OPINION: Which childhood TV shows should be rebooted?

After the news broke that Cartoon Network was being bought by Warner Bros, the newspaper staff along with Americans of all ages reminisced about their favorite childhood shows. We created a list of our favorite, often underrated shows that for some reason or another were taken off the air but deserve a reboot.

Miles Johnson ’23: “Chowder”

“Chowder” is everyone’s favorite food-themed cartoon. This show has the trippiest animation I’ve ever seen and was colorful enough to keep my 5-year-old self’s attention span. I still get a few laughs out of the show when I rewatch it now. It has the standard 2000s Cartoon Network humor, blurring the border between adult and childish.

“Chowder” wasn’t anything spectacular, but it was the embodiment of the shows I grew up on, and kids should watch this instead of that goofy “Cocomelon.”

Tripp Buhler ’23: “Sanjay and Craig”

“Sanjay and Craig” is the buddy comedy that everyone needs, starring a 12-year-old boy and his anthropomorphic pet snake. This trippy Nickelodeon cartoon is the modern-day “Beavis and Butt-Head,” using a similar style of illustrations and jokes. The sad part about the show’s ending is that it never got a proper chance. “Sanjay and Craig” wasn’t highly marketed and couldn’t find its target audience. 

If the show was rebooted and given a proper welcome back, it could find the place in people’s hearts it was supposed to back in 2013.

Andy Swartz ’23: “Cutthroat Kitchen”

“Cutthroat Kitchen” is the greatest cooking competition show of all time. The “Survivor”-esque competition style combined with the pressure of time and sabotage creates an electrifying competition. 

In each episode, four contestants are given $25,000 and must survive three rounds, where they can use their money to sabotage the other contestants’ cooking and upgrade their resources. Every round, the remaining contestants are assigned a dish to cook and have one minute to collect the necessary ingredients from the pantry, then 30 minutes to cook their dish. The contestants can bid on sabotages that range from replacing their opponents’ cooking setup with a children’s playset to only being able to cook with a microwave. 

In each round, a guest judge tries all of the contestants’ dishes, and the cook with the dish that the judge likes least is eliminated. After all 3 rounds, the winning contestant goes home with whatever money they have not spent on sabotages as a prize. 

The creativity, excitement, twists, and turns of this competition place it as the greatest cooking show of all time, and it should be rebooted.  

Rylee Tozier ’25: “Victorious”

“Victorious” is everyone’s favorite high school drama show. Although I believe there could have been a better ending to the show, this Nickelodeon sitcom is still one of my all-time favorites. 

The final season ended with Tori and Andre, the two main characters, signing a record deal. While they both end up becoming successful pop stars, there should have been an additional season all about these two characters touring together. 

I also think Trina, Tori’s sister, should forget about her love life and move on to become their tour manager. Trina taking over this role would keep the audience laughing. If this show were to be rebooted, it would be something all fans would appreciate and enjoy. 

Olivia Piontek ’23: “Gravity Falls”

“Gravity Falls” chronicles the adventures of twins Dipper and Mabel Pines. The twins are sent to spend the summer with their Gruncle Stan, where they begin to adapt to the weird surroundings of the town of Gravity Falls and try to figure out its secrets. It was first introduced on June 15, 2012 and lasted 40 episodes. 

The last battle the twins face is Bill, who has a vendetta against the Pines family because of Gruncle Stan. Bill wants to create a portal between their dimension and the Nightmare realm. To stop Bill, someone has to let him into their mind so that he can escape the town barrier. Stan sacrifices himself and agrees to let Bill into his mind. They use a memory gun to erase Stan’s mind, thereby killing Bill and stopping the chaos in the town. Stan regains his memory after seeing Mabel’s pet pig Waddles, which annoyed him throughout the show.  

The town, so thankful for the saving efforts of Dipper and Mabel, throws them a going away party. They then get on a bus to go back home, but Dipper is given a letter that reads “See you next summer.” This ending leaves the door open for a possible comeback, and we’re all still wondering what will happen next summer. 

Luke Tillery ’25: “Kick Buttowski”

“Kick Buttowski” the “suburban daredevil” is a show that represents every kid’s fearless mentality. Kick Buttowski and his best friend Gunther go around their hometown of Mellowbrook to find unimaginable stunts to make Kick pull off in front of a crowd. Every episode is a new event going on with Kick and Gunther, their friends, and their enemies that consist of Kick’s older brother and his friends.

The show was released exactly one year after Disney XD debuted, making it the fourth Disney XD original. The first episode was released on February 12, 2010, and ended sometime late in 2012. Sadly there were only two seasons with 52 total episodes, of the bizarre yet captivating show. The show was unviewable for some time, but with the re-release of it on Disney+ on April 9, 2021, fans of “Kick Buttowski” can finally watch their favorite show.

Elliott Seng ’25: “Batman: The Animated Series”

Widely considered to be the best portrayal of the Dark Knight ever created, “Batman: The Animated Series” depicts the caped crusader in a timeless noir aesthetic. The iconic sharp silhouettes and slinky Femme Fatales appeal to any audience and are more engaging than your regular comic cartoon. 

The beloved series ran for four seasons from 1992 to 1995, until it was abruptly discontinued because the writers simply ran out of ideas and didn’t want to jeopardize its integrity with repetitive or silly storylines.

Almost 30 years later, there have been countless other new Batman comics written, giving the show so much more material it can work with to create a firth season. The darker tone of “The Batman” movie in 2022, which crushed sales at the box office, captures the neo-noir style of “Batman: The Animated Series.”

This only proves that a reboot of the animated series would not only be a big hit but draw a large audience back to the root of the Batman franchise they love. 

Madeline Randa ’25: “Phineas and Ferb”

“Phineas and Ferb” is a beautifully animated comedy-musical television show that deserves the best reboot possible. Phineas and Ferb are step-brothers who undergo elaborate projects to have the best summer possible. Their older sister, Candice, is determined to bust them by informing their Mom of the boys’ crazy inventions. 

As well as being hilarious, the show has better music and animation than any other children’s show. Songs such as “Gitchee Gitchee Goo,” “Busted,” and “E.V.I.L Boys” are tunes that carried my childhood. I still rewatch this show and cannot stop myself from giggling. 

Katie O’Mara ’24: “Total Drama Island”

“Total Drama Island” is a cartoon spoof of reality TV shows in the 2000s. The show centers around a group of teenagers who enter into a challenge-based competition to win $1,000,000. With entertaining characters like Sugar, a spunky country pageant girl, or Heather, a conniving mean girl straight from a teen movie, and a dynamic host, Chris McLean, this show is just as easily watchable as it was 10 years ago. I think this timeless classic should be rebooted.