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    The Electric Company 1970s

    The Electric Company 1970s

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    PBS (ended 1977)
    On the heels of its fabulously successful Sesame Street, the Children's Television Workshop (CTW) created The Electric Company. With its roots in Motown Sound, Broadway and Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, The Electric Company drew attention for six years as the most popular instructional television show. It would win an Emmy for Outstanding Children's Series, and its soundtrack album earned a Grammy. Targeting children ages 6 through 10, The Electric Company aimed to teach basic reading and grammar skills to the young viewers. The show's cast of skit players helped teach these concepts through the use of skits, songs, cartoon and blackout segments and regular features; all of them revolved around sound clusters (e.g., sh-, -ly, -oo-), contractions, punctuation marks, etc. The series provided material for elementary schools, as CTW published a biweekly TEC Teacher's Guide detailing program contents. Quickly, the cast members began to establish themselves with various personas: • Skip Hinnant (who had played Schroeder in the off-Broadway production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) had one of the best known characters: Fargo North, Decoder. Early in the run, this Peter Sellers knock-off interpreted messages that people gave to him when they couldn't understand what had been written. • The show also made Morgan Freeman. He created Easy Reader, the cool dude who loved reading anything he could get his hands on. Freeman also played radio disc jockey Mel Mounds, who usually introduced The Short Circus tunes (see below). • Rita Moreno created her tagline, "Hey You Guys!", while playing Millie, the Milkman's helper. She put the same fire into playing Otto the Director, who fumed as her actors didn't read their lines properly. • Judy Graubart, alumnus of The Second City in Chicago, became Jennifer of the Jungle, teaching bits of phonetics to her friend Paul the Gorilla. • And who can forget J. Arthur Crank? Jimmy Boyd (B. 1939) created the character, strictly as a voice on a telephone during the first season. In all future years, Crank was seen as that bad-tempered loud dresser. Complimenting the adults in the cast was The Short Circus, a group of five teenaged performers usually involved in songs or dances. Members of The Short Circus drew names from a hat to determine what would be their character name. While the Short Circus changed its talents from one season to the next, they did keep one member constant: June Angela. The show also set itself apart with the cloud sets by Nat Mongioi (which members of the cast called "Limbo Land"), cool music by the late Joe Raposo and others, unique sound effects Dick Maitland pinned to punctuation marks, and the high-tech computer animation. The logo above can only suggest these elements, which seemed to represent the New Era back in the 1970s. Among the most popular of the regular features was Spiderman, a live-action segment added during the series' fourth season. The Spiderman segments (for which there were about two dozen or so made) featured The Electric Company cast as various characters. Beginning in 1972, there was also The Adventures of Letterman cartoon series. The evil Spell Binder would cause trouble by using his magic wand, replacing key letters to make the worse of situations (e.g.: Train into Rain). Then Letterman would take the letter(s) off his varsity sweater and correct the hazard. Muppet characters from Sesame Street (including Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and Grover) also visited on occasion through the years. A total of 780 episodes of The Electric Company aired from 1971 to 1977 on PBS; reruns of the final two seasons aired through the fall of 1985. Programs always ended with one of its cast members stating: The Electric Company gets its power from The Children's Television Workshop. This was followed by a superimposed caption: The Electric Company is a trademark and service mark of the Children's Television Workshop. © Copyright Children's Television Workshop 1971 to 1977 In 1972, CTW began issuing The Electric Company magazine. Appropriately enough, the mag contained feature articles, games and other activities featuring members of the show's cast. It was published until the late-1980s, when replaced with a magazine called Kid City. A sister magazine, Spidey Super Stories (also issued and endorsed by The Electric Company's producers) contained children's reading level-versions of the web slinger's battles with his arch-enemies plus comic strip versions of the The Electric Company Spiderman segments. Spidey Super Stories were published from October 1974 to January 1982. Sixty-five episodes of The Electric Company from various seasons – a good share from the 1972-1973 and 1973-1974 seasons – began airing on Nickelodeon's new Noggin network in the spring of 1999 (kicked off with a two-hour retrospective of the show on TV Land, another Nickelodeon sister network). The shows were edited slightly, removing all program numbers and show-ending teases (see Notes within Show 131). Also for the Noggin run, CTW gave credit to Marvel Comics, which had never received a copyright notice on the original run. Thus all episodes from Seasons 4 to 6 had their copyrights redisplayed: The Electric Company is a trademark and service mark of the Children's Television Workshop. © Copyright Children's Television Workshop 1974 to 1976 The use of the character Spiderman was provided as a courtesy to the Children's Television Workshop by Marvel Comics Group. © Copyright Marvel Comics Group 1974 to 1976 At first, Noggin aired The Electric Company during several daytime and overnight time slots seven days a week. By the time CTW was renamed Sesame Workshop in 2000, however, the show's timeslots were downgraded to late-nights and then, in 2002, only a couple of weekend overnight airings. In early 2003, with the value of Sesame Workshop's interest in Noggin even less (if not zero), The Electric Company was pulled from Noggin's schedule altogether. (Note: Classic episodes of Sesame Street, which were shown under the title Sesame Street Unpaved, had also been a part of Noggin's schedule. Noggin had shown 65 classic episodes (originally airing between 1969 to 1986) of the series. Like The Electric Company, Sesame Street Unpaved had originally aired weekdays before being placed in downgraded timeslots (eventually weekend overnights). Both shows had attracted primarily adults (who had watched the show as children) and college-aged fans, and both shows were too dated for their intended childhood audience. Noggin underwent a total personality change beginning April 1, 2002, placing more emphasis on original programming (in addition to airing reruns of Nickelodeon kiddie shows). The general effect of removing The Electric Company from the airwaves, has not been a pleasant one for American society. Some people believe Sesame Workshop discusses The Electric Company only when lowering the wrecker's ball on those who have violated their copyrights. (To this day, The Electric Company™ and the logo are trademarks and service marks of Sesame Workshop, © 1971-1977.) Though it appears Sesame Workshop chooses not to live in the past, it has been digitizing segments from all its old shows in preparation for DVD releases. The first DVD of The Electric Company is scheduled for release in 2006. (This is the result of an independent campaign for a TEC DVD release; see below.) The Electric Company will always be remembered by its fans as an entertaining series which taught children to read. Elementary classroom teachers regularly scheduled their days so their students could watch the show, and reading scores increased as a result of in-class and home viewing. Hey You Guys! petersmith among them We're gonna turn it on We're gonna bring you the power We're gonna light up The dark of night Like the brightest day In a whole new way We're gonna turn it on We're gonna bring you the power It's coming down the line Strong as it can be Through the courtesy Of The Electric Company™ from The Electric Company Theme Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo © 1971 Jonico Musicmoreless
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    Fury

