List of Kids Incorporated episodes

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The children's television series Kids Incorporated produced a total of 151 episodes between 1983 and 1994.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 26 September 1, 1984 (1984-09-01) 1985 (1985)
2 26 1985 (1985) May 25, 1986 (1986-05-25)
3 13 November 3, 1986 (1986-11-03) 1987 (1987)
4 13 1987 (1987) 1987 (1987)
5 13 1988 (1988) 1989 (1989)
6 15 1989 (1989) 1990 (1990)
7 20 1991 (1991) 1991 (1991)
8 20 1992 (1992) 1992 (1992)
9 10 1993 (1993) February 9, 1994 (1994-02-09)

(Pilot) (1983)[edit]

Title Writers Directors Summary
"Kids Incorporated (The Beginning)" Michael J. Hill; John Robins; Carmi Zlotnik and Andrew Cordover Alan Cordover and Michael Dimich Mickey has the hottest band in the neighborhood, and tries to audition for a permanent job of performing at the local malt shop. Gloria wants to become a part of the band, but Mickey refuses to let a girl join. Gloria's best friend Renee and her little sister Stacy decide to help Gloria get in Mickey's band. The other band members are Daniel (played by Daniel Howes), Chris (played by Christopher "Chris" Robin Miller (born 1969)), T.J. (T.J. Buxton), Tino (Tino Saiki) and Jenifer (Jenifer Summerhays). Soda jerk Mike was played by Michael Lewis. The latter cast did not join the regular series.

The pilot was originally produced/recorded in 1983, but never aired, though an adapted version (with a plot line in which The Kid is introduced added) was released onto home videocassette in 1985.

Songs: "Be Good Johnny", "Who Can It Be Now?", "Down Under", "Overkill", "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da", "Don't Stand So Close to Me", "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic", Heart Attack", "You're the One That I Want", "Physical", "Kiss on My List", "You Make My Dreams", "Private Eyes", "Defunkitize", "Blue Suede Shoes", "Hound Dog", "Don't Be Cruel", "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear", "Return to Sender", "Gloria", "Stray Cat Strut", "Rock This Town", "Mickey", "Kids in America", "He's So Shy", "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "She Loves You", "Can't Buy Me Love", "Beat It", "Rock with You", "Off the Wall", "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)", "Jessie's Girl", "Heartbreaker", "I've Done Everything for You", "Hit Me with Your Best Shot", "Don't Talk to Strangers", "Kids Incorporated", "Holding Out for a Hero".

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1984–1985)[edit]

The first season aired in first-run syndication in 1984 and 85.

Episodes

Title Episode # Writers Directors Summary
"Leader of the Pack" 1 When Mickey has a power trip, the rest of the band quits and wonders if they should hook up with the new rich kid (played by Christian Hoff).

Songs: "Jump", "The Heart of Rock & Roll", "Beat It", "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)", "Breakin'... There's No Stopping Us"

"The Painter" 2 The band finds out that someone has been vandalizing the neighborhood and try to catch the culprit for a $100 reward.

Songs: "Dynamite", "The Warrior", "I Can Dream About You", "Jump (For My Love)"

"The Angels" 3 Gloria wants to join an all girl's club called The Angels.

Songs: "Cover Me", "You Might Think", "Drive", "I'm So Excited"

"The Bully" 4 The Kid makes fun of a bully and has to run for it when the bully demands to face him.

Songs: "Sunglasses at Night", "We're Not Gonna Take It", "Holding Out for a Hero", "Let's Hear It for the Boy"

"The Joker" 5 A practical joker comes to the P*lace and tries to be friends with Kids Inc. Jeff Cohen guest stars.

Songs: "Cruel Summer", "Baby I'm a Star", "Easy to Be Hard", "Right by Your Side" "Bop 'Til You Drop"

"The Basket Case" 6 Renee trades places with a runaway princess and learns that it's not the life she'd thought it was.

Songs: "ABC", "The Glamorous Life", "The Lucky One", "Girls Just Want to Have Fun", "All Night Long (All Night)"

"The Ghost of the P*lace" 7 Stacy becomes friends with a ghost and helps him get into a ghost society.

Songs: "Don't Fight It", "Go Insane", "When I'm All Alone", "Ghostbusters", "Let's Go Crazy"

"New Image" 8 Mickey attempts to rebrand Kids Inc.

Songs: "Who Wears these Shoes?", "Lucky Star", "Heavy Metal Madness", "Top of the Charts", "Missing You", "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"

"Go for the Gold" 9 When Kids Inc.'s amp blows up, Stacy tries to win money through a gymnastics competition to buy a new one. Guest appearance by U.S. Olympic gymnast Kathy Johnson.

Songs: "Physical", "Cool Places", "I'll Tumble 4 Ya", "Go for It", "Maniac"

"Robot Bop" 10 A robot is sent to take Riley's place. Richard Steven Horvitz guest stars.

Songs: "The War Song", "Dancing in the Dark", "Freak-A-Zoid", "Human Touch", "Mr. Roboto"

"Space Case" 11 An alien comes to study Earth for a school project and decides to take Renee back as his specimen. First of two consecutive appearances for John Franklin.

Songs: Old Time Rock and Roll", "I Just Called to Say I Love You", "You Keep Me Hangin' On", "Never Can Say Goodbye", "Footloose"

"The Leprechaun" 12 A leprechaun ends up at the P*lace and convinces The Kid and Stacy to teach him how to be a rock and roll star. Second of two consecutive appearances for John Franklin.

Songs: "I Want You Back", "Say It Isn't So", "Stuck on You", "Fame", Last Dance"

"X Marks The Spot" 13 Marc B. Ray & Ron Bastone Maurice Abraham Gloria, Mickey, The Kid, and Stacy secretly plan a treasure hunt for Renee's birthday.

Songs: "Love Somebody", "Time After Time", "Treasure Hunt", "Celebration"

"Funny Money" 14 The Kid finds a briefcase full of counterfeit money; when he returns it to the owner, he finds himself wanted by the police.

