The types of hybrid shows that are shown in the UK on Saturday mornings -- effectively a VarietyShow aimed at kids. Broadcast US television used to have a milder variety of this kind of program -- and some were actually run five times a week, on weekdays -- but they have almost entirely been phased out in favor of shows that are cheaper to produce and which have higher profit margins. (And most US networks have actually phased out ''all'' Saturday-morning children's fare entirely.) The genre seemed to be dead in the UK, ''Toonattik'' was the last real example and it dumped its presenters and become just a cartoon block before being axed at the end of 2010. However, TheBBC brought back the format as ''Saturday Mash-Up!'' in 2017.

They frequently include the following elements:
* Cartoons, often recycled theatrical shorts.
* Two or three noticeable presenters.
** On UK television, at least one of these will be a puppet character.
* Satires of popular TV shows (''{{Series/Taggart}}'' appears to have been done once, ''Series/DoctorWho'' has been done).
* [[CelebrityStar Celebrities being interviewed and/or singing]].
* A live audience of young children
* Phone-in competitions (often involving things that require you to watch the cartoons)
* People getting CoveredInGunge.
* Childish humour.
* ParentService.

For Saturday Morning cartoons as shown in the US, rather than variety shows, see SaturdayMorningCartoon.
!!Notable examples:

* Dibujuegos, hosted by musician Manuel Wirtz and Sesame Street's Big Bird. Ran in 1991, was full of late 80s cartoon goodness.

* Australia also has a lot of these, the longest running being Saturday Disney.

* An infamous example from the nineteen-eighties is Xuxa, hosted by an oversexed (and not very smart) former model that inspired the wrath of MoralGuardians and produced a few short-lived imitators.

* ''YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' started out as one of these (with live-action sketches instead of cartoons); the call-in segments were dropped as soon as the show was repackaged for sale to markets outside Ottawa and the music segments phased out after the first couple years while the ShowWithinAShow aspects of the link segments were played up, until what was left was a SketchComedy.
* ''Series/GetSetForLife'', an [[EdutainmentShow edutainment]] block for preschoolers on Creator/{{CBC}}, It featured two hosts named Michael and Allison who would play pretend, do crafts, and tell stories.

* A single woman ("Dorothée") hosted a show of this type for over fifteen years (1978-1987 and 1987-1997), building up a gigantic network of ancillary co-stars, gags, sets, etc. etc. etc. For [[GatewaySeries better]] or [[AnimationAgeGhetto wo]][[{{Macekre}} r]][[DubNameChange se]], this show more-or-less introduced France to Anime (and ''SuperSentai'' years before ''PowerRangers'').
* ''Televisator [[NumberedTVStations 2]]'' (1993-1994) was a show about video games and cartoons (''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', etc.)
* ''Hanna Barbera Dingue Dong'' (1990-1996), was just a collection of HB cartoons (''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'', etc.) interspersed with the live-action host's antics. Based on the american ''The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera''
** In fact, France had a quite bunch of such shows which alternate cartoons and inane jokes involving live-action hosts. This may have had some legal causes (laws requiring homeland-produced original content, etc.)

* Two famous examples: ''Chabelo'', which was actually aired on Sunday mornings, and ''Caritele'', which was a Saturday morning show interspersed with other shows and mostly {{shounen}} anime.

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* On Creator/TheBBC: ''(Multi Coloured) Swap Shop'' (1976-1982), ''Saturday Superstore'' (1982-1987), ''Going Live'' (1987-1993), ''Live And Kicking'' (1993-2001) - [[SameCharacterButDifferent which were all essentially variations of the same format]].[[note]]Well, mostly. ''Swap Shop'' was perhaps memorable as, like the name suggests, kids of the era could literally bring items such as toys they didn't want to a live swap event and exchange it for others they did, proving to be one of the most popular aspects of the show according to Wiki/TheOtherWiki. These days, of course, we have eBay, Freecycle and such...[[/note]]
** ''Series/DickAndDomInDaBungalow'' (2002-2006)
** During the summer months the regular Saturday morning show took a break. Replacements (usually from the BBC Regions, unlike the London-based main show) included ''8:15 from Manchester'', ''Parallel 9'' (set on a alien planet of the same name), and ''Fully Booked'' (set in a fictional Scottish hotel).
** 2017's ''Saturday Mash-Up!'' saw the format return over a decade after ''Dick and Dom''.
* On Creator/{{ITV}}: ''Series/{{Tiswas}}'' (1974-1982, starting as a regional series in UsefulNotes/TheMidlands before it went nationwide by its final series)
** ''No. 73'' (1982-1988), notable for its SitCom elements; it was supposedly set in an ordinary suburban house, where the residents just happened to be showing cartoons, interviewing celebrities, and organising The Sandwich Quiz.
** ''SM:TV Live'' (1998-2003), notable for launching the mainstream careers of Creator/AntAndDec and Cat Deeley, and for having an ''extremely'' high amount of {{Parental Bonus}}es.
** ''Ministry Of Mayhem'' and ''Holly and Stephen's Saturday Showdown'' (2004-2006)
** ''Toonattik'' (2005 to 2011) - broadcast as part of the breakfast service GMTV, it fired its presenters in May 2010. Ended completely on New Years Day 2011, as part of the changeover from GMTV to Daybreak.

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* In 2003, Cartoon Network turned their all animated Cartoon Cartoon Fridays block into a block hosted by Tommy and Nzinga (later replaced by Tara) called "Fridays". In addition to cartoons, there were two puppet characters, celebrity interviews, and musical guest performances. It ended in 2007, and was replaced by Friday Night Premiere Thunder.
* Late lamented examples include ''Series/{{Wonderama}}'', ''Series/GeneLondon'', and ''Series/CaptainKangaroo''. (None of which were literally speaking ''Saturday'' fare, but it's the format, not the broadcast time that counts.) Also, ''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse'' was equal parts straight and subvertive of the genre. And then there's all the regional variations of ''Series/TheBozoShow''.
** The ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Krusty The Klown Show]]'' is a parody of these; Creator/MattGroening and others [[TwoDecadesBehind acknowledge the anachronism]].
* Probably one of the originators of the genre was ''The Howdy Doody Show'' (1947-1960).
* Jim Varney, as his Film/ErnestPWorrell character, briefly revived the genre with ''Hey Vern, It's Ernest!'' in 1988.
* Creator/{{CBS}} attempted a plethora of these types of shows in the '80s and '90s, including both ''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse'' and ''Hey Vern It's Ernest!'' along with ''Series/TheWeirdAlShow'' and the acquisition of ''Series/BeakmansWorld'' from Creator/{{TLC}}.
* ''Series/TheAquaBatsSuperShow'' is a sort of half-{{Homage}}, half-parody of these types of kids' shows.

* Thanks to deals RCTV had with Creator/{{Disney}}, they had Club Disney during the 80's and 90's, while its rival Venevisión had El Club de Los Tigritos. Both shows were phased out around early 00's, though Venevisión still has cartoon hosts presenting cartoon hosts, but nothing else.