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A variety of Sitcom in which the main characters are children, usually teenagers, with adults relegated to supporting or background roles such as mentors or authority figures. Such shows naturally tend to cover more kid-oriented situations and plots, and often make good (and repeated) use of Can't Get Away with Nuthin' and the Very Special Episode.
Perhaps the most common setting for a Kid Com is an academic one, with the characters being schoolmates. But it can also follow a group of youngsters who just hang out at the local Malt Shop or other "clubhouse"-type location.
Dom Coms generally don't qualify for inclusion in this category, since the protagonistic roles tend to be reversed (parents as main characters, children as supporting). However, a Dom Com can double as a Kid Com if the primary focus is on the children rather than the adults or the family as a whole.
Often prone to Dawson Casting.
- Big Kids (A British show with only one season.)
- Boy Meets World
- The Brady Bunch
- Charles in Charge
- Comic strip Peanuts and its Animated Adaptation, The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show
- The Cosby Show is a borderline example; although it did generally focus on the family rather than the children, many plots were examined from the children's perspective.
- Diff'rent Strokes
- Any number of kid-oriented shows on The Disney Channel:
- The Facts of Life
- Family Matters
- Leave It to Beaver
- Life With Boys
- Malcolm in the Middle
- Brazilian show Malhação alternates between this and Teen Drama.
- Don't forget Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, which was (particularly in the first season) pretty much one of these with Super Sentai taped over the middle of it.
- Canadian series My Secret Identity
- Any number of kid-oriented shows on Nickelodeon, including the Nick Verse series:
- The Our Gang shorts might just be the Ur Example.
- Out of This World
- Parker Lewis Can't Lose
- Punky Brewster
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch
- Many Saturday Morning Cartoons also follow this format:
- Saved by the Bell is likely the most familiar example to modern audiences.
- The PBS series Shining Time Station.
- Ship To Shore
- Silver Spoons
- Sister Sister
- South Park, at least in the earlier seasons. Can be considered a parody of this type of show.
- That 70s Show
- 13 is a theatre example of this with an entirely teenage cast.
- What's Happening
- The Wonder Years