[[caption-width-right:300:Kiss the frog, baby.]]

->''OK, everybody, it's time for a song from the little network with a really big sign!''
-->--'''Michigan J. Frog''' at the beginning of a music video promoting the network

->''We're proud to present on The WB another bad show that no one will see!''
-->--'''Michigan J. Frog,''' ''TheSimpsons'' "Lisa's Sax"

The WB was a joint venture between Time Creator/{{Warner|Bros}} and Tribune Company with the former company calling the shots. As [[FollowTheLeader a reaction to the success]] of the fledgling Creator/{{Fox}} network, TW launched their own network in 1995, with Tribune's then-independents (WPIX in UsefulNotes/{{New York|City}}, KTLA in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, WGN in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, KWGN in UsefulNotes/{{Denver}}, etc.) serving as the network's nucleus. Unlike UPN, it also had a major boost with WGN's national superstation feed on cable (now WGN America, which eventually cut all ties to WGN-TV in 2014) carrying it for its first four years until it could get more affiliates.

While it was able to gain some available independent stations and even steal some affiliates from UPN after its launch, to clear up the bugs with carriage in smaller markets (particularly those in the bottom 100), The WB launched a national feed called The [=WeB=] (subsequently renamed The WB 100+ Station Group) in September 1998; consisting entirely of cable-exclusive affiliates (although it managed to gain some over-the-air stations as well in the network's final years), it was an automated feed which mixed syndicated shows with network programming, with programming, and local and national ads sent to and from a server network based in Los Angeles and specialized computer systems housed at the offices of the affiliate operator.

Much like Fox before it and UPN after it, the network had no news division, although many of the charter affiliates owned by Tribune did have their own operations; indeed, WPIX had shut down their own attempt at a national newscast for independent stations, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_Network_News_(US) INN]] (''[[FunWithAcronyms Independent Network News]]'', then ''INN: The Independent News'', then finally ''USA Tonight'') a few years before the WB was announced (all of Tribune's owned stations took the program).

The network is remembered differently depending on how old you are. If you were a kid in the mid-'90s, you may fondly remember The WB as the host network for ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' after it was acquired from Fox, along with other Creator/StevenSpielberg-helmed {{Saturday morning cartoon}}s such as ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' and the ''Animaniacs'' spin-off ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain''. If you were a kid in the late '90s and early 2000s, you remember it for pretty much [[AnimationAgeGhetto selling out Saturday mornings]] to [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]]. Those who were teenagers during the late '90s or early 2000s will remember it for giving the world such {{teen drama}}s as ''Series/SeventhHeaven'', ''Series/DawsonsCreek'', and ''Series/{{Everwood}}'' -- shows that the network is, without a doubt, most famous for. Still others (teenagers and genre fans alike) remember the network for ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''{{Roswell}}'' until those two series were picked up -- perhaps ironically, in hindsight -- by UPN (The WB still held onto ''Series/{{Angel}}'' at least). And of course, the network churned out quite a bit of SitCom and particularly DomCom flavored shows during its life.

And of course, many still remember it for turning the [[OneSceneWonder one-toon wonder]] [[WesternAnimation/OneFroggyEvening Michigan J. Frog]] [[BreakoutCharacter into a household name]] while at the same time reducing him into a cheap corporate shill for the network (to the point where some TV writers and announcers referred to The WB as "The Frog") until the frog quietly exited the stage from advertisements and promotions during the last two years of the network's life (though [[BackForTheFinale his image]] was [[TearJerker one of the last transmitted by the network]]; the last thing shown before the network was officially shut down were the end credits of the pilot episode of ''Dawson's Creek'').

This network was [[NetworkDeath rolled up with]] Creator/{{UPN}} to form a new network called Creator/TheCW in 2006, with The WB's final primetime block, ''A Night Of Farewells And Favorites'', airing on September 17, 2006. However, its successor used several elements carried over from The WB: including its 30-hour weekly programming schedule[[note]]13 hours in primetime (two hours on Monday through Fridays, and five on Sundays, the latter night was turned over to The CW's affiliates in 2009), two hours in daytime (one of which was turned over to CW affiliates in 2010) as well as the Kids' WB block on Saturday mornings (which it replaced with Creator/TheCW4Kids in 2008)[[/note]] as well as the small-market network feed (which became Creator/TheCWPlus, and began mixing in affiliations with digital subchannel and conventional primary affiliations).

At one point, The WB was reborn as an online network, airing both older shows (including most of their old teen dramas) and original programming. In late 2013, this site was discontinued in favor of The CW's new online television platform, CW Seed, and the site redirected to a promotional news site called ''Warner Bros. Television Media to Go'', thus putting the final nail in the coffin for the history of The WB. The revived Kids' WB website struggled on for two more years before getting the ax as well.

!!Shows featured on The WB included:

* ''Series/SeventhHeaven''
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''
* ''Series/TheArmyShow''
* ''WesternAnimation/BabyBlues''
* ''Series/TheBedfordDiaries''
* ''Series/BirdsOfPrey''
* ''Series/BrotherlyLove'' (season 2)
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}''
* ''Series/DawsonsCreek''
* ''Series/DoOver''
* ''Series/{{Everwood}}''
* ''Series/{{Felicity}}''
* ''Series/ForYourLove''
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls''
* ''Series/GrossePointe''
* ''Series/GroundedForLife'' (seasons 3-5)
* ''The Help''
* ''Series/JackAndBobby''
* ''Series/TheJamieFoxxShow''
* ''Series/TheJamieKennedyExperiment''
* ''Kirk''
* ''Like Family''
* ''Series/LivingWithFran''
* ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill''
* ''Nick Freno Licensed Teacher''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs''
* ''The O'Keefes''
* ''Series/OneTreeHill''
* ''Series/TheParentHood''
* ''Series/PepperDennis''
* ''Series/{{Popular}}''
* ''Series/{{Reba}}''
* ''Related''
* ''Series/{{Roswell}}''
* ''Series/RunOfTheHouse''
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'': Acquired from ABC, last few seasons ran on WB.
* ''Series/SafeHarbor''
* ''Series/{{Savannah}}''
* ''Series/SisterSister'': (Likewise)
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}''
* ''Series/SmartGuy''
* ''Series/TheSteveHarveyShow''
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
* ''Series/TheSurrealLife''
* ''Twins''
* ''Series/UnhappilyEverAfter''
* ''Series/TheWayansBros''
* ''Series/WhatILikeAboutYou''
* ''Series/ZoeDuncanJackAndJane'' (aka ''Zoe...'' in its second season)

!! '''Shows featured on Creator/KidsWB included:'''

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman''
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''
* ''[[Manga/CardcaptorSakura Cardcaptors]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Detention}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''
* ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed''
* ''Anime/MegaManNTWarrior''
* ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlackTheSeries''
* ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The New Batman Adventures]]'' (with reruns of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'')
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain''
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/RoadRovers''
* ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock''
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSylvesterAndTweetyMysteries''
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' reruns
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Waynehead}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''
* ''Anime/YuGiOh''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject''
''[[TheStinger This has been a special report from the]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}} Weird Butt Network.]]''