is an American animated series created by Tom Ruegger and produced by Warner Bros. Unlike other animated series produced by Warner Bros. stood out as the most explicitly educational program in order to meet FCC requirements for educational/informational content for children. aired on Kids' WB from 1998 to 2000, which continued to air reruns until August 30, 2001.It was presented as a Saturday Night Live-style sketch comedy, with its cast often filling the roles of historical figures.The character has appeared in various incarnations, with the Nightwing identity most prominently being adopted by Dick Grayson when he moved on from his role as Batman's vigilante partner Robin.Although Nightwing is commonly associated with Batman, the title and concept have origins in classic Superman stories.In this parody of the 1980s CBS kids' show Pee-Wee's Playhouse, Pee-Wee Herman is a gray-suited man-child, General William Sherman, who plans to burn Atlanta and turn the tide of The Civil War in favor of the North with the secret word of the day, "Total War". Kids pester Harriet Tubman (voiced by CCH Pounder), who think her Underground Railroad is an actual train line, and Lydia Karaoke briefly interjects to complain about the line, "War is hell." The gang take a look at some of the big bad guys of history.Note: Two versions of this episode exist: a sketch about Custer's Last Stand — in which the kids mistakenly believe Custer is running a custard stand — replaced a sketch depicting the Spanish Inquisition as a game show called "Convert or Die", hosted by Tomás de Torquemada after a complaint from the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, who claimed the sketch "[taught] children to reject Catholicism".Meanwhile, Superman stories have seen Power Girl and Superman's adopted son Chris Kent take up the name for brief turns as Nightwing.
were portrayed as caricatures of real-life celebrities from the modern era.It was to be WB's most ambitious project since Animaniacs.Like the aforementioned, 65 episodes were originally going to be made, only 52 episodes were completed before production of the series was canceled in March 2000.The show has also returned in the form of chibi-fied shorts for Cartoon Network's new DC Nation block, called, appropriately enough, premiered as a part of the DC Nation block in 2013, with all of the original cast back as their respective characters. All episodes can be watched for free (with ads) on Cartoon Network's website, provided you sign in with a cable provider. While popular with the target audience, response to it among older, long-time fans of the characters has been...mixed. Following the Crisis on Infinite Earths continuity reboot in 1985, Nightwing was re-imagined as a legendary vigilante from Krypton whose story inspires Dick Grayson's choice of name when he leaves behind his Robin identity.