All ages see how favorite childhood TV shows measure up

Students reflect on the Nickelodeon and Disney shows they watched when they were younger and how they perceive the shows differently today.

Children’s television shows often have a different meaning once young viewers grow up.
“Spongebob Square Pants” is a show that airs on Nickelodeon and has been airing since 1999.
“Spongebob is truly a good show because it’s goofy and fun. Looking back at when I was around 7, it was my Saturday cartoons,” freshman Mark Ferrell said.
Though the television show was meant for younger viewers, there were some jokes for older viewers.
“There are definitely jokes in Spongebob that went right over my head when I was younger but now pick up on,” Ferrell said.
Other humorous Nickelodeon shows such as “Victorious” had more of a nostalgic meaning for Indian Crest eighth grader Meah Jones.
“Shows like ‘iCarly’ and ‘Victorious’ were shows I grew up with. They’re both shows I would watch every day and I would look forward to new episodes,” Jones said.
According to Jones, “Victorious” means “so much more” and it’s something she can “look back on.”
Nickelodeon comedies like “Drake and Josh” even had an impact on viewers even though most aren’t old enough to watch it since it was released in 2004.
“Drake and Josh is kind of like a meme now. I started watching it when I was around 5 and watched it even 10 years after that,” senior Sarah Thayres said.
According to Thayres, shows from our childhood can still make teenagers “feel like children” even as they go into adulthood.
The show “iCarly” was a show that ran from 2007-2012 and was for a teenager audience.
“Now that I am older ‘iCarly’ just shows me that life has obstacles that you can overcome,” Indian Crest eighth grader Mackenzie Spencer said.
Disney’s “Good Luck Charlie” is a comedy as well, but for sophomore Anna Telvald it has more of a meaning. “For me I learned that family is everything from watching the show. The Duncan family was always there for each other and able to help one another out,” Tevald said.
Disney’s “Jessie” is another comedy that aired not long after “Good Luck Charlie” ended on Disney Channel.
“ ‘Jessie’ seems more immature and silly now that I’m older,” sophomore Charlotte Baumgartner said.
According to Baumgartner, “Jessie” something she can “look back on”and “bond” with others over. For many, the shows that they watched when younger are still be relevant current viewers.