gets retro with “Wayback Playback”

In a move that totally wasn’t inspired by TeenNick’s “The 90’s Are All That” block, YTV has set up “Wayback Playback” which they describe as:

Man, this thing's existence is only to make me feel old, isn't it?

Children of the ’90s and the ’00s who remember growing up with good ol’ fashioned YTV will think YTV Way Back Playback is way gnarly (we told ya it’s retro!) We’ve put together a classic collection of YTV shows for your viewing pleasure. New videos will be going up each month, so catch your faves before they grow old again!

So rather than having a late night television block, YTV has decided to open up a retro video portal with content being refreshed once a month. Sounds good in concept, until you realize the shows that are currently listed … Storm Hawks, Mystery Hunters, and Sorry I’ve Got No Head. As a child of the 90s, I can say I did watch Storm Hawks, and Mystery Hunters (I didn’t even know YTV aired SIGNH) but both of those shows are really recent. I wouldn’t call them retro, nor do I think anyone would be nostalgic for those shows yet. I’d say Reboot, and Beasties would certainly be better calls. Though, I suppose they might not have streaming rights for those series.

However, the program is still in its infancy (I suspect SIGNH is only on the service because it’s been sitting on the video player for ages), and while anime fans shouldn’t expect much (as nearly all of YTV’s older anime’s broadcast licenses have either expired, or didn’t include streaming rights) we’ll likely get Beyblade (which is already streaming on, and maybe the likes of Medabots, and Pandalian (just when you thought you forgot about Tobi the panda!). I certainly would love to see YTV dig up some of it’s old Cancon productions that are basically impossible to find, like Freaky Stories, Radio Active or even a show that likely will be absolutely rancid in 2011 – I Was A Sixth Grade Alien. It’s certainly something to keep an eye out for, and if there are any anime-related updates, I’ll keep you guys posted.

    • weirdie
    • August 25th, 2011

    Damn. Bet no one saw this coming.

    • katalyst
    • August 25th, 2011

    Storm Hawk…. isn’t old school and i hated mystery hunters. -.- It would be nice to watch medabots again.

    • Mohji
    • August 25th, 2011

    The only reason I watched Mystery Hunters was because YTV replaced Goosebumps with it, haha. Still, this may be worth checking out if they add anything decent.

    • Stéphane Dumas
    • August 27th, 2011

    They should even step a bit back further in time with reruns of You Can’t Do that on Television”, “Yes You can” (a Canadian tv series starring Kevin Gillis, the creator of the Raccoons), the Muppet show, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Get Smart, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Sailor Moon, Black Stallion, Catwalk, It’s Alive, Dragon Ball, Saber Rider, Doctor Who (Tom Baker/Peter Davison/Colin Baker/Sylvester McCoy classic years), “Are you afraid of the Dark?”, Maniac Mansion, etc…

    Come to think of it, it would be nice to see a reunion of all the YTV PJs over the years including Tarzan Dan.

    • Mohji
    • August 31st, 2011

    I could see them adding the likes of Fries With That, or Zixx, but I don’t see YTV going out of their way to re-acquire old shows.

    • Fries with That? was amazing, hilarious and funny!!! I want that to return too!

    • Katalyst
    • November 9th, 2011

    Im gonna be honest… i didn’t like mystery hunters either…(it was borring) In my opinion BIONIX IS what Made YTV intresting… To tell u the truth that is the only reason why i watched YTV because of Bionix.
    Without Bionix YTV is a Fail, i miss those Friday nights where anime ruled and i know you people can relate to me. In these days all YTV is doing is bringing garbage sitcoms like Icarly, Vicotrious, Big time rush , etc ( I hate all those shows..-.-)

    • ab
    • November 15th, 2011

    do the videos even work for anyone? i tried watching mystery hunters but it wasnt playing

    • lovemusic
    • May 28th, 2012

    I like new things and old things.

    • I prefer the ones from the past. Those are better than the ones today.

    • alvaro
    • September 20th, 2012

    i miss the dark corner block and all those old shows in the order they were in from morning to 3 am and all those cool shows gone like nothing its heartbreaking to see ur old favourite tv network turn into garbage no more no more stupid sitcoms bring back what made us happy please

      • katalyst
      • September 21st, 2012


      • I just wish anime shows would return to YTV of course. Some movies too like the four anime movies from Inuyasha.

  1. I’m one of them. I’ve seen the anime shows on YTV. I just wish they are all back. Pandalian too. Hamtaro of course along with its English dubbed specials.

  1. April 4th, 2012

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