Songs: "I Do' Wanna Know", "Fun, Fun, Fun", "Some Guys Have All the Luck", "Trouble", "Vacation"

"School's For Fools" 15 Marc B. Ray and John Boni Gary Halvorson Exams are coming up, but The Kid refuses to study or take his classes seriously, as he spends his time planning on being a huge star. David Hasselhoff guest stars.

Songs: "Teacher, Teacher", "Out of Touch", "Break My Stride", "Do You Love Me", "We Got the Beat"

"No Jockos" 16 The kids throw a carnival, but they must fill in when the clown they hire breaks his leg.

Songs: "On the Dark Side", "Magic", "A Million Miles Away", "Be a Clown", "Dancing in the Street"

"Superbike" 17 Renee proves that old is better by fixing up an old bike that had been thrown away and giving it to Riley.

Songs: "Freedom" "Cool It Now" "It's a Miracle", "The Kid's American", "Shake It Up"

"She's So Shy" 18 When Kids Inc. find out their dancer Wendy has a great voice, they devise a plan to get her to sing on stage with them.

Songs: "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)", "It Ain't Enough", "She's So Shy", "Dim All the Lights", "Neutron Dance"

"The Camp-Out Blues" 19 Mickey, Gloria, Renee, and Stacy try to get Kid to face his fears and go camping with the Boy Scouts.

Songs: "Hello Again", "Our Lips Are Sealed", "I'm Not Frightened", "I'm Still Standing", "Freeze Frame"

"The Historical P*lace" 20 The kids work to have The P*lace declared a historical building so it won't be torn down.

Songs: "Goody Two Shoes", "You Make My Dreams", "We Belong", "Good Old Days", "The Belle of St. Mark"

"Dance Palace" 21 The band holds its first annual dance contest.

Songs: "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave", "Billie Jean", "Far from Over"

"Her or Me" 22 When Renee and Stacy feud, they demand that the other band members pick sides.

Songs: "I Do", "You Should Hear How She Talks About You", "Just Once", "Livin' in Desperate Times", "You Can't Hurry Love"

"NASA Space Week" 23 It's Space Week at The P*lace, and all the kids are writing to NASA in hopes of becoming the first kid in space. Gloria, however, is too scared.

Songs: "Twist of Fate", "Holiday", "Human Nature", "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'", "Stand Up"

"Basketball Blues" 24 When the boys won't allow Renee to try out for their basketball team because she's a girl, she challenges them boys vs. girls basketball game. The boys' mysterious new star player, however, helps to make the point.

Songs: "I've Done Everything for You", "Head over Heels", "I Can Do It", "Hit Me with Your Best Shot", "Every Little Thing He Does Is Magic"

"Siedah Garrett" 25 Mickey and The Kid find out that their favorite singer, Siedah Garrett, is coming to The P*lace to film a video.

Songs: "Why Me?", "Don't Talk to Strangers", "Do You Want It Right Now", "Misunderstanding", "Rock This Town"

"Civic Day Parade" 26 The kids want to make a float for the Civic Day Parade, but they each want to do a tribute to something different.

Songs: "The Tears of a Clown", "You're the One That I Want", "We Can Make It Together", "20/20", "Back in the U.S.A."

Season 2 (1985–1986)[edit]

Like the first season, the second season aired in first-run syndication. Jerry Sherrell left the show, to be replaced by Ryan Lambert.

Episodes

Title Episode # Writers Directors Summary
New Kid in Town 27 Andrew Gordon Gary Halvorson When Mickey's family moves, a newcomer named Ryan takes his place.

Songs: "Don't You (Forget About Me)", "Stir It Up", "Show Some Respect", "The Search Is Over", "Tough All Over"

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Kid 28 The Kid, unable to figure out why Ryan likes books so much, ends up in a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-esque dream world in which he ends up a nerd.

Songs: "Breakaway", "Message in a Bottle", "Rhythm of the Night", "Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover", "Celebrate Youth"

The Wallflower 29 George McGrath Gary Halvorson When a guy doesn't ask Gloria to a dance, she assumes it's because he doesn't like her.

Songs: "Time Is On Our Side", "Why Do Fools Fall in Love", "Everytime You Go Away", "That's Dancing", "Party Train"

I Love You Suzanne 30 Ryan becomes smitten with a cousin of Riley named Suzanne (played by Angela Lee (born 1970)), before learning she's blind.

Songs: "Premonition", "It's the Same Old Song", "Too Late for Goodbyes", "New Attitude", "I Love You, Suzanne"

The Big Lie 31 Renee accidentally spreads a rumor about Riley due to a misunderstanding.

Songs: "Don't Make Me Sorry", "Good Lovin'", "You're My Friend", "Dead Giveaway", "Over and Over"

The Boy From Togo 32 An exchange student arrives from Togo, and the kids attempt to relate with him.

Songs:
"Middle of the Road", "Karma Chameleon", "Would I Lie to You?", "Say It Again", "Stay with Me Tonight"

A Pain in the Neck 33 George McGrath Gary Halvorson Gloria has to have her tonsils removed.

Songs: "Thunder Road", "Jailhouse Rock", "Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid", "That's What Friends Are For"[1], "Walking on Sunshine"

The Abominable Show-Man 34 Stanley Ralph Ross Gary Halvorson When a fast-talking con artist offers a chance at stardom for Gloria, it ends up going to her head.

Songs: "Sussudio", "Bad, Bad Trouble", "Wrapped Around Your Finger", "Running with the Night", "Last Train to Clarksville"

One Glass Slipper 35 Feeling left out because she's the youngest member of the band, Stacy has a Cinderella-inspired dream sequence in which she becomes "Stacyrella".

Songs: "Souls", "Come See About Me", "Material Girl", "The Greatest Love of All", "Change"

The Masked Mauler 36 The Kid goes up against a wrestler nicknamed "The Masked Mauler".

Songs: "Angel", "Call Me", "The Heat Is On", "How Did I Wind Up Here", "Music for the Modern World"

Peer Pressure 37 Andrew Gordon and Thomas W. Lynch Michael Dimich Stacy, seeking to not be seen as just a little kid, is pressured to smoke cigarettes when the singer of an opening act offers a pack.

