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    Beavis and Butt-head

    Beavis and Butt-head

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2011)
    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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    Totally Spies!

    Totally Spies!

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    Cartoon Network
    Totally Spies is 130 half-hour episodes of fast-paced comedy and high-energy action starring three Beverly Hills teens who unwittingly become international secret agents. The girls learn to combine their schoolgirl priorities (getting homework done on time or finding the right dress for Friday's dance) with their spy duties - battling with outlandish super-villains and saving the world!

    Sold in more than 100 countries, the series airs on major channels: Cartoon Network in the US (with 2 million young viewers each day), TeleToon in Canada, TF1 in France (where it is the number one animated program), Channel 4 in the UK (best performing cartoon), PRO 7, Mediaset Rete Italia, Disney Asia, Nickelodeon Australia, Fox Kids Europe, TV Tokyo, Cartoon Network Japon…

    Season 2 Outline:
    As the girls continue their missions with WOOHP, we are introduced to some new.. and familiar characters from season 1 episodes. The girls are attracted to an awesome new guy in Bev. High. 'David', a very nice, confident artist who enjoys everything. Clover, Sam and Alex have the hots for David, while he doesn't know. And of course, Mandy tries to steal him away from the girls to prove she's the best. We also meet Sam, Alex and Clover's mom's in the mother's day episode, 'Mommies Dearest'. And some villains from season 1 return to get revenge on the spies. A Spy is Born (Part 2), continues as the first ep in Season 2.

    Season 3 Outline:
    The girls all move into a beautiful Dream house they've always wanted. Jerry gets a personal WOOHP assistant, "G.L.A.D.I.S.". Mandy has the offer to join the WOOHP team. Britney from season 2's "Alex Quits" returns in season 3's "Escape From WOOHP Island", with returning villains. More will be revealed soon.

    Season 4 Outline:
    The Spies have been promoted to Super Spies! Following the 3-parter "Evil Promotion Much?" with Jerry's twin brother Terry escaping WOOHP custudy and leading the LAMOS against WOOHP. David returns from season 2, unexpected villains from earlier seasons also return to pay a visit to the spies.

    The Totally Spies theme "Here We Go" is by Moonbaby

    Characters:

    Sam is very logical and has a knack finding solutions to problems. Sam does well in school and gets things done when it comes to fighting crime!

    Clover is a total drama-queen! She's obsessed what everyone else is wearing and Average. When it comes to fighting crime, the big guys are no match for Clover!

    Alex is the youngest member of the group. She looks up to Sam and Clover and will do anything to keep the team together. Although she's a bit clumsy (and dumb), Alex is no coward. She looks danger right in the eye. But, sometimes she acts too quickly before thinking things through.

    Jerry is the Official WOOHP Director. He presses a button, and the girls are off to their missions. He's got an interesting social life!

    Mandy is The Spies' Arch-Evil-Nemesis! She's constantly trying to get the spies in trouble and mainly, Make them have a bad appearance!

    David is a really nice, nature loving guy who doesn't know Sam, Clover and Alex love him so much. Usually Mandy is always trying to get him away from the spies because she wants him for herself. He appears in season 2 episodes only. Returning in season 4.

    Other Characters:

    Arnold is the brainy-weird kid who happens to attend Beverly Hills High. He's starred in quite a few episodes, such as 'Queen for A Day' as Clover's 1-2 week' boyfriend, and W.O.W. as a member of a Mandy Fan Club! Clover accidentally joins just to find out what Arnold and his geeky friends are always up to.

    Britney is the newest agent of WOOHP. She appeared in one season 2 episode 'Alex Quits', and soon a season 3 episode, 'Escape from WOOHP Island'. She is a combination of Sam, Alex and Clover. Beauty and brains as well as a normal teenager who just happens to be a Spy, but for now a different WOOHP team.

