The Man in the Yellow Hat tries very hard to care for George, however, complications frequently occur, typically George's naivety and curiosity get him and others into trouble.

    The Man in the Yellow hat is typically able to save the day. On the rare occasions that things are beyond the Man in the Yellow Hat's control, George comes through and rights all wrong (usually George is the cause of the wrong). In the end, because George is just a helpless, innocent little monkey, everyone realizes that he is sorry for his actions, and they forgive him for causing trouble.

    For over sixty years Curious George has been entertaining and educating young people. The concept of Curious George began as a series of children's books written by Margret and H.A. Rey in 1941. The books were immensely popular with children because George possessed so many child-like characteristics, and the plot was so basic and innocent.

    In 1979 the Curious George books were turned into a cartoon so a wider audience could enjoy them.

    Curious George airs on PBS weekdays at 8:30 am; & 3:30 pm eastern time.moreless
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    The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes

    The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes

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    Disney XD
    This animated series follows the adventures of the superhero team The Avengers - primarily consisting of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the Hulk, Ant-Man (a.k.a. Giant-Man), Wasp, Hawkeye, and the Black Panther - as they team up to save the world from dangers far too great for one superhero to handle alone. The Avengers frequently work with S.H.I.E.L.D., a peacekeeping agency run by Nick Fury (while the two aren't competing to save the world by their own means, which are often quite different).moreless
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    Beavis and Butt-head

    Beavis and Butt-head

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    MTV - Music Television
    Beavis and Butt-head was first aired on the U.S. cable network MTV in March 1993. This show, which combined animation and music videos, was an example of the unique programming that MTV has consistently provided for its youthful demographics. The half-hour program alternated between a simple narrative, which focused on the exploits of two low-life adolescents, and clips from music videos, which the two teens commented on. Creator Mike Judge had penned the aimless duo for a festival of animation when Abby Turkuhle, MTV's senior vice president picked up an episode for the network's animated compendium Liquid Television. MTV immediately contracted for 65 episodes from Judge, with Turkuhle as producer, and placed Beavis and Butt-head in the 7:00 and 11:00 P.M. week-day time slots. The characters, Beavis and Butt-head, are rude, crude, and stupid, and can be placed in the "dumb comedy" tradition, which includes Abbott and Costello, The Three Stooges, Cheech and Chong, Saturday Night Live's Wayne and Garth, and FOX's The Simpsons. When the show debuted, television critics differed in their opinions, with some praising the show for daring to present the stupidity of male "metalheads" who watch too much television (effectively satirizing the core MTV audience), and others categorizing Beavis and Butt-head as another example of television's declining quality. Beavis and Butt-head did find an audience and began pulling in MTV's highest ratings. But the show was also quite controversial, instigating heated public debate on the interconnected issues of representations of violence in the media and generational politics surrounding youth subcultures. Beavis and Butt-head they found, was especially popular with those in their twenties. It turned out to be bothersome to many that young people enjoyed the show and laughed at its two imbecilic boys, even if these fans were much more intelligent and much less grating than Beavis and Butt-head. In this sense, Beavis and Butt-head raised the issue of generational taste cultures. Definitions of "taste," Pierre Bourdieu notes, "unite and separate, uniting those who are the product of similar conditions but only by distinguishing them from all others. And taste distinguishes in an essential way, since it is the basis of all that one has--people and things--and of all that one is for others, whereby one classifies oneself and is classified by others." To the degree that taste cultures agree, they are brought together into a subcultural formation; but to this degree they are also separated from those with whom they differ. It was the "bad taste" of Beavis and Butt-head's audience which bothered many, and this brings to the surface another one of the reasons why Beavis and Butt-head was so controversial. Cultural critics, educators, and concerned parents gathered skeptically, sternly, and anxiously in front of the television set and passed judgment upon the "tasteless" Beavis and Butt-head show. And in an ironic reversal, Beavis and Butt-head countered by ascending the cultural hierarchy. The two youths channel-surfed, looking for videos that didn't suck (i.e. those with heavy metal or hardcore rap, those that contained violence, or encouraged genital response.) In becoming the self-proclaimed Siskel and Ebert of music video, they served to evaluate pop culture with an unencumbered bottom line--does a music video "suck" or is it "cool?" Beavis and Butt-head as a television show, was certainly towards the lower end of traditional scales of cultural "quality." But these two animated "slackers" evaluated other media, and so pronounced their own critical opinions and erected their own taste hierarchies. Beavis and Butt-head had their own particular brand of "taste:" they determined acceptability and unacceptability, invoking, while simultaneously upending, notions of "high" and "low" culture. In this, they entered that hallowed sphere of criticism, where they competed with others in overseeing the public good and preserving the place and status of artistic evaluation. They disregarded other accepted forms of authority, refusing to acknowledge their own limited perspectives. But like other critics, this was an important part of their appeal. After all, critics are sought out for straightforward opinion, not muddled oscillation. In this recuperation of the critical discourse, Beavis and Butt-head joined with their audience, approximating the contradictory impulses of contemporary cynical youth, who mixed their self-delusion with self-awareness. In the case of fans of Beavis and Butt-head, these lines of demarcation indicated both a generational unity and the generation-based barriers between the baby boomers and the "baby busters." The reputed cynicism of the "twentynothings" was on view as Beavis and Butt-head evoked both a stunted adolescence which was long past and an unsure and seemingly inaccessible future.moreless
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    Shin Chan

    Shin Chan

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    Shin-Chan is FUNimation's version of the popular yet controversial Japanese anime series. Shin is a 5-year-old boy who is constantly doing and saying inappropriate things, with hilarious results, much to the dismay and annoyance of those around him. Shin, along with his family, his friends from kindergarten, and some annoying neighbors, ends up turning every day situations into funny adventures.

    Unsure how the show would be initially received, it debuted in late August 2006 on Adult Swim as a test run of six episodes composed of vignettes that were mixed and matched spanning the show's 14 year history. The test run proved to be a success and a complete first season was ordered. FUNimation has made the episodes more mature in content as well as more current with numerous pop culture references.moreless
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