Songs: "I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)", "Hungry Heart", "Peer Pressure", "Things Can Only Get Better", "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)"

Student Government Day 38 George McGrath Gary Halvorson The kids fill positions for Student Government Day, and the power goes to The Kid's head.

Songs: "Fresh", "Just Got Lucky", "Every Breath You Take", "Some Like It Hot", "Come the Night"

Riley's Rival 39 George McGrath Gary Halvorson When an old friend of Riley's comes to visit, Riley pretends to be the owner instead of simply a soda jerk.

Songs: "Masquerade", "My Guy", "No Lookin' Back", "Never Surrender", "Go Your Own Way"

No Rhyme or Reason 40 The Kid and Stacy's mockery of Renee's entry in a poetry contest backfires when she wins a gourmet lunch.

Songs: "Freeway of Love", "One Fine Day", "My Special Friend", "It's My Party", "Uptown Girl"

Phantom of the P*lace 41 A mysterious series of noises causes the kids to think a phantom is in the P*lace.

Songs: "He Could Be the One", "The NeverEnding Story, "Somebody's Watching Me", "Things That Go Bump in the Night", "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough"

Grandma, Won't You Dance with Me 42 George McGrath Gary Halvorson Ryan is embarrassed when his grandmother Ruth visits. Gwen Verdon guest stars.

Songs: "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)", "Rockin' Robin", Forever", "It's Only Love", "Someday, Someway"

Identical Problems 43 Renee learns that she needs glasses and Stacy gets the hiccups.

Songs: "Dangerous", "The Loco-Motion", "Unlucky Me", "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)", "Into the Groove"

Rock of Ages 44 Riley's time machine takes the kids back to see music from the past.

Songs: "Only You Know and I Know", "Let's Twist Again", "Blue Suede Shoes", "Time Warp, "Time Machine"

The Great Comeback 45 Stanley Ralph Ross Michael Dimich The kids meet a once-famous trombone player who is now homeless, and help her reunite with her long-lost daughter. Ruth Buzzi guest stars.

Songs: "Don't Lose My Number", "My Girl", "Miracles", "You Can't Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)", "People Are People"

Classical Case 46 George McGrath Gary Halvorson Stacy and Renee's British cousin Samantha (Renee Sands in a dual role) visits, and they all clash over music styles.

Songs: "Tell Her About It", "Glory Days", "Agree to Disagree", "One Man Symphony", "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me"

Ryan, Ryan P.I. 47 George McGrath Gary Halvorson Ryan imagines he is a detective in a 1940s-era film noir.

Songs: "Back in My Arms Again", "Wouldn't It Be Good", "Dare Me", "Careless Whisper", "Dance to the Music"

A Lad and His Lamp 48 The Kid comes into possession of a magic lamp. Shabba Doo guest stars as the genie.

Songs: "Trapped", "Magic", "Leave a Tender Moment Alone", "Bit by Bit (Theme from Fletch)", "We've Got Chemistry",

Material Girl 49 Andrew Gordon and Thomas W. Lynch Michael Dimich Gloria develops a problem with greed.

Songs: "Money (That's What I Want)", "Gambler", "I'm Coming Out", "Possession Obsession","No More Words"

Runaway Stacy 50 Stacy tries to run away from home because her parents won't let her have a pet rabbit.

Songs: "All Tied Up", "Games People Play", "Honesty", "Nowhere to Run", "I Believe in Me"

Sock Hop 51 George McGrath Gary Halvorson The kids hold a sock hop at the P*lace.

Songs: "Old Time Rock and Roll", "Back in the U.S.A.", "Rockin' Robin, "They Don't Know", "Dancing in the Street" "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me"

Decade of Hits 52 George McGrath Gary Halvorson An all-concert episode, primarily focusing on songs of the previous decade.

Songs: "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave", "The Greatest Love of All", "You're the One That I Want", "Let's Go", "Magic", "Celebration", "Gloria", "Maniac", "Beat It", "Dress You Up", "Kids Incorporated"

Season 3 (1986–1987)[edit]

The third season premiered on the Disney Channel on November 3, 1986. All of the cast from the previous season returned. This was Martika's last season on "Kids Incorporated".

Episodes

Title Episode # Writers Directors Summary
"O Lucky Me" 53 Lenny Shulman Michael Dimich Stacy finds a ring she thinks is bringing her good luck, causing her to panic when she loses it.

Songs: "The Heart of Rock & Roll", "Band of Gold", "Round and Round", "Danger Zone", "All I Need is a Miracle"

"All in a Night's Work" 54 Andrew Gordon Michael Dimich Riley's abrupt exit confuses the kids, who decide to investigate.

Songs: "Sidewalk Talk", "Rock Around the Clock", "It's a Mystery", "Secret", "No Lookin' Back"

"Crush on You" 55 Jan Silver Michael Dimich Renee struggles to tell a guy she likes him.

Songs: "Give Me a Shot", "Crush on You", "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)", "How Will I Know", "You Can't Hurry Love"

"Help Wanted (Help!)" 56 Gloria, short on cash due to a cut in her allowance, applies for a job at the P*lace.

Songs: "The Heat Is On", "Nothin' At All", "If She Knew What She Wants", "She Works Hard for the Money", "Another Night"

"World Traveler" 57 Lenny Shulman Jules Lichtman A self-styled "world traveler" thrills the kids with his wild tales... until it's revealed he's really a runaway.

Songs: "You Belong to the City", "I Like the Weekends", "Who's Johnny", "Never", "If You Leave"

"Riley Gets Stung" 58 Riley, hoping to have success as an inventor, instead gets sucked in by a con man (Rip Taylor).

Songs: "Who's Zoomin' Who", "Singing Machine", "That's What Friends Are For", "We Built This City", "Restless"

"All's Well That Ends Well" 59 Lenny Shulman Gary Halvorson Renee and Stacy's cousin Samanatha (again played by Renee Sands in a dual role) returns, this time setting her sights on teaching the kids various plays from William Shakespeare.

