September 13, 1997 – The Programming Block One Saturday Morning Premieres on ABC
“What would make you feel real fine? One Saturday Morning!”
On September 13, 1997, the programming block One Saturday Morning premiered on ABC network’s ABC Saturday Morning lineup. The block, advertised as “five hours of summer, once a week,” consisted of a variety of programming, which included the shows Doug (acquired from Nickelodeon), Pepper Ann, and Recess. Interspersed in the broadcasts were short segments from a roving reporter named Manny the Uncanny, The Monkey Boys, and Mrs. Munger’s Class. One segment, entitled Great Minds Think for Themselves, featured the character of the Genie, voiced by Robin Williams, who gave viewers a look at great figures in history, including Jackie Robinson and Clara Barton. The Great Minds segments received two Emmy nominations during its run. The programming block ended its run on September 7, 2002.