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The WB Television Network
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The WB Television Network

The WB Television Network is a television network in the United States, founded by the Warner Bros film studio and Tribune Company in January 1995. The network is typically referred to as The WB.

Much like its contemporary UPN, the WB was a reaction to the success of the Fox Network and first-run syndicated programming during the late 1980s and early 1990s. WB's first programs were sitcoms and other cheap-to-produce fare; in 1995, WB also added the "Kids' WB" programming block, which mixed Warners' biggest hit shows (Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs and later , all of which originated either on Fox, Fox Kids or in syndication) with new productions and original shows.

After the Turner-Time Warner merger in 1996, Kids' WB formed an alliance with Cartoon Network, and over time, they have shared more and more programming.

The WB's breakout hits during the late 1990s were Buffy the Vampire Slayer in prime time, and the American version of Pokémon; in the Kids' WB blocks, which they acquired from syndication (TV Tokyo) in 1998. Buffy eventually moved to UPN in 2001.

The WB and Kids WB is now seen over much of the globe.

See also: List of United States television networks

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