CBS Kidshow

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CBS Kidshow
Type Saturday-morning cartoon block
Country  United States
Availability National
Launch date
September 13, 1997 (1997-09-13)
Dissolved September 9, 2000 (2000-09-09)
Former names
CBS Toontastic
CBS Kidz
CBS Kids

CBS Kidshow (formerly CBS Kids and CBS Kidz) was an American children's programming block on CBS that aired on Saturday mornings from September 13, 1997 to September 9, 2000. In 2000, CBS Kidshow was replaced by Nick Jr. on CBS.


CBS broadcast the live action series Captain Kangaroo on weekday mornings from 1955 through 1982, and on Saturdays through 1984. From 1971 through 1986, CBS News produced one-minute In the News segments that were broadcast between other Saturday morning programs. Otherwise, in regards to children's programming, CBS has aired various animated series aimed at kids, such as the original version of Scooby-Doo, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Jim Henson's Muppet Babies, Garfield and Friends, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as well as its in-house program, CBS Storybreak.

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 Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Mask: The Animated Series, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Tales from the Cryptkeeper among others.


In September 1997, CBS began contracting out to other companies to provide educational programming and material for their Saturday morning schedule (per the Federal Communications Commission's new rules on children's programming), The first of these special blocks was Think CBS Kids (the tagline was the same as the branding) with shows such as Wheel 2000, The New Ghostwriter Mysteries and The Weird Al Show. Unfortunately due to low ratings, most of the shows were canceled after four months. Much of the programming was then replaced by reruns of Beakman's World, CBS Storybreak and Tales from the Cryptkeeper.

This prompted another relaunch in 1998 as CBS Kidshow, which featured programming from Canada's Nelvana studio.[1] The block aired from 1997 to 2000, with shows such as Anatole, Mythic Warriors, Rescue Heroes and Flying Rhino Junior High.[2] Its tagline was, "The CBS Kids Show: Get in the Act." [3] In 2000, CBS's deal with Nelvana ended and the CBS Kidshow block was replaced on September 16 of that year by Nick Jr. on CBS through a programming deal with Nickelodeon (at the time, had been recently acquired by Viacom).[1]

Scheduling variances and pre-emptions[edit]

From its launch in 1997 until its discontinuance in 2000, the scheduling of CBS Kidshow programming varied depending on the CBS station. For example, KTVT in Fort Worth, Texas aired CBS Kidshow from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays and 7 to 8 a.m. on Sundays from 1997 to 1998.

Although most affiliates aired all the programs in the CBS Kidshow block, some stations pre-empted or delayed some programs. Programs were often preempted due to professional and college sports telecasts scheduled by CBS or its stations.



  1. ^ a b Schneider, Michael (June 15, 2000). "CBS picks Nick mix". Variety. Retrieved August 13, 2009. 
  2. ^ Kelly, Brendan (December 22, 1998). "CTV pacts for 3 Nelvana series". Variety. Retrieved August 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ Robertson, Virginia (September 1, 1998). "The CBS Kidshow - KidScreen". Kidscreen. Retrieved November 21, 2010.