Timeline of furry cartoons on ABC

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This is a list of all Saturday morning cartoons aired by the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) which feature anthropomorphic or furry characters. Articles that do not yet exist on WikiFur redirect to English Wikipedia.

ABC (not to be confused with public broadcaster Australian Broadcasting Corporation) is a broadcast television network in the United States of America, covering basically all of the United States with over-the-air stations and coverage on cable television providers. Formed in 1943 after NBC was forced to sell its "NBC Blue" network radio stations, the first television stations affiliated with ABC took to the air in 1948, and the network grew throughout the 1950s and 1960s.[note 1] By 1977, it became the highest-rated network, later settling into second place throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

In 1985, ABC was purchased by a third-party owner of mostly ABC-affiliated television stations, Capital Cities Communications. During this "CapCities/ABC" era, the network became its most conservative (not politically, but rather sticking to tried-and-true ideas of what worked for television shows), but maintained a very healthy audience. In 1989, ABC launched the family-oriented TGIF programming block on Friday nights, which often had tie-ins (in the form of program bumpers and cross-promotions during commercial breaks) to ABC's saturday morning block. In 1993, ABC bought French-American animation house DiC Entertainment (creators of various animated shows, such as Heathcliff and Sonic the Hedgehog).

Perhaps spurred-on by the launch of the United Paramount Network, and Warner Brothers launching their own network in 1995, Disney would buy the merged "CapCities/ABC" in 1996, becoming Disney–ABC Television Group and launching their own programming starting in 1997. They would sell DiC in 2000. Since coming under common ownership with other Disney properties, ABC's logo has seen cameo mentions, such as in the 2006 animated film The Wild.

Perhaps best known for its ABC Kids lineup in the 1980s and early 1990s, in which it aired more animated shows containing anthropomorphic animals than its competitors (which had a large influence in the fandom as its viewers entered their teens and young adult years), and for its "One Saturday Morning" block from 1997 to 2001, the network began gradually phasing out its animation in favour of "kidcoms" (kid-oriented sitcoms) from The Disney Channel, before replacing those with E/I programming in 2009.

The early years (1948-1976)[edit]

Rising to the top (1976-1985)[edit]

Enter Capital Cities (1985-1993)[edit]

ABC purchases DiC (1993-1996)[edit]

The Mouse buys the network (1996-2003)[edit]

Last shows (2003-2014)[edit]

Other programming[edit]

The Wonderful World of Disney aired on ABC from 1954, with occasional stints on NBC, CBS, and The Disney Channel, though has aired on ABC since 1997 (and on Disney Junior since 2012).

While not directly related to The Disney Afternoon, there was some overlap with shows moving between The Disney Afternoon (which was syndicated mostly to independent and occasionally network-affiliated stations), and the ABC network's Saturday morning offerings itself.


  1. Like most other American broadcast television networks, ABC owns some of its biggest television stations, while the remainder are owned by third parties (such as Sinclair Broadcast Group and E.W. Scripps Broadcasting). Although ABC has no direct affiliates in Canada, it is carried on basic cable throughout the country, and the CTV television network has aired the vast majority of ABC's Saturday Morning lineup for those too far from the border to receive American stations directly.
  2. Rob Paulsen (voice actor from the shows Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, The Adventures of the Gummi Bears, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) was a guest of honour for Anthrocon 2007.
  3. Jim Cummings (voice actor from Sonic the Hedgehog, Darkwing Duck, Winnie the Pooh, The Lion King and Baldur's Gate) was the guest of honour for Anthrocon 2014.
  4. Jymn Magon (creator/writer of Disney's Tale Spin, The Disney Afternoon and A Goofy Movie) was the guest of honour for ConFurence 12.
  5. Ben Hurst (chief writer for Tiny Toons and Sonic the Hedgehog) was a guest of honour for multiple SAGExpo conventions.
  6. Greg Weisman (creator of Disney's Gargoyles) was a special guest at Califur 10.

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