Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks On

Gen-Xers who learned their multiplication tables from “Three Is a Magic Number” might be happy to hear that retro educational-cartoon series Schoolhouse Rock! is returning to the airwaves.

Toon Disney will begin airing the animated series, which originally aired on ABC from 1973 to 1985, weeknights starting Nov. 1, immediately following the network’s 5 p.m. weeknight animated movie.
The show, which featured hits such as “Conjunction Junction” and “I’m Just a Bill” became a pop-culture phenomenon for using animation and music to teach kids about grammar, math, science and politics.
It was originally created by Tom Yohe and George Newall and picked up for ABC by Michael Eisner, who was then VP of children’s programming at the network. The show made a brief appearance in the early 1990s on ABC’s morning lineup.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.