Make a Wish (TV series)

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Make a Wish
Genre Children's
Created by Lester Cooper
Written by Lester Cooper
Directed by Lester Cooper
Arthur J. Ornitz
Starring Tom Chapin
Composer(s) Bernard Green
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
Production
Executive producer(s) Lester Cooper
Producer(s) Tom Bywaters
Peter Weinberg
Running time 25 mins
Production company(s) ABC News
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 12, 1971 (1971-09-12) – September 5, 1976 (1976-09-05)

Make a Wish is an American children's television series which ran on ABC from 1971 to 1976. Produced by ABC News, it was hosted by musician Tom Chapin and created and produced by Lester Cooper. It replaced Discovery, a similar series for children also produced by ABC News (which began in 1962).

Each episode of the series, broadcast on Sunday mornings, focused on a particular theme. One episode, for instance, was about snakes, and another was about motorcycles. Chapin would introduce the topic in much the same manner: "I think a snake is what I'll be. Imagine all the possibilities." After that there would be a sort of free association presentation on the theme featuring stock footage, animation, and Chapin's music and voiceover commentary. The quick-cutting, free-association, stream-of-consciousness style of the show caused Chapin, years later on a talk show, to describe Make a Wish as "a show for six-year old speed freaks."

The series won a Peabody Award for Best Children's Series in 1971.

Some songs performed on the show were written by Tom's brother, Harry Chapin. General composer of the show was Bernard Green, who also wrote the music to the title song "Make a Wish," with lyrics by Cooper, sung by Chapin.

Make a Wish would be replaced in 1976 with Animals, Animals, Animals which featured much the same frantic visual-overload style, coupled with folk-style songs.

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