Cartoon Network in the 2000s vs. 2010s


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Kendall King, OwlFeed Sports Reporter

What everyone can agree on is that Cartoon Network had many classic shows, but what the people debate is which era was the best: the 2000s or the 2010s?

In the 2000s Cartoon Network had a grip on kids from all ages with shows like Dexter’s Laboratory, Powerpuff Girls, and Teen Titans. These are deemed as some of the best with no debate.

Now let’s not act like the 2010s didn’t have some hits that are forever relevant in most teens’ minds nowadays. Shows like Adventure Time, Regular and The Amazing World of Gumball. For almost 10 years just those shows kept Cartoon Network in the business.

It’s always a debate between the two eras of TV. In all actuality it doesn’t matter because even people like me will go back and watch the 2000s classics all the time. 

The older people just think we grew up with horrible shows and that they are so much better but according to Sydney Bucksmen of the TVTimes article, “Stats show that Adventure Time is the most popular and viewed Cartoon Network show of all time.”

Not to say at all that I’m picking sides, it’s just cartoons we’re talking about. That’s not to say the older era didn’t have some real hard hitters, because I know and you know it — Courage the Cowardly Dog is one of the greatest cartoons to graze television as a whole. 

The same could be said about Chowder, Camp Lazlo and many other great cartoons of the past 20 years. It’s at a point where if you didn’t watch TV at a certain point in your life, you missed out or didn’t have a childhood. 

Everyone grew up watching different eras of Cartoon Network so most people are biased about which one is better and which ones are worse. Also there are people that don’t want to pick sides, like my sister Daijone Fifer, who said “I like both eras of cartoons and it doesn’t matter which ones are better as long as you are entertained.”

One thing you can say is never judge a book by its cover. For Cartoon Network shows, most of their shows have some wacky and wild art styles, like Flapjack or Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends. That’s exactly how they get you as well, crazy characters and then with a never-ending amount of episodes. 

A thing that cartoon lovers can say as a whole is what is the future of Cartoon Network with all the classic shows from the 2000s and 2010s coming to an end. Now it’s time for the new era of cartoons to graze younger people’s eyes.

Who knows, someone later in life will write a story comparing the 2010s vs 2020s era of cartoons saying the same things I said about the older era of cartoons as a whole. 

Nevertheless, it is safe to say that both of these Cartoon Network eras made the company what it is as a whole, and most of our childhoods were entertaining because of that.