If you follow the iFanboy staff on Twitter and were around last night then you know that we discovered a new obsession: The Hub TV.
Formerly known as Discovery Kids HD, this new American cable television network debuted on Monday (after a preview on Sunday) and, really, it couldn't be more tailor made for a bunch of TV lovers who grew up in the 1980s (and that one young bastard who grew up in the 1990s). Because the network started yesterday, everything that Hub showed was the first episode, so if you wanted to watch The Wonder Years or Doogie Howser, M.D. or Family Ties or Happy Days or Laverne & Shirley from the very beginning then you were in luck.
But that's not all! The Hub also has a few shows that might be relevant to your (and this website's) interests!
One of my favorite TV series of all time! And it doesn't seem anywhere near DVD release so I couldn't be more excited. Originally running from 1966 to 1968 and for 120 (!) half hour episodes, this pop art masterpiece burned brightly like a supernova and captured the country's imagination before it flamed out of the public consciousness just as quickly as it arrived. Batman was unique in that (up until the third and final season) it ran twice a week. The first episode set up the story and ended in one of those famous cliff hangers and the next day the second episode resolved the cliff hanger and wrapped up the story. It was glorious. And now that it runs every night at 11:30pm and I only have to wait 24 hours (just like when it originally aired!) to find out how Batman and Robin escape The Riddler's death trap. The first episode, "Hi Diddle Riddle", aired last night.
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
One of my favorite cartoons of all time! The cartoon that I and — literally — every other kid i knew watched every day after school ran from 1985 to 1987 and for 95 episodes. When I was a kid, my friends and I were obsessed with the G.I. Joe comics. (Okay, some of my friends still are.) The Marvel Comics series started in 1982 which meant that by the time the cartoon came around three years later we were primed and ready like you wouldn't believe. Now that I'm an adult and work from home and am I night owl, having a "new" episode of G.I. Joe on every night at 12:30am is just about right. Want to know all the stuff that Josh, Ron and I babble on about and constantly reference on our various shows? Now's your chance to catch up! The series kicked off with a mini-series sub-titled "The MASS Device" and the first episode, "The Cobra Strikes", aired last night.
Similar to G.I. Joe, in the 1980s my friends and I loved Transformers. (And GoBots, which doesn't seem to be on the Hub schedule…) Running from 1984-1987 and for 98 episodes, it was the natural companion to G.I. Joe (both being toy, comic book, cartoon, and animated movie empires) and it is one of the things that dominates my childhood memories. I'm not quite as excited for this one as I am G.I. Joe (I haven't added it to the DVR like I have the first two shows on this list) because the only thing I've seen of the cartoon through adult eyes has been Transformers: The Movie and that was a terrible experience, but knowing me I'll probably end up checking it out again anyway. Forever linked with its 1980s counterpart, Transformers can be found every week night at midnight and the first episode, "More Than Meets The Eye", aired last night.
One of these things is not like the other! Randomly, there's a Bruce Timmverse cartoon on the schedule and it's the only one I've never seen a single episode of. Originally running from 1999 to 2001 and for 52 episodes, the future tale of Bruce Wayne's protege Terry McGinnis doesn't really interest me a whole lot. But judging by the amount of people reading comics now who love the show I'm sure that there will be plenty of people happy to catch it again. If you're one of those people, or if you're someone who always wanted to watch it, you're in luck. Look for it every week day at 7:30am (yipes!). The first episode, "Rebirth (Part One)", aired yesterday and the second episode, "Rebirth (Part Two)" aired this morning.
The schedule itself is a bit bizarre: Kids shows (and Batman Beyond) during the day. Classic sitcoms (and Batman) after 8pm. Classic 80s cartoons after midnight. Whatever. It's amazing.
You can check out a list of The Hub's programming here. (It looks like they're going to be airing a new G.I. Joe cartoon at some future date!)