10 Dark Theories In Popular Kids Shows You Only Noticed When You’re Older

There’s a special place in our hearts for our favorite childhood shows. Looking back, many of us have fond memories of sitting on the couch, maybe with a bowl of cereal, and watching Saturday morning cartoons — or on Friday nights, or simply weekdays after school, as networks began to fully embrace the power of kid’s programming and create channels exclusively for the younger generation. We argue about whether Disney or Nickelodeon shows were better, and ponder why cartoons featuring anthropomorphic creatures were so captivating. And we’re delighted that the power of the Internet now allows us to nostalgically discuss and commemorate the programs we grew up with.

But the web also brings out the weird and dark in people. If you spend a lot of time thinking about almost any kid’s show, you’re bound to draw some bizarre conclusions when trying to relate them to the real world. There are theories floating around out there about every child’s program you can think of (especially on Reddit), and some of them really make you think. This isn’t just a thing for modern shows either. Just as the modern classic cartoon Spongebob Squarepants can have dark theories, shows from a long gone era like The Flintstones and Sesame Street. Could there have been a deeper, more sinister meaning behind these beloved hits?