Kid 'n Play (TV series)

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Kid 'n Play
Starring Christopher "Kid" Reid
Christopher "Play" Martin
Voices of J.D. Hall
Brian Stokes Mitchell
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) Winston Richard
Ellen Levy
Maynell Thomas
Joe Taritero
Production company(s) Marvel Productions
Saban International
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Saban Brands
Original network NBC
Original release September 7 – December 7, 1990

Kid 'n Play is an animated cartoon series based on the real life hip-hop duo, Kid 'n Play. It ran for one season on NBC from September 7, 1990 to December 7, 1990. On the show, Kid 'n Play were portrayed as teenagers, but their recording careers remained the same as in real life, as did their character traits. Production was by Marvel Productions and Saban Entertainment.

The real Kid 'n Play appeared in live-action wraparounds of the cartoons, but voice actors took over for the animated versions of the duo. The show stressed positive role models, teaching children how to get along with each other and stay out of trouble. Akin to the House Party films, Play was the less responsible member of the duo, cooking up get rich quick schemes, while Kid, the more responsible member, would usually be made to clean up messes. Oftentimes the issue would be resolved by the characters' girlfriends, or sometimes by an elderly jazz musician who wore a blue beret and was aptly named "Old Blue". The lessons ranged from serious to lighter fare. One of the "less serious" episodes dealt with Kid's father not understanding hip-hop and Kid not having the means to put it in a positive light, and Old Blue offers to help to sending Kid on a trip back in time to the era of jazz and speakeasies to help better understand its roots.

In 1992, Marvel Comics published a comic book based on the cartoon. The comic book ran for nine issues.



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No. Title Original air date
1 "Play's Place" September 7, 1990 (1990-09-07)
2 "Flip Your Kid Wig" September 14, 1990 (1990-09-14)
3 "Rap-O-Mania" September 21, 1990 (1990-09-21)
4 "There's No Business Like Dough Business" September 28, 1990 (1990-09-28)
5 "One Kid and a Baby" October 5, 1990 (1990-10-05)
6 "Rapped Around His Little Finger" October 12, 1990 (1990-10-12)
7 "Not What It's Rapped Up To Be" November 16, 1990 (1990-11-16)
8 "Tap To The Rap" November 1, 1990 (1990-11-01)
9 "Say It, Don't Spray It" October 19, 1990 (1990-10-19)
10 "Jump Street Jazzy" December 14, 1990 (1990-12-14)
11 "Quantum Rap" November 9, 1990 (1990-11-09)
12 "Project Creeper Sweeper" November 30, 1990 (1990-11-30)
13 "Jazzman Jazzy" December 7, 1990 (1990-12-07)


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