Nickandmore! takes a look back at kids TV history in the United States over the decades. From the origins on broadcast TV to the new streaming world. Slowly over time, new content will be added to chronicle major events, TV network's series premiere dates, TV ratings, and much more.

Below you'll find a breakdown of the major cable TV networks, broadcast digital multicast channels, broadcast network programming blocks, and premium multiplex channels focused on kids and families in the United States. Also included is a list of major Canadian kids networks.


Cable TV Kids Networks

Nickelodeon
Launched as Pinwheel: Thursday, December 1, 1977
Launched as Nick: Sunday, April 1, 1979 at 9:00am

The Disney Channel
Launched: Monday, April 18, 1983 at 7:00am

The Cartoon Network
Launched: Thursday, October 1, 1992 at 12:00pm

Discovery Kids
Launched: Monday, October 7, 1996
Ended: Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 9:59am
Fate: Rebranded as The Hub

Toon Disney
Launched: Saturday, April 18, 1998 at 3:00pm
Ended: Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 11:59pm
Fate: Rebranded as Disney XD

Fox Family Channel
Launched: Saturday, August 15, 1998 at 12:00pm (rebrand of The Family Channel)
Ended: Friday, November 9, 2001 at 1:00am
Fate: Rebranded as ABC Family, after being sold to The Walt Disney Company

Noggin
Launched: Tuesday, February 2, 1999
Ended: Monday, September 27, 2009 at 5:59am
Fate: Rebranded as Nick Jr.; relaunched March 5, 2015 as a premium streaming service

Nickelodeon GAS: Games and Sports for Kids (aka Nick GAS)
Launched: Monday, March 1, 1999
Ended: Monday, December 31, 2007 at 5:59am
Fate: Replaced by The N (expect for Dish Network, which continued Nick GAS until April 23, 2009)

Boyz Channel and Girlz Channel
Launched: Fall 1999 (as two separate digital spin-offs of Fox Family)
Ended: August 2000
Fate: Low distribution forced them to cease to exist

Boomerang
Launched: Saturday, April 1, 2000

ABC Family
Launched: Saturday, November 10, 2001 at 7:00am
Ended: Monday, January 11, 2016 at 2:00am
Fate: Rebranded as Freeform

The N
Launched as a block on Noggin (daily 6p-6a): Monday, April 1, 2002 at 6:00pm
Launched as a 24/7 channel: Monday, December 31, 2007 at 6:00am (replacing Nick GAS)
Ended: Monday, September 27, 2009 at 5:59am
Fate: Rebranded as TeenNick

Nicktoons (aka Nicktoons TV; Nicktoons Network)
Launched: Wednesday, May 1, 2002

Sprout
Launched: Monday, September 26, 2005
Ended: Saturday, September 8, 2017 at 4:59pm
Fate: Rebranded as Universal Kids

Disney XD
Launched: Friday, February 13, 2009 at 12:00am (rebrand of Toon Disney)

TeenNick
Launched: Monday, September 28, 2009 at 6:00am (rebrand of The N)

Nick Jr.
Launched: Monday, September 28, 2009 at 6:00am (rebrand of Noggin)

The Hub Network
Launched: Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 10:00am (rebrand of Discovery Kids)
Ended: Monday, October 13, 2014 at 5:59am
Fate: Rebranded as Discovery Family

Disney Junior: The Channel
Launched: Friday, March 23, 2012 at 12:00am

Discovery Family
Launched: Monday, October 13, 2014 at 6:00am (rebrand of The Hub Network)

NickMusic
Launched: Friday, September 9, 2016 at 6:00am (rebrand of MTV Hits)

Kids Central / Family Central
Launched: Monday, January 16, 2017 (exclusively through Comcast Xfinity)

Primo TV
Launched: Monday, January 16, 2017 (exclusively through Comcast Xfinity)

Universal Kids
Launched: Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 5:00pm (rebrand of Sprout)

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Broadcast Digital Multicast Kids Channels

qubo
Launched: Monday, January 8, 2007

PBS Kids
Launched: Monday, January 16, 2017

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Broadcast Network Kids Programming Blocks

NBC

no/various branding (1947 – 1992)
TNBC (Sept. 12, 1992 – Sept. 28, 2002)
Discovery Kids on NBC (Oct. 5, 2002 – Sept. 2, 2006)
qubo on NBC (Sept. 9, 2006 – Jun. 30, 2012)
NBC Kids (Jul. 7, 2012 – Sept. 24, 2016)
The More You Know (Oct. 8, 2016 – present)

