When Fox Kids Ruled the World

The age of Fox Kids and the impact it had on American Television.

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By Shannon Cornthwaite - 10/24/2012


The 90's was a great time to be a kid, even a big kid. Throughout the decade we had every basic channel fighting for our attention. ABC had it's Walt Disney Saturday Mornings which became 1 Saturday Morning, CBS and NBC both had their cartoon blocks, Kids WB which later became the CW was in second place with the ratings for children's programming. However, there was one network which topped them all.



Fox made it possible for kids to not only enjoy Saturday mornings, but also before school, after school and Sunday mornings with The Fox Kids Radio Countdown hosted by Christopher Leary. Occasionally we even got our fix during prime time with shows like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers specials and Life With Louie. Fox Kids held contests for kids to get involved and feel like they were apart of what made the network great.

The network had many great shows for those of us who remember. Batman The Animated Series, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Bobby's World, X-Men, Spider-man the animated series, VR Troopers, Big Bad Beetle Borgs, Life With Louie, Eek the Cat, Goosebumps, Erie Indiana and many more that grabbed us by the shorts and told us to sit tight we rule the television now. Those of us who watched Fox Kids rarely needed to change the channel to a different station to find a good cartoon. Sure there were some occasional shows I didn't care for, but most of them had my attention. Saturday mornings meant waking up early no matter how tired you were, turning on the tv and sitting on the floor in your pajamas with a giant bowl of cereal watching Fox. Today's kids don't do that.

The only cartoons that run on basic channels today are those that are based on card games that have ran out their welcome, shows like Yugio and Beyblade. I blame Pokemon for opening that flood gate. Sure the CW now re-broadcasts episodes of Justice League on Saturday mornings during the time in which most of us would certainly be watching DC Nation on Cartoon Network had they not polled it, and Dragon Ball Z but they rerun the same episodes over and over and over. Sometimes I feel like reaching through the television, grabbing the producer, bitch slapping him and telling him there was more than half a season to Dragon Ball Z.



Sunday mornings were just as great for us. Fox Kids Radio Countdown which was hosted by Christopher Leary gave us the inside scoops on several of our favorite shows. We got to actually hear interviews with the cast of Power Rangers, Stan Lee, and Louie Anderson. In the Summer, Chris gave us the inside scoop of what was going to happen in the following season's shows. We got to listen to the extended versions of our favorite theme songs and hear the greatest songs of the time. Finally, there was a radio network for us,we were on top of the world.


Sadly 2001 wasn't only the year that the towers fell and America was changed forever, it was also the year Fox Kids ended it's broadcasts in favor of a more news oriented network. Fox Kids was bought out by ABC Family and became known from then on as Jetix.






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GoILL - 10/24/2012, 10:17 AM
Fox Kids had some awesome programming Batman, X-Men and Spider-Man, great memories.
calin88 - 10/24/2012, 11:24 AM
I only watched Spiderman and X-Men on Fox Kids, me an my friends where more Cartoon network, some nice memories
@GoiLL what Batman did Fox air? CN had TAS
lanternstorm - 10/24/2012, 11:38 AM
Fox had The Animated Series first Calin88. Cartoon Network didn't have it until later on, after it's original run.
GoILL - 10/24/2012, 11:53 AM
@calin88

Like lanternstorm said Fox Kids aired Batman The Animated Series first.
calin88 - 10/24/2012, 12:00 PM
I see, In my country CN came first, fox kids was brought in 97-98 i think, i didn't like the fact that FK dubbed most of the shows, my gitlfriend watched Life with Louie dubbed in Romanian and we keep fighting about wich version is better, I always prefer English
TheFirstAvenger97 - 10/24/2012, 12:06 PM
All I know was jetix didn't know thanks for the info.
fortycals - 10/24/2012, 12:22 PM
When I grew up we didnt have cable very often, so only thing we got was what you could catch on the antenna. Even when we did have cable there was only one nick and disney was a pay channel like HBO. Nick was good for some live action stuff like double dare and You Cant Do That On Television(great show). We depended on those couple of hours in the morning and after school. Saturday morning was what we looked forward to all week. Then cartoon network showed up. Eventually kids could watch cartoons all day long and didnt need to tune into the broadcast shows. Eventually the broadcast shows faded away.

You could watch cartoons all day and didnt have to go outside because there was nothing on tv for you to watch. Then kids started to get fat, sitting around watching cartoons and eating cheetos all day. Evetually they grew up still sitting in moms basement, mad that they have to get up to pee. They started watching adult swim, and learn how to be dicks. But what fun is it to be a dick by yourself? So they took to the internet by the thousands and became the internet trolls we see everyday. Damn I feel old. Now, get off my lawn.
jessepostal - 10/24/2012, 1:04 PM
Eek the cat was one of my favs, than they added the terrible thunder lizards. Bobbys world was great(dontcha know),and of course bats,xmen, and spidey. I miss those good old days.

Was beetlejuice and the addams family on there too??
Bane2099 - 10/24/2012, 1:39 PM
Wish i could go back in time and re live these shows, they were a big part of my childhood and thankfull I got to be around while they were on :]
BarnaclePete - 10/24/2012, 1:41 PM
My favourite part is when you compared Fox Kids going off the air to 9/11.
Bane2099 - 10/24/2012, 1:51 PM
BarnaclePete

u gotta admit, 9/11 is when alot of innocence was lost and in a way part of our childhood when Fox kids ended as well.
Sevairity - 10/24/2012, 2:26 PM
This article seriously almost brought tears to my eyes. Such nostalgia.
lanternstorm - 10/24/2012, 5:07 PM
Beetlejuice was on Fox kids for the first season then it was bought by Nickelodeon... Addams Family was on ABC Kids.
Bane2099 - 10/24/2012, 5:14 PM
Awww The Tick...SPOOOON LOL
CorndogBurglar - 10/25/2012, 10:15 AM
Aw man, what is was like to be a kid in the 90's. I loved fox kids. Its a shame that saturday morning cartoons are a thing of the past. The closest thing we have now is The Hub. They show a lot of older cartoons that are nostalgic.

It will never be able to fill the hole left by Fox Kids though...

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