Children's programming on CBS

In regard to children's programming, CBS has aired mostly animated series, such as the original versions of Scooby-Doo, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Jim Henson's Muppet Babies, Garfield and Friends and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Saturday morning programming

Early years with Captain Kangaroo

CBS broadcast the live-action series Captain Kangaroo on weekday mornings from 1955 to 1982, and on Saturdays through 1984. For the first three months, Captain Kangaroo was only seen on weekday mornings. Thereafter, until 1968, the series was also seen on Saturday mornings. One exception was the 1964 to 1965 season, which saw the broadcast replaced on Saturdays by a Bob Keeshan vehicle called Mr. Mayor. From 1968 until 1982, it was seen on weekdays only again. Except for pre-emptions for news coverage, notably the three-day continuous coverage of the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, and a few shows that were 45 minutes, the show aired a full 60 minutes on weekday mornings until 1981. It was broadcast in color from September 9, 1968 onward.

The audience of children could never compete in the ratings with such entertainment/news shows as The Today Show, although it won Emmy Awards three times as Outstanding Children's entertainment series in 1978–1979, 1982–1983 and 1983–1984. But in the fall season of 1981, to make more room for CBS Morning News, Captain Kangaroo was moved to an earlier time slot of 7 a.m. and reduced to 30 minutes, and was retitled Wake Up with the Captain. In the fall of 1982, it was moved to Saturday mornings to 7 a.m. (6 a.m. Central, Mountain, and Pacific). Reruns were offered to CBS affiliates to run Sunday mornings in place of the cartoon reruns that were offered before. Most CBS affiliates only cleared the Saturday morning airings after that. Still a third of the CBS affiliates no longer ran Captain Kangaroo at all after 1982. It was finally canceled altogether at the end of 1984, due to lack of clearances from affiliates.

See also

  • 1960–1961 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1961–1962 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1962–1963 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1963–1964 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1964–1965 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1965–1966 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1966–1967 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1967–1968 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1968–1969 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1969–1970 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1970–1971 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)

1971–1986 (the In the News era)

From 1971 to 1986, the CBS News department produced one-minute In the News segments broadcast between other Saturday morning programs. The "micro-series" (as it would be labelled today) had its genesis in a series of animated interstitials produced by CBS and Hanna Barbera Productions called In The Know, featuring Josie and the Pussycats narrating educational news segments tailored for children. This was eventually metamorphized into a more live-action-oriented micro-series.

See also

  • 1971–1972 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1972–1973 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1973–1974 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1974–1975 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1975–1976 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1976–1977 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1977–1978 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1978–1979 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1979–1980 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1980–1981 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1981–1982 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1982–1983 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1983–1984 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1984–1985 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1985–1986 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)

1986–1992, CBS Toontastic and the "Action Zone" (1992–1997)

CBS Toontastic (later known as CBS Kidz) premiered on September 1992 with additional programs such as Beakman's World, The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat, The Mask: The Animated Series and Tales from the Cryptkeeper.

During the early 1990s, Walt Disney Television Animation provided much of CBS's animated programming as part of a partnership between CBS and The Walt Disney Company (Disney also partnered with CBS for its holiday specials such as Happy New Year, America and The All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade). The partnership led to, among other shows, several adaptations of recent Disney films (such as The Little Mermaid, The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa and Aladdin) appearing on CBS's Saturday morning lineup; the television series also aired concurrently on The Disney Afternoon syndication block. The partnership ended in 1996, when Disney purchased ABC and eventually took over its programming.

WildC.A.T.s was a show, along with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Skeleton Warriors, that was grouped into the "Action Zone" sub-block that featured a fly-though robotic style pre-opening that eventually went into the show's opening sequence during its CBS run. The series was canned around the same time this sub-block was dropped (even though TMNT was allowed to retain the "Action Zone" brand until the end of its run two years later).

