Creator / Cartoon Cartoon Fridays

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A weekly Cartoon Network program/block which showcased the network's original animated comedy series or Cartoon Cartoons. During its heyday, the block would usually be hosted by a character from a Cartoon Cartoon series and interact with other stars and introduce the shows.

Cartoon Network averted the infamous Friday Night Death Slot issue for many years, since this was, during the heyday of their first wave of original programming (when shows like The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, and Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy were really taking off), pretty much their premier night of programming for the week. The success of Cartoon Cartoon Fridays was partially because of when it aired. It was the last day of the work week, kids didn't have school the next day and in many cases, parents take their kids out to eat dinner at pizza restaurants and the like. And guess which channel many pizza chains show on their big screen televisions to keep the kiddies entertained?

It eventually became the it the second highest-rated original telecast in the network's history, with a numerous airings of those series becoming the network's highest rated original telecasts ever among households on at the time.

It ran from June 11, 1999 to May 16, 2003. A live-action reboot, simply called Fridays, ran from October 3rd, 2003 to February 2007. This version of Fridays had two live action hosts, a studio audience, and a Variety Show setup, featuring comedy skits with live action, animated, & puppet characters and musical & celebrity guests. Unlike its predecessor, Fridays took full advantage of its name and showed a mix of Cartoon Network original series and acquired series.

It had a revival, of sorts, in the form of the rebooted Cartoon Planet.

Now has a Character Sheet in progress.


Shows that aired on Cartoon Cartoon Fridays

Cartoon Cartoon Fridays provides examples of:

Fridays provides examples of:

  • Anti-Humor: Milkman Fred's cooking segments.
  • Archive Panic: Since the host segments were different every week, it's almost impossible to archive them all.
  • The Artifact: The early installments of the block featured a transporter that one host could step into and talk to Cartoon Network characters in person, along with a giant TV screen and 3 overhead computer screens used whenever the CN website was promoted during the segments. The transporter was used as a background prop far after it stopped being used for its intended purposes, and the giant TV screen remained intact - although it always played a loop of the Fridays logo spinning around instead of the show that was currently airing.
  • Big Fun: Provided by The Big Guys.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Nzinga to Tommy (though even she had her own Cloudcuckoolander moments, considering the nature of the show)
  • Continuity Cameo: The intro provides many CN/HB/WB cameos, and the company that made the intro, Primal Screen, had also made various one-shot promos before this. There are a few references to these in the intro, like this promo; the intro shows that Fred, Chicken and Thundarr finally found a parking spot, Scrappy-Doo's still waiting outside (from another promo they made), and at the security desk in the lobby, Yogi Bear is still trying to explain why he doesn't have an ID badge (they even used the same lobby for the promo and the intro).
    • Actually referenced in the show proper. One early block featured a segment where the two hosts talked to us about how Fred, Chicken and Thundarr finally found a parking space - discussing their appearances in the original Parking Lot promo and other promos that took place around the CN headquarters.
  • Credits Pushback: Fridays was one of the first blocks on Cartoon Network to do this. Over the credits, the credits are shrunk into a corner of the screen as the two hosts talk to us about what's coming up next on the block and their thoughts about what happened in the episode (in the earlier shows).
  • Cute Kitten / Ridiculously Cute Critter: Whiskers, The Kitten Who Can Name Fruit.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first few months of Fridays were much less crazy; the host segments largely relied on Tommy & Nzinga's interactions and the only running gags that appeared were Whiskers and The Big Guys. Segments that featured the live-action hosts interacting with the cartoon characters and movie interviews were also more common around this time.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Whiskers, The Kitten Who Can Name Fruit is a kitten who can name fruit. Most of the time.
  • Excited Kids' Show Host: Tommy and Nzinga (and later, Tara). Somewhere between Type 2 and Type 3.
  • Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: Used during the E-mail Time segments. However, the letters were fake.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Tapes can be seen in the back of the Fridays control room - some of which are labeled "Cartoon Fridays Leader" and others which are labeled after shows that have aired in the past on the block. Some of the tapes are actually of Toonami, including Zatch Bell and New Justice League Unlimited.
  • Genius Bonus: One early host segment was devoted to discussing the appearances of Fred, Chicken and Thundarr in Cartoon Network promos - explaining how they finally found a spot in the Fridays intro. Said promos aired 5 years before the block started.
  • Greasy Spoon: The unnamed diner set where the Diner Lady resides.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: One day's hosting segments revolved around Tommy and Nzinga each trying to take control of the show. The Fridays logo in the bottom corner changes looks corresponding to who's currently in charge of the block.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: Occasionally, the kids will make a mistake while speaking. Typically followed up by an "Oops!" or "Pobody's Nerfect!" title card.
  • Hula and Luaus: April 16, 2004's show, a Powerpuff Girls marathon, featured the Fridays set becoming a luau.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In an Ed, Edd 'n Eddy bumper, Nzinga asks us if we've ever wondered why Ed wears a sweater even when it's not cold outside. She is wearing a scarf while she's saying this.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Addressed in a bumper for Star Wars: Clone Wars. Tommy tells the older Star Wars fans only planning to watch Clone Wars to stay tuned and see what else they have planned for the night.
  • Man Child: Tommy
  • Manipulative Editing: If a celebrity makes an appearance on a Fridays block, you can expect the producers to take out of context quotes from them and play them during bumpers.
  • Marathon Running: November 17th, 2003's show featured all 10 episodes of Star Wars Clone Wars: Season 1 shown in succession in one 30 minute slot.
  • Milestone Celebration: The 100th Fridays block was celebrated with the cast and crew's picks for the best Fridays skits replacing the week's normal bumpers.
  • No Fourth Wall: The two hosts or the kids talk directly to the audience in the bumpers that appear before the show returns and over the credits.
  • Non-Interactivity: Subverted with the Game Time sketches. Sometimes the tasks done in the segments are possible to do, while other times they aren't possible (like pushing the envelope of comedy or using your hidden superpowers.)
  • Orphaned Punchline: The basis of one of the show's skits.
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word: The words in the Word of the Day segments are these.
  • Phony Newscast: Occasionally used during some of the bumpers, and sometimes used to promote shows premiering in the days after the block.
  • Previously On: Used during some of the promos, featuring an out of context line from last week's show.
  • Release Date Change: Teen Titans was originally announced to premiere as part of the block in a 2003 Cartoon Network press release. However, for unknown reasons, the show was pushed forward to July 2003 and aired during the SVES block. An unused host segment where the hosts and kids go on the CN website for Teen Titans can be seen for a split second in a Fridays promo.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: Used sporadically around the time the rebrand began. The hosts would occasionally interact with Cartoon Cartoon characters, which occasionally led to situations like lampshading why Numbah One would be willing to ask for assistance from the hosts.
  • Scenery Porn: The opening sequence featuring many Cartoon Network characters past and present, some of whom are only seen for a split second; and the flythrough at the beginning from orbit to Atlanta (CN and the other Turner nets are all based there- the building we see doesn't match up with the real building that's there, though).
  • Soap Within a Show: Done in the All My Fridays skits.
  • Special Guest: Amy Lee once came on and performed "The Cartoon Song." Videos of it are still floating around YouTube. Other celebrities and musical guests came on as well.
    • Viewers who participated in the PPG Style contest and won were able to join in some of the host segments.
  • Stock Footage: Animations from earlier Cartoon Network promos were used in the short bumpers that appear if no skits are shown.
  • Stop Motion: Used during Bad Clay Fables.
  • Surreal Humor: Let's see, you got Whiskers, The Kitten Who Can Name Fruit, the occasional visits from Longhaul the Puppet Trucker, and the sudden breaking out into dancing brought on by the "Big Guy Shimmy" amongst other strange characters, not to mention the relative shortness of most of the interstitial sketches.
  • Talking Animal: Long Haul, a dog who drives a pickup truck and shows off the items he's collected to the show's hosts and kids.
  • Title Card: Used after some of the sketches. There's a lot of them.
  • Variety Show: The interval segments had things from recurring comedy segments to special guest celebrities and bands.

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