    Fury

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    NBC (ended 1960)
    Fury chronicled the story of Joey, an orphan boy befriended by Jim Newton a recently widowed horse rancher, who's wife and son were killed in an auto accident by a drunk driver. Joey was brought to court for breaking a window. Jim had seen the whole incident and went to court with Joey, he told the Judge that Joey was innocent, and convinced the Judge to let Joey come stay at the Broken Wheel.moreless
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    Braceface

    Braceface

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    Disney Channel (ended 2005)
    Growing up is never easy, and no one is learning that faster than 14-year-old Sharon Spitz, voiced by actress Alicia Silverstone from Clueless. Sharon faces the challenges of adolescence, junior high and high school, and living with a mouth full of metal! Unfortunately, Sharon finds herself dealing with mysterious mishaps caused by her braces. Despite the mayhem that follows in her wake, Sharon always walks away from trouble smiling--with a tin grin, of course! Along for the ride are Sharon's mother and her brothers, Adam and Josh. Sharon's friends at Mary Pickford High include her best friend, Maria Wong; her would-be boyfriend, Alden Jones; the dorky Conner Mackenzie and new friend Alyson. Sharon's nemesis is Nina Harper--the most popular girl at school and Alyson's ex-best friend. In the third season, everybody starts high school.

    SHOW INFO

    Rated: TV-Y7

    This show is a joint Canada/USA production.

    Show Times

    USA Show Times Weekdays:

    Disney Channel: Monday through Saturday @ 5pm e/p

    Disney Channel @ 6:00 PM E/P

    Canada Show Times

    (Teletoon) Weekdays @ 5:00pm -- Sat & Sun @ 9:00 am & 5:00 pm

    Theme Song

    Something tells me I've been dreaming Of someone who was never real It seems I've changed a thousand ways I just can't help the way I feel. Braceface! My life is complicated Boyfriend! Don't wanna talk about it Teenage! I'll work it out in the end BRACEFACE!