See also

  • 1986–1987 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1987–1988 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1988–1989 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1989–1990 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1990–1991 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1991–1992 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1992–1993 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1993–1994 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1994–1995 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1995–1996 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)
  • 1996–1997 United States network television schedule (Saturday morning)

Think CBS Kids and deal with Nelvana/CBS Kidshow (1997–2000)

In 1997, CBS began broadcasting Wheel 2000, which aired simultaneously on the Game Show Network. Wheel 2000 was part of CBS's all-"educational/informational" Saturday morning lineup for the 1997-1998 season, taking advantage of the new E/I regulations mandated by the government, known as Think CBS Kids. Other programs included a show based on Sports Illustrated for Kids, the long-running Beakman's World, and notably, "Weird Al" Yankovic's first regular television show, The Weird Al Show. In the News was briefly revived as part of the block during the 1997-1998 season, hosted by CBS Radio News Washington correspondent Dan Raviv in place of original narrators Christopher Glenn and Gary Shepard. Since 1997, like other networks, the scheduling of CBS's children's programming has varied depending on the CBS station. For example, then-affiliate KTVT in Fort Worth, Texas (now a CBS owned-and-operated station) aired CBS Kidshow from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays and 7 to 8 a.m. on Sundays from 1997 to 1998.

In September 1998, CBS began contracting out to other companies to provide programming and material for their Saturday morning schedule. The first of these special blocks was CBS Kidshow, which featured programming from Canada's Nelvana studio.[1] It aired on CBS from 1998 to 2000, with shows like Anatole, Mythic Warriors,, Birdz, Rescue Heroes and Flying Rhino Junior High.[2] In January 1999, Franklin (on the CBS lineup) and Rupert (a part of Nick Jr. since 1991) swapped networks.[3] Its tagline was, "The CBS Kids Show: Get in the Act."

See also

Nick Jr. on CBS/Nick on CBS (2000–2006)

In 2000, CBS's deal with Nelvana ended. The network then entered into a deal with Nickelodeon (owned by CBS's former parent company Viacom, which at the time was a subsidiary of CBS) to air its Nick Jr. programming under the banner Nick Jr. on CBS.[1] From 2002 to 2005, Nickelodeon's non-preschool series aired on the block as well, under the name Nick on CBS. When the block first debuted, it was hosted by Face from Nick Jr.

On September 14, 2002, Nick Jr. on CBS was rebranded as Nick on CBS, and airing both Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. shows. The Nickelodeon shows were removed in 2005 in favor for a return to an exclusively-Nick Jr. block. The block's continuity was provided by segments featuring Piper O'Possum.

All programming during the block, as is standard for Saturday morning network programming, was labeled as meeting E/I requirements, as tenuous as some of the claims of educational content may have been. This is part of the reason why some of Nickelodeon's most popular programs (most notably SpongeBob SquarePants) did not appear on the block, even during the more open-formatted Nick on CBS era.

On December 31, 2005, Viacom was split into two different companies, with CBS Corporation becoming its own standalone company and Nickelodeon going to the new Viacom. Nick Jr. on CBS ended on September 9, 2006 and was replaced by KOL Secret Slumber Party on CBS on September 16, 2006, as part of a multi-year partnership between CBS and DIC Entertainment[4] (now Cookie Jar Entertainment).

KOL Secret Slumber Party on CBS (2006–2007)

In 2006, after the Viacom-CBS split (as described above), CBS decided to discontinue the Nick Jr. lineup in favor of a block of programs produced by DIC Entertainment and later, the Cookie Jar Group,[5][6] as part of a three-year deal which includes distribution of selected Formula One auto races on tape delay.[7][8] KOL Secret Slumber Party on CBS premiered in September of that year; in the inaugural line-up, two of the programs were new shows, one aired in syndication in 2005 and three were pre-2006 shows.

