The Disney Afternoon
The Disney Afternoon (TDA) was a daytime programming block airing in first-run syndication during the 1990s.
Disney's first attempt with syndicated animation had been in 1987, with DuckTales, and in September 1989, new DuckTales episodes were paired with new episodes of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, which had premiered as a Disney Channel original series earlier that year.
The DuckTales/Rescue Rangers pairing was well received and the following year, the fall of 1990, the two series was packed together with new episodes of long running Saturday morning cartoon Adventures of the Gummi Bears and new creation TaleSpin for a 120 minute animated block, targeting school kids returning home from school: The Disney Afternoon.
The following years, each new fall season would see a new line up - one of the previous series would be replaced with a new show, while the other three remained, although without any new episodes.
The fall of 1994 had TaleSpin leaving while Aladdin was added, while Bonkers was replaced by other, new, series two days a week: The Shnookums & Meat Funny Cartoon Show on Mondays and Gargoyles on Fridays, making the 1994-1995 season of the block the one with most all-new episodes shown since the premiere year.
In 1995, Darkwing Duck was no longer on the schedule, while the Bonkers reruns were back full time. Shnookums & Meat was taken off the schedule due to poor audience reception, and new episodes of Gargoyles were shown four days a week, while its Friday slot was given to the only newcomer of the year - Timon and Pumbaa.
The lineup for the 1996-1997 season, the last year for the block, included the return of Darkwing Duck and the continuation of Gargoyles and Aladdin (all three in reruns), while the final slot was given to new episodes of the returning Timon & Pumba (Mondays), and new shows Quack Pack (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) and Mighty Ducks (Fridays).
While the Disney Afternoon name didn't return for the fall of 1997, Disney continued to offer an untitled block of 90 minutes, consisting of reruns of DuckTales, The Mighty Ducks and Quack Pack (the latter two sharing slot) and episodes of new series 101 Dalmatians. This continued during the fall of 1998, with reruns of 101 Dalmatians and Saturday morning show Doug, as well as new show Hercules.
Shows in fat indicate new episodes.
|Pre-Season (1989-1990)||DuckTales||Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers|
|Season 1 (1990-1991)||Adventures of the Gummi Bears||DuckTales||Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers||TaleSpin|
|Season 2 (1991-1992)||DuckTales||Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers||TaleSpin||Darkwing Duck|
|Season 3 (1992-1993)||Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers||TaleSpin||Darkwing Duck||Goof Troop|
|Season 4 (1993-1994)||TaleSpin||Darkwing Duck||Goof Troop||Bonkers|
|Season 5 (1994-1995)||Darkwing Duck||Goof Troop||The Shnookums & Meat Funny Cartoon Show / Bonkers / Gargoyles||Aladdin|
|Season 6 (1995-1996)||Goof Troop||Bonkers||Aladdin||Gargoyles / Timon and Pumbaa|
|Season 7 (1996-1997)||Darkwing Duck||Gargoyles||Aladdin||Timon and Pumbaa / Quack Pack / Mighty Ducks|
|Post-Season 1 (1997-1998)||DuckTales||Mighty Ducks / Quack Pack||101 Dalmatians|
|Post-Season 2 (1998-1999)||101 Dalmatians||Doug||Hercules|
In addition to The Disney Afternoon, several of the featured series also appeared, with original episodes, in the broadcast networks' Saturday morning lineups.
Darkwing Duck aired two seasons (1991-1992 and 1992-1993, ABC), Goof Troop aired one (1992-1993, ABC), Aladdin aired two (1994-1995 and 1995-1996, CBS), Timon & Pumbaa aired two (1995-1996 and 1996-1997, CBS), Mighty Ducks aired one (1996-1997, ABC), and post-DTA shows 101 Dalmatians and Hercules aired one season each (1997-1998 and 1998-1999, respectively, both on ABC).
In addition, Gargoyles returned for one season of new episodes for Saturday mornings (1996-1997, ABC) after its cancellation, and Timon and Pumba returned for a final season on Toon Disney in 1999.
- DuckTales: 7 aired during TDA season 1, 93 pre-TDA.
- Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers: 5 aired during TDA season 1, 60 pre-TDA episodes.
- Adventures of the Gummi Bears: 18 aired during TDA season 1, 53 pre-TDA episodes.
- TaleSpin: 65 episodes.
- Darkwing Duck: 65 TDA episodes, 26 Saturday morning episodes.
- Goof Troop: 65 TDA episodes, 13 Saturday morning episodes, 1 "Christmas special" episode.
- Bonkers: 65 episodes, 9 of which premiered on Disney Channel.
- Aladdin: 65 TDA episodes, 21 Saturday morning episodes.
- The Shnookums & Meat Funny Cartoon Show: 13 episodes.
- Gargoyles: 65 TDA episodes, 13 post-TDA episodes.
- Timon and Pumbaa: 26 TDA episodes, 20 Saturday morning episodes, and 39 post-TDA episodes.
- Quack Pack: 39 episodes.
- Mighty Ducks: 13 TDA episodes, 13 Saturday morning episodes, and one double-length pilot episode.
- 101 Dalmatians: 65 post-TDA episodes (53 syndicated, 12 Saturday morning).
- Hercules: 65 post-TDA episodes (52 syndicated, 13 Saturday morning).