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Thanks to the FCC, advancement of the internet, cable television and more — we are now devoid of Saturday Morning Cartoons. If you woke up this morning with a big bowl of cereal (or in some aspects hungover from a night of partying waiting to watch Dragon Ball Z) and saw absolutely nothing to your liking, congrats. You’ve just awoken to a world that hasn’t been seen since the 1960s.

The CW was the final holdout of this process where you’d be able to watch Dragon Ball, Yu-Gi-Oh! Digimon and other shows but they aired all of their final weekend blocks last weekend. It’s been a long time coming though. NBC left Saturday mornings in 1992, CBS bounced a little while later and ABC’s classic “One Saturday Mornings” broadcasts ceased in 2004. It’s unclear when FOX left the game but that’s where the CW stepped in to fill the void — until now.

Thanks to advancement in other areas (of course), Saturday morning cartoons eventually became extinct. The first bit of law put in place to eventually kill them came in the 1990s when the FCC began strictly enforcing its rule in regards to broadcast networks providing a minimum of three hours of “educational” programming every week. Networks weren’t about to give up three hours of prime-time space for “educational” items so where did they choose to slot them? Saturdays and Sundays. Whether it’s actually educational or not remains to be seen.

Cable and satellite such as Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network promptly snapped up the cartoon space since they don’t really have to adhere to the FCC’s guidelines since kids can watch TV whenever they want. And since advertisers didn’t have to cram a ton of kid-friendly commercials in four hour blocks on Saturday mornings, the cartoons went with. And so here we are, left in a world where kids can get all the Saturday morning cartoons whenever they want thanks to Hulu, Netflix and whatever other means they can get their hands on.

Time to add “you don’t have to wake up at a certain time to rush to a TV to watch a certain show on Saturdays” to the list of things our kids may never truly appreciate.

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