Buzz·Posted on Sep 24, 201326 Truths Of Growing Up Without CableIt was tough, but it built character.by Tanya Chen, Julia Pugachevsky, Jeremy Bender, Adam EllisFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Your parents didn’t understand why you would possibly need more than four channels. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Nickelodeon/Cartoon Network Productions / Via tumblr.com 2. Which left you clueless when your friends would talk about their favorite Nickelodeon shows. Daniel Alexandra / Via danielalexandra.com 3. And even though you never watched them, you still owned every piece of merchandise. toysrus.com Nickelodeon Nickelodeon collectiondx.com Cartoon Network 4. You were acutely aware of the existence of a Cable Caste System. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF ABC Kids / Via wifflegif.com You were better than the kids with no TV at all, but a step down from the kids with cable. And the kids with satellite dish? They were kings and queens. 5. You woke up at ungodly hours to watch Sailor Moon in syndication. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Toei Animation / Via emmydarling.tumblr.com So obviously you could never wake up in time for school. 6. You also became a Jerry Springer aficionado since there was nothing else to watch. NBC / Via iflops.tumblr.com 7. And you savored anything you could find, even though the grown-up jokes went completely over your head. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Twentieth Century Fox / Via gifloop.tumblr.com 8. This image was one of your least favorite shows. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Via tumblr.net 9. So your entire childhood depended on two very meticulously and creatively positioned metal rods. KYES Alaska / Via kyes.com 10. Plan B was asking your cable buddies to "hang out" after school. Karla Bond / Via bondwithkarla.com But we all knew what your real motives were. 11. And when your family went on vacation and you discovered cable in your hotel room, that's when the real vacation started. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Twentieth Century Fox / Via r2.reddit.com Disney World can wait, the Grand Canyon can wait, and Mall of America can definitely wait. 12. When you discovered you could check out movies from the library, it felt like Christmas. PBS Kids / Via denisenolasco.wordpress.com 13. You were frustrated when your friends were too entranced by TV to chat. Disney / Via bohnbohn.tumblr.com 14. But when you found someone who knew your struggle, it was a special type of bond. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Disney / Via auroralynne.tumblr.com 15. You had a creative edge over your classmates. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Twentieth Century Fox / Via mmmsimpsons.tumblr.com 16. Because you turned to books for entertainment. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF TriStar Pictures / Via imgfave.com Luckily, lots of the shows you missed were books first. 17. TV Guide was completely irrelevant. TV Guide Except for its masterful cover art, as displayed above. 18. You were forced to be a kid and play outside and engage with the real world and stuff. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF WNET New York / Via 90s90s90s.tumblr.com But you're grateful because you know you had a real childhood. 19. But when Saturday mornings came around, you and television were not to be disturbed from 8 a.m. to noon. NBC CBS PBS 20. You never understood the pure joy of mindlessly surfing through channels. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Twentieth Century Fox / Via fynapoleondynamite.tumblr.com 21. You did learn a lot about the law with Judge Judy, though. Twentieth Century Fox / Via nydailynews.com 22. And you learned all your science stuff from Bill Nye the Science Guy. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Disney / Via l.yimg.com 23. And Bob Ross taught you to believe in yourself. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF PBS / Via nannyseekingsanity.tumblr.com 24. Luckily, PBS Kids had Arthur, The Magic School Bus, and Reading Rainbow, which united everyone. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF PBS Kids / Via bumlous.tumblr.com (Except the kids without TVs.) 25. Of course, as an adult, you're glad you aren't dependent on cable for survival because, as it turns out, it costs trillions of dollars. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Universal Studios / Via mattsko.wordpress.com 26. And now, you can fully appreciate Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Apple TV. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Nickelodeon / Via mybs.com You have a lot to catch up on.