YTV or Youth Television is the go to channel for the greater part of our decade as Canadian adolescents and teenagers. Every afternoon on the way home from school all one could think about is catching SpongeBob Square Pants, Fairly Odd Parents or Pokémon and what they were going to do until 6pm when Dragon Ball Z came on. The next morning before the first class and at recess, the main discussion with your friends would be about the episodes you watched last night, the jokes that are now in your repertoire and how you can’t wait for the next episode.
What makes YTV cling to our memories is the experience of it all; an experience so vivid that when someone references Pokémon in a conversation, you smile with nostalgia. For better or worse YTV brought a lot of kids together in their early ages and somehow manages to still connect these now grown up adults. Things may have changed as kids can now watch episodes on-demand and there are fewer cartoons and more Reality-TV shows. However YTV is still more or less the same, there are still Saturday and Sunday morning cartoons; the Zone (a collection of afternoon cartoons sprinkled with discussion by the host) still airs in the afternoons and now even on the weekends, in place of the Vortex. Most miraculous of all, Carlos is still the host of The Zone. In the end, YTV and Television programming as a whole might be a monoculture, but it’s a damn good one.