CBS Storybreak

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CBS Storybreak
CBS Storybreak logo, as seen on the show's opening sequence.
Presented byBob Keeshan (1985–1987)
Malcolm-Jamal Warner (1993–1998)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes23
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Southern Star Productions
Hanna-Barbera Australia
CBS Entertainment Productions
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkCBS
Audio formatMono (1985–1987)
CBS Stereosound (1987–1996)
Original releaseMarch 30, 1985 – January 3, 1987 (reruns until September 5, 1998)

CBS Storybreak is a Saturday morning anthology television series that originally aired on the CBS network during the 1985 season. Hosted by Bob Keeshan (and in its 1993 return by Malcolm-Jamal Warner), the episodes are half-hour animated adaptations of children's books published at the time of airing, including How to Eat Fried Worms. Other episodes included Dragon's Blood and Ratha's Creature.

Unique for an American television series, the series featured open captions captioned by The Caption Center for the hearing impaired during its 1993 reairing, instead of the usual closed captioning. In addition to being a convenience for the hearing-impaired, this also allowed those who could hear to read along with the story.

The episodes were produced by Australia's Southern Star Productions and America's Hanna-Barbera Australia for CBS Entertainment Productions.

One of its crew members, Sander Schwartz, [1] became the president of Warner Bros. Animation in 2002.

Select episodes were released on home video in 1992 under the title Video Storybreak.

CBS' first in-house cartoon series since their original Terrytoons, it was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program in the 1985–1986 season. It continued in reruns until 1988 and returned to air in reruns (with Jamal-Warner replacing Keeshan as host) from the 1993–94 season to 1997–98 season.


Season 1[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air date 
11"The Great Ringtail Garbage Caper"March 30, 1985 (1985-03-30)
22"Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China"April 6, 1985 (1985-04-06)
33"Robbut: A Tale of Tails"April 13, 1985 (1985-04-13)
44"How to Eat Fried Worms"April 20, 1985 (1985-04-20)
55"Zucchini"April 27, 1985 (1985-04-27)
66"Hank the Cowdog"May 4, 1985 (1985-05-04)
77"The Double Disappearance of Walter Fozbek"May 11, 1985 (1985-05-11)
88"Chocolate Fever"May 18, 1985 (1985-05-18)
99"Dragon's Blood"May 25, 1985 (1985-05-25)
1010"Arnold of the Ducks"June 1, 1985 (1985-06-01)

Season 2[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air date 
111"C.L.U.T.Z."September 14, 1985 (1985-09-14)
122"Witch-Cat"September 21, 1985 (1985-09-21)
133"The Pig Plantagenet"September 28, 1985 (1985-09-28)
144"Harry, the Fat Bear Spy"October 12, 1985 (1985-10-12)
155"Hugh Pine"October 26, 1985 (1985-10-26)
166"The Roquefort Gang"November 9, 1985 (1985-11-09)
177"Mama Don't Allow"November 16, 1985 (1985-11-16)
188"Max and Me and the Time Machine"November 23, 1985 (1985-11-23)

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