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4Kids TV
4kidstv Gamestation.png
"The Game Station" logo used from September 8, 2007 to December 27, 2008
Premiered September 14, 2002
Closed December 27, 2008
Channel Fox
Country United States
Replaced by Weekend Marketplace (2008)
Xploration Station (2014)

4Kids TV (often stylized as "4K!DSTV" and formerly known as FoxBox from 2002 to 2005) was a television programming block and Internet-based video on demand children's network operated by 4Kids Entertainment. It originated as a weekly block on Saturday mornings on the Fox Broadcasting Company, which was created out of a four-year agreement reached on January 22, 2002, between 4Kids Entertainment and Fox to lease the five-hour Saturday morning time slot occupied by the network's existing children's program block, Fox Kids. It targeted at children aged 7–11. The 4Kids TV block was part of the Fox network schedule, although it was syndicated to other broadcast television stations in certain markets where a Fox affiliate declined to air it.

Programming

Former programming

Original programming

Title Premiere date End date Source(s) Rights now owned by
Ultraman Tiga September 14, 2002 March 1, 2003
Kirby: Right Back at Ya! August 6, 2005 Nintendo (Amazon Prime Video)
July 8, 2006 January 6, 2007
June 21, 2008 December 27, 2008
Ultimate Muscle September 14, 2002 May 22, 2004
June 10, 2006 August 19, 2006
Fighting Foodons September 14, 2002 August 30, 2003 Discotek Media (Crunchyroll)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles February 8, 2003 December 27, 2008 ViacomCBS (Mirage Studios) (Paramount+)
WMAC Masters July 5, 2003 August 30, 2003
Sonic X August 23, 2003 June 3, 2006 Discotek Media (TMS Entertainment) (Netflix/Hulu)
May 5, 2007 December 27, 2008
Funky Cops August 23, 2003 July 3, 2004 Mediatoon
Shaman King August 30, 2003 September 3, 2005
Cubix: Robots for EveryoneE/I September 6, 2003 June 12, 2004 Hasbro (Allspark) (Netflix)
Winx ClubE/I May 22, 2004 December 27, 2008 ViacomCBS (Rainbow S.R.L.) (Netflix/Paramount+)
F-Zero GP Legend September 4, 2004 March 5, 2005 Nintendo
One Piece September 18, 2004 November 12, 2005 Funimation (Crunchyroll)
Mew Mew Power February 19, 2005 July 22, 2006 Warner Bros. Entertainment (Kodansha/Pierrot) (HBO Max)
Magical DoReMiE/I August 13, 2005 August 19, 2006
G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 August 27, 2005 December 30, 2006 Hasbro (Allspark) (Netflix)
Viva PiñataE/I August 26, 2006 August 2, 2008 Xbox Game Studios (Amazon Prime Video)
Yu-Gi-Oh! September 2, 2006 August 25, 2007 Konami (Crunchyroll/Hulu)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters September 9, 2006 November 25, 2006 Konami (Crunchyroll/Hulu)
Chaotic October 7, 2006 December 27, 2008 Epic Story Media (Netflix)
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX September 1, 2007 June 14, 2008 Konami (Crunchyroll/Hulu)
Dinosaur King September 8, 2007 September 6, 2008 Discotek Media (Sunrise) (Crunchyroll/Netflix)

Acquired programming

Title Premiere date End date Source(s) Rights now owned by
Stargate InfinityE/I September 14, 2002 March 15, 2003 MGM Television (Netflix)
The Cramp Twins February 8, 2003 August 19, 2006
Pirate Islands March 8, 2003 August 2, 2003
Back to the Future: The Animated SeriesE/I March 22, 2003 August 30, 2003 NBCUniversal
Martin Mystery May 8, 2004 June 19, 2004 Zodiak Media (Amazon Prime Video)
The Menu June 5, 2004 August 27, 2005
Alien Racers May 7, 2005 July 23, 2005
Bratz August 20, 2005 April 7, 2007 Lionsgate (Netflix)
Di-Gata Defenders July 28, 2007 December 27, 2008
The Adrenaline ProjectE/I September 29, 2007 April 5, 2008
Biker Mice from Mars August 9, 2008 December 27, 2008

