Toonado's Fall Picks
#3: The Batman
We begin our look into this fall’s programming with a show which began in lackluster fashion in 2004. In its first and second season, critics and fans agreed that Bruce Wayne’s new series the Batman proved the inferior to its 1990s predecessor. However, the producers listened well and attempted to improve its quality by developing more intense stories and introducing Batgirl as well as Robin. As each season continued, the show became better and better. It now enters its fifth season maintaining the formula of adding supporting characters to boost its ratings. The new season kicks off where the last one ended, with the dark knight teaming up with the justice league (and offering some very familiar voice acting). For those of you that stopped watching or never began, I urge you to consider a change of heart. The Batman will continue to protect Gotham City on September 22nd.
#2: The Boondocks (adult audiences only)
Our next series is ready to make a comeback after a hiatus of over a year. Fans have not seen a new episode of the critically praised adult series the Boondocks since March of 2006. Luckily, Aaron McGruder’s comic strip turned animated series will soon make its return to the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. The Boondocks is about two young boys named Riley and Huey Freeman as they begin a new life with their grandfather in the suburbs. The show tackles problems facing African-Americans with a satirical approach. The artwork is exceptional and the dialog is hilarious. The entire supporting cast is scheduled to return, including uncle Rukus and "A Pimp Named Slickback". The highly anticipated second season should arrive on October 8th.
#1: Avatar: The last Airbender
Aang and friends will continue their quest to hone their skills and defeat the Fire Nation with yet another season of Avatar. Initially, most adults dismissed this show, thinking that because it was made by Nickelodeon, that it would have unrefined plotlines and even more basic character archetypes. However, each episode proves that this series is probably the most original show Nickeloden has come up with in its 28 years. This show has garnered fans of all ages and walks of life with its impressive artwork and gripping storytelling. Due to its originality, ever-growing fanbase and unique style, Avatar: The Last Airbender easily takes a seat among the top animated series of the last 7 years. For those that wish to experience all the action of the second season again, the complete season 2 box set hits shelves on September 11th, including special features such as an interview with M. Night Shyamalan on the upcoming Avatar movie. September 21st will then mark the start of season 3 with Aang most likely learning to firebend in this season.
Note: The above air dates are tentative and therefore subject to change. Check your local listings for more accurate dates.
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