Your favourite cartoon shows as a kid, teenager and grown-up?

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I saw it plastered all over the interweb the past week – Rick & Morty are coming back for more! And then it got me thinking about what a great influence cartoons still have on kids these days and how it helped shape us, growing up. Cartoons stretched our imaginations like bubblegum and they were probably the leaders in the infancy stages of special effects in the movie industry as we know it today. In a cartoon anything and everything is possible.

Growing up, I remember shows like Masters Of The Universe (or He-Man for short), The Real Ghostbusters, Gummy Bears, Brave Star (a fokken man-horse Texas Ranger? really?), Ducktales and Maya The Bee. On the not so obvious international-seem-local front we had some Afrikaans dubbed outjies like Dawie Die Kabouter, Pinocchio, Heidi, Brakanjan, Moomin, Nills Holgersohn, Tao Tao, Vicki Die Viking and Pokkel die Eekhoring. I can still hum every single theme song. With M-net coming into the picture with the big guns, we also had access to the likes of Inspector Gadget, Smurfs, Wacky Races and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. NINJA, not fokken HERO! Do you know what other stuff was showing on M-Net late night? Ja, that’s why you have a younger brother or sister, boet. Excalibur, Red Shoe Diaries

With the advent of DSTV when our voices broke, a new era was announced and as a delinquent semi grown-up, I think I missed out on an entire chunk of cartoons. I luckily  discovered Ren & Stimpy somehow,  but I have no idea what Sponge Bob Square Pants are about and Power Puff Girls and Dexter’s Lab seemed like different versions of the same thing, but like, Ken and Barbie versions for boys and girls. I feel like Adventure Island could also be placed here, but this is my biggest gap, so help me grow the list? I don’t even know what to call this era. Phineas & Pherb could perhaps also sleep in this box. What a great and imaginative little concept?

The one constant cartoon that stands out as the glue that held the last 30 years or so together, could perhaps be The Simpsons, but it kind went bland for me, which I’m kind of sad about. I was big into it as a laitie, but I think I might be more than six seasons behind. Is it worth catching up on it? I liked Futurama a fuck load better.

Matt Groening (with an astounding net worth of over $600mil) along with Mike Judge (Beavis & Butthead) probably laid the ground work for the more adult-orientated cartoons, which is where I find myself today: Bill Bur’s F is For Family is cleverly and hilariously cynical, Black Dynamite is an absolute ripper and a culture shift. South Park has been running second longest after The Simpsons (I think?) and they opened a completely different vortex of “what-the-fuckery”. There is just absolutely nothing in animation land that can even be half compared to it. Oh, and I am glad that Archer is still running – they keep changing things up and changing the worlds in which each series take place. Fine humor and brilliant, stupidly fucked-up story lines.

I felt it important to dedicate a little paragraph to Family Guy on it’s own: Family Guy can go fuck itself. It is unfunny, predictable, repetitive and actually kind of downright cunty and mean without being really clever. It is an art to be cunty and mean and clever at the same time, and Seth Macfarlane ain’t the guy to pull it off. Matt Stone and Trey Parker (South Park)? Yup, they’ve mastered it. They’re them guys.

And now I circle back to Rick & Morty as a fokken grown-ass man-child who have never spent a cent on cartoon-related merch. But I went and bought this ridiculous hood and top. You know, so I can look like a complete doos in public. A hungry doos who now has to live off bread and noodles:

Feel free to share your cartoon hits and misses list with us. Maybe you’re a Family Guy kinda guy…

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#10 Meet the Real Housewives of Johannesburg Season 2
The Real Housewives of Johannesburg Season 2 will chronicle the lives of seven enviably wealthy Jozi women as they negotiate life as family women, businesswomen and friends, with the first episode landing on 1Magic on Friday, 18 October 2019 at 19:00 on both DStv Now and Showmax at the same time!
On DStv Now and Showmax
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 #9 The star of Shetland tells us about the town where “people seem to get murdered a lot”
Starting at 20:00 on ITV Choice (Channel 123) on DStv Now on Tuesday, 15 October, and running for six weeks, the show is based on the bestselling detective books by award-winning crime writer Ann Cleeves, with most of the storylines taking place on the eponymous Scottish archipelago.
 On DStv Now
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#8 Five reasons to start watching this Forest Whitaker series right now
In the early 1960s, Bumpy returns from Alcatraz to find the neighbourhood he once ruled in a shambles. With the streets controlled by Vincent ‘Chin’ Gigante (Emmy nominee Vincent D’Onofrio from Daredevil and Jurassic World) and the Italian mob, Bumpy takes on the Genovese crime family to regain control.
 On Showmax & DSTV Now
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 #7 Go crazy with new seasons of your favourite animated comedies
From the not-so-magical world of Dreamland to a small town in Colorado to the horrors of puberty to the void of space, where unfortunately everyone can still hear Archer’s voice – what can you expect from Disenchantment, South Park, Big Mouth and Archer this time around?
On Netflix & Showmax
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 #6 No joy if you’re a Roy: Succession is back and it’s the best thing on TV
Super-rich family patriarch Logan Roy, played with great power and gravitas by Brian Cox, is not known for smiling. But in the finale of a brilliant second season of Succession he smiles.
On Showmax
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 #5 Your first look at Rick and Morty Season 4
The Adult Swim trailer for Rick and Morty Season 4 was released a week ago, and has already had more than 10 million views. Fans of the sociopathic
super-genius and his nerdy grandson have been waiting for years for the latest season. Cue: countdown.
On Showmax
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 #4 Buckle up for El Camino: you won’t be sorry
When you’ve created what was undisputedly one of the best television series of the past decade, and then decide to make a sequel film, the performance pressure must be immense.
 On Netflix 
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 #3 Why SOA virgins and fans will love Mayans MC
All seasons of biker-gang series Sons of Anarchy plus two seasons of the spin-off Mayans MC are now streaming for a revved-up, full-throttle binge-watch experience.
On Showmax
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 #2 Get all the spiffy spin-offs on Showmax
In TV-land, when we talk about a spin-off, for the most part, we refer to a TV series that was inspired by an existing movie or series. Think of Cheers (an iconic American sitcom that ran for just
over a decade between 1982 and 1993) versus Frasier (which ran for the following decade between 1993 and 2004).
 On Showmax 
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 #1 Sibling rivalry, jealousy and a kingdom at stake
The storyline follows King Khombindlela, who finds himself in a dilemma that involves his two newborn sons from different wives. Though he’s elated to finally being gifted with not one but two sons, Khombindlela’s life gets complicated when a prophet declares that one son is his rightful heir, and the other is evil.
On Showmax & DStv Now
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Our randomized trailer pick of the week

Each week we take a number from 1 to 10 from our list of suggestions and put it through a randomizer to choose a trailer to show you. This week it landed on our number 5 spot, Rick and Morty!

You need to understand how popular and important Rick & Morty are to just about everybody I know. This trailer was uploaded 11 days ago and it is sitting with just over 11million views. It has over half a million likes versus a measily 6k dislikes. That’s an overwhelming show of love and support for these characters. Remember how they fucked with us when they released the first episode of season 3 on Arpril Fools day two years ago? Everyone thought “Yay! Season 3, here we go!” They fucking made us wait another 3 months before the rest of the episodes started airing weekly.

But hey! Season 4 is on the way! We only have to wait until December!

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