As a wide-eyed Canadian immigrant child watching shows on YTV was immediately part of my cultural education and an inseparable part of my childhood. Nowadays, reliving those exuberant times by re-watching episodes is a nostalgia trip that induces youthful energy and excitement. The days of making it home from school just in time to watch The Zone and feeling closeness with the quirky hosts over the years (Pat, Jenny, Sugar, and Carlos) are times that are hard to forget. From the wacky animated YTV logos that bounced around during the breaks to the lively commercials that played, it was all part of the experience.
YTV had it all, from Canadian shows like ReBoot, Yvon of the Yukon, and Stickin’ Around; Nickelodeon staples like Hey Arnold!, Rugrats, and The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius; Cartoon Network classics like Dexter’s Laboratory, Powerpuff Girls, and Samurai Jack; popular anime such as Dragon Ball Z, Digimon, Beyblade, Monster Rancher, Pokemon, and Yu-Gi-Oh!. Whether it was hearing the PokèRap for the first time, or seeing the eccentric Uh Oh! game-show host Wink Yahoo, or staying up late to catch InuYasha, or waking up on Saturday morning to catch Justice League on The Vortex, Canadian kids across the country can tell you something they remember and cherish from their days of watching YTV. Even though watching YTV now is not the same, the memories of the old programs and personalities hold a special place in my heart. Perhaps ten years from now, someone who is currently a wide-eyed kid will be writing about how amazing YTV was when they were younger.