ABC

no/various branding (1950 – Sept. 6, 1997)
Disney’s One Saturday Morning (Sept. 13, 1997 – Sept. 7, 2002)
ABC Kids (Sept. 14, 2002 – Aug. 27, 2011)
Litton’s Weekend Adventure (Sept. 3, 2011 – present)

CBS

no/various branding (1955 – 1990)
CBS Kid TV (1990 – Sept. 1993)
CBS Toontastic / CBS Saturday / CBS Kidz (Sept. 1993 – Sept. 6, 1997)
Think CBS Kids (Sept. 13, 1997 – Sept. 26, 1998)
CBS Kidshow (Oct. 3, 1998 – Sept. 9, 2000)
Nick Jr. on CBS (Sept. 16, 2000 – Sept. 7, 2002; Sept. 18, 2004 – Sept. 9, 2006)
Nick on CBS (Sept. 14, 2002 – Sept. 11, 2004)
KOL Secret Slumber Party (Sept. 16, 2006 – Sept. 8, 2007)
KEWLopolis (Sept. 15, 2007 – Sept. 12, 2009)
Cookie Jar TV (Sept. 19, 2009 – Sept. 21, 2013)
CBS Dream Team (Sept. 28, 2013 – present)

FOX

Fox Children’s Network / Fox Kids (Sept. 8, 1990 – Sept. 7, 2002)
FoxBox (Sept. 14, 2002 – Jan. 15, 2005)
4Kids TV (Jan. 22, 2005 – Dec. 27, 2008)
no kids programming (Jan. 3, 2009 – Sept. 6, 2014)
Xploration Station (Sept. 13, 2014 – present)

The WB / The CW

Kids’ WB (Sept. 9, 1995 – May 17, 2008)
The CW4Kids / Toonzai (May 24, 2008 – Aug. 18, 2012)
Vortexx (Aug. 25, 2012 – Sept. 27, 2014)
One Magnificent Morning (Oct. 4, 2014 – present)

UPN

UPN Kids (Sept. 10, 1995 – Sept. 5, 1999)
Disney’s One Too (Sept. 6, 1999 – Aug. 31, 2003)
no children’s programming (Sept. 1, 2003 – Sept. 15, 2006)

Syndicated

The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera (Sept. 15, 1985 – 1994)
Marvel Action Universe (Oct. 2, 1988 – 1991)
The Disney Afternoon (Sept. 10, 1990 – Aug. 29, 1999)
Amazin’ Adventures / Bohbot Kids Network / BKN (Sept. 13, 1992 – 2000/2001)
DIC Kids Network / Cookie Jar Kids Network (Sept. 1, 2003 – Sept. 18, 2011)
KidsClick (Jul. 1, 2017 – Mar. 31, 2019)

ION Television

qubo / qubo Kids Corner (Sept. 15, 2006 – present)

Telemundo

Telemundo Infantil (Sept. 1995 – Nov. 2, 1998; 2001 – Sept. 2, 2006)
Nickelodeon en Telemundo (Nov. 9, 1998 – 2001)
qubo (Sept. 9, 2006 – Jun. 30, 2012)
MiTelemundo (Jul. 7, 2012 – present)

Univision

Planeta U (Apr. 5, 2008 – present)

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Premium Multiplex Kids Channels

Starz Encore Family – September 12, 1994
HBO Family – December 1996
Showtime Family Zone – March 2001
Starz Kids & Family – March 25, 2005

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Canadian TV Kids Networks

YTV – September 1, 1988
Family Channel – September 1, 1988
TELETOON – October 17, 1997
Treehouse – November 1, 1997
Discovery Kids – September 3, 2001 [closed November 1, 2009]
BBC Kids – November 5, 2001 [closed December 31, 2018]
TELETOON Retro – October 1, 2007 [closed September 1, 2015 at 5:59am]
Playhouse Disney / Disney Junior – November 30, 2007 [closed September 18, 2015]
Nickelodeon – November 2, 2009 [replaced Discovery Kids]
Disney XD – June 1, 2011 [closed October 9, 2015]
ABC Spark – March 23, 2012
Cartoon Network – July 4, 2012
Disney Channel – September 1, 2015
Family Jr. – September 18, 2015 [rebrand of Disney Junior]
Family CHRGD – October 9, 2015 [rebrand of Disney XD]
Disney XD – December 1, 2015 [Corus version]
Disney Junior – December 1, 2015 [Corus version]

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