Songs: "America", "Tonight She Comes", "On My Own", "All's Well That Ends Well", "Living in America"

"Boy Wonder" 60 Lenny Shulman Gary Halvorson When The Kid's ego runs away with him, he tells the others they'd make great backup singers.

Songs: "King for a Day", "Don't Fight It", "A Genius", "In My Own Way", "20/20"

"The Gift" 61 George McGrath Gary Halvorson Renee and Stacy try to find the perfect birthday present for each other.

Songs: "And We Danced", "Mad About You", "You're a Friend of Mine", "If I Could", "Stir It Up"

"Rockin' Saddles" 62 Brendan Roberts is back, this time offering to sell the Kid answers to an upcoming test.

"R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.", "I'll Show Them", "Don't Make Me Sorry", "No One Is to Blame", "Goodbye to You"

"Peter Pam" 63 Lenny Shulman Jules Lichtman Stacy, upset about no longer being the baby now that her mother is pregnant daydreams that she is "Peter Pam".

"Neutron Dance", "Move Away", "Yo Ho Ho", "Take Me Home", "Back in Time"

"With a Twinkle in His Eye" 64 The kids bicker among themselves after an amplifier blows. The gang meets a mysterious man known only as Mr. Angel. Barney Martin guest stars.

Songs: "What Have You Done for Me Lately", "Manic Monday", "Reach Out for That Star", "When the Going Gets Tough (The Tough Get Going)", "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes"

"Stacy and the Clown" 65 Andrew Gordon Michael Dimich The kids hold a special clown contest after Stacy meets a handicapped clown.

Songs: "Conga", "Rock This Town", "Say You, Say Me", "Walking on Sunshine", "Celebrating You"

"Rock in the New Year" Special Lenny Shulman Michael Dimich The kids are forced to make last-minute changes for their New Year's celebration after Riley's latest invention blows up and sends ice cream throughout the P*lace. The episode is a clip show, featuring performances from this and the previous season.

Songs: "Wild Wild Life", "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'", "Show Some Respect", "Tough All Over", "It's My Party", "I'm Coming Out", "Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid", "That's What Friends are For"[1], "Miracles", "You Can't Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)", "That's What Friends Are For", "Step by Step", "Everybody Have Fun Tonight", "Dancing on the Ceiling", "Auld Lang Syne"/"Tomorrow Morning (A Brand New World)"

Season 4 (1987)[edit]

Marta Marrero left the show prior to the fourth season, to be replaced by Connie Lew and Richard Shoff. This expanded the group to six members.

Title Episode # Writers Directors Summary
"A Kid's Line" 66 Lenny Shulman Michael Dimich The kids scramble to find a replacement for Gloria following her acceptance at a distant music school.

Songs: "Rhyme & Reason", "Bit by Bit (Theme from Fletch)", "Wrong for the Part", "True Blue", "I Will Be There"

"Modern Music" 67 Riley's latest invention, a Max Headroom-like synthesizer, goes amok and nearly ruins things for the kids.

Songs: "Music for the Modern World", "Jump Start", "I Am the Beat", "Shakedown", "Mind Over Matter",

"Video Madness" 68 Jan Silver Michael Dimich Richie tries to produce a video project for his class, but his efforts are nearly ruined by the others' bickering.

Songs: "Let's Go!", "Time for a Change", "Some Guys Have All the Luck", "It's Not Over ('Til It's Over)", "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"

"Front Page News" 69 Renee and Ryan compete for the open position of editor of the school newspaper.

Songs: "Point of No Return", "We Got the Beat", "Who, What, When, Where, and Why", "I Know", "Livin' on a Prayer"

"Trouble's Cooking" 70 Lenny Shulman Michael Dimich The Kid and Stacy dispute over who should get the $100 prize for purchasing what turns out to be the 1,000th chocolate malt sold at the P*lace.

Songs: "Flames of Paradise", "You Keep Me Hangin' On", "Don't Dream It's Over", "Two Sides to Every Story", "Love Will Save the Day"

"The Boy Who Cried Gorilla" 71 Richie's penchant for exaggeration causes the others not to believe him when he actually sees a gorilla.

Songs: "I Heard a Rumour", "Would I Lie to You?", "In Too Deep", "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You", "Twistin' the Night Away"

"You've Got the Wrong Date" 72 Jan Silver Michael Dimich Stacy's attempt to ask a guy she likes to take her out to their school's Sadie Hawkins Day dance ends up with the guy thinking Renee wants to go with him. Ryan Bollman guest stars as Jason.

Songs: "Cross My Broken Heart", "In That Dream", "Time After Time", "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)", "Right on Track"

"Russian 101" 73 Jan Silver and Ted Hardwick Michael Dimich Ryan develops a crush on a Russian ballet dancer.

Songs: "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)", "Come Go with Me", "I Can Dream About You", "That's America", "One for the Mockingbird"

"When Movies Were Movies" 74 Howard Burkons and Blake Snyder Michael Dimich With an afternoon off, the kids attempt to pick a movie to see.

Songs: "Come as You Are", "I'm Still Standing", "Forever (Like Heroes and Fools)", "When Movies Were Movies", "The Finer Things"

"Now Appearing" 75 Andrew Gordon Gary Halvorson The kids are catch a show featuring a comedian named Billy Blaster, who turns out to be The Kid's estranged brother. Earth, Wind & Fire's Philip Bailey guest stars.

Songs: "Open Your Heart", "Back in My Arms Again", "True Colors", "Life Is a Contact Sport", "Never Say Never"

"Win a Date with Renee" 76 Andrew Gordon Gary Halvorson Richie comes up with his next get-rich-quick scheme in raffling a date... with Renee. Brian Robbins guest stars.

Songs: "Who's That Girl", "One Fine Day", "If I Say Yes", "I'm Only Human", "Only in My Dreams"

"Connie in Wonderland" 77 Connie gets on a healthy food kick. When none of the others show interest, she imagines herself in the story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Songs: "Where's the Party", "I'll Tumble 4 Ya", "Twinkle, Twinkle", "Dominoes", "Never Enough"

"What's In a Name" 78 Michael Rudin Sandi Fullerton A new flavor of ice cream on the P*lace menu is set to be named after a band member. This leads the other band members to realize they don't know The Kid's given name.

