New Kids On The Block (found animated series featuring boy band; 1990)
The show's title card.
Date found: 15 Nov 2020
Found by: suzi98babe
New Kids on the Block are a boy band that formed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1984 and consists of brothers Jonathan and Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg (brother of actor Mark Wahlberg) and Danny Wood and has been the group's only lineup since their inception. They had many hits throughout the 1980s and early 1990s like Step by Step, Hangin' Tough and Cover Girl. Although they broke up in 1994, they reunited in 2008 and their most recent material was the single House Party which was released in 2020.
At the height of the group's popularity, an animated series was made by DIC Entertainment and aired on ABC's famed Saturday morning lineup in the fall of 1990. Similar to The Beatles animated series in the 1960s, each episode focuses on a fictionalized version of the group getting into various misadventures with their manager (who was based on their real-life manager Maurice Starr) and would end in a pro-social moral lesson. The show lasted for 15 episodes, with its final episode being a Christmas special and is the only episode in the series to have aired in primetime.
|1||The New Kid in the Class||Sep 8th, 1990||Found|
|2||Sheik of My Dreams||Sep 15th, 1990||Found|
|3||In Step... Out of Time!||Sep 22nd, 1990||Found|
|4||Cowa-BONK-a||Sep 29th, 1990||Found|
|5||Kissed, Missed, and Double D'ist||Unknown||Found|
|6||D'ist Dream Date||Unknown||Found|
|9||The Legend of the Sandman||Nov 19th, 1990||Found|
|10||Homeboys on the Range||Unknown||Found|
|11||New Heroes on the Block||Unknown||Found|
|12||The New Kids on the Old Block||Unknown||Found|
|13||The New Kids Off the Wall||Unknown||Found|
|15||Christmas Special||Dec 14th, 1990||Found|
Despite the show being short-lived, six episodes The New Kid In The Class, Sheik of My Dreams, In Step...Out of Time, Kissed, Missed, and Double D'ist, Overnight Success and New Heroes on the Block were released on VHS (three of them went double platinum). A year after the show ended, the show was rerun on The Disney Channel from late 1991 to early 1993. After its run on The Disney Channel, the show faded into obscurity and was largely forgotten. Home recordings of either the original ABC airings or Disney Channel reruns were very rare to come by.
On August 10th, 2020, YouTube user suzi98babe uploaded the first eight episodes of the show. A day later, they uploaded episodes ten and eleven. Ten days later, they uploaded episodes twelve, thirteen and fourteen. They uploaded episode nine on October 25th and finally, they uploaded episode 15 on November 15th. Since then, the series has been found in its entirety.