This Day in TV History – August 31st, 1997 – Recess Debuts

An animated series following a quirky cast of characters at an elementary school made its debut on this day in TV history.

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Recess was the brainchild of Joe Ansolabehere and Paul Germain, an animated series for Disney which made its debut on ABC’s Saturday morning lineup on August 31st, 1997. Courtesy: Disney

Recess was the brainchild of Joe Ansolabehere and Paul Germain, an animated series for Disney which made its debut on ABC’s Saturday morning lineup on August 31st, 1997. It featured the voice talents of Andrew Lawrence, Ashley Johnson, Jason Davis, April Winchell, and Dabney Coleman.

The series follows the adventures of TJ, Ashley, Vince, Mikey, Gretchen, and Gus at Third Street Elementary School. The comedy-based series exaggerates the elements of recess, complete with a king of the playground. Another example is that Kindergartners are treated like a wild tribe, craving fun and candy.

Most episodes are comprised of two shorts. The series would not only air on ABC’s lineup, but as part of UPN’s animated block. The success of the series led to a theatrical film in 2001 and another direct-to-video release in 2003. The series itself would last 65 episodes.

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