Creator / YTV

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Keep it WEIRD!... on YTV.
— Their famous slogan

YTV is a Canadian network targeting at children. If it had to be compared to an American equivalent, it would be Nickelodeon, from which YTV takes a large amount of programming. Indeed, YTV has aired at least one episode of every Nicktoon there is. Incidentally, a Canadian Nickelodeon channel, owned by YTV's parent company Corus Entertainment, was launched in 2009. YTV has had several programming blocks hosted by PJs, or Program Jockeys, who would come in during the credits and do various things such as answering e-mails while introducing the next show, one of such blocks being The Zone, their after-school segment.

A staple of any TV watching Canadian kid in The '90s. The mornings featured an array of programming for younger viewers with tons of interaction from the PJs and many puppet characters who visited or lived in their lavish, treehouse-themed sets. YTV split off another network from its morning-midday programming, Treehouse TV, to cater to toddlers and preschoolers. Come afternoon, YTV was the go-to source for everything from ReBoot and Beasties to Sailor Moon, Pokémon, The Secret World of Alex Mack and The New Addams Family, hosted by a duo of wiseass male PJs and their gum-covered alien television creature Snit, whose screen was a giant mouth. Evenings shifted to a darker note with programming such as Animorphs, Cyber Six, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, and Goosebumps.

Between shows throughout the day, animated shorts dubbed "Short Circuitz" would air, ranging from funny and lighthearted ones earlier in the day to darker and surprisingly wistful ones at night ("Windows", for example). It was also responsible for original and often low-budget shows as well, such as PJ Katie's Farm and Radio Active, and the long-running game shows Video And Arcade Top 10 & Uh Oh. These days, most of this material is famed for its massive nostalgia factor among natives of the 1990s and late 1980s. Late at night during this period, BritComs such as Yes, Minister and Are You Being Served? were run.

During the late 1990s, YTV served as the early inspiration for much of what was then Fox Family, after its purchase by Fox; they even had their own equivalent to The Zone known as The Basement. (In a sense of Irony, much of FF's early programming was imported from Teletoon.)

Come the new millennium, YTV gradually shifted its programming.

YTV was once the primary source of anime for Canadians, which reached its peak with Inuyasha and the Bionix block on Fridays. Bionix brought several anime series to viewers (mostly dubbed by The Ocean Group for CanCon, or Canadian content, reasons, hitting two birds with one stone for both the obligations and anime fans), and threw in Canadian-produced CGI favourites by Mainframe Entertainment, such as Beasties, ReBoot and Shadow Raiders. Years later, Bionix was moved to late Saturday nights to make room for reality shows and sitcoms. Before, in 2007, YTV acquired approval from the CRTC to launch an anime-focused channel to be called the Anime Channel. The license expired in January of 2010 and it wasn't even launched. The block was later shortened to just an hour of reruns before it was ultimately removed in 2010.

A big reason for why anime was given the boot was that, in the late 2000's, Corus had a change in strategy. Instead of aiming for older teens later at night, they adopted a "whole family" strategy, where they would maximize the number of viewers by airing shows that would attract the whole audience in the evening; such as original or Nickelodeon-produced sitcoms, reruns of America's Funniest Home Videos, or family-friendly movies.

By 2014, YTV let go of the few Anime licences it did have, with Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! being shuffled over to sister network Teletoon (which Corus obtained full ownership of in 2013). Meanwhile, it seems YTV is also losing interest in Western Animation, to the point that even new original animation made for the channel ended up moving to Teletoon. The most animation you'll see are Nicktoons, or reruns of YTV and Teletoon's earlier cartoons on weekdays. Unless its a movie, or SpongeBob SquarePants, you won't see animation after 6 PM these days.

Not to be confused with Yomiuri TV, a Japanese TV network sharing the same initials (albeit in lowercase). Though considering this site's demographic, it's highly unlikely that you will confound them. Incidentally, the Japanese YTV was the original channel for Inuyasha, which was a big hit on the Canadian YTV. Also not to be confused with Yorkshire Television, an ITV franchise commonly referred to as YTV.

YTV has created the following series:

Live-Action TV

Western Animation


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