The following is a list of local children's television shows in the United States. These were locally produced commercial television programming intended for the child audience with unique hosts and themes. This type of programming began in the late 1940s and continued into the late 1970s; some shows continued into the 1990s. Author Tim Hollis documented about 1,400 local children's shows in a 2002 book, Hi There, Boys and Girls!
The television programs typically aired in the weekday mornings before school or afternoons after school as well as on weekends (to a lesser degree). There were different formats. Almost all shows had a colorful host who assumed a persona such as a cowboy/cowgirl, captain/skipper/commodore/admiral, jungle explorer, astronaut, king, princess, clown, sheriff/deputy/trooper, cop, firefighter, hobo/tramp, railroad engineer, magician, "cousin", "grandfather" or "uncle", whose role was not only to be the "DJ" for syndicated material (typically cartoons, although westerns were more popular earlier on) but also to entertain, often with a live television studio audience of kids, during breaks.
Early program fare included cartoon favorites such as Koko the Clown, Daffy Duck, Crusader Rabbit, Dick Tracy, Popeye, Bugs Bunny, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Mighty Mouse, Porky Pig, Deputy Dawg, Tin Tin, Mel-O-Toons, Woody Woodpecker, The Funny Company, Mr. Magoo, Space Angel and Clutch Cargo as well as movie shorts such as Laurel and Hardy, Our Gang/The Little Rascals and The Three Stooges and animated versions of Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello and The Three Stooges and live action shorts such as Diver Dan. Some included educational segments like the portraits of wildlife in Nature's Window.
Television broadcast markets
- WVTM-TV, WAPI-TV: The Balloon Goon (with Sterling Brewer)
- WBRC: Birthday Party (with Joe Langston)
- WBRC: Bozo the Clown (Bart Darby, Ward McIntyre)
- WBRC: The Bugs Bunny Show (with Benny Carle)
- WTTO, WDBB: 'Cartoon Clubhouse (with Cliff Holman)
- WVTM-TV, WABT: Channel 13 Theatre (Bill Wright)
- WBRC: Circle Six Ranch (with Benny Carle)
- WIAT, WBMG: The Dick Tracy Show (with Neal Miller)
- WBRC: Quick Fire McIntyre (with Ward McIntyre)
- WVTM-TV, WAPI-TV: Romper Room ("Miss Jean", "Miss Jane", "Miss Carol")
- WVTM-TV, WAPI-TV: The Sgt. Jack Show (with Neal Miller)
- WBRC: Supersonic Sam (with Horace Pumphrey)
- WVTM-TV, WABT: Tip Top Clubhouse (renamed to Cousin Cliff's Clubhouse; hosted by Cliff Holman)
- WBRC: Uncle Bill and Spooky (with Bill Wright)
- WVTM-TV, WABT: Uncle Bill's Fun Shop (with Bill Wright)
- WVTM-TV, WABT: Western Theatre (with Benny Carle)
- KMPH: Uncle Woody Show (with Woody Bryant)
- KAIL: Leebo The Clown (with Leland Harris)
- KFSN: Fun Time (with Al Radka)
- KMPH-TV: Uncle Woody (with Woody Bryant)
(see Pennsylvania, Maryland, and District of Columbia markets)
District of Columbia
- WMFj: Here's How", (1962-1963) with host, Virgina Atter and Clown, Clark Winchester, Children's show, visit to manufactures each week to see how things are made.
