Why shouldn't the show be defensive? Adult "fans" are constantly repeating over and over again how much it sucks. Who wouldn't be defensive at that? At least their counterarguments make more sense than, "When I was a kid I watched high-quality children's television like Transformers and ThunderCats! Derp!" Teen Titans Go! "Classic Titans" I loved most of this. I did not dig the ending. Much. But we'll get to that. At first, when Babies Vs. Dogs is on, I couldn't figure out what the show is spoofing. I have never seen another cartoon like it. Then Control Freak runs down the list of complaints. I have not seen much of Babies Vs. Dogs, so I cannot speak if Control Freak is right about it. But I CAN say that every single one of those complaints could be leveled against this show, and they would all be true. So suddenly, instead of parodying nothing, Babies Vs. Dogs is instantly Teen Titans Go!. Here is opinion that is probably not unpopular among certain levels of animation fans, but it is also true. Superfriends and the Filmation DC shows sucked. For real. No redeeming virtues. When Cyborg states kids only watched it because it was the only thing on, he was stating the truth. I think the worst thing about Superfriends is how outright boring it is. There is an argument to be made that the original Transformers was a worse show (and it was) but I loved it as a kid because it had a great gimmick that captured my imagination. Perhaps were I a more insightful kid, I'd realize the show sucked. But back then I cared less about the quality of the show, and more about the premise and the toys and the fads. And that was very kid of me. But Superfriends? I don't know anyone who actually liked it or watched it. You'd have your various Batman and Superman fans on the playground, but I think those kids either just liked the characters themselves, or the comic books they appeared in. Nobody my age liked the Superfriends. It was dull. And to be blunt, when I once heard my adult brother-in-law say that nothing would beat the original Superfriends when a clip of the Timmverse came on, it took me everything in my power not to jump across the room, grab him by the throat, and scream in his face, "How stupid are you? I thought you voted Democrat!" But man, I wanted to. Badly. But that's old people. Everything they had as a kid was better, even if they hated it at that time. I'd be very surprised if he actually watched that show as a kid, but every adult of a certain age loves to pompously declare their generation superior to all the later ones, even if their generation actually sucked. By the way, how did writing in Bernie Sanders in the general election work out for you, BIL? Just askin'. This is partly why I don't take the complaints against this show too seriously. People rave and rave about BTAS, but the animation was USUALLY clunky, and the dialogue USUALLY corny and cliched. In every possible metric you could fairly judge animated superhero shows, TTG is probably of a higher quality. But that doesn't mean it's good. It just means that animation tastes have evolved and changed. BTAS was the best cartoon on the air besides the Simpsons when it aired. Has that been true of Teen Titans Go at ANY point? Of course not. So this show can actually be better than BTAS as far as quality goes, and still be a worse show. But it's the lionization of BTAS which makes the complaints about this show seem a bit tiring. BTAS had some amazing episodes attached to it, and everybody remembers it for them. But I'd say about 75% of the rest of it is utter crap that doesn't hold up 25 years later. Heck, it doesn't even hold up to the GOOD BTAS, but good luck finding a Timmverse fan willing to admit that. The idea that taste is subjective and that tastes evolve and change is the reason I like the episode and most of the moral. But there is part of the moral I DON'T like. Ironically, I don't actually consider this a gripe about TTG itself. I like the show's animation, and think it works for what it does. But when Control Freak is amazed that the simple designs convey so much emotion, and do more things that the Superfriends ever could, I think he's missing the forest for the trees. I don't think he is even legitimately talking about TTG anymore, but he might as well be talking about Adventure Time, or Regular Show, or any other popular "So random!" animated comedy, whose animation, well, SUCKS. Better and easier to read than Superfriends should not be the freaking bar. And we shouldn't have to pretend that it's okay that Adventure Time and Regular Show look as bad as they do, even if the shows are amazing in every other respect. Just because they look better than cartoons from the 70's doesn't mean they are not total eyesores. By the way, I love Narration. My favorite thing about Arrested Development. But while the show is right that Superfriends used the Narrator for a lousy reason (it was easier and cheaper than spending money to animate with clarity) a good Narrator like Ron Howard, or Daniel Stern enhances the experience. The Superfriends Narrator definitely sucks. The show shouldn't be acting like all Narration does. Because some of it is awesome. I enjoyed most of this, but disagreed with some of the conclusions reached. Slightly above average week. ***1/2.