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ABC Kids
ABC Kids Logo.svg
Country  United States
Availability National
Slogan ABC Kids is gonna rock your day!
Owner ABC, Inc. (The Walt Disney Company)
Launch date September 13, 1997 (as Disney's One Saturday Morning)
September 14, 2002 (as ABC Kids)
Former names Disney's One Saturday Morning (1997-2002)
Affiliation ABC
Official Website

ABC Kids (or: Disney's ABC Kids) is a four-hour block of animated television series and live-action children's television series (normally shows from Disney Channel), broadcast on the ABC network on Saturday mornings in the U.S. and was broadcast on BBS/CTV in Canada until 2002. It was formerly known as Disney's One Saturday Morning.



Sometime around 1997, Peter Hastings, the creator and excutive producer of One Saturday Morning, who wrote on Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain left both shows in order to produce cartoons for Disney and ABC. ABC was told by Michael Eisner to create a Saturday morning block that was different from the rest at the time. They asked Hastings to do it. In February 1997, Peter Hastings pledged the idea that Saturday is different from every other day and to represent weekdays as buildings. He also proposed the use of virtual set technology; Although he knew little about it at the time and the technology used was just starting development. Disney and ABC liked the idea. He hired Prudence Fenton as Consultant Manger and Co-Executive Producer. Together they sampled virtual set technology at NAB 1997 and chose technology developed by Accom and ELSET. Rutherford Bench Productions which had previously worked with Disney hired Pacific Ocean Post, POP Sound today, to produce the virtual set. The building was initially a drawing of Grand Central Station with a roller coaster but evolved into a towering mechanical 1. Even the interior has similarities such as a central high raised room with two wings on left and right sides and another on the south side.[1]


Disney's One Saturday Morning

On September 13, 1997, Disney's One Saturday Morning was created as a two hour block on the ABC Saturday Morning lineup, and originally featured some of the shows that had aired on it.[2] It was originally scheduled for September 6, 1997, but due to ABC and all the other networks airing Princess Diana's funeral that day, It was pushed back a week later. In 1999 it was extended to 5 hours. On September 6, 1999 a spin-off, Disney's One Too, aired on UPN and in syndication every weekday in the morning or afternoon and Sunday morning.[3] One Saturday Morning' was last aired on September 7, 2002 (by this time it had simply become bumpers and promos, they had dropped the segments and hosting in 2000). Since Fox Kids was bought by Disney, 4Kids Entertainment took over the block as: "Fox Box" and Disney changed the block from: Disney's One Saturday Morning, to ABC Kids, at the exact same day when Fox Kids was taken over.[4]

During the introduction to One Saturday Morning as well as other introductions on the block, a tiny lightbulb icon would appear in a bottom corner of the screen and an announcer would say, "Illuminating Television," stating the programming block's educational programming. The lightbulb's chain would be pulled by a hand and the lightbulb would have an animation (turning into a rocket, falling into a garbage can, jumping in a pool) etc.

ABC Kids

On September 14, 2002, Disney's One Saturday Morning was rebranded as ABC Kids. The block formally contained new programs, but in the present, most ABC Kids programming are reruns of Disney Channel originals (excluding Power Rangers).[4]

Power Rangers was previously aired on Fox Kids until midway through Wild Force. Starting with the Power Rangers Wild Force episode "Unfinished Business", Power Rangers moved to ABC Kids for the 2002 Fall season following of the Fox Family Channel/Saban Entertainment purchase by Disney, and Power Rangers has since aired on ABC. The remainder of the Wild Force season and all of the following Ninja Storm season were premiered on ABC Kids and then re-run later on Jetix. The Dino Thunder, S.P.D., Mystic Force, Operation Overdrive and Jungle Fury seasons all were premiered on Jetix and then re-run later on ABC Kids. The final new season, RPM, aired exclusively on ABC Kids. Currently broadcasts of the first season of Mighty Morphin, newly re-versioned, airs exclusively on ABC Kids. With the rise of federally-mandated E/I programming guidelines, some of the network's affiliate groups, mainly Hearst Television and Allbritton Communications, refuse to carry the Power Rangers series in order to instead free up time to air locally slotted programming. However, some stations air Power Rangers episodes time shifted either to very early in the morning Saturday, before that week's "live" block begins, or to Sunday, often before local news or Good Morning America.

Aside from counting the yearly changes to Power Rangers, the block has not refreshed its lineup for three seasons, making it the only block to not order a new package of shows for its fall Saturday morning season.


Current schedule

According to the official ABC Kids website[5]

Mountain Central &
Eastern &
Show Name E/I Rating
7:00am 8:00am 9:00am The Emperor's New School Crystal Clear app clean.png TV-G
7:30am 8:30am 9:30am The Replacements Crystal Clear app clean.png TV-G
8:00am 9:00am 10:00am That's So Raven Crystal Clear app clean.png TV-G
8:30am 9:30am 10:30am That's So Raven Crystal Clear app clean.png TV-G
9:00am 10:00am 11:00am Hannah Montana (season 1) Crystal Clear app clean.png TV-G
9:30am 10:30am 11:30am The Suite Life of Zack & Cody (seasons 1 & 2) Crystal Clear app clean.png TV-G
10:00am 11:00am 12:00pm Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (re-versioned) Crystal Clear action button cancel.png TV-Y7-FV
10:30am 11:30am 12:30pm Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (re-versioned) Crystal Clear action button cancel.png TV-Y7-FV

Special cases

  • KITV (Channel 4), the ABC affiliate in Honolulu, and in turn the entirety of the state of Hawaii, airs the first six shows of the ABC Kids lineup over three weekdays (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday). Two shows are aired each day from 11 a.m.-12 Noon, preceding ABC's soap opera lineup. This is because of ABC's Saturday afternoon sports coverage, which due to Hawaii-Aleutian Time, airs live five hours behind Eastern Time (six hours during Daylight Savings Time; Hawaii is on Standard Time year-round) in the late morning (for instance, a 3:30 p.m. EDT college football game kicking off at 9:30 a.m. HAST) and early afternoons for the primetime game, thus pre-empting ABC Kids and forcing the shows to air elsewhere on the schedule.
  • During the college football season, ABC affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone will often realign programming if there is an ESPN College Football game that starts at 9 AM PT, as a noon ET game is often scheduled. Some affiliates will move the ABC Kids programming to Sunday mornings, but ESPN NASCAR Countdown is usually pre-empted; starting in 2010, ABC's schedule on Sunday mornings will have ESPN NASCAR Countdown at 9 AM PT (except for the Fontana (PT), Phoenix (MT), and Charlotte (Saturday) races) as all non-MT/PT races will start at 10 AM PT; the Fontana and Phoenix broadcasts start at 11 AM PT).

Former Programming

Disney's One Saturday Morning programming

See also

Mrs. Munger's Class


External links


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