Short-form programming

Title Premiere date End date Source(s)
Incredible Crash Dummies September 18, 2004 2005

4KidsTV.com

Online network

4Kids launched an online video player on its website on September 8, 2007, and gradually added full-length episodes as well as additional video clips and online-exclusive content. However, it was revamped on September 25, 2008, in beta testing. Promotions stated that 4Kids TV would be "moving online" starting in January 2009, implying that the video player would be fully operational at that time; however it remained in beta testing by that month. However, 4Kids seemed to increase the number of shows that were added to the player at that point. The site fully launched on September 9, 2009, with the player receiving a revamp once again. The online network was shut down on November 2, 2012.

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 the network's owned-and-operated stations and affiliates first, so the Fox station in any given area had the right of first refusal. In the event that a Fox affiliate or in some cases, an O&O of the network—opted not to carry 4Kids TV, the block then became available for the local broadcast rights to be acquired by another television station. In fact, it was due in part to these carriage ambiguities that 4Kids dissolved the block in 2008, as they had been promised clearance on at least 90% of Fox's stations.

Most of Fox's owned-and-operated stations opted to carry 4Kids TV, these were mainly stations that had been owned by the network since Fox launched in October 1986 or were Fox charter affiliates that Fox Television Stations had acquired since that point. However dating back to the existence of the Fox Kids block, the twelve stations that Fox acquired from New World Communications in 1996 (and had earlier affiliated with the network through a 1994 multi-station affiliation deal—which prior to then, had been affiliated with ABC, NBC, or CBS) generally did not air 4Kids TV. In some of the New World markets, 4Kids was not carried on any station. In a majority of these markets, an independent station carried the block; in others, it was carried by either a UPN, or later, a CW or MyNetworkTV affiliate. The lone exception was in St. Louis, Missouri, where Fox O&O (now affiliate) KTVI carried the block (although it aired 4Kids TV two hours earlier that the network's recommended scheduling for the block, beginning at 5:00 a.m., due to the station's Saturday morning newscast).

Some of 4Kids TV's programming (such as Winx Club, The Adrenaline Project, Magical DoReMi, Stargate Infinity, reruns of Back to the Future: the Animated Series, and Cubix) met the criteria to be considered educational and informational under the requirements defined by the Children's Television Act, and counted toward the three-hour-per-week mandatory educational children's programming quotas outlined by the Federal Communications Commission. Outside of Fox, 4Kids TV's programming aired reruns on The WB every Sunday morning after a new episode aired on Saturday on Fox, and new episodes on The WB's children block Kids' WB.

Markets where 4Kids TV did not run at all

City of license/market Fox station Notes
Birmingham, Alabama WBRC WBRC (channel 6) dropped 4Kids TV predecessor Fox Kids upon becoming a Fox owned-and-operated station in September 1995, when it reached an agreement to allow outgoing Fox affiliate WTTO (channel 21) to continue carrying the block, WTTO dropped Fox Kids in 2000, resulting in 4Kids TV not being available in the Birmingham/Tuscaloosa/Anniston market as it was not picked up by WBRC or any other television station in the market.
Greensboro/Winston-Salem/
High Point, North Carolina
WGHP WGHP (channel 8) dropped 4Kids TV predecessor Fox Kids in March 1996, when it reached an agreement for WB affiliate WTWB-TV (channel 20, now CW affiliate WCWG) to carry the block, WTWB-TV dropped Fox Kids in 2001, resulting in 4Kids TV not being available in the Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point market as the block was not picked up by WGHP or any other stations in the market.
Greenwood, Mississippi WABG-DT2 When ABC affiliate WABG-TV (channel 6) launched a Fox-affiliated digital subchannel in September 2006, the subchannel initially did not start broadcasting on Saturdays until 4:00 p.m. (or earlier if there were sports events scheduled to air), resulting in 4Kids TV not being available in the market during the last two years of its run.