Songs: "The Kid's American", "Walk Like an Egyptian", "Wot's It to Ya", "Sweet Freedom", "Something So Strong"

Season 5 (1988–1989)[edit]

Rahsaan Patterson and Renee Sands left the show prior to the fifth season, leaving Stacey Ferguson as the last remaining original band member. Added to the cast this season were Kenny Ford and Devyn Puett replacing Rahsaan Patterson and Renee Sands.

Title Episode # Directors Summary
"The Pick-Ups" 79 Tom Trbovich With the departure of Renee and the Kid, Kids Incorporated searches for their replacements.

Songs: "So Emotional", "Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car", "There's No Stopping Me", "Here to Stay", "Who Found Who"

"Kid's Court" 80 A dispute between Connie and Devyn over who wrote a particular song threatens to destroy their friendship.

Songs: "Stop! In the Name of Love", "Faith", "Who Wrote the Song", "Seasons Change", "It's the Same Old Song""

"The Kid's New Clothes" 81 Tom Trbovich The kids learn that a fashion designer has an idea for new costumes for the band, only to be less than enthused by the finished product.

Songs: "Out of the Blue", "Pink Cadillac", "One of a Kind", "Bad", "Seven Wonders"

"The Talent Search" 82 The kids audition for a role in a movie.

Songs: "La Bamba", "Expressway to Your Heart", "In My Dreams", "I Can Be What You Want Me to Be", "Mony Mony"

"You Don't Say" 83 Tom Trbovich Ryan lands in hot water with the school principal (guest star Alaina Reed Hall) following a bad review of the cafeteria food.

Songs: "Here I Go Again", "Pop Goes the World", "Got to Be True to Myself", "Think", "Check It Out"

"Kahuna Kids" 84 Moosie Drier When the air conditioning quits in the P*lace, the kids relax by traveling to The Shell Shack — a beach restaurant, shop, carnival, or amusement park run by a cousin of Riley's — only to learn it's set to be torn down for a garbage disposal plant.

Songs: "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave", "Fun, Fun, Fun", "Summer Days", "Circle in the Sand", "Surfin' U.S.A."

"Richie for President" 85 Tom Trbovich Richie enters a tough battle for class president. Audra Lee guest stars.

Songs: "Who Will You Run To", "Say You Will", "Got My Mind Set on You", "Stick to It", "Stand by Me"

"The Guitarist" 86 Jeff Margolis While their guitarist is out of town, the kids audition a replacement guitar player who they learn later is disabled.

Songs: "Help!", "I Think We're Alone Now", "Love Will Save the Day", "With or Without You", "Man in the Mirror"

"When the Clock Strikes Twelve" 87 Jeff Margolis Ryan makes the baseball team, but his good fortune is quickly overshadowed by the bully angered at getting beaten out.

Songs: "Shake Your Love", "Catch Me (I'm Falling)", "I Need Help", "We Can Work It Out", "I Saw Him Standing There"

"The Frog Prince" 88 Tom Trbovich Stacy is hesitant to invite a nerdy guy to her birthday, but changes her mind after daydreaming her way into an adaptation of The Frog Prince fairy tale. Jason Hervey guest stars as Ethan.

Songs: "Lost in Emotion", "How Can I Forget You", "I Get Weak", "You Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover", "Prove Your Love"

"The Open Book" 89 Tom Trbovich The kids read a paper Stacy wrote for an English assignment and conclude she is threatening to run away.

Songs: "Never Gonna Give You Up", "Paperback Writer", "Time for a Friend", "Strange But True", "Cherry Bomb"

"Richie in Love" 90 Tom Trbovich Richie develops a crush on Riley's college-aged cousin.

Songs: "Tell It to My Heart", "Heartache", "Is This Love", "Flames of Paradise", "Someday We'll Be Together"

"Constellation Connie" 91 Tom Trbovich Connie attempts to invent a time machine, but drags an alien to Earth instead.

Songs: "Crocodile Rock", "Music for the Modern World", "Try the Best You Can", "Another Part of Me", "Heaven Is a Place on Earth"

Season 6 (1989–1990)[edit]

Ryan Lambert, Connie Lew, and Moosie Drier departed the cast and were replaced by Jennifer Love Hewitt (contracting the group back down to five members) and Sean O'Riordan as The P*lace's new owner. This was the last season to feature Stacy Ferguson, Devyn Puett, and Richard Shoff.

Episodes

Title Episode # Writers Directors Summary
"Sweet Dreams" 92 Lenny Shulman Marty Pasetta Jr. Ryan and Connie are gone. Robin has recently joined Kids Incorporated. Riley has left for college and the kids begin worrying about The P*lace's future.

Songs: "Edge of a Broken Heart", "Love Me Do" (Beatles), "Dreamin'", "Don't Take Away My Past", "The Doctor"

"The Storybook House" 93 Little Red Riding Hood shows up at the P*lace, and the kids help her find her way home. Ruth Buzzi makes her second guest appearance.

Songs: "Two Hearts", "Walk on Water", "Someone Who Believes in You", "You're Not King Kong", "Dancing with Myself"

"The Hero" 94 Blake Snyder Thomas W. Lynch Devyn gets a fan club of her own and develops a massive ego as a result. Audra Lee makes her second guest appearance.

Songs: "New Sensation", "I'm into Something Good", "She's a Star", "Wind Beneath My Wings", "Indestructible"

"Career Jeers" 95 Lenny Shulman Greg V. Fera Stacy frets over a career aptitude test.

Songs: "Cross My Heart", "Don't Rush Me", "One Moment in Time", "Somebody Tell Me Why", "All Fired Up"

"Never Too Old" 96 Tina Seiler Marty Pasetta Jr. Stacy's grandfather has to move into a retirement home. Stacy is heartbroken and the gang tries to cheer her up.

Songs: "I Only Want to Be with You", "From Me to You" (The Beatles), "We're Old", "All This Time", "More Than You Know (Martika song)" NOTE: This is the first time Kids Incorporated covers a hit from a former cast member. ("More Than You Know" by Martika.)

