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

YTV is a Canadian channel launched in 1988 as one of the first youth-oriented specialty networks to launch in the country. Despite this, and what its name suggests, YTV's initials do not stand for "Youth Television". YTV's current parent company is Corus Entertainment, and the network serves as the flagship brand for the Corus' Kids division.

YTV is known for its 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. Their longest-running block is The Zone, originally shown during the after-school hours before eventually taking-over Saturday mornings as well. Notable program jockeys throughout the years have included Phil Guerrero, known on-air as "PJ Phresh Phill", Stephanie Beard, known on-air as "Sugar", and Carlos Bustamante, who has hosted for 16 years — the longest out of any PJ.


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 channel from its morning-midday programming to cater to toddlers and preschoolers: Treehouse TV. Come afternoon, YTV was the go-to source for everything from ReBoot and Beasties to Sailor Moon, Doug, Pokémon, The Secret World of Alex Mack and The New Addams Family. All of which was 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, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Goosebumps, and BritComs such as Yes, Minister and Are You Being Served?.


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.

If YTV had to be compared to an American equivalent, it would be Nickelodeon, from which the station has imported a large amount of programming. A Canadian version, which primarily serves as a vault channel for Nickelodeon's programming, was eventually launched in 2009. YTV has also served as the early inspiration for what was then known as Fox Family, after its purchase by Fox. Fox Family even had their own equivalent to The Zone known as The Basement but, in a sense of Irony, much of the channel's early programming was imported from Teletoon. YTV's modern-day French-language equivalent is Francophone sister network VRAK, which likewise competes with the French-language version of Teletoon. (A previous youth-oriented pay-TV network, the French-language TVJQ, operated in Quebec only from 1982 to 1988.)

Another notable aspect of YTV was that they were the primary source of anime for Canadians, note  In fact, Medabots, Bakuten Shoot Beyblade, and Metal Fight Beyblade's English versions were all co-productions with sibling studio Nelvana. YTV's anime programming would reach its peak with Inuyasha and the Bionix block. Bionix brought several anime series to viewers, most of which dubbed by The Ocean Group for CanCon (Canadian content) reasons, hitting two birds with one stone for both the meeting obligations and satisfying anime fans. Likewise, YTV also aired the first English dubbing of Sailor Moon, which was made for DIC in Toronto (and starred YTV personality Stephanie "Sugar" Beard). They also threw in Canadian-produced CGI favorites by Mainframe Entertainment (Beasties, ReBoot and Shadow Raiders) and even Western Animation fare (Invader Zim and Futurama). And speaking of Canadian content, one of the network's flagship shows at its launch was You Can't Do That on Television, which had previously failed to find a large nationwide Canadian audience despite being made in Ottawa.

Come the new millennium, YTV gradually shifted its programming. 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 reruns of America's Funniest Home Videos, or family-friendly movies.

As a result, Bionix was moved to late Saturday nights and later shortened to just an hour of reruns before it was ultimately axed in 2010. YTV did acquired approval from the CRTC to launch an anime-focused channel, but the license ultimately expired in January of 2010. By 2014, YTV would let go of the few anime titles it did have, with Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! being shuffled over to Teletoon — which Corus obtained full ownership of the previous year.

At one point, it almost seemed as if YTV was losing interest in animation; even new original Western Animation made for the channel would somehow end up on Teletoon. During this time, the most animation you would see would be Nicktoons, or reruns of YTV and Teletoon's earlier cartoons on weekdays; unless it was a movie, a new show, or SpongeBob SquarePants, you wouldn't see anything of the sort after 6 PM EST.

Like Nickelodeon, YTV still attracts a Periphery Demographic that remembers the channel fondly for its image and output from the 1990s to early 2000s. Playing lipservice to this particular audience, Nelvana launched YTV Direct in 2015, a YouTube channel hosting both retro and contemporary content from YTV and Teletoon. YTV and Nelvana have also uploaded episodes of Nicktoons such as The Fairly OddParents, as Nelvana owns the international rights to early seasons. There was also a "retro" section on YTV's website, featuring full episodes, as well as blogs and quizzes based on older YTV programming.

For its 30th anniversary in 2018, YTV Direct was relaunched as "Keep It Weird", focusing on "weird", contemporary shows. The rest of its content was split between two new channels: Retro Rerun, which focuses on older programming and even held a 6teen reunion special, and Cartoon Power Up, featuring action cartoons and Nelvana-produced anime. YTV has also launched this website, were one can purchase gear and clothing featuring old YTV designs and learn about the channel's early history.

