‘Teen Titans Go!’ Joins DC Nation on Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network’s Saturday morning block of superhero cartoons known as DC Nation is about to get a little bit bigger (maybe), as Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network announced today that Teen Titans Go! will be added to their block of superhero programming in 2013.

Teen Titans Go! is a sequel of sorts to the Teen Titans series that ran from 2003 to 2008, first on The WB and then on Cartoon Network. That series got a tie-in all-ages comic book called Teen Titans Go! and now we’ve come full circle as Teen Titans Go! is prepped for TV.

With character designs from the chibi school, the press release promises that Teen Titans Go! will focus on the comedic side of superhero adventures:

Teen Titans Go! features the return of Robin, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and Cyborg in all-new, comedic adventures. Character-driven comedy is the order of the day as this new take on the super hero series focuses on the funny business that happens between saving the world and living together as teenagers without adult supervision. They may be super heroes who save the world every day … but somebody still has to do the laundry! With the ability to turn into any animal or detach their robotic limbs, teenage pranks reach a whole new level. And even super heroes have to take Driver’s Ed. to get a license – especially after wrecking the Batmobile on an unauthorized joy ride to impress a girl!

One wonders if bringing this show back was in the plans all along, or if the audience reaction to the Teen Titans Go! shorts that have been running throughout the year was enough to earn the upgrade to a series.

Here’s the big thing that was not addressed in the press release: Young Justice.

The current “Teen Titans” series is your more traditional action-adventure superhero fare focusing on the younger heroes of the DC Universe. Is there room for two shows with essentially the same basic premise and many of the same characters? Would this be a situation where when Young Justice is done with new episodes then Teen Titans Go! comes in to take its spot in DC Nation? Or is Young Justice about to come to an end (it does kind of feel like the story is wrapping up this season)? Cartoon Network currently has four shows (that we know about) in various stages of life: Young Justice, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Beware the Batman, and now Teen Titans Go!. If DC Nation sticks to one hour then that’s two shows too many. Or maybe DC Nation will expand to two hours. Or maybe the shows will alternate their schedules.

There are a lot of questions here and hopefully we’ll get some answers soon. In the meantime, I look forward to Teen Titans Go!.  never watched the original series, but I welcome a humorous superhero show.


  1. I’m not scared about Young Justice just yet, especially if they run the second season in the same weird chunks they did with the first. That way, there’s plenty of room for another show to alternate back and forth in the time-slot.

  2. I hope it is an alternating time-slot thing. On top of it being the best DC cartoon this century, I finally got the girlfriend hooked on this and A:EMS. I don’t want to tell her that Young Justice is done too.

  3. That’s so Raven.

  4. This news does have me worried for Young Justice, though I did enjoy the original Teen Titans series on CN when it first came out.

    I agree that this early into the second season it feels like Young Justice is ramping up and heading into what would hopefully be a huge epic story.

    Perhaps DC is thinking they couldn’t repeat the magic that was the Timmverse, and are now focused on shorter series (by that I mean one or two seasons) but making sure that they have high quality stories. I’m okay with that if it means we’ll get more shows from them that are short but really good like Young Justice.

  5. Beware the Batman and Teen Titans Go will probably alternate with Young Justice and Green Lantern.

  6. Why? We already had a Teen Titans show and this version doesn’t seem like it will be that much of a departure. I was really hoping they would make Super Best Friends Forever a full time show. That is fun, interesting, and something different!

    • My concern would be that SBBF could easily end up like an SNL movie, I think it’s great as minisodes.

      Having more series so there is always new content I think is a great idea instead of doing re-runs.

    • I dunno. I think Lauren Faust has amply demonstrated she can handle a half-hour series (My Little Pony? Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends?). I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see a SBBF half-hour show.

  7. As far as I know, Young Justice has not been picked up for a third season. That is definately cause for alarm. The show is just too damned good to see go at this point.

    Write your congressman!

    If YJ follows Avengers EMH, I’ll curl up in a ball and lose faith in humankind.

  8. Teen Titans had huge ratings numbers in it’s first run.

  9. good news. i love teen titans. dc nation should expand to two hours. why not. adult swim is hours long. toonami and the midnight run was a couple of hours long. hell, make it 3 hours long and add justice league unlimited and batman TAS to the mix just for nostalgia’s sake.

  10. I think Teen Titans Go! revival has been in the works from the very beginning. The shorts were a means of ramping up production.

    DC had to know that YJ and Teen Titans Go! would serve two different segments. Teen Titans for younger kids; YJ for Teens and older.

    I also think that YJ has really hit its stride since coming back this year. I have to imagine that it has good buzz.

  11. I have so many wonderful memories of the original. I could sit down and watch them all now. I am excited to see a revamp!

  12. @Conor: You’ve never watched the original Teen Titans series? But…don’t you LIKE to laugh?

  13. Then you might like the show. But be forewarned, for there are also episodes that MAY cause you to roll a tear.

  14. Young Justice better not be ending, It’s just too good. I would be pretty sad. I never thought that a DC animated show without Timm could be so good.