By M. Keith Booker
Since overdue night cartoons first aired in 1960, prime-time lively sequence have had a profound impact on American tv and American tradition at huge. The characters and motifs from such indicates as The Flintstones and The Simpsons are one of the best-known photos in global pop culture; and tellingly, even sequence that experience now not performed good in leading time—series like The Jetsons , for instance—have yielded equally iconic pictures. the arrival of cable and a number of other new channels dedicated completely to lively programming have introduced previous sequence again to existence in syndication, whereas additionally supplying new markets for extra, usually extra experimental lively sequence. Even at the traditional networks, courses similar to The Flintstones and The Simpsons , let alone kinfolk man and King of the Hill , have constantly proven a smartness and a satirical punch that is going well past the norm in community programming. attracted to tv strains the historical past of prime-time animation from The Flintstones preliminary extension of Saturday mornings to relations man and South Park 's late-night allure within the twenty first century. within the procedure, it sheds a shocking mild on simply how a lot the child inside of us all nonetheless has to say.
attracted to tv describes the content material and magnificence of the entire significant prime-time lively sequence, whereas additionally putting those sequence inside of their political and cultural contexts. It additionally tackles a few very important questions on lively programming, comparable to: how lively sequence vary from traditional sequence; why lively programming has a tendency to be so powerful as a motor vehicle for social and political satire; what makes lively characters so effectively convertible into icons; and what the most likely results of recent applied sciences (such as electronic animation) could be in this style sooner or later.