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Recently I just watched every single episode of Recess, all 127 episodes plus the movies. While watching all of these it occured to me why I love Recess so much even though I am 18 now. It is not because I yearn for the days of my childhood. It is not even because Recess is spectacularly well-made, which to be clear it is. No, what really appeals to me is that Recess is a cartoon which is pro-America. There are too many cartoons and childrens programmes over the years which have ben nothing but anti-America nonsense. Many of the shows I used to watch when I was a child have become unwatchable to me now because they are neither complex nor engaging. Recess, however, is different.

Every episode TJ and the gang must deal with a new sort of problem. No matter what situation the gang encounters they always, in the end, stick to their rock solid moral principles. Each one of them knows the difference between what is right and what is wrong. They are virtuous people and they are only 9 years old. It never ceases to amaze me how TJ finds the best moral solution to every problem, even if he can act like a jerk every now and again. More than that though is the propensity to always find fairness no matter what the rules. TJ especially exemplifies what a principled individual he is throughout the series. He will often push the lines and he will often break the rules when the rules are unfair and unjust. But TJ will never do something he knows to be wrong. At the end of the day TJ and the gang prove time and again that they know the difference between right and wrong and that they are willing to go to great lengths to ensure fair treatment of all.

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