Cartoon Network hit the airwaves October 1st, 1992 by airing the Looney Tunes short Rhapsody Rabbit. It was the birth of an all-animation channel. It would change television history and change cartoons as we knew. Now, I was born September 1st of '94, nearly two years after the channel premiered. I would soon grow up on the channel when I hit around the age of 5 in '99. What I remember was what most called, "The Golden Age" of the channel. I would watch The Powerpuff Girls whenever it was on and was obsessed with it, collecting practically every single piece of its merchandise whenever I could. I watched other Cartoon Network originals like Dexters Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Ed Edd N Eddy, Courage The Cowardly Dog , and many others like them. I even watched the occasional anime on Toonami like Dragonball Z and Sailor Moon, even though I barely remember any of it. Cartoon Network, I would consider, to be one of the best channels in the history of television. It brought cartoons into a new light and brought anime to US shores. With the help of Adult Swim and adult humor in its most popular cartoons, it showed that cartoons aren't just a child's medium. Despite this, most can agree that ever since its logo change to CN in 2004, Cartoon Network has been in a downward spiral. Even though they've pumped out decent original series like Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends, Ben 10, and arguably, Chowder, Flapjack, and the various Canadian cartoons they've imported, CN started to change. With the recent CNReal and airing of live action movies, many believe that the channel has taken a turn for the worse. I couldn't look at CN the same way again. I say this channel was at it's best in the late 90's to early 2000's with its original programming. Others say it was before with all the classic cartoons. Hopes have risen for the recent airing of classic Looney Tunes cartoons on the modern day Cartoon Network. For all of us longing for the past... it may be coming back.
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