Video: Zapping Back at Children's

After years of deregulation, kidvid's critics are on the attack

Ever since the days of Clarabell the clown and his ever ready seltzer bottle, parents have complained about the quality of children's TV programming. But seldom have they had so much to complain about. A typical afternoon of kidvid these days can be a mind-numbing march of cartoon superheroes like He-Man, BraveStarr and the Defenders of the Earth. Many shows, from The Transformers to Pound Puppies, are based on hot-selling toys and seem intended to shuffle kids straight from the TV set into the toy store. Worst of all in the critics' view, under the deregulatory aegis of the Reagan Administration,...

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