- WFGA: Bozo and Skipper Ed Show, (1961–1966) Saturday mornings
- WFGA: Popeye & Pals with Skipper Ed, weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings
West Palm Beach
- WJNO (now WPTV): The Sheriff (with Bob Green)
- The Man From GHOST (Global Headquarters for the Organization to Sustain Terror), channel 5
- WATU: Bozo the Clown (weekdays 4:30–5:30 pm, 1970)
- WJBF: Trooper Terry (weekdays 5-5:30pm; later years 4:30-5pm; featured weatherman Terry Sams; 1960s-70s)
- WJCL (TV): Bozo the Clown (weekdays 4:30–5:30 pm)
- WTOC-TV: Happy Dan (weekdays 4-4:30 pm; originally Happy Dan & The Little Rascals, later Happy Dan & Popeye)
- WTOC-TV: Romper Room (weekdays 9-9:30 am)
KHON (Channel 2):
KGU/KITV/KHVH (now KITV) (Channel 4):
KGMB (Channel 9):
KTRG (now KHNL) (Channel 13):
- WGN-TV: The Adventures of Blinkey
- WFLD: The BJ and Dirty Dragon Show, aka Cartoon Town (Bill Jackson)
- WGN-TV: Blue Fairy
- WGN-TV: Bozo's Circus, later The Bozo Show and The Bozo Super Sunday Show (with Bob Bell, later Joey D'Auria)
- WGN-TV: Breakfast with Bugs Bunny (with Dick Coughlin and Ray Rayner)
- WGN-TV: Dick Tracy Crime Stopper Club (hosted by Ray Rayner)
- WBBM-TV/WBKB/WGN-TV: Garfield Goose and Friends (Frazier Thomas)
- WLS-TV: Gigglesnort Hotel (with Bill Jackson)
- WLS-TV/WBKB: Here's Geraldine (with Jim Stewart)
- WCIU-TV: Hey Colonel Frank (circa 1969-1970, 4pm weekdays, between stock market and foreign language programming)
- WGN-TV: Junior Crossroads
- WGN-TV: Junior Edition
- WBKB-TV: Junior Jamboree (later Kukla, Fran and Ollie), The Play House (with Angel Casey)
- WCIU-TV: Kiddie A-Go-Go (with Elaine Mulqueen)
- WGN-TV: Lunchtime Little Theatre (with Uncle Ned (Ned Locke), Uncle Bucky and Aunt Dody)
- WGN-TV: Paddleboat (with Ned Locke)
- WGN-TV: Ray Rayner and His Friends (Ray Rayner)
- WGN-TV: Romper Room ("Miss Rosemary", "Miss Beverly")
- WGN-TV: The Story Teller
- WBBM-TV/WBKB: Time for Fun (with Nicky Francis)
- WGN-TV: Time for Stories
- WGN-TV: Treetop House (with Debra Wuerfel, Tasha Johnson, Anita Klever, Mary Jane Clark, Jane McGrath)
- WGN-TV: What's the Answer
(see Quad Cities, Iowa market)
Mason City/Fort Dodge
- WWMT-TV/WKZO-TV: Channel 3 Clubhouse (with Beanie Brown and Uncle Fred)
- WJIM-TV: Ranger Jim (with John Kelly then known as Jack Kelin,who then went on to host Kelly and Company with Marilyn Turner
KOLN/KGIN: Cartoon Corral
KSTF: The Wilmer Worm Show (with June Beaman)
(see New York and Pennsylvania markets)
- WPIX: The Beachcomber Bill Show (with Bill Biery; Herb Bass)
- WNBC: Birthday House (with Paul Tripp)
- WPIX: Bozo the Clown (with Bill Britten)
- WPIX: The Carol Corbett Show (Carol Corbett)
- WPIX: Cartoon Express (Bill Britten)
- WPIX: Cartoon Zoo (Milt Moss)
- WNBC, later WABD: The Children's Hour (with Stan Lee Broza)
- WPIX/WNEW: The Chuck McCann Show (with Chuck McCann and Paul Ashley)
- WNYW/WNEW: Chuck McCann's Laurel and Hardy Show (with Chuck McCann and Paul Ashley)
- WPIX: Clubhouse Gang (Joe Bolton)
- WNYW: The D.J. Kat Show
- WNBC/WNBT: Facts N' Fun (with Shari Lewis)
- WNYW/WNEW: Felix the Cat and Friends (with "Uncle Fred" Scott and Allen Swift)
- Filbert the Flea, Buster's Buddies, Tom Corbet Space Cadet, Magic Clown, Singing Lady, Mister I-magination (with Paul Tripp)