Markets where 4Kids TV ran on a MyNetworkTV affiliate

City of license/market Fox station MyNetworkTV
station
carrying block
Notes
Chicago, Illinois WFLD WPWR-TV Duopoly owned by Fox Television Stations, WPWR (channel 50) was a UPN affiliate at the time it began carrying 4KidsTV.
Dallas-Fort Worth,
Texas
KDFW KDFI Duopoly owned by Fox Television Stations, KDFI (channel 27) was an independent station at the time it began carrying 4KidsTV.
Detroit, Michigan WJBK WMYD WMYD (channel 20, now a MyNetworkTV affiliate) aired 4Kids TV on Sunday mornings, that station was a WB affiliate (under its former callsign WDWB) at the time it began carrying 4KidsTV.
Miami, Florida WSVN WBFS-TV WBFS (channel 33, now a MyNetworkTV affiliate) was a UPN affiliate at the time it began carrying 4KidsTV.
Minneapolis-St. Paul,
Minnesota
KMSP-TV WFTC Duopoly owned by Fox Television Stations, WFTC (channel 29) was a former UPN affiliate that became a MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated station at the time it began carrying 4KidsTV.
Portland, Oregon KPTV KPDX Duopoly owned by the Meredith Corporation, KPDX (channel 49, now a MyNetworkTV affiliate) was a UPN affiliate at the time it began carrying 4KidsTV.
San Antonio, Texas KABB KMYS Duopoly owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group (KMYS has since been sold to Deerfield Media), KMYS (channel 35, now a CW affiliate) was a former WB affiliate (under its former callsign KRRT) at the time it took 4KidsTV from KABB.
Tucson, Arizona KMSB-TV KTTU Duopoly owned at the time by Belo (KMSB has since been sold to Sander Media, LLC, KTTU has since been sold to Tucker Operating Co., LLC); KTTU (channel 18, now a MyNetworkTV affiliate) was a UPN affiliate at the time it began carrying 4KidsTV.

Markets where 4Kids TV ran on a CW affiliate

Note: These CW affiliates ran 4Kids TV on Sundays, due to their obligation to carry The CW4Kids Saturday block (or, as in the case of Atlanta CW affiliate WUPA, which ran The CW4Kids on Sundays because of other programming airing on Saturdays).

City of license/market Fox station CW station
carrying block
Notes
Atlanta, Georgia WAGA-TV WUPA WUPA (channel 69) was a UPN O&O at the time it began carrying 4KidsTV; it dropped the block before the station switched to The CW.
Cleveland, Ohio WJW-TV WBNX-TV WBNX (channel 55, now an independent station) was a WB affiliate at the time it began carrying 4KidsTV.
Fresno, California KMPH-TV KFRE-TV Duopoly owned by Pappas Telecasting Companies (the stations have since been sold to the Sinclair Broadcast Group), KFRE (channel 59, now a CW affiliate) was a WB affiliate at the time it began carrying 4KidsTV.
Omaha, Nebraska KPTM KXVO Duopoly owned by Pappas Telecasting Companies (the stations have since been sold to the Sinclair Broadcast Group), KXVO (channel 15, now a CW affiliate) was a WB affiliate at the time it began carrying 4KidsTV.
Phoenix, Arizona KSAZ-TV KASW KASW (channel 61, now a CW affiliate) was a WB affiliate at the time it began carrying 4KidsTV.

Markets where 4Kids TV ran on an independent station

City of license/market Fox station Independent
carrying block
Notes
Austin, Texas KTBC K13VC K13VC (channel 13) aired only the FoxBox incarnation of the block from September 14, 2002 until the low-power station shut down on March 29, 2003 to allow Univision owned-and-operated station KAKW-TV to launch its digital signal.
Kansas City, Missouri WDAF-TV KMCI-TV KMCI (channel 38) aired the block on a one-hour delay starting at 8:00 a.m.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin WITI WMLW-CA WMLW-CA (channel 41, now Me-TV affiliate WBME-CD; its programming and the WMLW call letters have since moved to a full-power station on channel 49) aired the block on Sundays starting at 8:00 a.m.
Tampa, Florida WTVT WMOR-TV WMOR (channel 32) aired the block on Sundays starting at 8:00 a.m.
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