Kids Incorporated (also known as Kids Inc.) is an American children's television program that was produced from 1984 to 1993. It was largely a youth oriented program with musical performances as an integral part of the plot and show.
The series revolved around a group of children and teenagers who performed in their own rock group, Kids Incorporated. The band members struggled to deal with issues ranging from schoolyard crushes to peer pressure to child abuse, while performing regularly at a local former musical club (now a kids' hangout), The P*lace (called "The Malt Shop" in the pilot). It was originally named The Palace, a theater where supposedly the biggest names in entertainment, such as Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, performed (hence the posters at The P*lace). But the first "a" in the neon sign burned out and was never replaced. It was never explained how the group funded or profited from their performances, but the show did not aim for strict realism. The action took place on abstract, "stagey" sets and the plots involved many fantasy elements (such as the band meeting a robot (Season 1, Episode 10), a runaway princess (Season 1, Episode 6) and even meeting a wise-cracking bicycle (Season 1, Episode 17).
The city in which the P*lace was located was never disclosed. However, according to frequent director Paul Hoen, the show was supposed to be set in Fort Greene, a section of Brooklyn, New York City. The school depicted on the Kids Incorporated set had signage reading P.S., and later, Public School 127. In one episode in the first (Season 1, Episode 20) season, The P*lace was expected to be torn down, but was saved as a National Historical Landmark.
Cast and characters
The cast of Kids Incorporated mainly comprised children and teenagers. The only recurring adult members of the cast were Moosie Drier ("Riley", 1984–1988), Sean O'Riordan ("Flip", 1989–1992) and Dena Burton (1993), who played managers of The P*lace. Parents rarely appeared on the show or figured directly into episode plots. The only main times parents appeared and had long speaking roles, was in several season 9 (1993) episodes. The cast for all nine seasons is listed as follows:
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