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September 13

September 13, 1997 – The Animated Series 101 Dalmatians: The Series Premieres on ABC

“I’m seeing lots of spots, plenty of polka dots. Get those puppies!”

On September 13, 1997, animated series 101 Dalmatians: The Series premiered on ABC as part of the One Saturday Morning programming block. Based on the 1961 animated feature film One Hundred and One Dalmatians and the original book The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith, the series features the pups living on the “Dalmatian Plantation,” specifically looking at three pups: Lucky, Rolly, and Cadpig. The series lasted for two seasons with a total of 65 episodes. It featured Pam Segall and Debi Mae West as Lucky; Kath Soucie as Anita, Rolly, and Cadpig; Jeff Bennett as Roger; Tara Charendoff as Spot; April Winchell as Cruella De Vil; David Lander as Horace; Michael McKean as Jasper; Charlotte Rae as Nanny; Kevin Schon as Pongo; and Pam Dawber as Perdita.

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May 16, 2003 – The Animated Series Teacher’s Pet Wins Daytime Emmy Award

“He’s so over just being Rover.”

On May 16, 2003, the 30th Daytime Emmy Awards were held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. At this ceremony, the animated television series Teacher’s Pet, which was part of ABC’s One Saturday Morning programming block, ended up winning an award for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program, its second and final win in this category. The show won against Static Shock, Madeline: My Fair Madeline, Ozzy & Drix, and Rolie Polie Olie.

February 3

February 3, 2001 – The Animated Series Lloyd in Space Premieres on ABC’s One Saturday Morning

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“Yes! Today, Lloyd P. Nebulon turns 13-years-old!”

On February 3, 2001, the animated series Lloyd in Space premiered on ABC’s One Saturday Morning programming block. The series ran for 39 episodes, finishing its run on ABC when the programming block was pulled. The series received positive reviews from critics and viewers overall. It was created by Joe Ansolabehere and Paul Germain, was starred Courtland Mead as Lloyd, Justin Shenkarow as Eddie, Bill Fagerbakke as Kurt, Brian George as Station, April Winchell as Nora, Pam Hayden as Douglas, and Nicolette Little as Francine .

The first episode, “The Big 1-3,” begins with a big parade for Lloyd (reminiscent of the end of Star Wars), as he is turning 13. Revealing this is just a dream, Lloyd wakes up and stares out the window of his space station, excited by the prospect of “becoming a man.” Station gives Lloyd a gift of a toy spaceship, and Lloyd tries to hide his disappointment. His mother brings him his favorite cereal, but Lloyd dismisses it for something more “grown-up.” Lloyd continually voices his disappointment as being treated like a kid, even to his best friend Eddie, who is more excited about Lloyd’s party, until Lloyd talks about a more “grown-up” party where the food served is fruit and cheese. In class, Lloyd gets in trouble for asking to be treated like a man; his teacher then decides he needs to write a paper on what it means to be a man, due the next day, and will be given detention the rest of the year if he can’t write it. After school, Lloyd sulks outside the space station, as he has no idea what it means to be a man. Station thinks that Lloyd needs to learn what it’s like to be a man, and takes him to a poker game. The game only upsets Lloyd, but then gets a call from his grandfather, who advises Lloyd to go fishing instead. While Lloyd manages to hook a fish, he also manages to accidentally throw the fish into the Power Plant Satellite, accidentally blowing it up.

After blowing up the power plant, Lloyd is picked up by a squad car

After blowing up the power plant, Lloyd is picked up by a squad car

Lloyd is arrested, but talks to Officer Horton about his assignment. Lloyd is discouraged, thinking that being 13 doesn’t mean anything, but Officer Horton tells a story about learning how to drive. Officer Horton agrees to let Lloyd try driving the patrol car, and gives him advice on acting like a man. Unfortunately, Lloyd activates the hyperspeed rockets on the car, and crashes it into the station. His mother is furious at Lloyd’s antics, and grounds him for a month before sending him to his room. In his room, Lloyd tries to start his paper, but he can’t even start. While in his room, he gets an emergency call from Francine’s preschool: Francine is upset about something, and her telekinetic powers have gone berserk. To get to the preschool, Lloyd uses what he’s learned to get to the school, including bluffing and acting like he’s in control. Once he gets there, Lloyd sees Francine’s doll stuck in a tree, and while Francine is unable to get it down, Lloyd uses his new fishing skills to bring the doll down. In the end, Lloyd learns what it is to be a man: doing the right thing and putting people’s needs before his own; he is then able to write his paper.

December 26

December 26, 1998 – The Christmas Episode of Recess Titled “Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave” Airs

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“It’s the Tooth Fairy incident all over again.”

