CityKids

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CityKids
Genre Family Entertainment
Created by Jeffrey Solomon
Written by Jeffrey Solomon
Directed by Rick Friedberg
Randall Miller
Starring Cyndi Cartagena
Hassan Elgendi
Dulé Hill
Anne Ho
Voices of Cenophia Mitchell
Elizabeth Regen
Theme music composer Raliegh J Neal II
Opening theme Malik Yoba & Raliegh J Neal II
Composer(s) Raliegh J Neal II
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s) Brian Henson
Laurie Meadoff-Hill
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Jim Henson Productions, The CityKids Foundation
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run 18 September 1993 – 29 January 1994

CityKids is a television series that aired late Saturday Mornings on ABC from 1993 to 1994. The show consists primarily of live action performances, interspersed with Muppet segments, courtesy of Jim Henson Productions. These Muppets are composed of original characters designed specifically for the show, not ones taken from Sesame Street or The Muppet Show. These original characters often serve as the Greek chorus for the show, commenting on the situations of the human characters, but not actually interacting with them.

Unlike most shows airing on ABC Saturday Mornings and produced by the Jim Henson Company at the time, CityKids was primarily targeted to a teenage audience, not to mention an urban one. Unfortunately, the show failed to generate desirable ratings from any demographic, especially the teenage one, and the show was cancelled by ABC after one season.

The show's main theme song was composed by Malik Yoba & Raliegh J Neal II, both also composed other songs for the series[1] and served as Musical Creative Supervisor for the show.

Plot[edit]

Characters[edit]

Live action[edit]

Muppets[edit]

  • Captain - A character who works "Inside the Head" with Libido and Lieutenant.
  • Dread - A Rastafarian philosopher.
  • Bird - A pigeon who is Dread's sidekick.
  • Frankie Frank (performed by David Rudman) - An anthropomorphic hot dog rapper that is the lead singer of Frankie Frank and the Footers.
  • Libido - A character who works "Inside the Head" with Captain and Lieutenant.
  • Lieutenant - A character who works "Inside the Head" with Captain and Libido
  • Dirt Sisters - Trish (voiced by Elizabeth Regen) and Toya (voiced by Cenophia Mitchell) are two gossipy girls that talk to each other on the phone and talk about the episode's main plot.

Episodes[edit]

  1. Pilot (9/18/93) -
  2. Becoming a Man (9/25/93) -
  3. Get a Job (10/2/93) -
  4. The Curse of Ali Baba (10/9/93) -
  5. Bye, Bye Reputation (10/16/93) -
  6. The Mural (10/23/93) -
  7. Alterations with Attitude (10/30/93) -
  8. Quality Time (11/13/93) -
  9. Rooftop Thanksgiving (11/20/93) -
  10. Pack of Lies (12/4/93) -
  11. Love Letters on the Hudson (12/11/93) -
  12. All My Trials (12/18/93) -
  13. I Am Woman (1/29/94) -

Cast[edit]

Muppet Performers[edit]

Later appearances[edit]

  • Some of the puppets from this show later made appearances in the Puppet Up! shows.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Malik Yoba". Yahoo! TV. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 

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