Remember that? One Saturday Morning

Welcome to my new segment here on Jerk/DoubleBitch called “Remember that?”  where I pull out something you probably remember but don’t think about near enough.  Today’s topic is Disney’s ABC Saturday morning programing schedule “One Saturday Morning”.  OSM had highlights and low lights and like any microcosm of the Television world, some of the least entertaining shows became the most prolific and successful.  Like Recess for example.  Recess was a pretty good show, leagues better than the crap that’s on now but there were a few shows that outshone even Spinelli.cast

Pepper Ann was my hero.  She debuted in 1997 and ran till 2001 with 65 episodes but has yet to see the light of day on DVD.  Pepper Ann was a quirky teenage girl who got all her advice from her own reflection in a mirror and was all around hilarious in her olive skirt and frizzy hair.  More so though it was her cast of crazy friends like Milo the skater kid and her baritone speaking little sister Moose.  This show reminds me a lot of:

the_weekenders-showThe Weekenders.  Great idea for a show, what kids do from Friday night to Monday Morning.  I love the way Tino narrates and the chemistry of this cast is amazing.  I have never sat down to an episode that didn’t make me laugh and remind me how much I love this show.  Thankfully, this one’s still airing reruns of it’s 39 episodes made between 2000-2004.  Interesting fact:  “TV Guide dubbed The Weekenders as “the show that killed Pokémon,” because ABC stole the ratings when they aired it at 10:00 am – the same time Pokémon aired on Kids’ WB.” [wikiSweet.

Doug.  The oldest of the group running on One Saturday Morning from 1996 to 1999, but it had a life before that from ’91 to ’93 on Nickelodeon as the first Nicktoon, giving it a whopping 117 episodes in total.   Doug, Skeeter, Porkchop and Patti Mayonnaise.  Don’t tell me you don’t have the song stuck in your head already because I know you do.  While on Nick all of the music and sound effects for Doug were created by the human voice. Apparently seasons 1 and 2 were released earlier this year and are available in the itunes store.

Last but not least, let’s not forget Mrs Munger’s Class.  A creepy little yearbook skit where kids in black and white photos would insult each other.  “Simmer Class. Simmer! Simmer!”   Apparently Disney didn’t do their homework and used unauthorized photos.  “Mrs. Munger turned out to be Mrs. Kathleen Foresman, who had been a teacher at Woodbridge Middle School in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Woodbridge, Virginia, in 1975 when her picture and those of her 6th grade students were taken for a page in a yearbook. She, and four of her former students, filed suit against Disney on December 23, 1998.” [wiki] You can find most of the episodes from it’s two seasons on YouTube.  Actually now that I’ve re-watched a few it was more the novelty of pictures talking to each other than it really being all that funny on it’s own.  Maybe it’s best they only lasted 90 seconds. 


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~ by doublebitch on November 28, 2008.

One Response to “Remember that? One Saturday Morning”

  1. Woah, Weekenders only got 39 episodes? That seems low. Also, I love that show, and agree with you completely.

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