13 Facts About Fox Kids


Fox Kids was an American children's programming block and branding for a slate of international children's television channels.

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Originally a joint venture between the Fox Kids Broadcasting Company and its affiliated stations, it was later owned by Fox Kids Family Worldwide.

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Fox Kids is the only form of daytime television programming, outside of sports, aired by the Fox network to date.

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Fox Kids was best known for airing the most-popular programs on the network, such as Bobby's World and the Power Rangers series, with the latter dominating the block's schedule with increased ratings and creating a franchise, resulting in Fox Kids frequently using Power Rangers for its promotions due to the shows' popularity.

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The channel expanded between 1997 and 2001 in Europe and Middle East, and beginning in 2004, the international Fox Kids channels were gradually relaunched under the Jetix brand following Disney's acquisition of Fox Family Worldwide.

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DuckTales, the series that served as the launching pad for The Disney Afternoon, premiered in syndication in September 1987, airing on Fox Kids's owned-and-operated stations as well as various Fox Kids affiliates in many markets.

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Furious at the breach of contract, Diller pulled DuckTales from all of Fox Kids's other owned-and-operated stations in the fall of 1989.

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In 1992, Fox Kids began holding a "TV Takeover" event on Thanksgiving afternoon.

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When Fox Kids launched, it was carried on virtually all of Fox's owned-and-operated stations and affiliates, with few declining to carry it.

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In some cases, Fox Kids would be carried on the same station as one of its two competing children's blocks, The WB's Kids' WB and UPN's UPN Kids block .

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In 2000, affiliates were given the option of pushing the block up one hour to air from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM rather than 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM In the six or so markets where a Fox affiliate carried Fox Kids and carried an early evening newscast at 5:00 PM, the station was already running the block an hour early by 1996.

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Fox Kids, which had been the top-rated children's program block among the major networks since 1992, had been overtaken in the ratings by ABC's One Saturday Morning block in 1997, then by Kids' WB a year later with the stronger animation block backed by Warner Bros.

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Fox Kids name was used again for the web series Fox Kids Movie Challenge, produced by 20th Century Studios for the Fox Family Entertainment YouTube channel despite having no affiliation with the brand.

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