    Characters

    Sharon Spitz Sharon is the girl who the show is about. She is caring, sensitive, animal lover, Alden lover, vegetarian and more (the list could go on). Her life might be perfect, but she does have her share of problems. Her problems got even worse when she got braces. Her braces seem to do really freaky things at the worst possible times. Nina's nickname for Sharon...BRACEFACE!

    Maria Wong Maria is Sharon's best friend and a total sports fanatic. She is always encouraging Sharon to give 100% effort and to do her best. She's aggressive, but she's a lot fun to be around.

    Conner Mackenzie Conner is Sharon's other best friend. He is allergic to nearly everything and he always plays it safe. Like Sharon, he's caring and sensitive.

    Alden Jones Alden is the guy that both Nina and Sharon are after. But, despite Nina's popularity, he prefers Sharon over her.

    Nina Harper Nina is the most popular girl in school, but definitely not the nicest. She and Sharon are worst enemies, but they started out as best friends and they we're best friends until Nina's doll head's were chopped off in the 2nd grade. She blames Sharon even though she didn't do it.

    Brock Layton Brock is Alden's best friend. He tries to attract girls by being funny but it usually doesn't work. (Brock's name used to be Buck, but the crew decided to change it.)

    Adam Spitz Adam is Sharon's older brother. He's strong. So strong, that he doesn't know his own strength. He's always working out and practicing for some sport. He might come out as a tough guy, but he's really considerate of others and he is especially protective of his younger siblings.

    Josh Spitz Sharon/Adam's little brother who is very smart. He loves to practice the Piano.

    Mrs. Spitz Sharon's Mother. Hellen is a Doctor/Social Worker, She is always wondering what Sharon's next move will be!

    Alyson is now shown in almost all the episodes, her snickering laugh whenever Nina makes a rude comment on Sharon. Though lately it seems Alyson is now apart of Sharon's circle of Friends. And she also stared in the 3nd season Braceface episode: Triangles.

    Dion Sharon's Mentor, he is Constantly designing new cloths, he's very Unique and original.

    Richard Spitz Having a professional rock drummer for a dad is cool-except that he is on tour all the time.And since her mother and father got divorced, it's been even harder for Sharon to spend time with him. But he is really determined to be the best dad he can. So, he keeps a apartment in Elkford, and isn't on the road so much. Despite the fact that he is always gone, Sharon will always love him, and know that he will be with her-whether on the road or not!

    FAQ

    How Many episodes are there in each season?

    USA: 3 seasons of 26 episodes each. Canada: 6 seasons of 13 episodes each.

    Is Braceface canceled?

    Yes, it is. No more episodes. However, for whatever reason, Disney only ordered the first 30 episodes or so, didn't even bother airing have of them, then completely removed Braceface from their schedule, so now the US is out of luck of seeing the newer episodes unless another Network US picks it up.moreless
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    Metajets

    Metajets

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    Cartoon Network
    Metajets brings speed and sport to the skies with high-flying competition and combat. In a world where aviation is paramount, young flyers compete on the Aeronautical Racing Circuit while secretly waging a high stakes battle for air supremacy.moreless
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    Babar

    Babar

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    CBC
    Summary: The adventures of a beloved elephant king and his family come to life in this delightful animated series based on the children's books by Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff. Living in a huge mansion with his whole family of elephants, Babar has entertained over millions of toddlers, and even older children nation-wide.

    Throughout the Years: Babar made his debut in "The Story of Babar" published in 1931 by Jean de Brunhoff. Jean created and illustrated seven Babar titles before dying in 1937. Laurent de Brunhoff, son of Jean, continues his father's work and is still writing Babar books. In the year, 2006, Babar will celebrate being King of The Elephants for 75 years!

    Production: 78 episodes are broadcast in 30 languages in over 150 countries, making Babar one of the largest distributed animation shows in history. With over 100 licensees worldwide, the Babar brand has a multi-generational following. There are even 12 dedicated Babar stores in Japan. A global cultural phenomenon, whose fans span generations, Babar stands along side Mickey as one of the most recognized children's characters in the world. There are now over 30,000 Babar publications in over 17 languages, and over 8 million books have been sold. Laurent de Brunhoff's Babar's Yoga for Elephants is a top seller in the U.S with over 100,000 copies sold to date. The Babar series of books are recommended reading on First Lady Laura Bush's national reading initiative list. Babar has been a perennial favorite for years at the White House Easter Egg Roll. Babar currently airs on television today on the HBO, FAMILY channel, and Treehouse. There are also 2, or more, videos with Babar in it but those two have gone out-of-print.