On December 26, 1998, the Christmas episode of the animated series Recess titled “Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave” aired on ABC’s One Saturday Morning. The episode was directed by Susie Dietter, and written by Mark Drop, Holly Huckins, and Phil Walsh.

The episode begins on December 11th, where the kids are sweating in an above-average heat wave that has hit the area. The janitor Hank believes that there will be a blizzard approaching causing a white Christmas, but the gang doesn’t believe him. The kids then reminisce about Christmas when they were little, but realize that Mikey is the only kid in the gang that still believes in Santa Claus. Mikey then runs off to the Christmas Pageant tryouts, where he wants to just soak up the Christmas atmosphere. The auditions are interrupted by Principal Prickly, who is accompanied by a man from Hollywood looking to find the perfect school auditorium for a “global satellite non-denominational extravaganza.” Prickly almost loses the man, when he decides to use Mikey to sing, as he has a great voice. Mikey is then picked to play Santa, and decides to invite Santa to the show. Randall overhears the discussion, and announces quite cruelly to Mikey that Santa doesn’t exist. Mikey is furious, especially when he finds that his own friends don’t believe in Santa, and sets out to prove that Santa is real.

Later, Mikey rejoins his friends with a large stack of books as evidence that Santa exists. It gets worse when Mikey believes that there’s a global conspiracy to say that Santa isn’t real. Mikey then heads to the mall to meet Santa, but the “Santa” loses his temper and yells at the kids. They then head to the Christmas parade, and Mikey runs into the middle of the road, stopping the parade to ask Santa for proof. Unfortunately, the hat and beard fall off, revealing the mayor in disguise. Mikey then heads to the radio station after hearing Santa on the radio, only to find an actor pretending to be Santa. Heartbroken, Mikey heads home, realizing there’s no Santa, and decides not to be in the pageant. Late that night, Mikey wanders around town, dejected, when a man greets him from a porch of a nearby nursing home. The man convinces him that Santa exists, as long as he has faith. Back at the school, the pageant begins, and Randall is standing in for Mikey, although Randall passes out from stage fright. Just in the nick of time, Mikey appears to sing, and it starts to snow outside. The kids all rush outside afterwards to play in the snow, and Mikey sees the old man again, who congratulates him for a job well done. When Mikey asks how the old man knew about the show, the man says that Mikey had invited him, and hands him Mikey’s letter to Santa, which is now whole after being ripped up earlier. The kids are shocked when they realize that they really did just meet Santa, who flies away into the night.

September 13

September 13, 1997 – The Animated Series Pepper Ann Premieres on Disney’s One Saturday Morning

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“Pepper Ann, Pepper Ann, much too cool for seventh grade, no one’s cooler than Pepper Ann!”

On September 13, 1997, the animated series Pepper Ann premiered on Disney’s One Saturday Morning cartoon programming block on ABC. The show was based on a comic strip for YM magazine designed by the show’s creator, Sue Rose. The series lasted for five seasons, with 65 episodes in total. It starred Kathleen Wilhoite as Pepper Ann, Clea Lewis as Nicky, Danny Cooksey as Milo, April Winchell as Lydia, and Pam Segall as Moose.

The first episode, “Ziterella,” begins at Hazelnut Middle School, where Pepper Ann is struggling to close her overstuffed locker. Nicky and Milo ask if Pepper Ann is ready for the yearbook photo, as every year, Pepper Ann takes a horrible photo. She has no worries this year, as she’s perfected her look for the year. Unfortunately, she realizes that she’s got a zit right in the middle of her forehead, ruining her chances of a good photo. Nicky and Milo tell her that it’s not noticeable, but Pepper Ann continues to let her imagination run away with her, imagining a worst case scenario where she can only get a low wage job in the future. She asks her mom Lydia to buy her the pimple cream, but Lydia doesn’t seem to notice. Lydia asks her to go to Abe’s Mall to buy the cream and some film, but Pepper Ann refuses to go to what she calls the “Abys-mall,” as only geeks and old people shop there. In the end, she decides to go there, although she seems to run into everyone from school on the way there.

Having no other choice, Pepper Ann sneaks into Abe's Mall wearing a disguise

Having no other choice, Pepper Ann sneaks into Abe’s Mall wearing a disguise

Pepper Ann finally makes her way to Abe’s Mall, and sneaks inside wearing a disguise. Unfortunately, the pimple cream refuses to be rung up, and she dives across the cash register thanks to her embarrassment. What she doesn’t realize, however, is that the photographer is taking the last picture of the day of Pinkeye Pete, a student constantly struggling with conjunctivitis. She arrives home to find her friends have been kidnapped by her mother for a photo shoot. The next day, Pepper Ann’s pimple has disappeared, but the photographer has to cancel thanks to a severe case of pinkeye. In class, Pepper Ann’s secret about going to Abe’s Mall is out, as their teacher announces that she saw her there. When she gets home, she finds that Abe’s Mall is on television being promoted by her favorite band as the “coolest shopping place in the colonies,” and there’s a shot of Pepper Ann shopping there. The next day at school, she’s touted by the other students as “fashion forward,” and gets the attention of popular eighth-grader Craig Bean. Unfortunately, her good mood is soon ruined when she finds out who is taking the yearbook photos: her mother.