After the announcement of the CBS/DIC partnership, the latter announced the block was originally going to be called CBS's Secret Saturday Morning Slumber Party (or CBS’s Saturday Morning Secret Slumber Party), but was later renamed KOL Secret Slumber Party on CBS after DIC, who produced all of the children's programming for the block, partnered with KOL, the children's area of AOL, which co-produced programming with DIC. AOL managed the programming block's website, and produced public service announcements which aired both on television and online[9] This alliance was what led to the name change for this block, and also because some of the programs were airing on Sundays (depending on the market). The block's de facto hosts (and in turn, from whom the block's name was partly derived from) were the Slumber Party Girls, a teen pop group signed with Geffen Records (composed of Cassie Scerbo, Mallory Low, Karla Deras, Carolina Carattini and Caroline Scott), who appeared during commercial break bumpers and interstitial segments seen before the start and the final segment of each program as well as serving as the musical performers for one of the series featured in the block, Dance Revolution.

KEWLopolis on CBS (2007–2009)

In mid-2007, KOL withdrew sponsorship from CBS's Saturday morning block and the name was changed to KEWLopolis on CBS. Complimenting CBS's 2007 lineup were Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake and Sushi Pack. On February 24, 2009, it was announced that CBS renewed its contract with Cookie Jar for another three seasons, through 2012.[10][11]

Cookie Jar TV (2009–2013)

On September 19, 2009, the name of the block was changed from KEWLopolis to Cookie Jar TV.[12] The block airs at different times on some CBS stations (some air it on Saturday exclusively, and others split the block into two segments on both Saturdays and Sundays), CBS (as with any network) and the block's producers ask viewers to check local listings to find out when the shows air in their area. While KEWLopolis was willing to carry Cake and Horseland over from KOL Secret Slumber Party, Cookie Jar TV removed all KEWLopolis programming except Strawberry Shortcake upon its rebranding on September 19, 2009.[13][14]

CBS Dream Team (2013–present)

On July 24, 2013, CBS announced a programming agreement with Litton Entertainment (which already programs a Saturday morning block for ABC in the form of a syndication package exclusive to that network's stations) to launch a new Saturday morning block featuring live-action reality-based series. As a result, the Cookie Jar TV block was discontinued on September 21, 2013, to be replaced the following week on September 28 by the Litton-produced "CBS Dream Team", that will be aimed at teenagers 13 to 16 years old,[15] making the network's return to live-action programming only since 1998. CBS strictly went to live-action programming from September 1997 to September 1998. This was the second time in at least 50 years that CBS dropped animated cartoons from their schedule.