    Characters: BABAR: King Babar is a charming and charismatic elephant. He brought his love of the city back to the great forest and built the beautiful, happy kingdom of Celesteville. Though he is a dedicated ruler and world traveller, Babar is happiest when picnicking at the lake with his family or joining in the antics of his lively children.

    CELESTE: Queen Celeste has also travelled the world and has had many great adventures. She has a regal presence, an engaging manner and a gentle sense of humour. The children adore their mother. After an active day with the family and governing the kingdom, Babar and Celeste enjoy watching the stars together from the palace veranda.

    OLD LADY/ MADAME: From their first meeting in the city, the Old Lady and Babar shared a special friendship. She gave him a home and taught him about life in the city. Though she misses him greatly, she understood his decision to return to the forest. Babar built her a home in Celesteville, where she made the decision to stay and live with her friends, the elephants.

    FLORA: Flora is fun-loving and strong-willed. She can more than hold her own with her two brothers. Whether building tree houses, sliding down the banister at the palace, or preparing a surprise breakfast for their parents, Flora is always immersed in the action.

    ISABELLE: Isabelle was an amazing baby, walking early, talking early, even roller blading! Anything to keep up with the triplets. Pom, Flora and Alexander are enchanted with their little sister. Everyone in the kingdom admires Isabelle's independent spirit.

    CORNELIUS: Cornelius, the oldest and wisest elephant in Celesteville, takes his job as Babar's chief advisor very seriously, whether accompanying Babar on state visits or organizing numerous Celesteville parades. When not working, Cornelius can often be found relaxing in a field with a butterfly net.

    ARTHUR: Arthur is Babar's mischief-making cousin. He has an engaging smile, bright eyes and a friendly outgoing He often gets himself (and one or more of the children) involved with practical jokes and crazy stunts. He has nerves of steel and a heart of gold!

    POM: Pom is the leader of the children. He is the biggest of the bunch and protective of his brother and sisters though he will gladly join in with Alexander in playfully teasing his sisters, Flora and Isabelle.

    ALEXANDER: Alexander, the smallest of the triplets, is a non-stop ball of entertainment who is into everything and disarmingly naive about the commotion he causes.

    ZEPHIR: Zephir is one of Babar's oldest friends, and is considered one of the family. He is the first to take off with Arthur and the kids on some crazy adventure. But Babar knows that Zephir can always be trusted to look after the children and bring them home safely.moreless
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    Gormiti: The Lords of Nature Return!

    Gormiti: The Lords of Nature Return!

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    Cartoon Network (ended 2009)
    This show follows two brothers, Nick and Toby, who discover that they have the power to transform into powerful creatures known as Gormitis. Their two friends Jessica and Lucas join the fight, and together they harness the power of the four elements. Now it's up to them to save their world, and many others, from destruction.moreless
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    Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch

    Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch

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    The Hub
    This animated series follows Sabrina, a teenage witch, though her balancing of witch training while living with her aunts in the human world.
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    The Backyardigans

    The Backyardigans

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    Nickelodeon
    The Backyardigans is Nick Jr.'s animated musical adventure series about five high-spirited preschool friends, Uniqua, Pablo, Tyrone, Tasha, and Austin, who rely on their vivid imaginations to embark on amazing, epic adventures. In every episode, the backyard transforms into a new fantastic, photo-real landscape that serves as the backdrop for completely original, story-driven musicals. Broadway-caliber music spanning a variety of genres (including Big Band, Reggae, Rockabilly, Bossa Nova, and Hip-Hop) and cutting-edge 3-D dance choreography propel the stories forward, lending the series a narrative voice that will appeal to preschoolers and parents alike. The series will inspire children to sing and dance along with these lovable characters and stretch their imaginations as they climb up mountains, slide down glaciers, and sail across oceans.

    The Backyardigans was created by executive producer Janice Burgess (Little Bill) and is executive-produced and directed by Robert Scull (Little Bill, Whoopi's Littleburg).

    Characters

    PABLO: Pablo is, well, wrapped a little too tight. He gets excited by things. Just leaving the house for free play in the backyard can make him babble with joy. He thinks quickly, he speaks quickly, acts and reacts quickly. He gets big ideas but he can be overwhelmed by a situation and panic a little – making him the character most likely to run in a circle flapping his flippers and squawking. (By the way, he's a penguin.) He may not be the most agile or graceful of the friends, but he's probably the most determined and enthusiastic.

