Creator / Cartoon Cartoon Fridays

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 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.

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:

  • 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).
  • Cute Kitten / Ridiculously Cute Critter: Whiskers, The Kitten Who Can Name Fruit.
  • Excited Kids' Show Host: Tommy and Nzinga (and later, Tara). Somewhere between Type 2 and Type 3.
  • Man Child: Tommy
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Variety Show: The interval segments had things from recurring comedy segments to special guest celebrities and bands.