"Pollution Problems" 97 The kids rally to protest water pollution.

Songs: "Iko Iko", "The Loco-Motion", "All You Need Is Love" (The Beatles), "Hand in Hand", "The Way You Do the Things You Do"

"Roughing It" 98 Lenny Shulman Gary Halvorson The kids go on a camping trip, and run across a young homeless man.

Songs: "Satisfied", "Room to Move", "The Sun Rises", "You've Got a Friend", "Through the Storm"

"The Cover-Up" 99 Lou Chagrais and Lenny Shulman Thomas W. Lynch In this very special episode, the kids befriend a kid who is dealing with physical abuse.

Songs: "Sayin' Sorry (Don't Make It Right)", "Don't Tell Me Lies", "The Rap", "Lean on Me", "The Living Years"

"Play It Again, Kids Inc." 100 Lenny Shulman Gary Halvorson The kids are excited to go to a Debbie Gibson concert, until Flip accidentally loses the tickets.

Songs: "Your Mama Don't Dance", "All Geared Up", "As Time Goes By", "Smooth Criminal", "Takin' Care of Business""

"Magic Toy Shoppe" 101 Blake Snyder Thomas W. Lynch The kids learn of a toy drive to help a local orphanage, while Robin imagines herself in the story of a princess and a toy soldier.

Songs: "True Love is Hard to Find", "Symptoms of True Love", "I Still Believe", "Soldier of Love", "Waiting for a Star to Fall"

"Clique, Clique" 102 Lenny Shulman Michael Dimich Richie feels pressure to join a gang in order to hang with some "cool guys". Boxer Ray Mancini guest stars.

Songs: "Walk the Dinosaur", "Dial My Heart", "How Do You Help a Friend", "What You Don't Know", "Don't Look Back"

"Further Adventures of Cosmoboy" 103 Blake Snyder Marty Pasetta Jr. Kenny pretends to be a superhero named "Cosmoboy".

Songs: "Knocked Out", "Hit the Road Jack", "Be Who You Are", "My Prerogative", "Stand Back"

"Stop the Presses" 104 Kenny exaggerates others' stories to sell more newspapers.

Songs: "Do You Believe in Magic (song)", "Don't Be Cruel", "Leave Me Alone", "I Know I Can Turn It All Around", "Forever Your Girl"

"Elementary My Dear Kids" 105 The kids search for a missing bracelet.

Songs: "Straight Up", "Can't Buy Me Love", "Trust is What Friendship is All About", "Workin' Overtime", "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"

"Karate Kids" 106 David Mirsky Michael Dimich When Robin faces trouble with a bully, she enlists in a karate class. Billy Blanks guest stars.

Songs: "This Time I Know It's for Real", "Hold On", "Don't Give Up", "Livin' Right", "Every Little Step"

Season 7 (1991)[edit]

The series resumed production after a year hiatus, but many of the cast members (Richard Shoff, Devyn Puett, and the only remaining original cast member Stacy Ferguson) had already moved onto other projects. However, Kenny Ford, Love Hewitt, and Sean O'Riordan all returned. New additions to the cast this season were Eric Balfour (as "Eric"), Anastasia Horne (as "Ana"), and Haylie Johnson (as "Haylie").

Cast

Dancers

  • Charon Aldredge
  • Brian Friedman
  • Adam Gillott
  • Jennifer King
  • Danielle Marcus-Janssen
  • Anthony "Tony" Perrin
  • Angella Kaye
  • Scott Tanski
Title Episode # Writers Directors Summary
"A Hard Date's Night" 107 Stacy, Devyn, and Richie have left the band. They are replaced by Haylie, Ana, and Eric. Eric, noticing how some girls are paying attention to him, decides to date three of them at once.

Songs: "Romeo", "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)", "It's the Right Time", "Heat of the Moment", "King of Wishful Thinking"

Note: The episode's title is a parody of The Beatles song A Hard Day's Night (song)