    UNIQUA: One of a kind. She's funny – she loves to tell silly jokes and to tickle her friends. She's a little mischievous -- she'd be the kid most likely to ring the doorbell and run away. But she's sweet --she'll notice if you're happy or sad and say something about it because she cares about you. Graceful, agile and light on her feet, Uniqua is not afraid of anything and can be quite the daredevil. She loves to run and climb and ride her bike faster than anyone. (Uniqua is her name, and also her species – with her purple skin, pink spots, and dainty antennae, she doesn't look like any other creature on the planet.)

    AUSTIN: Austin is the new kangaroo on the block, so he doesn't yet know the other kids really well. That suppresses his natural bounciness and makes him diffident sometimes – a little hesitant to express his opinion, a little slow to take the lead. He really wants to get it right.

    TYRONE: The sunny one. He's easygoing – he can get along with anybody – Pablo's his best friend, after all. He takes life's ups and downs in stride --things just don't get under his skin. He's a deep thinker, which may make him seem a little slow on the uptake sometimes. He's confident -- he enjoys a challenge because he knows, in his heart, that he is equal to it. There's always a way and he's bound to figure it out. (And he happens to be a moose.)

    TASHA: A little girl hippo, in red mary janes and a flowered dress. Tasha is Uniqua's much-admired and always eagerly-awaited play date. She looks sweet as pie but underneath her extra girly exterior beats the heart of a CEO -- tough-as-nails, take-no-prisoners, my-way-or-the-highway kind of gal. She's rational, skeptical, and highly motivated to get her own way. But it's always special for Uniqua when Tasha is there, because she's someone who can also be giggly, silly and full of fun.

    Theme Song

    And we're, Your backyard friends, The Backyardigans Together with The Backyardigans In the place where we belong Where we'll probably sing a song And we'll maybe dance along We've got the whole wide world in our yard to explore We've always find things we've never seen before That's why everyday we're back for more With your friends, The Backyardigans.moreless
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    Yo Gabba Gabba!

    Yo Gabba Gabba!

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    Nickelodeon
    DJ Lance Rock says the magic words "Yo Gabba Gabba" and brings his toys to life to teach lessons about sharing and caring, and to encourage preschoolers to get up and dance along to a variety of songs and games. Muno, a friendly red cyclops; Foofa, a cute pink flower monster; Brobee, the little green one; Toodee, a blue cat-dragon; and Plex, a magic yellow robot, all sing and play in Gabbaland, a cheerful, colorful world filled with music, dance, and life lessons. Mark Mothersbaugh, lead singer of Devo, regularly hosts a drawing segment, and rapper Biz Markie teaches kids how to "beat box". In the tradition of Romper Room and Barney and Friends, Yo Gabba Gabba! is a fun way for young children to learn.moreless
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    All Grown Up!

    All Grown Up!

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    Nickelodeon (ended 2008)
    Nickelodeon, after hearing the demands from the fans, made a one-time special called 'All Growed Up', which was a Rugrats episode showing them in 10 years. Airing on June 21, 2001, it was the highest rated Nick program ever. After the success, Nick called Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo, and asked them to make a series involving the kids 9 years older. The series, All Grown Up, had its sneak preview on Saturday, 4/12/2003 at 9:30 PM EST on Nickelodeon, following the Kids' Choice Awards, with the first episode, "Coup DeVille." In August, the second episode (but first produced), "Susie Sings the Blues," was released direct-to-video.

    Theme Song:

    4... 3... 2...1!
    Every birthday my mom and dad would say
    You're another year older, another year wiser
    But I still go to school and get an education
    I treat each and every day like a mini vacation
    All Grown Up!
    I really wanna shout it out!
    All Grown Up!
    I want the world to know!
    All Grown Up!
    I really want to shout it out!
    All Grown Up!
    With you...
    All Grown Up!
    With... you!
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    Liberty's Kids