- WNYW/WNEW/WABD: Freddie the Fireman (with Ed McCurdy)
- WNET, WNTA: Funderama (with Herb Sheldon, Arnold Stang, Morey Amsterdam)
- WNYW/WNEW/WABD: Funny Bunny (with Dick Noel)
- WNYW/WNEW: Great Bombo's Magic Cartoon Circus Lunchtime Show (with Chuck McCann and Paul Ashley)
- WCBS-TV: The Great Foodini (with Hope/Morey Bunin)
- WWOR-TV/WOR-TV: Happy Felton's Knothole Gang (with Happy Felton)
- WNBC: Howdy Doody Show (original puppet) (with Frank Paris)
- WNYW/WNEW/WABD: J. Fred Muggs Show
- WWOR-TV/WOR-TV: The Johnny Andrews Show (with Johnny Andrews, Paul Ashley and Chuck McCann)
- WABC-TV: Jolly Gene and His Fun Machine (with Bill Britten)
- WPIX: Joya's Fun School
- WNET/WNTA: Junior Carnival (with "Uncle Steve" Hollis) (Sunday version of essentially same show as Junior Frolics with different host)
- WNET/WNTA: Junior Frolics (with "Uncle Fred" Sayles)
- WNYW/WNEW: Just for Fun! (Sonny Fox)
- WPIX: Kartoon Klub (Shari Lewis)
- WPIX: Laurel and Hardy and Chuck (Chuck McCann)
- WPIX: Let's Have Fun! (Chuck McCann, Paul Ashley, Terry Bennett)
- WWOR-TV/WOR-TV: Little Tom Tom at the Wigwam Party (Gene London)
- WNYW/WNEW: Lunch with Soupy Sales
- DuMont: The Magic Cottage (with Pat Meikle)
- WPIX: The Magic Garden
- WWOR-TV/WOR-TV, later WPIX: The Merry Mailman (with Ray Heatherton)
- WWOR-TV/WOR-TV: Merry Mailman's Funhouse (Ray Heatherton)
- WWOR-TV/WOR-TV: MerryTunes Circus (Claude Kirchner)
- WPIX: Pancake Man (with Hal Smith)
- WCBS-TV: The Patchwork Family (with Carol Corbett, Carey Antebi)
- WPIX: Pixie Playtime
- WPIX: Popeye ("Captain Allen" Swift)
- WNET/WNTA: The Puppet Hotel (with Chuck McCann and Paul Ashley)
- WABC-TV, WNEW, WOR: Romper Room ("Miss Gloria", "Miss Joan", "Miss Barbara", "Miss Louise", "Miss Mary Ann", "Miss Molly")
- WNYW/WNEW: The Sandy Becker Show
- WNYW/WNEW/WABD: Sandy Becker's Fun House! (hosted by Sandy Becker)
- WWOR-TV/WOR-TV: The Scrub Club (Claude Kirchner)
- WPIX: Shariland (Shari Lewis)
- DuMont: Small Fry Club (with Bob Emery)
- WNYW/WNEW: The Soupy Sales Show
- WWOR-TV/WOR-TV: The Space Explorer's Club (Al Hodge)
- WWOR-TV/WOR-TV: Space Station Nine (Chubby Jackson)
- WNYW/WNEW: Speak Out (Sonny Fox)
- WWOR-TV/WOR-TV: Steampipe Alley (Mario Cantone and Judy Katchska)
- WNET/WNTA: Studio 99½ (with Jimmy Nelson)
- WWOR-TV/WOR-TV: The Super Adventure Theater (Claude Kirchner)
- WNET, WNTA: Super Serial (with Al Hodge, Eric Page)
- WPIX: The Surprise Show (Hank Stohl; Morey Bunin; Jimmy Boyd)
- WCBS-TV: Terry Tell Time (with Carol Reed; Morey Bunin; Hope Bunin)
- WWOR-TV/WOR-TV: Terrytoons Circus (Claude Kirchner)
- WABC-TV: Tinker's Workshop (with Bob Keeshan, Dom DeLuise, Henry Burbig, and Gene London)
- WABC-TV: Time for Fun (with Joseph Bova)
- WABC-TV: The Tommy Seven Show (with Ed Bakey)
- WNBC: Uncle Wethbee or Weatherbee (with Tex Antoine)
- WNBC: Watch Your Child/The Me Too Show
- WNYW/WNEW: Wonderama (with Sonny Fox and Bob McAllister)
- WSM-TV: Bozo The Clown (Tom Tichenor) Later, on WSIX-TV by a different personality.
Salt Lake City
- Channel 3/Everett Cablevision: Jaycee Clown Show (with Crash the Clown (Nik Boldrini) and Officer Pup (Richard Boldrin) (1971–72))
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