New Sci-Fi for Kids

There have been very few successful science-fiction television shows for kids. (Star Trek doesn't count, no matter how often our parents let us stay up to watch.) Wikipedia offers a list of 50 or so, of which I recognize fewer than ten. Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future? Far Out Space Nuts?

Perhaps the most successful in recent times are Phil of the Future and Power Rangers, and they're in very small company, especially if you remove the comedies. A spin-off of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron called Planet Sheen is currently in development.

I was working at Nickelodeon when Space Cases was excitedly launched. Co-produced by Lost in Space's Bill Mumy, it crash-landed after two cheap-looking seasons that were nonetheless very reverent to the science fiction genre.

But now there's a major new player in the universe of kids' science fiction -- a brand synonymous with entertaining, if not always seriously artistic, science fiction and horror content: SyFy.

The endeavor will be called SyFy Kids, cementing a name the brand gave themselves nearly a year ago. SyFy Kids faces immediate competition for kid eyeballs from Disney, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network, but in terms of genre, this is new and exciting broken ground in kids television. It's also new bait for boys, a market all kid media brands are desperately trying to capture.

SyFy Kids will launch first with original online content. But, being a big fan of science fiction and horror genres myself, I and my DVR look forward to a Land of the Lost for my kids' generation. I just hope they're producing in warp speed.

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