"P*lace Alone" 108 Attempting to prove they're "grown up"; Haylie and Robin try to protect the P*lace from a burglar.
Songs:
"Get Up! (Before the Night Is Over)", "Release Me", "I Can Do Anything", "The Power", "Save Me"
"Teen Spotlight" 109 Kids Incorporated is featured in a segment on a teen-oriented show.
Songs:
"I'm Breaking Free", "Do You Love Me", "If Wishes Came True", "Friends", "I'll Be Good to You"
"Thirteensomething" 110 A girl named Cynthia visits; and Kenny attempts to impress her.
Songs:
"The Book of Love", "Another Day in Paradise", "Don't Wanna Lose You", "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven", "High Enough"
"Pipe Dreams" 111 The kids get excited about an upcoming concert until Haylie accidentally loses the tickets.
Songs:
"U Can't Touch This", "How Can We Be Friends", "Give a Little Love", "Follow it Around", "Voices That Care"
"History in the Making" 112 Eric is having trouble in his history class.
Songs:
"Don't You Want to Be Mine", "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)", "Two to Make It Right", "History", "I'll Be Your Shelter"
"Family Matters" 113 Ana's attempts to outdo Robin causes a rift between the two cousins.
Songs:
"Jealous Again", "You Can't Deny It", "Don't Treat Me Bad", "If You Don't Know Me By Now", "You're the One"
"New Twist" 114 Elaine Overbey Michael Dimich The annual tongue-twister contest is approaching at Robin's school; and her classmates name her the school's representative.
Songs:
"Can't Stop", "Hold On", "I Can Fly", "Get On Your Feet", "Forever Young"
"Breaking Up is Hard to Do" 115 Ken Lipman David Grossman Ana's father (played by Barry Williams) comes to town on business; and Ana feels neglected when he doesn't spend much time with her.
Songs:
"Pump Up the Jam", "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)", "If You Asked Me To", "Real Love", "Don't Ever Go"
"Flip Out" 116 Elaine Overbey Michael Dimich When Flip's sneaker fortune runs out; a financial advisor (played by guest star Karla DeVito) suggests making the P*lace a tea room for adults.
Songs:
"Club at the End of the Street", "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection", "Cry for Help", "Fairweather Friend", "This House"
"Music Lessons" 117 Kenny attempts to cope with the sudden death of his music teacher.
Songs:
"Miss You Much", "Dancing Machine", "Power of Love/Love Power", "How Can I Go On", "Tomorrow"
"While the Cat's Away" 118 An urgent meeting forces Flip to leave Kenny and Eric in charge.
Songs:
"Step by Step", "Let the Good Times Roll", "Here We Go (Let's Rock & Roll)", "All Play and No Work", "Rhythm of My Heart"
"Tall Order" 119 Haylie becomes self-conscious about being the shortest member of the band. Guest appearance by Mandy Carr and Randy Lathrop.
Songs:
"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)", "Little Darlin'", "When I'm Back on My Feet Again", "Wild Child", "Follow Your Dream"
"My Fair Ana" 120 Ana develops a crush on a boy she has math class with.
Songs:
"The Girl I Used to Know", "The Great Pretender", "You Need a New Attitude", "Individuality", "Waiting for Love"
"Five Kids and a Dog" 121 Ana takes in a stray dog. Guest appearance by Paul Benvenuti and Foster (as the dog).
Songs:
"We'll Be Rockin'", "Cherish", "Walkin' the Dog", "Everything", "Downtown Train"
"Mummy Dearest" 122 A mix-up in a delivery leads to a mummy being sent to the P*lace.
Songs:
"Where There's a Will", "Boris the Spider", "Coming Out of the Dark", "Call It Superstition", "If I Could Turn Back Time"
"Double Trouble" 123 The kids meet a fun-loving kid new in town and his twin brother. Scott Wolf (credited as Scott Tyler Wolf) guest stars as Billy and Bobby.
Songs:
"Feels Good", "Lollipop", "How Can We Be Friends", "All Around the World", "Swear to Your Heart"
"Earth Day Festival" 124 The kids hold a special festival for Earth Day.
Songs:
"After the Rain", "Yakety Yak", "Please Save Us the World", "This is the Right Time", "Save the Trees"
Note: Please Save Us the World would later become the only Kids Incorporated original to appear on a cast member's album when it appeared in Jennifer Love Hewitt's debut album Love Songs
Note: The three original songs are the most to appear in a single episode.
"That's What Friends Are For" 125 Elaine Overbey Michael Dimich Robin tries to help her friend Becky (played by Natasha Pearce) overcome her shyness.
Songs:
"Open Your Eyes", "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Games", "Hold On", "When I See You Smile"
*Note*: The episode's title is a reference to the song That's What Friends Are For.
"Secret Agent Girl" 126 Haylie gets a spy kit, but when she mistakes a comment the others made about getting rid of a doll and thinks they're talking about her, she threatens to quit.
Songs:
"Get Ready", "Impulsive", "Read My Mind", "Lies", "More Than Ever"
Note: This episode is sometimes called "The Spy Kit." "Secret Agent Girl", the episode's title is a parody of the song Secret Agent Man.

Season 8 (1992)[edit]

Most of the cast from the previous season returned, with the exception of Jennifer Love Hewitt and Eric Balfour. Added to the cast were Jared Delgin (as "Jared") and Nicole Brown (as "Nicole").

Cast

Dancers

  • Charon Aldredge
  • Brian Friedman
  • Jennifer King
  • Danielle Marcus-Janssen
  • Tony Perrin
  • Angella Kaye
  • Scott Tanski
  • Leslie Grossman
  • Kimberly Duncan
Title Episode # Writers Directors Summary
"(Jared for) President" 1 With Robin and Eric gone, Nicole and Jared take their places in the band. Jared decides to run for class president to meet new people.
Songs: "Can't Stop the Bum Rush", "Tell Him", "I'm So Cool", "Who Do You Love", "Rock House"
"The Show" 2 Gary Stein and Sam Ingraffia Michael Dimich The PTA is putting on a show; and Ana is named student advisor only to run into difficulties from the PTA director (guest star Edie Adams).
Songs: "Music for the People", "You Make Me Crazy", "We Haven't Finished Yet", "Vibeology", "Good for Me"
"Lay Off" 3 Ken Lipman Michael Dimich The kids are invited to a birthday party, only for the party to be canceled following the hostess' father being laid off. Late actress Brittany Murphy guest stars.
Songs: "Money Don't Matter 2 Night", "The Best Things in Life Are Free", "Round and Round", "I'll Be There", "This Generation"
"We Love Granny" 4 Jared's grandmother comes for a visit. Florence Henderson guest stars.
Songs: "Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody", "I Love Your Smile", "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)", "Good Vibrations", "Everything Changes"
Note: This marks the first cover of a song produced by another Kids Incorporated alumna, Shanice Wilson; who served as a dancer during the series' first season in 1984.
"Kenny's Sister" 5 Ken Lipman Robby Benson Kenny's older sister Ellen (guest star Rain Pryor) comes to visit; and Kenny feels a need to compete with her academically.
Songs: "Everything Changes", "Pretty Little Angel Eyes", "Can't Forget You", "Live and Learn", "That's What Love is For"
Note: This is the only time a song ("Everything Changes") is covered in consecutive episodes; albeit with different cast members covering the song.
"Mystery, She Wrote" 6 Ted Alben and Greg Klein Robby Benson Ana runs into difficulty with writing a mystery for an English class.
Songs: "Who, Where, Why", "Too Many Fish in the Sea", "Tell Me When", "The Mystery of You", "Right Here, Right Now"
"The Joke's On Us" 7 The kids miss an opportunity to see the taping of comedian Paul Rodriguez.
Songs: "Running Back to You", "Land of a Thousand Dances", "When You Believe in You", "Hooked on You", "Live for Loving You"
"Fashion Forward" 8 Jared cooks up a fashion business idea; which turns out to be a lot of work for Haylie.
Songs: "I'm On the Fly", "Baby Baby", "The Promise of a New Day", "Don't Want to Be a Fool", "Spirit"
"The Commercial" 9 Flip shoots a television commercial to promote the P*lace.
Songs: "Motownphilly", "I'm the One You Need", "Masterpiece", "A Magical Place", "God Gave Rock and Roll to You"
"Party Out" 10 A party is held celebrating the opening of a new beach club; but only Kenny is invited.
Songs: "Party", "Please, Mr. Postman", "Tell Me What You Want Me to Do", "Temptation", "Dancing Shoes"
"Old Friends" 11 Michael Baber Morris Abraham Haylie's best friend Kasey begins to develop a romantic interest in her. Meanwhile, the kids hold a community clean-up event.
Songs: "We Got a Love Thang", "Every Heartbeat", "Save the Best for Last", "Under the Spell", "Real Real Real"
"On Your Toes" 12 Jared tries to impress a girl by taking dance lessons. Guest appearances by Jennifer Hamilton and former Kids Incorporated dancer Wendy Brainard.
Songs: "Finally", "A Teenager in Love", "How Do I Deal With These Feelings", "What Goes Around", "Change"
"The Boy of La Mancha" 13 Nicole has difficulty getting the other members of the town clean-up committee to take her seriously.
Songs:
"Jump", "Next to You", "Miracle", "Seal Our Fate", "Nayib's Song (I Am Here for You)"
Note: Haylie Johnson's little sister Ashley Johnson guest stars as an audience member in "The Boy of La Mancha".

