A timeline of important events regarding Recess.


  • Early 1996 - Production for Recess begins.
  • August 16 - Audio production for Recess begins.
  • Late 1996 - The series pilot, "The Break In", is finished. Recess is green-lit for ABC's 1997-98 television season and series production begins.


  • April 15 - The Recess Gang are first shown to the public on a preview for the series shown at the beginning of the video release of the 1996 live-action 101 Dalmatians.
  • August 31 - The first Recess episode, "The Break In/The New Kid" unofficially premieres as a "sneak peek" on ABC. Due to the death of Princess Diana on the same day, most ABC affiliates did not broadcast the "sneak peek", as they wanted to air news coverage on her death. However, other ABC affiliates did air the episode with news coverage coming before and after.
  • September 6 - The series premiere of Recess and Disney's One Saturday Morning as a whole is postponned due to ABC and the other "big four" networks airing Princess Diana's funeral.
  • September 13 - Recess premieres as part of the debut of Disney's One Saturday Morning on ABC with "The Break In/The New Kid". Pepper Ann and the ABC exclusive episodes of 101 Dalmatians: The Series (Already running in syndication) also premiere.
  • September 20 - Butch is introduced in "The Experiment", as well as the first hints of Spinelli and T.J. having crushes on each other. Principal Prickly is introduced in "The Great Jungle Gym Standoff". Recess gets another timeslot, 9:30 AM, after its' usual 9:00 AM timeslot.
  • September 27 - The Ashleys are formally introduced in "Jinxed" after making cameos in "The New Kid" and "The Experiment". Menlo is introduced in "Officer Mikey".
  • October 4 - Hank makes his first appearance in "To Finster with Love".


  • Production begins on Recess: School's Out.
  • August 17 - Patent for Recess merchandise is filled.
  • September 12 - The second season of Recess premieres with "The Break-up/The Hypnotist".
  • September 19 - Ross Malinger voices T.J. for the final time in "Outcast Ashley".
  • September 26 - Andrew Lawrence becomes the new voice of T.J. beginning with "The Game".
  • Fall - Merchandise for Recess begins to appear in stores.
  • December 19 - The premiere of the Christmas special "Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave" is delayed due to ABC pre-empting the entire One Saturday Morning block to run news coverage on Bill Clinton's impeachment.
  • December 25 - Recess Happy Meal Toys begin to be given out at McDonald's.
  • December 26 - The Recess Christmas special "Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave" premieres on ABC the day after Christmas.



  • February - Production on Recess ends.
  • July - Recess: School's Out is pushed back to February 2001 to avoid competition with Pokemon The Movie: 2000.
  • September 9 - Recess loses it's second timeslot to One Saturday Morning newcomer Teacher's Pet, which premiered the same day as the fifth season of Recess, beginning with "The Coolest Heatwave Ever/No Strings Attached".
  • November 17 - The first trailer for Recess: School's Out is shown in front of Rugrats in Paris: The Movie.


  • January 10 - Recess: School's Out premieres at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California.
  • February 16 - Recess: School's Out is widely released.
  • August 7 - Recess: School's Out is released on video and DVD in the US.
  • August 28 - Recess: School's Out is released on video and DVD in Canada.
  • October 31 - The sixth season of Recess premieres on UPN and in syndication with "The Terrifying Tales of Recess", the series' Halloween special.
  • November 5 - The final episode of Recess, "Mundy, Mundy/Lost Leader" premieres on UPN and in syndication.
  • November 6 - Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street is released on video and DVD alongside the VHS and DVD releases of Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse and Santa Who?


  • Spring - Recess gets its' 9:30 AM timeslot back.after previous occupation from Teacher's Pet, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, and Lizzie McGuire.
  • September 7 - ABC Kids premieres on ABC. Recess is moved up to an 8:30 AM timeslot



  • Recess merchandise stops being produced.
  • August 29 - Recess airs on ABC regularly for the last time. Fillmore! takes its' timeslot.


  • Winter-Summer - Recess begins to have on again/off again appearances on ABC Kids.
  • Fall - Recess is removed from Disney Channel's schedule, with The Suite Life of Zack and Cody taking its' place,


  • All four Recess movies go out of print.
  • October 28 - The copyright registration for Recess is cancelled (Section 8).


  • September 13 - Recess turns ten.


  • February 12 - Recess airs for the last time on Toon Disney, which would go defunct one day later.
  • February 13 - Disney XD broadcasts for the first time, replacing Toon Disney. Recess is part of Disney XD's lineup.


  • Spring - Recess is removed from Disney XD's schedule.


  • The complete series of Recess is added to iTunes in Germany.
  • Recess: School's Out is made available on iTunes.
  • October - Recess airs reruns for a week on Disney XD.


  • Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade is made available on iTunes as a rental only.
  • September 13 - Recess turns fifteen.

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