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The United Paramount Network (shortened to UPN) was an American broadcasting television network created in joint venture between Paramount and Chris-Craft Television and would later come under ownership of the CBS Corporation. It premiered on January 16, 1995 with the premier of Star Trek: Voyager and would gather over 21.3 million viewers. No UPN program would ever have that large of a premier after that.[1]

The network featured programming that would mostly aim towards young black audiences. This included Moesha, The Parkers and Girlfriends. It also featured syndicated airings of various animated shows, such as Dragon Ball Z, Pokemon, Ducktales, Hercules, and Doug (with the latter two later being transferred to the Disney's One Too block [itself a spinoff of the ABC Saturday morning block Disney's One Saturday Morning, which later became ABC Kids] while airing Recess and Sabrina: The Animated Series as well), and also Garfield, Beast Wars: Transformers, RoboCop: Alpha Commando, and The Wacky World of Tex Avery. Reruns of shows from other networks such as Frasier (which primarily aired on NBC) and Sister, Sister (originally airing on ABC) also aired on that channel. Shows from the WB such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Roswell would later move to the network. It closed down, along with the WB, in 2006 to form the CW (a joint venture between CBS and Warner Bros).[2]

Like most broadcasting networks at the time, UPN included programming aimed at children that aired on the weekends. But unlike the other five networks, UPN aired its children's programming on Sunday mornings as opposed to Saturday mornings. The first programming block was UPN Kids which would later be replaced with Disney's One Too in 1999.[3]. The children's programming also aired during the 3-4 PM schedule on weekdays.

External Links

  • UPN: The Rise of the 5th TV Network (pt. 1)[4]
  • UPN Article[5]
  • UPN Kids Article[6]