List of notable Saturday morning programming

Note: Shows in bold are in-house productions from CBS.
  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1995–1997)
  • Aladdin (1994–1996)
  • The All-New Popeye Hour (1978–1983) – Because of restrictions on violence on TV cartoons for children at the time, in this version Popeye did not throw punches to get back at Bluto; he often lifted him, with his own hands or with machinery, and hurled him away. This series marked the last time that Jack Mercer would voice the spinach-eating sailor. Mercer died in 1984, one year after the show was cancelled by CBS. The All-New Popeye Hour ran on CBS until September 1981, when it was cut to a half-hour and retitled The Popeye and Olive Show. It was removed from the CBS lineup in September 1983, the cartoons were immediately sold to local stations in nationwide syndication. They have also been released on VHS and DVD. During the time these cartoons were in production, CBS aired The Popeye Valentine's Day Special - Sweethearts at Sea on February 14, 1979 at 8:30 p.m. (Eastern). In the UK, the BBC aired a half-hour version of The All-New Popeye Show, from the early-1980s to 2004.
  • The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan (1972)
  • The Archie Show (1968–1969)
  • Archie's TV Funnies (1971–1973)
  • Ark II (1976–1979)
  • As Told by Ginger (2002–2004)
  • Back to the Future: The Animated Series (1991–1993)
  • The Backyardigans (2004–2006)
  • Bailey Kipper's P.O.V (1996–1997)
  • Beakman's World (1992–1998) – The series premiered September 18, 1992[16] on cable network The Learning Channel (TLC) and in national syndication (seen on 225 stations, a record for a freshman syndicated series). On September 18, 1993, it moved from national syndication to CBS' Saturday morning children’s lineup. At the peak of its popularity, it was seen in nearly 90 countries around the world. The series was canceled in 1998.[17] Reruns returned to national syndication in September 2006, where it ran until 2010. The show debuted a year prior to Bill Nye the Science Guy, which covered similar topics.
  • Beethoven (1994–1995)
  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures (1990) – The first season was produced by Hanna-Barbera and aired on CBS, with Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, and Bernie Casey reprising their movie roles.[18] In the second season, the show switched production companies and networks, moving to Fox Kids[19] and becoming produced by DiC Entertainment. As Fox was also planning on airing a new live-action series of the same name,[20] the cast was replaced, and the leads were now voiced by Evan Richards and Christopher Kennedy, the actors who respectively portrayed Bill and Ted on the short-lived series. The new episodes introduced a “Squint” phone booth that could take Bill and Ted into literature, television shows, and (after shrinking them) inside the human body. The new show had trouble catching on, and after one more season, Bill and Ted was cancelled.
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy (1993–1997, reruns from PBS)
  • Birdz (1998)
  • The Biskitts (1983–1984) – The series lasted for only one season, Shirt Tales replaced the show in its Saturday morning time slot for the 1984-85 season. The Biskitts returned to that same time slot in March 1985, but only aired reruns in the remainder of that season.[21] Following the series retirement from CBS, like many other cartoons, it was acquired by the Armed Forces Network and shown throughout much of the 1980s, mainly as entertainment for children of deployed American servicemen in Asia and Europe.
  • BlackStar (1981–1982) – The premiere episode aired September 12, 1981, and the entire series original run lasted until 1982. After its cancellation, it was re-run in 1983-1984 on the heels of He-Man's popularity. Despite favorable ratings from that season much later, plans for a second season were already previously scrapped.
  • Blue's Clues (2000–2006)
  • Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour (1968–1971; 1975–1978; 1978–1985)
  • Cadillacs and Dinosaurs (1993–1994)
  • Cake (2007–2009)
  • CBS Storybreak (1985–1990) – CBS' first in-house cartoon series since their original Terrytoons, it was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program in the 1985-1986 season. It continued in reruns until 1988 and returned to air in reruns (with Malcolm Jamal-Warner replacing Bob Keeshan as host) during the 1993 season.
  • The California Raisins (1989–1990) – The show is based on an Emmy Award-winning claymation special, Meet the Raisins!, which originally aired on CBS in 1989. After the show's 13-episode run, a sequel to the original special, Raisins: Sold Out!: The California Raisins II, aired in 1990.
  • Captain Midnight (1954–1956)
  • Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot (2007–2009)
  • The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show (1983–1986)
  • Clue Club (1976–1977)
  • C.O.P.S. (1988–1989)
  • Dance Revolution (2006–2007)
  • Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines (1969–1971)
  • Dennis the Menace (1986–1988) – The series was originally aired in syndication in the U.S., distributed by The Program Exchange. The second season aired on Saturday mornings on CBS. Each half-hour show consists of three six- or seven-minute shorts. The show was sponsored by General Mills.
  • Dink, the Little Dinosaur (1989–1991)
  • Dino Squad (2007–2009)
  • Dora the Explorer (2000–2006)
  • Drak Pack (1980)
  • Dumb Bunnies (1998–1999)
