Animation Takes the Nation

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They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, but these days the TV is giving the oven a run for its money. While many perceive animated TV shows to be the exclusive province of kiddie entertainment, these days the opposite is true. In fact, animation has become an increasingly popular format for developing programs geared toward a wide range of viewers, including teenagers and adults seeking relaxing entertainment in the evening hours.

One of America’s favorite TV networks, FOX offers an array of animated programs for viewing during the prime time hours. The classic title The Simpsons, which has been on air since 1989, humorously depicts American life through the experiences of the wacky Simpsons family. Another of FOX’s most popular animated shows is Family Guy, whose success inspired creator Seth MacFarlane to develop the spin-off series The Cleveland Show, which also airs on FOX. American Dad!, too, explores family relations and American culture, though its humor is often situational rather than intentional, lending it a farcical affect. Finally, there’s King of the Hill (created by Mike Judge, the brains behind Beavis and Butt-head), which, unlike many other animated sitcoms, often takes the form of a prime-time drama, with the plot developing through the course of a season and culminating in a dramatic cliffhanger.

While FOX’s animated programming consists predominately of family-oriented shows, Comedy Central offers prime time viewing choices that explore characters and perspectives less frequently featured on the TV screen. The long-running series South Park hilariously takes on myriad social issues by examining them through the eyes of four elementary school-aged boys and their strange human and non-human friends. The critically acclaimed series Futurama, which is Matt Groening’s follow-up to The Simpsons, resituates the conventional workplace sitcom in a futuristic scenario, following the exploits of a group of co-workers through their zany exploits in space.

Cartoon Network offers several choices for prime time viewing, including the two Emmy-winning shows Adventure Time and Regular Show, both of which follow the adventures—and misadventures—of two best friends. Cartoon Network’s The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange has gained massive popularity, and thus a prime time slot, since its initial air date in 2012. Teen Titans Go!, which presents the DC Comics franchise in a humorous fashion, is shown several evenings each week during prime time as part of Cartoon Network’s DC Nation programming block.

It couldn’t possibly be easy—let alone affordable—to gain access to such a diverse array of prime time animated TV shows…or could it? In fact, DISH TV’s America’s Top 250 package includes all of the networks named above and more—247 more, to be exact—placing the power to watch any and all of you and your family’s favorite prime time cartoons at your fingertips!

Get Satellite is one of America’s oldest, largest and most respected providers of DISH TV satellite services, offering a great number of family friendly channels and a variety of channel packages to suit the tastes of every TV-watching member in the family.

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