Season 9 (1993-94)[edit]

Kenny Ford, Sean O'Riordan, and Jared Delgin did not return for this season. Added to the cast were Charlie Brady (as "Charlie") and Anthony Harrell (as "Anthony"). With Flip gone, "The P*lace" was now managed by a new character, Dena (played by Dena Burton).

During this season, several changes were made in an attempt to freshen up the series; including a change in the logo, cutting the number of songs featured from 5 to 4, and an updated, more rock-based closing theme. Also, this season marked the only time that adult characters other than the P*lace manager (specifically, the parents of the Kids) were given significance in the plots. Also, as part of massive set changes, the "Coco Club" was replaced by a pizza parlor.

Budget cuts and the expiration of Disney's lease with MGM prompted another hiatus in 1993, after only ten episodes of Season 9 had been filmed. The last episode of this season, which aired on February 9, 1994, proved to be the series finale. By the summer of 1995, when the show was scheduled to resume production, most of the cast members had gotten too old to sustain the Kids Incorporated image. Thus, the show did not continue.

The format of the show would have changed, giving the songs less importance and placing them in breaks in the main storyline action. Some proposed scripts had no songs at all. In addition, the show's filming would have moved from Los Angeles to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. There was some hype created for the new Kids Incorporated project in Los Angeles and New York, but it never came to fruition.

After its default cancellation, the show continued to be shown in reruns on the Disney Channel until May 30, 1996.

Cast

  • Charlie Brady - Charlie
  • Nicole Brown - Nicole
  • Anthony Harrell - Anthony
  • Anastasia Horne - Ana
  • Haylie Johnson - Haylie
  • Dena Burton - Dena

Dancers

  • Charon Aldredge
  • Ken Arata
  • Brian Friedman
  • Andre Fuentes
  • Stephanie Gonzalez
  • Danielle Marcus-Janssen
Title Episode # Writers Directors Summary
"The Boy Next Door" 1 Kenny and Jared are no longer part of Kids Incorporated. Charlie and Anthony have replaced them as members of Kids Incorporated. Flip has left The P*lace. The P*lace is now being run by a shy woman named Dena. Ana discovers that she likes a boy, however she is uncomfortable with him being in a wheelchair.

Songs: "Friday I'm in Love", "I Have Nothing", "Just Another Day"

"Don't Phone Home" 2 Ken Lipman Paul Hoen Nicole's phone privileges are taken away following her father discovering a large telephone bill on calls to her crush. Guest appearances by Irv Burton and Orson Von Gay II.

Songs: "You Want This", "Gone Too Soon", "We're Just Gonna Have Fun", "Faithful"

"Secret Admirer" 3 George McGrath Paul Hoen Haylie gets a secret admirer; and the kids try to figure out who he is. Brett Kelley guest stars.

Songs: "Warm It Up", "Saving Forever for You", "This Time", "Secret Fantasy"

"One Man Band" 4 Jennifer Wharton Thomas W. Lynch A young homeless teenager shows up at the P*lace looking for a job; and manages to gain the attention of Nicole. Guest appearance by Jason Strickland

Songs: "We've Got to Love One Another", "The Way It Is", "Mr. Wendal", "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding"

"Writing on the Wall" 5 The P*lace is vandalized with graffiti; only for "The Tagger" to turn out to be a one-time friend of Charlie's. Peter Ferrari guest stars.

Songs: "Hip Hop Hooray", "Believe", "Clean Up Your World", "Crazy"

"Taking a Stand" 6 Blake Snyder Gary Halvorson Haylie's parents won't let her attend a concert with the other members due to problems during the band's tour. Jeanine Jackson guest stars.

Songs: "Move This", "What About Your Friends", "In My Life", "You'll Never Have to Walk Alone"

"Face Your Fears" 7 Deana's college friend Kathy Brown comes to visit. Dena is afraid to see her because of a prank that she played on Kathy when they were in college.

Songs: "Jump Around", "More and More", "Ticket To Ride"

"Dating Anxiety" 8 A girl (played by Jessica Dollarhide) asks Charlie out on a date.

Songs: "I Got You (I Feel Good)", "Please Mr. Postman", "I Don't Know Why", "Do You Believe in Us"

"Teamwork" 9 Charlie and Anthony enter a local basketball tournament; but decline to invite the girls.

Songs: "Rhythm is a Dancer", "His Story", "I Do Believe in You", "Respect"

"Bullied" 10 A bully (played by David Fulps) attempts to intimidate Anthony into quitting Kids Incorporated.

Note: This episode, aired on February 9, 1994, would turn out to be the series finale, as the show was put on hiatus and eventually canceled.

Songs: "Funky Big Band"; "One", "Respect Yourself"; "Forever and Today"

Notes[edit]

1.a b An original song composed specifically for the show, not to be confused with the Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager song of the same name.