    Liberty's Kids

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    PBS (ended 2004)
    Liberty's Kids was a truly "revolutionary" children's animated series by DIC. For as long as it ran on PBS, Liberty's Kids entertained seven- to twelve-year-olds while introducing them to the exciting stories and people behind the birth of a nation. The program unfurled its historical vignettes through the eyes of two teenage apprentices, Sarah Phillips and James Hiller, who worked in Benjamin Franklin's print shop and discovered first-hand the great adventures of the American Revolution. Benjamin Franklin's wise words and strong principled actions gave guidance to our young heroes, whether he is with them in Philadelphia or writing from across the ocean in France. James Hiller was a 14-year-old apprentice journalist at Ben Franklin's Print Shop. He idolized Dr. Franklin and hoped to run his own newspaper someday. Moses was born in West Africa. After learning the valuable job of smithing, he was able to earn enough money to buy his freedom back. Moses traveled to Philadelphia where he found employment taking care of Benjamin Franklin's printing press. Henri was an eight-year-old street urchin, who had been semi-adopted by Moses and James, who rescued him from a ship. He paid for his room and board by helping out around the print shop and learning how to read and write. Sarah Phillips was a bright 15-year-old girl from England. She helped James and Henri on their wonderful adventures. For a while, she found James' idea of liberty very agitating while working as a journalist to get the Loyalist side of each of James' stories. Liberty's Kids was designed as a 40-part miniseries, run on PBS September 2, 2002 to August 13, 2004. After that, cut-down versions were scattered to commercial stations. The Theme Song is performed by: Aaron Carter and Kayla I see a land with liberty for all Next thing I know the truth will rise and fall That's just the way it goes A word now to the wise The world was made to change Each day is a surprize I'm looking at life with my own eyes I'm searching for a hero to idolize Feeling the pain as innocence dies I'm looking at life through my own eyes I'll take my heart into battle Give that freedom bell a raddle Get my independence signed Declare for it on the dotted line Let Philadelphia freedom ring and patriotic voices sing Red, White and Blue Never give up You represent America! I'm hoping and praying for a brighter day I listen to my heart and I obey How can I see it any other way? I'm looking at life through my own eyesmoreless
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    Team Umizoomi

    Team Umizoomi

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    Nickelodeon
    This show works to teach math to preschool age children. It follows a boy, a girl and a break-dancing robot who fix small problems in their city, all of which include math-related solutions.moreless
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    What's New Scooby-Doo?

    What's New Scooby-Doo?

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    The WB (ended 2006)
    What's New Scooby-Doo? is yet another Scooby spin-off about the teenage detectives solving mysteries across the country. Join Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and of course Scooby-Doo as they catch the bad guys behind the masks in the all new episodes. While retaining the feel of the original series, the whole cast is updated for the new century and generation -- complete with cellphones and other modern technology that wasn't around when the previous series were made. The series brings the meddling kids to the 21st Century as everyone's favorite Great Dane and his intrepid cohorts - Shaggy, Velma, Daphne and Fred - continue to stumble upon creature-related comedy mysteries. The series will stay true to the classic elements that have made Scooby one of the most beloved shows for more than 30 years, while amping up the suspense, comedy and quality of animation. This comedy from Warner Bros. Animation will feature the timeless and loveable Scooby gang in adventures set in a contemporary world.moreless
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    Max and Ruby

    Max and Ruby

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    Nickelodeon
    In creator Rosemary Wells's own words, she explains the show's goal:

    "Max and Ruby celebrates the relationship between Ruby and her younger brother, Max, and the universal nature of sibling relationships. It's as common an experience to many childhoods as Band-aids and birthdays. And what makes the relationship in the series compelling is that I've added salt and pepper to it, instead of sugar."

    The residents of the show's universe are all rabbits which children (and even adults!) will find quite adorable. The superb animation appears to have been done on computer (not three dimensional, though) and the artwork itself is very, very well done. The characters' expressions, especially Max's mischievous look, and behaviors are worth watching!

    Interestingly, we never see the parents of Max and Ruby, making it look like they live by themselves in a big house. This has come under criticism by many parents. However, their neighbor-grandmother and other adults do make frequent appearances.

    Rosemary Wells has created many books and shows, such as Timothy Goes to School among others.

    Cast

    Max. An enthusiastic and determined three-year-old who speaks no more than a few words each show. Often at odds with his sister mainly because she doesn't understand him or doesn't want him to do some certain things (such as making noises). He tends to get things his way at the end, though!

    Ruby. Max's seven-year-old sister, a very smart, goal-oriented and responsible (albeit bossy) young lady. Almost in every episode, Ruby is frustrated by Max getting into messes or disobeying her, but she displays a tremendous amount of patience while she tries to set him straight.

    Grandma. Grandmother of Max and Ruby, she lives next-door and often pays them a visit, or vice versa. A c grandmother both in personality and appearance: kind-hearted, generous, crow's feet, and a sweet smile.