  • Dungeons & Dragons (1983–1985) – The level of violence was controversial for American children's television at the time, and the script of one episode, "The Dragon's Graveyard", was almost shelved because the characters contemplated killing their nemesis, Venger.[22] In 1985, the National Coalition on Television Violence demanded that the FTC run a warning during each broadcast stating that Dungeons & Dragons had been linked to real life violent deaths.[23] The series spawned more than 100 different licenses,[24] and the show led its time slot for two years.[25][24] A final un-produced episode would have served as a conclusion as well as a re-imagining had the series been picked up for a fourth season. However, the show was cancelled before the episode was made. The script can be found from various sources online.
  • Far Out Space Nuts (1975–1976)
  • Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972–1984)
  • Fievel's American Tails (1992–1993)
  • The Flintstones (1986–1996)
  • Flip (1988–1990)
  • Flying Rhino Junior High (1998–2000)
  • Frankenstein, Jr. and The Impossibles – The show was the target of complaints about violence in children's television, and was canceled in 1968. The Frankenstein, Jr. segments were later recycled in the 1976 series Space Ghost and Frankenstein, Jr., which aired on NBC from November 27, 1976 until September 3, 1977, replacing the canceled Big John, Little John.
  • Franklin (1998–1999, 2000–2002)
  • Galaxy High (1986–1987) – Galaxy High originally aired at 11:00 a.m. ET/10:00 a.m. CT after Teen Wolf and before CBS Storybreak in the 1986-1987 season on CBS. It was also given a timeslot for the 1987-1988 CBS season in the expectation of a second season, but upon the show's retirement the 1987-1988 schedules re-ran episodes of the first season.
  • Garfield and Friends (September 17, 1988-October 1995) - When the show was originally broadcast on CBS, the episodes usually had three "Quickies" (30- to 45-second gags which were based on original Garfield and U.S. Acres strips, rather than original made-for-TV stories), usually two "Garfield Quickies" (the first one being played before the intro theme) and one "U.S. Acres Quickie," the latter of which was never shown in syndication (except occasionally, mainly whenever a Quickie had something to do with the regular full episode it followed; e.g. the ‘U.S. Acres Quickie’ that follows the episode “Moo Cow Mutt”[26]). Midway through the second season, "Screaming with Binky" quickie-style segments were added. These "Screaming with Binky" segments were typically used at the halfway point of hour long blocks of Garfield and Friends (as Garfield ended each one with "We'll be right back.") to let the viewers know that unlike most Saturday morning cartoons at the time, it was not over in the usual half-hour. The DVD sets and Boomerang reruns restore the original rotation. After the third season, only one "Garfield Quickie" is shown per episode. The seventh season (1994–1995) was the last to air because CBS wanted to cut the budget (and in fact, CBS's Saturday morning cartoon lineup would be mostly replaced by CBS News Saturday Morning two years later, which eventually evolved into the Saturday edition of The Early Show). The production company nixed this proposal, so they mutually agreed to cease production, even though Garfield and Friends had still been doing well in the ratings.
  • The Get Along Gang (1984–1985) – For reasons unknown, in between the pilot episode and the series premiere on CBS, production of the series was handed over to DIC Entertainment. Thirteen half-hour episodes were produced, each containing two eleven-minute segments. As with the pilot, the focus was on the six core members of the gang, with the other six members making very sporadic appearances. Out of those six, only Braker Turtle had a regular speaking role. The show returned to CBS in reruns from January–June 1986. From September 1986 until August 1987, all thirteen DIC-produced episodes were rerun as part of a short-lived syndicated cartoon package called Kideo TV.
  • The Ghost Busters (1975–1976)
  • Gilligan's Planet (1982–1983)
  • Go, Diego, Go! (2005–2006)
  • Harlem Globetrotters (1970–1971) – The series was a co-production of Hanna-Barbera and the CBS Television Network (only one of few animated television series that CBS directly produced). Syndication rights were originally held by Viacom Enterprises, formerly owned by CBS as its syndication arm. They are now held by CBS Television Distribution. CBS Home Entertainment currently does not plan on releasing the series on DVD (in any event, they would need approval from the Globetrotters themselves).
  • Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater (1987–1988)
  • Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch! (1971–1974) – The show was developed under the name The Yo Yo Bears, a title which many sources inaccurately list as its name in syndication. The show never went into syndication after CBS canceled it in 1974 (1974); it reappeared in 1984 (1984) on cable on USA Cartoon Express.
  • The Herculoids (1967)
  • Hey Arnold! (2002)
  • Hey Vern, It's Ernest! (1988–1989)
  • Horseland (2007–2009)
  • Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling (1985–1987)
  • Jason of Star Command (1978–1981)
  • Jeannie (1973–1975)
  • The Jetsons (1986–1995)
  • Josie and the Pussycats (1970–1971)
  • LazyTown (2004–2006)
  • Little Bill (2000–2006)
  • Long Waith & Short Jackson (1977–1983, now aired on CBS Network Southest Asia and ABC in 2009)
  • The Little Mermaid (1992–1995)
  • Madeline (2006–2007)
  • Marsupilami (1993–1994)
  • The Monkees (1969–1972) (repeats of the NBC series, with new songs)
  • Mother Goose and Grimm (1991–1992)
