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4Kids TV (often shown as "4K!DS TV") was a Saturday morning television programming block on the Fox Broadcasting Company. The block was part of the Fox Network schedule. 4Kids TV was the result of a four-year agreement reached in January 2002 between 4Kids Entertainment and Fox to lease the network's Saturday morning programming block. The block launched under the name "FoxBox" on September 14, 2002, replacing Fox Kids which was cancelled following the purchase of Fox Family Worldwide by The Walt Disney Company. It was re-branded 4Kids TV on January 22, 2005. 4Kids Entertainment is wholly responsible for the content of the block and collects all advertising revenues from it.

The programming block aired on Saturday mornings in most areas of the United Statesmarker, though some stations carried it on Sundays. 4Kids actually ran two competing Saturday morning lineups; on May 24, 2008, 4Kids Entertaimnent replaced the Kids' WB programming block aired on The CW Television Network on Saturday mornings with a new block, The CW4Kids.

It was announced in November 2008 that the 4Kids TV block would conclude at the end of the year due to a payment (Fox was being paid no money for airing the block)/distribution (Fox did not keep its promise of coverage in at least 90% of Fox affiliates) dispute between 4Kids and Fox. The block ended on December 27, 2008. Fox announced that the time would no longer be used for kids programming, owing that it was no longer viable due to the burden of E/I programming and the insurmountable competition from Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Discovery Kids since the time was used for kids programming since 1990. On January 3, 2009, the network gave two hours back to affiliates (likely began to encourage them to begin Saturday morning newscasts or began to make fulfilling their E/I requirements easier), while the other two hours became an informercial block titled Weekend Marketplace. The 4KidsTV logo now only exists as the closing logo for 4Kids Entertainment for 4Kids shows run outside of The CW4Kids block outside of the United Statesmarker.

4Kids launched an online video player on their website on September 8, 2007, and has been adding full episodes and more videos and content since then. However, it was revamped on September 25, 2008, though in beta testing. Promotions stated that 4Kids TV would be "moving online" starting in January 2009, implying that the video player would take full effect then, but it was still in beta testing. However, 4Kids seemed to increase the rate that shows were added to the player at that point. On September 9, 2009, the beta symbol was removed, and the player was revamped again.

Programming

4KidsTV.com Streaming Video

Currently released
Show Currently released episodes Notes
Biker Mice from Mars Episodes 1-4, 6-16, 18 More episodes randomly being added.
Chaotic Episodes 1-40 Complete first season.
Chaotic: M'arillian Invasion Episodes 41-61 (1-21) Up to date.
Cubix: Robots for Everyone Episodes 1-26 Complete series.
Dinosaur King Episodes 1-44, 46-47 Up to date. Episode 45 was skipped for now.
Di-Gata Defenders Episodes 1-13, 15, 21-22, 26 More episodes randomly being added.
GoGoRiki Episodes 1-2, 4-11, 14-18, 19B-C 4Kids seems to be switching between adding them to "clips" and "Season 1". Unknown if or when the skipped episodes will be added. It seems that every Thursday, "GoTunes" are added.
Huntik: Secrets & Seekers Episodes 1-26 Complete first season.
Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight Episodes 1-18 Up to date.
Magical DoReMi Episodes 1-51 (50) Complete series, including Season 2 which never aired on television. Episode 30 was never dubbed. No plans for any further episodes. All Witchling Singalongs are online too, including two which never aired on television, and one whose song is new to its respective singalong.
Pat and Stan (Pat et Stanley) Unknown Series of shorts featuring an animated hippo and dog
Skunk Fu! Episodes 1-3, 5-7, 9 Status unknown.
Sonic X Episodes 1-78 Complete series.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Episodes 1-117 (116) This includes "Insane in the Membrane" which never aired on television in the US. Production was never completed on episode 110. Flash-animated shorts are added as well.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Back to the Sewer Episodes 144-156 (1-13) Complete season, including "Mayhem from Mutant Island" shorts.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward Episodes 118-143 (1-26) Complete season. TMNT, Fast Forward, and Back to the Sewer are treated as different shows on the video player, even though the storyline is intact and TMNT and Fast Forward are the same site.
Viva Piñata Episodes 6, 21-34 Status unknown.
Winx Club Episodes 1-78 Complete series, including several music videos.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Episodes 1-224 (and Capsule Monsters episodes 1-12) Complete series, including the Capsule Monsters OVA. The Capsule Monsters episodes are listed as part of Season 5, between the Grand Championship and Dawn of the Duel episodes, which is their spot in the show's continuity.
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Episodes 1-47 Up to date
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Episodes 1-57 Complete First Season. Second season episodes are being added on a weekly basis.


Former shows

Fox Box logo used from September 14, 2002 - January 15, 2005.
4Kids TV logo used from September 2007 - December 27, 2008.


