Children's television has evolved considerably since the good old days of Looney Tunes and Scooby Doo, with scriptwriters increasingly trying to walk the tricky line of catering for grown-ups and kids alike. This has led to the emergence of a whole new breed of intelligent, eccentric and imaginative shows that kids absolutely love - and which offer a welcome nod to the parents so often watching along bleary-eyed at 7am on Saturday mornings. Here's a look at 3 of the best:
This endlessly amusing show charts the underwater capers of the titular SpongeBob, a sea sponge who - along with his best friend Patrick, a rather dull-witted starfish - enjoys ridiculous adventures in his hometown of Bikini Bottom. His hyperactive personality, nerve-grating laugh and tendency to annoy his co-worker, the grouchy Squidward, make him an instant favourite with kids, whilst parents will enjoy the show's absurdist off-the-wall humour.
Everybody enjoys a good double act, and the stars of Regular Show - a blue jay named Mordecai and a raccoon named Rigby, who work as groundskeepers at a park - offer plenty of entertainment as their slacker tendencies and overconfidence inevitably land them in various scrapes. The supporting cast of characters are equally good fun, with a particular highlight being park boss Benson, a walking gumball machine with anger management issues.
Emmy-nominated Adventure Time has been met with widespread critical acclaim thanks to its originality and richly developed, psychedelic world. Set in the mythical land of Ooo, the show follows the adventures of a fearless young boy named Finn and his best friend Jake, a magical shape-shifting dog. With strong moral messages about friendship and honour, and a generous amount of bizarre surrealist humour, Adventure Time is a thrilling watch - though younger children may find it a little scary!
All of these excellent shows are perfect viewing if you want to relax with a TV bed on a Saturday morning, rather than making the trip to the living room. Alternatively, you'll find a host of different types of children's beds online at Littlewoods, some of which come with storage space for TVs, desks and toys, great for keeping little ones entertained - and giving you the occasional lie-in!