4Kids TV

4Kids TV (formerly FoxBox) is an American Saturday morning television programming block. The block is part of the Fox Network schedule, and is promoted as such during some of Fox's primetime programming. However, in several areas, the block airs instead on a local CW, MyNetworkTV, or independent station, or is not aired at all. As a result, there are no references to Fox during the block.

4Kids TV is 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 7, 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 in January 2005. 4Kids Entertainment is wholly responsible for the content of the block and collects all advertising revenues from it.

The programming block airs on Saturday mornings in most areas of the United States, though some stations carry it on Sundays. 4Kids actually runs 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.


Shows on 4Kids TV include:

(The dates in parentheses are given for how long the show has been airing on 4Kids TV, repeats included, regardless of airings on other networks)

Currently active

According to the official 4Kids TV schedule, these are the shows that are currently active: 4Kids TV almost has two Saturday morning blocks on The CW (The CW4Kids) and FOX.

Show First Air Date Last Air Date Running Time
Di-Gata Defenders (TV-Y7-FV) July 28 2007 Present 8/7c
Biker Mice from Mars (TV-Y7-FV) August 9 2008 Present 8:30/7:30c
Sonic X (TV-Y7-FV) August 23 2003 Present 9-10/8-9c
Chaotic: M'arrillian Invasion (TV-Y7-FV) September 13 2008 Present 10/9c
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward (TV-Y7-FV) July 29, 2006 Present 10:30/9:30c
Kirby: Right Back at Ya! (TV-Y7-FV) September 14 2002 Present 11c/10c
Winx Club (TV-Y7-FV) (E/I) May 22 2004 Present 11:30/10:30c

4Kids.TV Web exclusives

Released Episodes

Date Shows Notes
October 4 GoGoRiki New episodes, High Defintion
October 11 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Back to the Sewer New episodes, High Defintion
October 18 Chaotic: M'arillian Invasion New episodes, High Defintion
October 25 Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's New episodes, High Definition
November 1 Dinosaur King, Viva Piñata, Di-Gata Defenders New episodes, High Definition (Dinosaur King, Viva Piñata)
December 27 Chaotic Season 1, High Definition
January 10 Dinosaur King Season 1, High Definition
January 31 Viva Piñata Season 1, High Definition

After a show has been released, new episodes will be added weekly.

Shows on hiatus

Show First Air Date Last Air Date Status
The Adrenaline Project (TV-G) September 29, 2007 On Hiatus (Second season announced for YTV in Canada, unknown if it will air on 4Kids TV)

Former shows

Ended in 2003

Ended in 2004

Ended in 2005

Ended in 2006

Ended in 2007

Ended in 2008

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles : The Lost Episodes

4kids TV has aired "The Lost Episodes" of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which is known as the Ninja Tribunal saga. 4Kids aired all thirteen "Lost Episodes" from February 9 to May 3, 2008. These episodes are from Season 5. The entire season was sent to DVD May 20, 2008.

Relationship with FOX and broadcast ambiguities

The block has a somewhat unusual relationship to the Fox Network. The programming is 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.

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

Markets where 4Kids TV does not run at all

Markets where 4Kids TV runs on a MyNetworkTV affiliate

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

Note: These CW affiliates run 4Kids TV on Sundays, due to their obligation to carry the The CW4Kids Saturday block.

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 do not air 4Kids TV. In some of the New World markets, 4Kids is not aired on any station. In a majority of these markets, an independent station carries this block: in others, the MyNetworkTV affiliate carries it: in still others, the CW affiliate carries it. The exception is St. Louis, Missouri, where KTVI carries 4Kids TV (2 hours early, beginning at 5:00).


KASW then 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 KTVK. 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, KASW, 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 KUTP 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 runs on a current independent station


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