    Louise. Best friend of Ruby's, they have a lot of things in common, including being related to curious little boys. Louise is in Bunny Scouts along with Ruby and Valerie.

    Morris. Louise's cousin who is a year or so younger than Max. Appears in very few episodes. (Thanks, Kerry & her daughter for pointing out that Morris is a cousin, not a brother of Louise's.)

    Valerie. Another friend of Ruby's as well as Louise's. She wears glasses and is an intelligent, funny girl. She's also in the Bunny Scouts.

    Martha. One of Ruby's friends and a Bunny Scout, although she appeared in only two episodes or so. Didn't speak much.

    Roger Piazza. Even though the only words he utters are "uh-huh" and "nuh-uh", he is perceived as the cool kid by Ruby and her friends. The "jock" type of boy, he's several months older than Ruby. ("He's seven and a half years old!" gushes Ruby in an episode.)

    The Huffington Family. The family is composed of sweet-tooth Mr. Huffington, friendly Mrs. Huffington, and their adorable kid Baby Huffington. They're well-known locals/neighbors, and Mrs. Huffington often asks Ruby to babysit Baby Huffington.

    Candi. She runs a local candy store and is very generous with candies.

    Rosalinda. The owner of the town's gift shop. Always willing to lend a paw.

    Bunny Scout Leader. (Anyone know her name?) The Bunny Scout Leader guides the girls through the activities to earn their badges. Yes, it's the bunny version of the Girls Scout.

    Mr. Piazza. Roger's father. He owns and runs the grocery store which Roger sometimes helps out at.

    Katie. Owner of a restaurant; she's also the waitress. Not a frequent character and played a role in Ruby's Surprise Party episode.moreless
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    Phil of the Future

    Phil of the Future

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    Disney Channel (ended 2006)
    Welcome to Phil of the Future guide.

    Disney Channel's hit series, Phil of the Future, tells the story of the Diffy family, a futuristic family from the year 2121. When the eccentric dad, Lloyd, rents a time machine for their family vacation, everyone is excited. But then something goes wrong. Their time machine malfunctions and they are thrown out of the space/time continuim in the year 2004. The time machine has broken, and Lloyd is having trouble fixing it, so he, his part-robotic wife Barbara, and his kids: fifteen-year-old Phil Diffy (Ricky Ullman) and his thirteen-year-old daughter Pim, the little menace of the family, are forced to live in the past and pretend to be a normal family in the suburban town of Pickford. The only person who knows their secret is Keely Teslow, Phil's best friend. Together they deal with the things that every teenager in 2004 must deal with: school, bullies, significant others, crushes, homework...and then add the Diffys' habit of getting into trouble by using their futuristic gadgets, such as the Wizrd, the Insta-Morph, Skyaks, the DNA Scramber, and much more.

    Phil of the Future has quickly become one of Disney Channel's most popular new shows, and is quickly following in the footsteps of their hit shows Lizzie McGuire and That's So Raven. As of October 2004, the show was #1 in its slot among tweens and kids, with roughly four million viewers total per episode.

    Ricky Ullman, (Pixel Perfect) Plays Phil Diffy, And Amy Bruckner, (American Dragon: Jake Long) Plays Pim Diffy. Douglas Tuber (Lizzie McGuire) is creator and executive producer of the series. Tom Burkhard and Matt Dearborn (Even Stevens) and Tim O'Donnell (Clueless) are executive producers.

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    He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

    He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

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    USA (ended 1984)
    He-Man and the Masters of the Universe takes Prince Adam on a trip to save Eternia from evil. With his trusty companion Cringer, he calls upon the power of Grayskull and is transformed into He-man and Cringer into Battlecat and they fight Skeletor and other enemies to save Eternia.moreless
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    Disney's House of Mouse

    Disney's House of Mouse

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    ABC (ended 2003)
    House Of Mouse is the former but even better Mickey Mouse Works. "House of Mouse" is a nightclub-type theater, where Mickey himself emcees nightly. Stars of every Disney film ever made are seated in the audience, often becoming part of the show themselves, as Mickey and his friends entertain and premiere original cartoons. "The show must go on," as Mickey and gang must keep the club running, so Pete, the owner of the building, doesn't shut it down. A Christmas special entitled "Snowed in at the House of Mouse" is available on DVD and VHS. The DVD edition includes the first episode of the series, The Stolen Cartoons, in the "Special Features" section. Also available is soundtrack for this series, which features original songs as well as older Disney favorites. The album is available on Disney Records (the cover for the CD is the picture shown here). Now, Mickey's House Of Villains makes it's way on DVD and Video Sept. 3, 2003 for the villains musical number "It's Our House Now."

