The Disney Afternoon
|September 10, 1990|
The Disney Afternoon was a two-hour television programming block, created for syndication, which aired from September 10, 1990, until August 1997. At that time, it was taken out of syndication, and a new Disney weekday afternoon block was started on UPN. The Disney Afternoon was produced by The Walt Disney Company.
The two hour block was broken up into four half-hour segments, each of which contained a cartoon series. As each season ended, the first cartoon shown in the lineup would typically be dropped, and a new one added to the end. The Disney Afternoon itself featured unique animated segments consisting of its own opening and "wrappers" around the cartoon shows aired.
This block did not air in every market across the United States, but individual shows featured on The Disney Afternoon were packaged by themselves in several markets that did not carry the entire block.
Some of the early cartoon series in The Disney Afternoon came from series already in syndication, such as Adventures of the Gummi Bears (created years earlier), DuckTales and Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, which had been packaged together in an hour long cartoon block in 1989-1990, until both were incorporated into The Disney Afternoon the next year. TaleSpin was the first series to premiere in syndication on The Disney Afternoon.
Some of the later additions were inspired by shorter cartoon segments from the series Raw Toonage, which appeared on the CBS network in autumn of 1992, these included Marsupilami and Bonkers. Another source for Disney Afternoon cartoons were series inspired by movies created previously by Disney, including Aladdin, and Timon & Pumbaa, from The Lion King.
Beginning with the 1994 season, the name of The Disney Afternoon was shortened to TDA.
|Season||3:00 PM||3:30 PM||4:00 PM||4:30 PM|
|One (1990–1991)||Adventures of the Gummi Bears||DuckTales||Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers||TaleSpin|
|Two (1991–1992)||DuckTales||Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers||TaleSpin||Darkwing Duck|
|Three (1992–1993)||Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers||TaleSpin||Darkwing Duck||Goof Troop|
|Four (1993–1994)||TaleSpin||Darkwing Duck||Goof Troop||Bonkers|
|Five (1994–1995)||Darkwing Duck||Goof Troop||The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show (Monday, starting in January 1995)||Aladdin|
|Bonkers (Tuesday through Thursday)|
|Six (1995–1996)||Goof Troop||Bonkers||Aladdin||Gargoyles (Monday through Thursday)|
|Timon & Pumbaa (Friday)|
|Seven (1996–1997)||Darkwing Duck||Aladdin||Gargoyles||Timon & Pumbaa (Monday)|
|Quack Pack (Tuesday through Thursday)|
|Mighty Ducks (Friday)|