A variety of Sitcom
in which the main characters are children, usually teenagers, with adults relegated to supporting or background roles such as mentors or authority figures. Such shows naturally tend to cover more kid-oriented situations and plots, and often make good (and repeated) use of Can't Get Away with Nuthin'
and the Very Special Episode
. Status Quo Is God
is the rule in most of them (thus falling into level 2 of the Sliding Scale of Continuity
Perhaps the most common setting for a Kid Com is an academic one, with the characters being schoolmates, essentially the junior version of a Work Com
. But it can also follow a group of youngsters who just hang out at the local Malt Shop
or other "clubhouse"-type location.
generally don't qualify for inclusion in this category, since the protagonistic roles tend to be reversed (parents as main characters, children as supporting). However, a Dom Com can
double as a Kid Com if the primary focus is on the children rather than the adults or the family as a whole.
During The '70s
and The '80s
, the Kid Com was a staple of network television. Today, a large percentage of them are made by either Schneider's Bakery
or It's A Laugh Productions
for the Disney Channel
, much to the chagrin of fans of their more adventurous animated offerings. This may be because most regulations about advertising to children are just that, and treat adolescents as a separate category; by creating a live-action show
with a mostly-teenage cast they can claim teens as the main demographic while actually aiming an age group or two lower.
Often prone to Dawson Casting
(though frequently subverted
in recent years). Those originating in Canada draw from the same smallish pool of actors
, with many kids appearing in several before going Darker and Edgier
with a turn on Degrassi