    Season 1 started airing in the USA on ABC Family from Nov 2001-Sept 2002, after which the series was acquired by Cartoon Network.moreless
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    Regular Show

    Regular Show

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    Cartoon Network
    This show follows two groundskeepers, a six-foot-tall blue jay named Mordecai and Rigby the raccoon. It shows their adventures as they try to entertain themselves on a daily basis.
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    Lego Ninjago

    Lego Ninjago

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    Cartoon Network
    Things have been calm in Ninjago until the four Ninja heroes must go on a new dangerous journey. Lloyd Garmadon, son of their archenemy Lord Garmadon, has created a new evil. He wants to follow his father's success, but this will put all of Ninjago in danger. After Lord Garmadon's defeat, the ninja still need to defend against previous enemy.moreless
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    Wild Kratts

    Wild Kratts

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    PBS
    Join creature teachers Chris and Martin Kratt on PBS KIDS GO's new series "Wild Kratts". Children are pulled into the show as they tag along with Chris and Martin on their animal-powered adventures.moreless
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    Attack on Titan

    Attack on Titan

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    FUNimation
    Attack on Titan tells the story of the remnants of the human population and their struggle against the large monsterous beings known only as "Titans". They live in cities that are protected by three large stone walls that has allowed them respite from the Titans for a hundred years. This story focuses on Eren Jaeger and his adopted sister, Mikasa Ackerman, as it seems the Titans have turned their gaze upon mankind once again.moreless
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    Word World

    Word World

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    Word World is a show that is designed to help children to learn their letters. The entire animated world ofWord World is made out of letters and the characters work through challenges to form words.moreless
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    Ugly Americans

    Ugly Americans

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    Comedy Central
    New York is overrun with extraterrestrials (zombies, demons, aliens) attempting to assimilate into society alongside humans in this animated Comedy Central series.
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    Martha Speaks

    Martha Speaks

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    PBS
    Martha is a dog who, upon eating alphabet soup, can speak! Based on Susan Meddaugh's children's books, this show aims to teach young children new words as Martha communicates with her best friend, ten-year-old Helen. Martha Speaks Theme Song: Martha was an average dog. She went-bark.-And-woof. And-arrr. But when she ate some alphabet soup, then what happened was bizzare. On the way to Martha's stomach, the letters lost their way. They traveled to her brain and now- She's got a lot to say. Now she speaks. How now brown cow? Martha speaks. Yeah, she speaks and speaks and speaks and speaks and speaks... What's a caboose? When are we eating again? Martha speaks... Hey Joe, what d'ya know! My name's not Joe. She's not always right but still that Martha speaks. Hi there! She's got a voice; she's ready to shout. Martha will tell you what it's all about. Sometimes wrong, but seldom in doubt. Martha will tell you what it's all about. That dog's unique... Testing, one, two! Hear her speak! Martha speaks and speaks and speaks and speaks and... Communicates, enumerates, elucidates, exaggerates, indicates, and explicates, bloviates, and overstates, and (pant, pant, pant)hyperventilates! Martha...to reiterate, Martha Speaks!moreless
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    One Piece

    One Piece

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    Fuji Television
    Twenty years ago, Gold Roger was the wealthiest man in the world. He had wealth, fame, and power as the Pirate King. After being caught, he was executed. But before his death, he revealed that his legendary treasure was out on the Grand Line. Searching for the treasure, "One Piece", many pirates set out for the Grand Line in order to find this mysterious treasure. Monkey D. Luffy sets out to find a crew, and enter the Grand Line. With his crew, he attempts to find "One Piece", to become the greatest pirate in the world!moreless
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    Johnny Test

    Johnny Test

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    Cartoon Network
    Imagine having a lollipop that gives you the strength of a hundred men or a rocket-powered backpack that can send you to the Moon or genetically altering your dog to make him talk. Johnny Test can do all of that... and more! So it's not just another day in the life of a boy. Johnny Test chronicles the adventures of a fearless 11-year-old boy, his genetically engineered super dog Dukey and his 13-year-old super genius scientist twin sisters, Susan and Mary, who use Johnny as their guinea pig for their out-of-this-world scientific experiments. And half of the time their experiments cause something bad or earth-deadly to happen. Then they have to save the day after they started it. Broadcast History: Johnny Test originally premiered on Saturday, September 17, 2005 at 11:00am (ET) on Kids' WB! The show ran for three seasons on that network before premiering its fourth season Thursdays at 8:00pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. Season five premiered on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 7:00pm (ET). New episodes premiered in the series' new timeslot of Wednesdays at 7:30pm (ET) on January 11, 2012. New episodes currently air Wednesday at 7:30pm (ET) on Cartoon Network.moreless
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    Gravity Falls