February 26

February 26, 2000 – The Animated Series The Weekenders Premieres on One Saturday Morning

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“The weekend comes, I’m down with that!”

On February 26, 2000, the animated series The Weekenders premiered on Disney’s One Saturday Morning programming block on ABC. The series, set in the fictional town of Bahia Bay, California, is about four friends and their weekend adventures. The show became highly popular, at one point taking the top ranking in viewing in its timeslot, knocking Kids’ WB’s Pokemon from its 54 week run at the top. The series lasted for four seasons, with 39 episodes total. It was created by Doug Langdale, and starred Jason Marsden as Tino, Grey DeLisle as Lor, Phil LaMarr as Carver, and Kath Soucie as Tish.

November 5

November 5, 2001 – The Final Episode of the Animated Series Recess Airs

500px-Recess “You know what, guys? Here we are talking about how much we need T.J., when the fact is, I think right now, T.J. needs us.”

On November 5, 2001, the 65th and final episode of the animated series Recess aired in syndication. Although a popular series, at the time, Disney had a 65-episode rule with its animated series, effectively canceling the series. It was one of the longest running shows on Disney Saturday morning programming block. The final episode was comprised of two segments: Mundy, Mundy and Lost Leader. It starred Andy Lawrence as T.J., Ricky D’Shon Collins as Vince, Pamela Segall as Spinelli, Jason Davis as Mikey, Ashely Johnson as Gretchen, Courtland Mead as Gus, April Winchell as Miss Finster, and Dabney Coleman as Principal Prickly.

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Mundy, Mundy begins with T.J. commenting that the bully Mundy and his cronies are charging kids to play in an area of the playground known as the “Cheese Box.” As Vince kicks the ball in kickball, it ends up nearly hitting a kindergartener, until Mundy catches the ball and saves her. His friends tell him to move before the word spreads that he did something nice. T.J. and his friends, however, see the whole thing, and word spreads like wildfire. Suddenly, everyone thinks he’s a hero and a saint, and they follow him around the playground. His friends threaten T.J. and his gang unless they ruin Mundy’s reputation once again. Gus then pretends to have been gravely injured by, in the hopes that everyone will turn their backs on the former bully. Unfortunately, the plan backfires, and the kids continue to follow Mundy around. Wherever Mundy goes, although he tries to bully other people, he’s seen as a great guy. T.J. has to go to Plan B, and they ask Mundy’s friends for all of the horrible things that Mundy has done through his life. The gang then prints a newspaper detailing all of his misdeeds, but it only turns the playground against T.J. and his friends, rather than against Mundy. T.J. then gets an idea for Mundy to be seen doing a misdeed, and Mundy is given a bat to destroy the Cheese Box. Mundy chickens out at the last minute, unable to destroy the Cheese Box after all. Mundy is now a reformed individual, and he thanks T.J. for his help.

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In Lost Leader, T.J. is the leader of a mission to retrieve the gang’s lucky bat, being held hostage by the Ashleys. Although seemingly well executed, the plan falls apart, as is the Ashleys’ clubhouse. The whole gang is given a week’s detention. T.J. is dejected, as he believes his plans keep falling apart, and he decides to give up planning for good. After his declaration, Lawson challenges T.J. and the gang to a baseball game, but T.J. still refuses to come up with a plan, still wallowing in his failures. The gang attempts to come up with plans individually and compare, but the gang can’t even agree on how to run a meeting. Gretchen’s plan is to come up with robot versions of the Ashleys, Gus suggests they use his dad and his army contacts, Mikey wants to throw the Ashleys a picnic, Spinelli isn’t sure her plan is legal, and Vince refuses to share his plan. The gang realizes that T.J. needs them more than they need him, and decide to work to make T.J. less angry at himself. The group pretends to come up with a plan that won’t involve him. T.J. confronts Gretchen, angered that they called him out as a bad leader, and takes over the plan completely. Once T.J. takes over again, the gang is able to retrieve the lucky bat, and admit to T.J. that their horrible plan was a ruse to get him back in the game again. The gang wins the game against Lawson, and the episode ends with T.J. coming up with another plan.