    Characters
    Mickey Mouse - Emcee Mickey Mouse hosts the nightclub, that's the hottest spot on Main Street, and the tooniest place on Earth, The House of Mouse. He is a kind-hearted and popular American icon that's been around since the '20s, and has been the Disney mascot since.
    Minnie Mouse - When pandemonium breaks loose anywhere in the club, you can always count on Mickey's girlfriend, Minnie, to straiten things out from behind the scenes. When Mickey starts to panic from pressure, Minnie's there to calm him down.
    Pluto - Mickey's faithful dog, Pluto, is also there, behind the scenes, keeping things in order.
    Donald Duck - Donald Duck, owns The House of Mouse 50-50 with his best friend, Mickey. It's also his job to greet guests at the door. He can loose his temper very easily, but he can remain calm, if he tries... sometimes.
    Daisy Duck - Donald's girlfriend, Daisy Duck, is responsible for having guests reserved and seated. She also does some pretty weird stuff every time Mickey gives her a chance on the stage.
    Goofy Goof - Mickey and Donald's other friend, Goofy, is headwaiter of the club. With his clumsiness, we can be sure a lot of dishes are broken! Despite that, and that he shows little common sense, he's a loyal friend.
    Maximilian "Max" Goof - Goofy's skateboard-cool, teenage son is valet of the club. Now, if only he could get his own car.
    Gus Goose - Gus is the club cook. Just try to keep him from eating the food.
    Clarabelle Cow - This cow is the queen of Main Street gossip. If she hears something juicy, she can't keep her mouth shut!
    Horace Horsecollar - Horace is in charge of all multimedia works of the club. He runs cartoons, lights, sounds, you name it. The one line you're bound to hear directed to him is, "Hit it, Horace!"
    Pete - Pete is the landlord of the building The House of Mouse takes place in... and he'll do anything to stop the show and shut down the club.moreless
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    T.U.F.F. Puppy

    T.U.F.F. Puppy

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    Nickelodeon
    T.U.F.F., or The Turbo Underground Fighting Force, is a crime-fighting organization that enlists Dudley Puppy (Jerry Trainor, iCarly) as a secret Agent. He and his partner Kitty Katswell (Grey DeLisle) must protect their town, Petropolis from an evil organization called D.O.O.M. But, they have to learn to get along first! T.U.F.F. Puppy is an animated series that is created by Butch Hartman who is known for his creations The Fairly OddParents and Danny Phantom. Jerry Trainor also stars in the show as Dudley. The show aired on nickelodeon on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 11:30 AM (Eastern) following the premiere of Planet Sheen.moreless
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    Cardcaptors

    Cardcaptors

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    The WB (ended 2002)
    In ancient times, the powerful sorcerer Clow Reed captured the power of magic in the Clow Cards, sealing them within the Clow Book to protect the world. The book was hidden for thousands of years until archaeologist Aiden Avalon discovered it, unaware of what powers lay within. Now his daughter, Sakura, has broken the seal on the Clow Book and must once again capture the Clow Cards.moreless
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    He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002)

    He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002)

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    Cartoon Network (ended 2004)
    "I am Adam, Prince of Eternia, defender of the secrets of Castle Grayskull..." This was a revival of the classic 80's cartoon He-man and the Masters of the Universe for the modern age, it focused on the early adventures of Prince Adam, who, having just become Eternia's most powerful guardian He-Man, had to learn how to handle his new powers, and lead his allies into battle against the evil Skeletor. With the aid of his own Evil Warrior henchmen, Skeletor schemes to blanket Eternia in chaos, and rule over the planet in dominion. Only He-Man, guided and advised by the Sorceress of Castle Grayskull, stands in his way. With the aid of his trusted friends and Masters, he vows to end Skeletor's evil and the other evils that plague Eternia including King Hiss and the Snake Men's evil. The battle is joined as Good and Evil collide in a fight for Eternia's fate! This unique take on the retro fan favorite delighted and entertained the children of this decade as it did to those living in the 80's. For Season Two, the series was re-named "Masters of the Universe vs The Snake Men, complete with new powers, and new adversaries, the series carried on until finally being brought down by poor scheduling and management of the toyline by Mattel.moreless
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