Kingson (stylized as KINGSON) is an American basic cable and satellite television channel which is partially owned by the Viacom Media Networks division of Viacom and Deadpan Productions, headquartered in New York City. It was founded by Ralf Hat and was launched on January 2, 1993. The United States version of the channel is shown in Canada, while international versions exist for Europe, East Asia, and Australia.
Kingson was launched on January 2, 1993 in the United States, and was only available to 8.6 million cable television homes in North America itself. The channel lunched at 10:00 PM Eastern and Pacific Time, with its first program being a series of short animated pilots.
Kingson released its first animated original series, The Misadventures of Gecko in 1994, gathering a huge fandom and cultural popularity.
Kingson is headquartered in New York City, New York, since 1994. It was originally headquartered in Philadelphia before being partially owned by Viacom a year earlier.
Kingson has achieved a viewership installation with its original programming, most may compare the channel to other channels such as Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network. With inceptive series such as, Instruments & Instruments (1996-2002), The Sherry Show (1997-), The Epic Animals (1998-2005), Adversaires (1998-2002), Risky Frizz (1999-), and Fish (2002-2008), Kingson carried a growing popularity with viewers aged four through seventeen.
With an emerging following of teenaged and adult viewers appearing, the previous late-night movie time-slot was replaced by an entire part-time adult aimed television block called SPEED, launched on April 16, 2003. With much adult orientated series and movies displayed on the block, Kingson was endeavored with much controversy, especially with the negative reception from the Parents Television Council, as well as many fundamentalist religious organizations whom demanded censorship on the network.
Kingson was able to access the potential of certain shorts to serve as pilots for spin-off series and signed contracts with their creators to create ongoing series. In 2005, many affiliates began appearing to Kingson.
Kingson released its first three theatrical films based on original television series; Gecko's Million Dollar Movie (1999), The Epic Animals Epic Movie (2002), Shapes: Race Against Time (2004), and Risky Frizz: The Movie (2005).
By August 2006, Kingson had a total rebrand (in terms of schedule, bumpers, etc) as well as new series and specials.
In September of 2014, Kingson released The Sherry Movie, based on The Sherry Show. As high promotional material, the film had a wide positive impact on the channel, having a rise in viewership.
- Main article: List of programs on Kingson
- Regular Routine (Weekly at 5:00 AM to 5:00 PM) The network's regular weekly lineup. The regular routine consists of both original and acquired programming, series which contain segments in each episode are most likely to be placed here. Content ratings may vary, but TV-Y7 and TV-Y7-FV are most common on the block.
- Kingson Saturday Movie Marathon (Saturdays at 10:00 AM–8:00 PM) Previously meant to be an April Fool's Day special event, the 10-hour block consists of feature films. Tba
- KingEdge (Weekly at 5:00 PM–9:00 PM)
- Sunday Specials (Sundays at 2:00 PM–9:00 PM) A programming block dedicated to airing marathons of certain shows, television movies, special premires, etc. The block was originally shown airing former television series from the Kingson library, but soon introduced more than just retro series (though sometimes the block will show former television series).
- KingsonMoon (1994–2001) (Sundays to Fridays at 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM)
- Wild Wednesdays
- Saturday Night Toons (1993–2000) (Saturdays at 9:00 PM–1:00 AM)
- Zedland (1993–1999) (Weekends at 1:00 AM–5:00 AM)
- Kingson Films (main article: Kingson Films)