    Gravity Falls

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    Disney XD
    An animated mystery comedy about twin siblings who are thrust into a strange and cryptic conspiracy when they are sent to the idiosyncratic lumber town of Gravity Falls to live with their Great Uncle Stan for the Summer, who knows more than they could ever imagine...moreless
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    Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds

    Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds

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    The CW (ended 2011)
    In the futuristic city of New Domino, a brand new set of duels called Turbo Duels are the popular style of dueling. These duels use motorcycle like vehicles known as Duel Runners and usually take place on a set course. In the run down Satellite sector, Yusei Fudo plans to escape to New Domino City and reclaim his most powerful card that was stolen by his rival Jack Atlas. However, once Yusei arrives in the city he becomes wrapped up in a plot run by Sector Security Director Rex Goodwin. Goodwin is trying to gather certain duelists in order for them to save the world, but his methods are anything but ordinary. Once gathered, these special duelists, known as The Signers, must band together in order to stop a threat that threatens the safety of the world.moreless
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    Steven Universe

    Steven Universe

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    Cartoon Network
    Steven is the youngest team member to the magical Guardians of the Universe known as the Crystal Gems. He is also the proverbial little brother to Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl -- the intergalactic female warriors who summon magical weapons using the power of special gem stones embedded on their bodies. However, Steven has not yet figured out the various secrets to using his gem stone. Together, they live in Beach City while keeping the universe under constant protection. Steven must also live with the Crystal Gems because his mother, Rose Quartz, gave up her physical form to bring Steven into the world. His father, Greg, can't take care of Steven because he tries to stay away from magic.moreless
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    Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal

    Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal

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    The CW
    The near-future story revolves around Yuma Tukumo, a 13 year-old rookie duelist, and Astral, the mysterious life-form from a parallel world who suddenly appears before Yuma.
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    Xiaolin Chronicles

    Xiaolin Chronicles

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    Disney XD
    Now with help from a new team member, the Xiaolin Dragons-in-training return to fight the ever-growing Heylin side as well as find and protect more of the supernatural ancient artifacts known as the Shen-Gong-Wu.moreless
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    Brickleberry

    Brickleberry

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    Comedy Central (ended 2014)
    A group of forest rangers are working at a national park that might be shutting down unless a new ranger can inspire the rest of the rangers to make a change and save the park for good.moreless
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    Super Why!

    Super Why!

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    PBS Kids
    Super WHY! is a program designed to help teach kids that reading can be fun by illustrated children's tales. Kids will learn through four interactive heroes - The Super Readers - by using reading to solve mysteries to overcome obstacles. The fairy tale books that Super Why and his compainions Alpha Pig, Wonder Red and Princess Presto travel into are slightly different from the original story.moreless
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    Sanjay and Craig

    Sanjay and Craig

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    Nickelodeon
    From the creators of Bobs Burgers and The Adventures of Pete and Pete comes a new show created by Jim Dirschberger, Jay Howell, and Andreas Trolf Comes Sanjay and Craig. Sanjay and Craig is about a 12 year old human name Sanjay who wants to find a pet. so he went to the pet store and found a talking snake, And the perfect match was made Sanjay and Craig are the most epic and awesome best friends ever. the best friends always go on wild and crazy adventure with lots of crazy and hilarious action pack adventures with their two friends Hector, and Megan, they all go to random and crazy places and also do random and crazy stuff and that makes a perfect friend ship, But no one could find out Craig could talk.moreless
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    Mr. Bean: The Animated Series

    Mr. Bean: The Animated Series

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    ITV (ended 2003)
    Mr. Bean, star of film and television, is back -- but this time he's a cartoon hero, appearing in a new series of hilarious animated adventures! This show actually appears on NickToons TV but is not listed and used to show on ITV1 when it was first aired. Mr. Bean is a daft man living in an apartment with an old landlady called Mrs. Wicket, who is cold-hearted and always grumpy, and always seems to break something of Mr. Bean's. Luckily, Mr. Bean has Teddy, his loving compainion who he treats as a pet and always takes him wherever he goes. Mr. Bean also has his "girlfriend" Irma Gobb, who Mr. Bean doesn't treat well. Join Mr. Bean in 10 minute long episodes as he gets into many crazy scrapes and adventures like traffic problems, theft and losing Teddy!moreless
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