October 4th, 2014 will live in infamy as one of the saddest days in American television history. For the first time in over 50 years, not a single network showed any Saturday morning cartoons. There are many reasons that can be blamed for why this happened. Unfortunately for us here in the United States, there are very many restrictions on what can be shown on TV and when it can be shown. (Our readers in other countries enjoy more freedom in their TV viewing choices!) The FCC, which is the US government’s agency overseeing television regulations, created a rule in the 1990s which required stations to carry more educational content in the morning. This resulted in many stations ending showing cartoons in favor of live action shows such as Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Luckily for those kids watching American television on a Saturday morning between 1983-1984, there was a clear choice for gamers. That choice was a block of programming known as the “Saturday Supercade”.

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