>As bad of a reputation as Hanna-Barbera has
To be fair a lot of their reputation was with their cheap animation and Scooby-Doo knockoffs. (Some of them I didn't mind, but I would have gotten sick of them sooner without watching other shows.) The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and Jonny Quest were all good. Even Jetsons just being "Flintstones in the future" was more creative than most of their Scooby-Doo knockoffs.
>I even liked the direct-to-video stuff
The direct to video Scooby Doo movies in the 90s/early 2000s were great. It was actually cool watching them deal with actual supernatural stuff instead of a guy in a mask.
>it kind of feels cheap though. I remember how big of a big deal it felt like when a show I liked would come on compared to watching episodes at my own convenience
You're right. It's not as special to watch a show at anytime compared to when you waited until 7p on a Friday night for that new episode to come out. It doesn't help that younger generations are getting less patient and have shorter attention spans. I think the most special TV moments to me were the series finales of Avatar & Ed Edd n Eddy, especially considering most shows on Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network would end quietly instead.
>Avatar had gone through a couple hiatuses
>out of nowhere we get this trailer I still re-watch today https://yewtu.be/watch?v=5avd9_8rXH0
>that week in July finally comes
>new episodes every night finishing off with the final movie on Friday
>Ed Edd n Eddy advertises its final movie
>we straight up got a 24 hour marathon of every episode finishing off with the movie premiere
>Cartoon Network wanted to give a proper send-off for its longest running series and fucking delivered
My siblings and I were hyped for weeks waiting. Moments like that you can't replicate with livestreaming. It's not the same.