Ended in 2003



Ended in 2004



Ended in 2005



Ended in 2006



Ended in 2007

  • Bratz (August 20, 2005 - April 7, 2007) (TV-Y7)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! (September 2, 2006 - August 25, 2007) (TV-Y7-FV)


Ended in 2008



Other site features

Papercrafts

4Kids had Papercrafts, where you can make paper characters from 4Kids shows.

Show Character(s)
Chaotic Chaor, Maxxor, H'earring, Intress
Dinosaur King Chomp, Max
GoGoRiki Ottoriki,Pogoriki,Rosariki,Docoriki
Huntik: Secrets & Seekers Dante Vale
Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight Kamen Rider Dragon Knight, Wing Knight, Torque
Kirby: Right Back at Ya! Kirby, Meta-Knight, Waddle Dee
Sonic X Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, Dr. Eggman
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michaelangelo, Raphael, Donatello, Leonardo, Splinter, Casey Jones, Shredder, Foot Ninja
Viva Piñata Fergy
Yu-Gi-Oh! Yugi


Stamp Collection

Each Stamp appeared on the site each day or week. It also has covers which you can pick the one you like the most. Only oned collected 11 stamps to receive a bonus stamp.

Show Stamps Bonus Stamp
Kirby: Right Back at Ya! Escargoon, Falala, Fololo, Kirby, King Dedede, Lady Like, Meta-Knight, Sir Ebrum, Tiff, Tuff, Waddle Dee
Sonic X Amy, Big the Cat, Cheese, Chris, Cream, Eggman, Knuckles, Rouge, Shadow, Sonic, Tails
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward Bishop, Cody, Donatello, Hovershell, Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Raphael, Serling, Splinter, Starlee, Tank
Winx Club Amore, Bloom, Chatta, Flora, Layla, Lockette, Musa, Piff, Stella, Tecna, Tune
Chaotic


Covers



Relationship with Fox and broadcast ambiguities

The block had a somewhat unusual relationship to the Fox Network. The programming was produced for Fox and offered to Fox affiliates first, so the Fox affiliate in any given area has right of first refusal. In the event a Fox affiliate or in some cases an O & O, Owned and Operated, Fox affliate opts not to carry 4Kids TV the block then is available in the market for another television station to pick up. In fact, it was due in part to this relationship that 4Kids dissolved the block in 2008, as they had been promised clearance on at least 90% of Fox affiliates.

Most 4Kids TV programming did not meet the criteria to be considered educational and did not count toward the 3 hour per week mandatory educational children's programming quotas. The only exceptions were Winx Club, The Adrenaline Project, Magical DoReMi, Stargate Infinity, reruns of Back to the Future: the Animated Series, and Cubix.

Markets where 4Kids TV did not run at all



Markets where 4Kids TV ran on a MyNetworkTV affiliate



Markets where 4Kids TV ran on an affiliate of The CW

Note: These CW affiliates ran 4Kids TV on Sundays, due to their obligation to carry the The CW4Kids Saturday block. All are former WB affiliates.

New World stations and 4Kids TV

Dating back to the Fox Kids days, the stations that Fox acquired from New World Communications in 1996 generally did not air 4Kids TV. In some of the New World markets, 4Kids was not aired on any station. In a majority of these markets, an independent station carried this block: in others, the MyNetworkTV affiliate carried it: in still others, the CW affiliate carried it. The exception was St. Louis, Missourimarker, where KTVImarker carried 4Kids TV (2 hours early, beginning at 5:00).

KTVK and KASW

KASWmarker signed on in September 1995 on channel 61. It was originally owned by the Brooks family and immediately secured a local marketing agreement with MAC America Communications, then owner of KTVKmarker. KTVK bought the entire broadcast day on the station to run shows that did not fit into KTVK's schedule. The WB affiliation also went from KTVK to KASW. The station ran syndicated cartoons, Kids' WB! cartoons, first-run shows from The WB Television Network, classic sitcoms, recent sitcoms, old movies, and eventually Fox Kids by the end of 1996.

KNXV officially became Phoenix's ABC affiliate in January 1995, and KTVK nominally became the market's WB affiliate. However, it only showed WB programming on Saturday nights, so it was essentially an independent station. It also ran Fox Kids in the early afternoons and weekend mornings for about a year. The station aired Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and several off-network sitcoms during prime time.

KTVK owned a huge programming inventory, but lacked enough time in its broadcast day to air it all even after dropping ABC. As such, when the Brooks family launched a new station, KASWmarker, in September, KTVK immediately entered into a local marketing agreement with the new station. KASW became a WB affiliate, and KTVK bought the new station's entire broadcast day. KTVK then reinstated Saturday morning newscasts.

Ironically, since 2001 Fox owned both KSAZ Fox 10 and KUTPmarker My 45 (then UPN 45). It was thought that 4Kids TV would move to Channel 45 but Fox still passed on it even for their second station in that market. It therefore remained on KASW.

Markets where 4Kids TV ran on a current independent station



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