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  • Acting for Two - Renee Sands as both Renee and British cousin Samantha. Also, 1991's "Double Trouble" episode has Scott Wolf playing twins.
  • Actor Allusion - A "blink and you'll miss it" version pops up in the 1987 episode "When Movies Were Movies". With the kids having an afternoon off, the group has trouble finding a movie to go to. The Kid suggests "The Monster Squad That Ate Texas", a subtle reference to The Monster Squad, a film that came out the same year the episode aired and featured castmate Ryan Lambert as one of the main characters.
    • During her first guest appearance in Season 2's "The Great Comeback"; Ruth Buzzi's character of Blanche Taylor is dressed in a manner identical to her Gladys Ormphby character on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In prior to her character getting a makeover before meeting her long-lost daughter.
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  • Creative Differences - According to Jerry Sharell, the reason he left after only the first season was because he was unhappy with the direction that producers Thomas W. Lynch and Gary P. Biller were taking the show in. In particular, he wanted the show to be more realistic while Lynch and Biller wanted it to contain more fantasy.
  • The Danza - Only Martika, Jerry Sharell, and Jennifer Love Hewitt did not use their own first names. Rahsaan Patterson's name was later revealed as being Rahsaan in the season 4 episode, "What's in a Name", which turned out to be his and Renee Sands' last episode.
    • According to the show's IMDb trivia page and one retrospective on Jennifer Love Hewitt; Hewitt was a last-minute replacement for an unidentified girl who was let go for unknown reasons.
  • Directed by Cast Member - Moosie Drier (who played Riley) directed the 1988 episode "Kahuna Kids".
  • Dueling Shows: With Alvin and the Chipmunks, another Slice of Life show containing pre-teen characters performing covers of hit songs from the 80's.
  • He Also Did:
    • John Boni, co-creator of When Things Were Rotten, co-wrote an episode.
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    • Stanley Ralph Ross, best known for co-developing Wonder Woman, also wrote a handful of episodes.
    • Andy Gordon, later executive producer for Just Shoot Me! and co-creator of True Jackson, VP, wrote or co-wrote several episodes.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes - The main reason that the show hasn't returned to TV or had a home video release since the 80's is twofold: one being the difficulty in clearing the rights to the songs (which, while still difficult, would not be as pricey as these are kids singing them, not the actual artists), while the other is the fact that the show's rights are split between MGM (owner of the actual series) & Disney (in possession of the physical videotapes as well as being MGM's DVD distributor).
  • Non-Singing Voice: Connie Lew's singing voice was dubbed over, without her knowledge. She was reportedly very upset about it.
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  • Series Hiatus: Kids Incorporated took what would have been the 1990 season off for the series to be refreshed, resulting in the departure of three of the cast membersnote , leaving Kenny Ford, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sean O'Riordan as the sole 1989 holdovers when production resumed for 1991. Additionally, the period after the shortened 1993 season was intended to be a break before an even more extensive retool, only to (as mentioned below) see the cast age out or decline to return, resulting in its cancellation.
  • Troubled Production - The show's fifth season. It was in production during the Writers' Guild of America strike of 1988, and as a result, the show's producers were forced to use non-union writers who presumably hadn't seen the first four seasons up to that point.
  • Un-Canceled - The first show to jump from Syndication to Cable.
  • Unintentional Period Piece - Considering that the show's list of covers made it a near-soundtrack of the 1980s (and early 1990s); this trope couldn't really be avoided.
    • The 1987 episode "Russian 101" (in which Ryan is smitten with a member of the Russian ballet) is a particularly noticeable example with references to the USSR and an Eagleland-focused original song that, watching in hindsight with The Great Politics Mess-Up, serve as a dead giveaway of its being produced late in the Cold War.
  • What Could Have Been - The show went on what was supposed to be a two-year hiatus, having done so once before, in order to rest the show before a massive Retool, include reducing the songs in each episode (in fact, some proposed scripts had no songs at all), and moving production from LA to Vancouver. However, by the time the show was to resume in 1995, the Season 9 cast declined to return or aged out.
  • You Look Familiar - Used on several occasions.
    • Moosie Drier (who played soda jerk/Bungling Inventor Riley for the first five seasons) often appeared in (or voiced) several one-shot characters; including a pirate in a fantasy sequence, which marked the only time we heard him sing.
    • The 2nd episode of the series has a vandal revealed to be a one-shot character played by Andrea Paige Wilson; one of the series dancers.
    • Another dancer, Wendy Brainard, returned in a 1992 episode as a dance teacher.
    • Trevor Weaver played a bully who the Kid managed to tick off in a first-season episode. The following year, he returned as the lead singer of another band that was supposed to serve as a warm-up act for Kids Inc. during a very special anti-smoking episode. In the latter episode, the character (who smokes) comes down with a sore throat and can't perform.
    • John Franklin of Children of the Corn (1984) appeared in two roles in back-to-back 1984 episodes; first appearing in the "Space Case" episode as an alien sent to bring a specimen from Earth (the specimen he attempts to bring being Renee) and next as a leprechaun who wants to be like Michael Jackson in "The Leprechaun". Not really surprising, however, as one of the film's executive producers, Earl A. Glick, was also an executive producer of Kids Incorporated. In addition, one of the film's production companies, Hal Roach Studios, would later sign up as a production company for Kids Incorporated.
    • Audra Lee (a young actress and singer most famous at the time for co-hosting the TBS educational segment Kid's Beat) appeared in two episodes in 1988 and 1989. The 1988 appearance had her play Richie's rival in a class presidential race; while the following year she played a character who created a fan club for Devyn.

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