  • Muppet Babies (1984–1992) – Muppet Babies proved highly popular and ran from 1984 to 1991, a total of eight seasons. At the height of its popularity it ran in two- or three-episode blocks. For a brief run in the second season, the program became Muppets, Babies & Monsters, too!, and a second half-hour was dedicated to a new show called Little Muppet Monsters. This show featured live-action puppets and cartoons starring the adult Muppet characters. The program lasted three weeks before Jim Henson pulled the plug, despite 18 episodes having been made. The show then reverted to an hour of Muppet Babies; however, a portion of the Little Muppet Monsters theme could still be heard in the show's end credits for the remainder of its run. Muppet Babies later expanded to 90 minutes after The Garbage Pail Kids was canceled before it aired.
  • Mythic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend (1998–2000)
  • The New Adventures of Batman (1977)
  • The New Adventures of Superman (1966–1970) – Despite its success, the series raised the ire of a conservative organization called Action for Children's Television, a grassroots organization formed in 1968 and dedicated to improving the quality of television programming offered to children, due to Superman throwing punches and other action-related violence which the group found objectionable. As a result, the series was soon cancelled, and future cartoons would not allow for such comic book violence.[29] Superman subsequently appeared in ABC's long-running animated series Super Friends (1973), produced by Hanna-Barbera, whose rights to DC Comics characters were gradually transferred from Filmation.
  • The New Ghostwriter Mysteries (1997)
  • The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972–1974)
  • New Tales from the Cryptkeeper (1999–2000) – Season three was the first (and last) season to not air on ABC. Instead, Tales From the Cryptkeeper aired on CBS to coincide with the 1996 game show, Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House. Due to the adoption of a content ratings system and new FCC regulations over more educational content in children's cartoons, the CBS version now has a TV-Y7 rating and an E/I badge (signifying that the show has educational content) at the beginning of the episode. Also, each episode has a moral that the characters learn the hard way, thanks to The Cryptkeeper interacting with the characters (often posing as a store clerk) in the beginning of the episode.
  • The Oz Kids (1986–1987 on ABC, 1988–1991)
  • Pandamonium (1982–1983)
  • Partridge Family 2200 A.D. (1974–1975)
  • The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show (1969–1972, 1992–1995)
  • Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986–1991)
  • Pelswick (2002)
  • The Perils of Penelope Pitstop (1969–1971)
  • Pole Position (1984)
  • Popeye and Son (1988)
  • Project G.e.e.K.e.R. (1996) – Despite good ratings, the show was pulled fairly early on in its life when CBS made a major rescheduling change to meet the three hours of educational programming required by the government (although the show was initially listed as an "educational" program).
  • Pryor's Place (1984–1985) – Pryor's Place was broadcast on CBS (at 11:30 a.m. Eastern/10:30 a.m. Central) from September 15 to December 8, 1984, with repeats airing until June 15, 1985.[30]
  • Raggedy Ann and Andy (1988–1990)
  • Raw Toonage (1992–1993)
  • Richie Rich (1992–1997)
  • Riders in the Sky (1990–1992)
  • Rescue Heroes (1999–2000)
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1970-1974)
  • Santo Bugito (1995–1996)
  • Saturday Supercade (1983–1985)
  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1969–1972, 1974–1976)
  • Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House (1996–1997)
  • Shazam! (1974–1977)
  • Shazam!/Isis Hour
  • The Skatebirds (1977–1978)
  • Space Academy (1977–1979)
  • Space Ghost and Dino Boy (1966-1968)
  • Strawberry Shortcake (2007–2009)
  • Sushi Pack (2007–2009)
  • Sylvester & Tweety (1976–1977)
  • Sylvester & Tweety, Daffy & Speedy (1981–1982)
  • Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1976-1982, 1984)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990–1996) – The show aired in Saturday morning syndication from October 1, 1988 to September 9, 1989. After it became an instant hit, the show was expanded to five days a week and aired weekday afternoons in syndication in most markets, from September 25, 1989 to September 17, 1993.[31] Starting on September 8, 1990 (with a different opening sequence), the show began its secondary run on CBS's Saturday morning lineup, beginning as a 60-minute block from 1990 to 1993, initially airing a couple of Saturday-exclusive episodes back to back. There would also be a brief "Turtle Tips" segment in between the two episodes which served as PSA about the environment or other issues. There were a total of 20 "Turtle Tips" segments produced and aired. Beginning in 1994, the show began airing as a 30-minute block until the series ended. The series ran until November 2, 1996, when it aired its final episode.
  • Teen Wolf (1986-1987)
  • Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales (1963–1966)
  • Timon & Pumbaa (1995–1997) – This was one of the last Disney productions to air on CBS, which had a cross-promotion agreement with Disney. Disney would buy ABC in 1996, the same year that this show (and all other Disney properties still airing on CBS at the time) left the network.[32]
  • Tom and Jerry (1965–1972)
  • Trollz
  • The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat (1995–1997)
  • Underdog (last few seasons)
  • The U.S. of Archie (1974–1976)
  • Valley of the Dinosaurs (1974–1976)
  • Wacky Races (1968–1970)
  • The Weird Al Show (1997)
  • Wheel of Fortune 2000 (1999–2000)
  • Where's Waldo? (1991–1992) – Due to lack of ratings, the show lasted only one season on CBS: September 14, 1991 to September 5, 1992. Thirteen episodes were produced over the course of the show's short run.
  • The Wuzzles (1985)

