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
Distributor Columbia Pictures Television (1990)
TriStar Television (1990)
Columbia TriStar Television (1991)
Sony Pictures Television (1991)
Original network NBC
Original release September 7, 1990 – August 31, 1991

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 August 31, 1991. 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.

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, to which he gets a trip back to the days of peakeasies and jazz to see the origins of his current music.

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


  • Episode 1 - Play's place - September 7, 1990
  • Episode 2 - Flip your Kid wig - September 14, 1990
  • Episode 3 - Rap-o-mania - September 21, 1990
  • Episode 4 - There's no business like dough business - September 28, 1990
  • Episode 5 - One Kid and a baby - October 5, 1990
  • Episode 6 - Rapped around his little finger - October 12, 1990
  • Episode 7 - Not what it's rapped up to be - November 16, 1990
  • Episode 8 - Tap to the rap - November 1, 1990
  • Episode 9 - Say it, don't spray it - October 19, 1990
  • Episode 10 - Jump Street jazzy - December 14, 1990
  • Episode 11 - Quantum rap - November 9, 1990
  • Episode 12 - Project creeper sweeper - November 30, 1990
  • Episode 13 - Jazzman jazzy - December 7, 1990

Note: Information for this show is scarce, the only place that stores episode information is in the copyright domain ( Dates represent publication dates.



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