Saturday morning was for kids. When the first morning of the weekend came, the TV went on. Because that screen always promised some exciting new adventure with a beloved cast of characters. From flashy cartoons to educational programs, Saturday morning had some of the best shows for kids. A YouTube user going by Johnnyboy792 compiled a mashup of some Saturday morning classics. Do you remember watching any of them?
The video went live six years ago. Over time, it has accumulated 5.1 million views and counting. It promises over half an hour of pure nostalgia. Each clip blends into another, and all bring viewers right back to their childhood. It’s understandable why. This Saturday morning mashup isn’t just a compilation of shows. It’s a compilation of good shows, true classics, and timeless treasures. Many live on, though polished and different from their original. But what kid hasn’t caught a Batman cartoon even today?
Saturday morning mashups are the ultimate way to revisit childhood
This video starts off saying exactly what to expect. And it’s very accurate, really. It opens with a quote by Beaver Cleaver from Leave It to Beaver. The quote exclaims, “Saturdays are just about the only good day in the week for a kid!” Why? Because of the shows. This Saturday morning mashup has just about every title a kid watching TV from 1964 to 1976 would love. The sentiments are further punctuated by another quote, “Though no one can turn back the hands of time…we can at least for a little while rewind the clock with warm memories.”
Nostalgia comes in waves from there as snippets of old clips play on a vintage television – dials, antenna, and all. We see a black and white ad, Spider-Man swinging from a web, and even Top Cat getting up to tricks. Rock’em Sock’em Robots swing away at one another and get us in the mood to revisit all the old toys we used to love. Parents wanting their kids to learn while watching TV could rely on Schoolhouse Rock and beats like Conjunction Junction. Only a minute in, the television gets “turned off” so Retro Memories can start the walk down memory lane properly.
Things aren’t always black and white, but they used to be
This Saturday morning mashup of old, quality TV starts at the beginning. In 1964, programs still played in black and white. In keeping with this, the first clips are of old black-and-white shows. Everything looks as you’d expect for the time. Live-action eventually transitions to animation and color comes into the mix. This video is as much a historical timeline of Saturday morning shows as it is a nostalgia fest.
Even when color and animation enter the mix, there’s still plenty of live-action. This means viewers watch actual people act out various scenes and put themselves out there in a medium that was still growing at the time. But another growing medium got spring-boarded from Saturday morning cartoons: comics. Superheroes became favorites among viewers. Fans could watch the oceanic adventures of Aquaman, swing through New York with Spider-Man, bring anything to life with Green Lantern’s ring, and more. Today, these characters endure, some different and others identical to their older counterparts. Indeed, Spider-Man’s old iteration is so iconic that Sony’s wildly successful Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse referenced it directly. Some things should stick around as long as possible, and a lot of these shows are good examples.