Saturday morning preview specials

Animated primetime holiday specials

CBS was the original broadcast network home for the animated primetime holiday specials based on the comic strip Peanuts, beginning with A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965. Over 30 Peanuts holiday specials (each for a specific holiday such as Halloween) were broadcast on CBS from that time until 2000, when ABC acquired the broadcast rights. CBS also aired several primetime animated specials based on the work of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel), beginning with How the Grinch Stole Christmas in 1966. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, produced in stop motion by the Rankin/Bass studio, has been another annual holiday staple of CBS since 1972, but that special originated on NBC in 1964. Frosty The Snowman is also another CBS hoiday staple since its debut in 1969.

All of these animated specials, from 1973 until 1992, began with a fondly remembered opening animated logo which showed the words "A CBS Special Presentation" in colorful lettering. The word "SPECIAL", repeated in multiple colors, slowly zoomed out from the frame in a spinning counterclockwise motion against a black background, and rapidly zoomed back into frame as a single word, in white, at the end; the logo was accompanied by a jazzy yet majestic up-tempo fanfare (believed to be incidental music from the CBS crime drama Hawaii Five-O) with dramatic horns and percussion (this appeared at the beginning of all CBS specials of the period – such as the Miss USA pageants and the annual Kennedy Center Honors presentation – not just animated specials).


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