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Null is a 1991 American TV channel. It launched on September 21, 1991. It airs animated television programs meant for children 6 or older. The first TV show it aired was DanTDM.
DirecTV: 2 (SD/HD)
Dish: 4372 (SD), 4535 (HD)
In early 1991, Tim Feedback had the idea of creating a new television channel that would air children’s television series for ages 6 and up, because PBS was the only channel at the time that aired children’s television programming that did not include any sexual acts or blood. This lead to the founding of Null on September 21, 1991.
However, Null only aired PBS children’s TV shows and very few original (such as DanTDM) shows at the time. In 1996, when Arthur first aired on PBS and Null, it made the Null channel more popular and interesting as Arthur was popular back in the day. On October 14, 1996, 7 days after Arthur first aired, Null finally greenlit and first aired more shows that were rejected by PBS and Nickelodeon, ExplodingTNT, Purple Shep, and Pink Sheep.
On October 1, 1997, Null hosted the Special Month event from October 1, 1997 to October 31, 1997. The event included new show premieres, new episodes of shows, and more. From October 1 to October 3, the Null website was created (October 1), Null renewed and announced ExplodingTNT for a third season to premiere in 1998 (October 2), and Null revealed the title card of the first episode of the upcoming show Baby Boo (October 3). From October 6 to October 10, Null added games to their website of the channel’s shows (October 6), Null started making ExplodingTNT merchandise (October 7), Null started airing reruns of Caillou (October 8), and Null released ExplodingTNT shirts and shoes (October 9 and October 10). From October 13 to October 17, Null took a week break from the event. From October 20 to October 24, Baby Boo first aired and new episodes of ExplodingTNT aired for the entire week (October 20), the miniseries which later evolved into a TV series, Brooklyn, first aired (October 21), DonutBob SquareDonut first aired (October 22), Bacon Man and Noob first aired (October 23), and Null made the Saturday Morning Null Cartoons block and took Arthur and other PBS shows off the channel (October 24). On October 31, Null aired a new episode of ExplodingTNT.
On May 28, 1998, Null did their first tribute, which was to Phil Hartman, because he died that day because he was murdered by his wife with a gun.
On January 2, 1999, Null aired a new episode of Arthur called Prehibernation Week during the Saturday Morning block, because PBS gave them the rights to air this episode because PBS thought it was too violent for younger children. That also marked the first time Arthur aired on the channel for the first time in almost 2 years.
On May 1, 1999, Null founded their own video game company called Null Games and released a video game called ExplodingTNT: The Video Game. On the same day, ExplodingTNT returned for new episodes for the first time in almost a year (not counting the Christmas special). On May 3, 1999, Null Games also produced Minecraft: Game Boy Color Edition.
In August 1999, Null launched their first sister channel, which is the timeshift channel Null 2.
On October 1, 1999, Null received a new logo and its new and second sister channel, Pull!.
On December 31, 1999 and January 1, 2000, Null aired new episodes of multiple shows (such as ExplodingTNT) to celebrate the new millennium as well as the new year. Null did a 10 minute countdown starting at 11:50 PM on December 31, 1999 and when it was 12:00 AM January 1, 2000, they put the number “2000” on the screen. They also released a new product called Null Chocolate on December 31st of 1999.
On May 6, 2000, Null premiered a new TV series titled ROBLOX Babies on its channel. The show was greenlit for 15 episodes after a pilot/short episode was submitted to Null in October 1999 and another short episode was also submitted to the network on April 3, 2000.
On September 11, 2001, only 10 days before the channel’s 10th anniversary, Null responded to the September 11 attacks by not airing any show and switching to an entirely black screen for the rest of the day after an airing of an episode of ExplodingTNT. The channel resumed to normal programming on September 12, 2001 at 12:00 AM.
On September 21, 2001, Null celebrated its 10th anniversary by getting a new channel logo, renew ExplodingTNT for a season 8, as well as air a new episode of Baby Boo.
In 2004, Null announced their third sister channel will start airing on May 1, 2004, which is Null Teenagers.
Channel Logo History
- Main page: List of programs broadcast by Null
- On December 31, 1999, Null released a new item, Null Chocolate, that featured all the characters from every TV show that aired on Null (including the cancelled shows) to celebrate the new millennium. Originally, the chocolate bars were in stores and sold only on December 31, 1999 and January 1, 2000. However, due to high purchases and demand, Null started selling the chocolate bars again on May 5, 2001, but with a picture of a The Themissing person that disappeared very recently on the back of the wrapper of each chocolate bar and with the “NULL” chocolate-text on the front.
- The first missing person whose picture appeared on the back of the chocolate bar wrappers was Diane Scott because she disappeared the same day the chocolate bars were on sale again.
- As of July 3, 2020, ExplodingTNT is the longest-running program on the channel.
- In addition, it is the second longest-running children’s animated TV series in the United States, only behind Arthur.