Kids Are People Too

Kids are People Too

KISS, introducing newest member on Kids Are People Too
Genre Variety show
Talk show
Created by Bob McAllister
Written by Ray Reese
Directed by Don Roy King
Presented by Bob McAllister (1978)
Michael Young (1978-1982)
Randy Hamilton (1981-1982)
Opening theme Kids Are People Too
Ending theme Kids Are People Too
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
Running time 90 minutes
Original network ABC
Original release September 10, 1978 (1978-09-10) – September 5, 1982 (1982-09-05)
Preceded by Wonderama

Kids Are People Too is an American television series that ran on Sunday mornings from 1978 to 1982 on ABC. The series was a variety/news magazine show oriented towards kids with the intention of recognizing them as people.[1] During its four-year run, the series was nominated for five Emmy Awards and won the 1978 Emmy for Outstanding Children's Entertainment Series. The series included celebrity interviews, cartoons, music, and other information that appealed to kids.[2]


Bob McAllister had hosted a popular children's TV series, Wonderama, for over a decade when the series was taken off the air in 1977. As the host, McAllister sang the closing theme song "Kids Are People Too".[3] Shortly after that series was taken off the air, ABC offered him another series that tried to capitalize on Wonderama's more than 20 years of children's entertainment by using the song's title as the new series title.[4]

However, the show that he was hired to emcee on ABC was aimed at teens, not the younger children McAllister preferred, and this led to creative disputes with the producers and network executives over the portrayal of violence.[5] In November 1978, McAllister was fired from Kids Are People Too and was replaced by Michael Young and later by actor/singer Randy Hamilton (who, at the same time, was playing Rikki Dekker on the NBC soap opera Texas) as the program's hosts.[4]

There was later a weekly syndicated version of the series hosted by Michael Young in 1986–87.[6]


The series was a variety/news magazine show for kids.[7] Every week it would have a celebrity guest who the host would interview, occasionally a psychologist would speak about the challenges of growing up, and there would be comedy or musical routines.

The series attracted guests such as Bill Cosby, Debbie Harry, Billy Dee Williams, Cheap Trick, Patti Smith and Brooke Shields. Just like CBS's Kids Say the Darndest Things, the show often produced unexpected results when the host would ask the audience questions. When KISS replaced drummer Peter Criss, they introduced their new drummer, Eric Carr, on a July 1980 episode of Kids Are People Too[8] Prior to the band's coming out on stage, the host asked an audience member, "Who's your favorite band member?" The youth responded, "Peter Criss. Er, um, I mean... Ace Frehley."[8] Kids Are People Too was seen the first two seasons as 90 minute versions in most major city markets including Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Detroit, and it also had local features by the ABC O&O stations in these markets.


  1. "Kids Are People Too!". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-21.
  2. "Kids Are People Too". Retrieved 2009-08-21.
  3. Thomas, Robert (1998-07-22). "Bob McAllister, 63, TV Host and Magician". Obituaries. New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
  4. 1 2 "Bob McAllister". Variety. Obituaries. 1998-08-05. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
  5. "New Release 20 June 2009: Wonderama Bob McAllister TV Show 1960s-70s New York City Kids Television 2 DVD Set". 2009-06-29. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
  6. Erickson, Hal (1989). Syndicated Television: The First Forty Years, 1947-1987. McFarland & Co. Inc. p. 296. ISBN 0-89950-410-8.
  7. Boyer, Peter (1979-07-06). "Talk Show Proves "Kids are People Too"". Ocala Star-Banner. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
  8. 1 2 Kiss: Kissology Volume II 1978–1991. DVD. 2007.

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