Stream Police: For the Kids Edition

Posted in The Screening Room by - January 05, 2016

The first Stream Police of the new year happens to fall on the same week that I become an uncle for the third time, and in honor of that I would like to talk about five shows on Hulu that I would love to watch with my nephews, and my expected neice.


Pokémon

Several season of this long running show are available on Netflix and, of course, the this one is perfect for the little ones. Based on the long running video game series of the same name, Pokémon follows the adventures of ten year old Ash Ketchum as he travels the various regions of the Pokémon to catch Pokémon and earn gym badges in order to become a Pokémon master. While only a small fraction of the show’s nearly 900 episodes are available on Hulu, but there is enough here to keep the kids busy for a while. A note to the adults out there though, the show is incredibly repititive and the voice over work is a mixed bag at best, so be warned going in that this one is going to appeal more to the kids than you.


Rugrats

This was a show that I watched when I was young and it one I would be happy to share with my nephews. The adventures of Tommy Pickles and his friends Phillip and Lillian DeVille, Chuckie Finster, and the antagonistic Angelica. Through the eyes of the kids even something as mundane as going to the backyard is a huge adventure, and with there active imaginations make everything that much more grand. Unlike Pokémon, Rugrats has much better acting and features much more clever writing, offering jokes that adults in the room will get that will go right over the heads of the young ones. Rugrats is a gem and it has aged remarkably well, while the later episodes of the show aren’t as good as the early part of the show, the show as a whole is solid and a great watch for the kids.


The Amazing World of Gumball

A surprising modern edition to this list, The Amazing World of Gumball is a strange little show that I first saw a little over a year ago. The show follows the adventures of a young boy, Gumball Watterson, and his sister and adopted brother. The three live in the city of Elmore, whose residents are made up of characters that were either rejected from the creator’s other projects or the ideas of the show’s staff. Gumball was the first show produced by Cartoon Network’s European studios, and the show is surprisingly good quality for their first attempt. While not every episode is a winner, the show has some great gems and some clever and funny dialogue. Gumball is a great show for the kids and even the adults should get a laugh or two out of it.


Garfield and Friends

Another classic, Garfield and Friends ran on TV from 1988 to 1994, and was based on the Garfield newspaper comics, with episodes also featuring Garfield creator Jim Davis’ second newspaper comic U.S. Acres (titled Orson’s Farm outside of North America). While many of the shorts are original stories, the Quickies are adaptations of comic strips and are fun to see in motion with voice over. Lorenzo Musick’s portrayal of Garfield is fantastic and the feline’s quick wit and sarcastic humor will certainly be appreciated by adults watching the show, and while it hasn’t held up as well as other shows for the same era, it’s certainly better than the modern CG version of Garfield, The Garfield Show.


Sesame Street

This one is a little more for the younger kids in the room, but it’s a timeless show that has been on the air for 46 years and has more than 4,000 episodes. The characters are known by people young and old and some of the older skits have withstood the test of time and are still just as funny today as they were decades ago. The folks behind Sesame Street have been doing this so long that they’ve got it down to a science. The show is written with the whole family in mind, and much like its younger sibling, The Muppets, Sesame Street is a timeless classic that’s just as good today as it was when you were a kid, and your children will love those colorful puppets just as much as you did. 

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He is a senior editor at Kulture Shocked. A seasoned gamer, Zach has been playing video games since the early 90s and have owned everything from the NES to the Xbox One. Aside from video games, Zach is a nerd of all trades and dabbles in everything from collectible card games to Gunpla.

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