Not to be confused with Yomiuri TV, a Nippon Television-affiliated Japanese TV station in Osaka sharing the same initials (albeit in lowercase). Incidentally, Yomiuri was the original broadcaster for Inuyasha. It is also not to be confused with Yorkshire Television, an ITV franchise commonly referred to as YTV.

YTV has created the following series (premiere dates are in brackets):

Live-Action TV

Western Animation

Tropes associated with the network include:

  • Covered in Gunge: You Can't Do That on Television, made in Ottawa but primarily popular in the United States on Nickelodeon, was an integral part of YTV's lineup at its launch in 1988, being not only a groundbreaking show but Canadian Content as well. John Candy got green slimed on YTV's premiere broadcast after uttering the show's trigger phrase, "I don't know." YTV also had the Slimelight Sweepstakes, its own version of Nickelodeon's "Slime-In" contests which flew winners to the CJOH-TV studios, where the show was made, to get slimed.
  • International Coproduction: Helped produced the Viva Piñata adaptation with Rare in the UK, Canada's Bardel Entertainment, and the American-based 4Kids Entertainment.
  • Large Ham Announcer: Eddie. Glen. the Funny page speaks for itself
  • Screwed by the Network: YTV screwed Bionix so hard, it almost makes what Cartoon Network did to Toonami look minor in comparison. The block originally ran on Friday nights, airing a mixture of Anime and Western Animation. However, when Death Note and Gundam SEED Destiny ended, YTV failed to pick up any new shows to replace them with that had been picked up in the States (i.e Code Geass or Gundam 00). The block was shortened and moved to Saturday nights, which isolated its viewing audience. After Avatar: The Last Airbender ended, they did pick up Blue Dragon, but the run was short, barely lasting 15 or 20 episodes. All they had left at that point was Naruto, Bleach, and Zatch Bell!, and they cut Zatch Bell a few months later. With only Naruto and Bleach left, they shifted what was left of the block to run from Midnight to 2:00 AM. Not only that, but both series were in filler hell. Finally, when the filler episodes ran out, they simply went back to reruns. No Shippuden, and no Arrancar. Soon after, the block was scrapped and YTV hasn't aired any mature anime series since.
    • Back in Pokémon's Diamond and Pearl era, YTV gave it this treatment. When new episodes were supposed to air, the network would sometimes show The Fairly OddParents, SpongeBob SquarePants, or even Pretty Cure in its' time slot. On Victoria Day 2009, when YTV was supposed to air a marathon of new episodes, but a SpongeBob marathon aired instead.
      • YTV used to air Diamond and Pearl on Friday nights, instead of Saturday afternoons. By the time Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension began airing, the channel was airing new episodes on Friday mornings, at a time when the target audience was going to school.
    • The Ocean Group-produced dub of Futari wa Pretty Cure got a nasty case of this, with episodes only airing on Friday mornings. The thing is, YTV commissioned the dub.
    • Despite treating previous adaptions well, YTV gave one hell of a welcome back to Digimon when the channel aired Digimon Fusion. The show appeared out of nowhere in March 2014, on a Friday morning, with ZERO promotion, and disappeared soon after. This is despite the show targeting same crowd as B-Daman Crossfire, which also received no promotion but got a lot better treatment. The best bet for Canadian fans to watch the show was through a nearby CW affiliate that carried Vortexx, which was already months ahead of YTV's broadcast anyways.
    • The Fairly OddParents caught a case of this in Summer 2016. Unlike Nickelodeon, which shuffled reruns over to Nicktoons, YTV still aired the show... at 5am in the morning. Which show bumped OddParents from its longtime spot on The Zone and completely took over the weekday block in the process? Why SpongeBob SquarePants, of course!
    • As mentioned on the YMMV page, if it's a show aimed at girls, YTV will screw it over. They mostly to do this by only airing the show on Sunday mornings with little-to-no promotion. Nowadays, whenever Corus acquires a show it perceives to be aimed at girls, they simply air on the preschool-oriented Treehouse TV instead.
      • Perhaps due to it being a Nelvana-produced series, Mysticons was a minor aversion to this trope. Just as Nickelodeon did, Mysticons premiered in a five-day, week-long event, and also airs new episodes on Sundays. Unlike Nickelodeon, YTV airs reruns on Saturday mornings, as well as weekdays, and the show even had premiere events on Teletoon's English and French channels, with the latter channel also hosting a five-day premiere.
      • On the flip side, Regal Academy plays it straight, with new episodes being aired on weekends at 6am.


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