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  • Americans Hate Tingle: Though not as bad as YTV, Teletoon being the originator of the Total Drama franchise (Which has gone though Seasonal Rot) and the main co-producer of Johnny Test (Which Cartoon Network used to have an unhealthy obsession with), has given the network and its programming a very bad reputation among American viewersnote . And while some series have gained fandoms of their own (like Total Drama above), the Animation Age Ghetto examples below don't help the network's general reputation.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: Paradoxically accused of perpetuating this trope and for producing examples that subvert it. Most of the subversions came from some of the network's original shows targeting teenagers and young adults. But what perpetuates this trope is Teletoon's current Dork Age, with their overall output in recent years garnering mixed-to-negative reception in comparison to American outlets, and the network itself narrowing its focus on family-friendly programming to the point where they banished all adult animation in 2019.
    • Being Canada's designated animation brand, Teletoon's Network Decay is also an example of this. Teletoon used to air programs that appealed to all audiences, from preschool shows to Anime movies and Original Video Animation for adults. As time went on and other networks launched, Teletoon would slowly scale back its programming and narrow its target audience. The quality of Teletoon's original productions has declined as a result. While Nickelodeon, Disney XD, and especially Cartoon Network have produced shows that would become very popular with millennials and young adults and have even garnered critical acclaim, Teletoon (as well as YTV) has gained a reputation for cartoons aimed squarely at children.
      • This extends to their adult programming, which the network barely produces anymore. Compare the shows produced in association with MTV. Clone High and Undergrads have gone on to become cult classics, while Crash Canyon has received largely negative reviews and unfavorable comparisons to Family Guy.
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  • Dork Age: Has been in one since Corus Entertainment gained full ownership. Many shows have been poorly or incorrectly advertised. Original programming would receive the red carpet treatment only to end after a single season, regardless of ratings or quality. Finally, Teletoon and Cartoon Network Canada's overall programming are frequently criticized as being exclusively targeted at children at the expense of the Periphery Demographic of older audiences and adult animation fans, from which Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and Disney XD shows have gained a sizable audience and following.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Back in the early 2000s, Teletoon showed The Batman in bid to compete directly against Teen Titans on YTV. After two weeks, it failed to gather a sizable crowd and Teletoon reshuffled their schedule. More than fifteen years later, Teletoon is now showing Teen Titans.
  • Network Decay: Teletoon has aired somewhat-related live-action movies before, but in a deliberate attempt to emulate the "success" of CN Real, Teletoon began producing original live-action shows like Majority Rules, My Babysitter's a Vampire, the CGI-hybrid Mudpit, and documentary Beyond Human. They've even aired other live-action series, mostly sourced from The Hub. Generally, My Babysitter's a Vampire was the only show to gain a following, but that's mostly due to the show airing on Disney Channel in the United States, which was plagued by laugh-track-riddled sitcoms at the time. While Teletoon has, thankfully, backed-down on this trend after a few years, it didn't stop them from airing live-action movies that have nothing to do with animation or comics, nor did it stop Corus from moving the "Neo-Saban" Power Rangers seasons to Teletoon, after YTV ditched action-oriented programming altogether.
    • Along with most of the series mentioned above, French counterpart Télétoon had Power Rangers the same week as YTV and co-produced the second season of obstacle course game show Splatalot!. Télétoon la nuit also produced the four-day a week stand-up/sketch comedy show Le Mike Ward Show in 2016, only for it to be cancelled after one season.
    • Teletoon tends to treat its recent cartoons as highly expendable. It's common for Canadian animated series to be Short Runners note , but it seems as if Teletoon originals are nowadays commissioned for the sole purpose of being sold overseas as filler programming for international children's networks. Unless they prove to be a viable hit for the network, the average Teletoon series only lasts around 13-26 episodes.
    • Teletoon at Night itself has seen better days, particularly when it was known as The Detour (and by extension, Teletoon Unleashed, an adult-exclusive block which folded into The Detour). From 2015-2017, [adult swim] programming aired exclusively on the localized block on Cartoon Network Canada, leaving Archer as the only major show on a block that's otherwise composed of FOX sitcoms that have declined in quality over the years and unrelated live-action movies. This decline can be attributed to the lack of adult animation produced in Canada, the decreasing number of shows acquired from [adult swim] (Which itself has downplayed its reliance on animated programming), the general poor quality of recent shows from other American networks, and the short lifespans of the few decent shows. In contrast, streaming outlets like Netflix have become a go-to source for premium-quality animated programming, in addition to streaming several shows in Canada that currently air on Teletoon at Night. Not helping Teletoon's case is that the website for the block was poorly managed. note 
      • This is sad to look at when you compare them to French counterpart Télétoon la nuit, which has a better managed website and a better variety of programming. Then again, the French block still has its own schedule issues, commonly in relation to unfitting programming. They've gone as far as adding The Flintstones (The Quebec-dubbed one) to their lineup.
    • Originally, Adult Swim aired much of the same programming as Teletoon at Night, which wasn't all too different from its American counterpart. However, with the exception of Robot Chicken and Rick and Morty, the latter of which didn't premiere until 2016, none of Adult Swim's newer programming aired on the Canadian block nor Teletoon at Night. In Fall 2015, as part of Adult Swim's expansion, the majority of Teletoon at Night's programs migrated to Adult Swim, with the former block even picking up the third season of Fugget About It and several new shows like Night Sweats and Axe Cop. This resulted in Teletoon at Night's runtime reduced to a mere three hours.
      • In Fall 2016, the reverse happened. All of Adult Swim's acquired shows moved back to Teletoon at Night, which got a new start time of 8pm, while the former block's runtime was reduced to three hours. By Fall 2017, Teletoon at Night had reverted back to its previous start time of 9pm, brought back Robot Chicken, and finally added Rick and Morty to the mix. However, the Adult Swim Canada block had then been reduced to only airing repeats of older animated series and Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!.
      • Ultimately, Teletoon at Night and the Canadian Adult Swim block were both discontinued in March 2019 in favor of relaunching the former Showcase Action as a full-time Adult Swim channel, which launched the following month. The channel would slip right out of the gate as, to fulfill CanCon requirements, they had to carry over the morning film broadcasts of low-budget, unrelated, Canadian-produced movies from Action. Yet they've also carried over Action's weekend film broadcasts (action movies and comedies). While the network does carry the majority of programming seen on its American counterpart (barring Toonami), reruns of shows like Aqua Teen Hunger Force are broadcast in the wrong aspect ratio.
    • Télétoon examples:
      • From Fall 2015 to Fall 2017, Télétoon made its evening movie block being centered around superheroes. The catch was that the channel has used Télétoon la nuit's 11:30pm-1am timeslot for their superheroes block, leading to the case where LEGO specials and even a Teen Titans Go! marathon would air in late-night. In other cases, the evening block has also been used for marathon of the nighttime block shows.
      • Télétoon Jr. Sur Demande, Télétoon's alternate VOD channel based of the now-closed preschool block, Télétoon Jr., has long abandoned preschool shows in favor of three older Cartoon Network shows seen on Télétoon Rétro.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: In the past, there were programs that aired on Teletoon's late-night blocks that were actually acceptable, content rating-wise, for younger viewers. This is all largely due to Values Dissonance among Canadian and American networks.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Teletoon's original productions showed signs of this in 2016. Atomic Puppet and Counterfeit Cat both premiered to rave reviews; Supernoobs won over a lot of viewers who were disgruntled with Scott Fellows' other Flash-animated series; and Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race was considered to be, at the very least, a marked improvement from recent seasons of its parent show.


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