Pepper Ann is an American animated series created by Sue Rose and aired on ABC. It debuted on September 13, 1997 and concluded on November 18, 2000.
Pepper Ann starred cartoon adolescents and charted their ups and downs at Hazelnut Middle School. It aired as part of the Disney's One Saturday Morning block. The character originated in a comic strip published in YM magazine.
The show centers on the titular character, Pepper Ann Pearson, a 12-year-old girl whose emotions come out in fantasies. The show was designed to be a "different sort" of girl's cartoon, and features many strong-willed female characters who aggressively reject the idea of passive femininity.
The show's plots were generally typical of the developing format that has risen out of federal E/I requirements: Pepper Ann is presented with a moral dilemma, chooses the wrong decision, faces the consequences and learns a moral lesson. The series was mostly rated TV-Y. However, the Season 1 finale, "In Support of," raised controversy. In the episode, Pepper Ann is told she would need "support" to jump on the trampoline.
Thinking the teacher meant "breast support," a paranoid, still flat-chested and seemingly unready Pepper Ann is convinced she now needs a bra. When at the trampoline, and asked where her "support" was, Pepper Ann flashes the class, (her bra) although it is only seen in shadow. (The gag is that by "support," the instructor meant a "support buddy.") That episode was rated TV-Y7.
Production & Airing Edit
Pepper Ann was originally created for a comic strip in YM Magazine in 1991. In 1995, creator Sue Rose got the idea to make it into a television show.
After buying ABC in 1996, Disney was in the process of producing a new Saturday morning cartoon block featuring new shows. This block would become One Saturday Morning.
Around the same time, Rose was busy pitching Pepper Ann to Nickelodeon, who ultimately rejected it for an unknown reason.
Rose decided to pitch to Disney instead, and it was picked up. Production began in the Fall of 1996.
The show debuted on September 13th of the following year as part of Disney's One Saturday Morning. It was an immediate hit with audiences.
After leaving ABC, Pepper Ann was syndicated on Disney's One Two block which aired on weekdays from 3-5 PM and Sunday mornings from 7-9 AM on UPN.
The series concluded on November 18th, 2000, with a total of 65 episodes consisting of 112 segments over 5 seasons.
After that, it aired in reruns on UPN for a short time before moving to Disney Channel.
It remained there until 2001, when it began airing on Toon Disney. It aired there until November 2004, when it vanished off the network to make room for the new "Jetix" programming block.
Pepper Ann hasn't aired regularly since then, though it did appear in a two-hour marathon in 2007 on Toon Disney.
This is the last time it has ever been seen on any cable channel in the US, and it's currently unknown if it will ever return.
Disney reportedly has no intention to release Pepper Ann on DVD at this time, and unlike Doug and Recess it was never available on Home Video.
"A Kosher Christmas" was available via Video-On-Demand around the 2014 and 2015 Holidays, but there is no word on if this means more episodes will be released in the future.