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In 2001, HBO Family created two new blocks for their lineup of children’s TV shows; a preschool block called “Jam” (which aired in the morning) and a tween block called, “Magnet” (which aired in the afternoon).

In 2005, Magnet was dropped from the block and only one show (Crashbox) was intergrated into the Jam segments, although Magnet still appeared on the (now defunct) website. 

In 2010, Jam was rebranded completely, and it's created by Primal Screen. It featured a new CGI version of Jam playing with live-action kids in a CGI field and a new background music. Jam was discontinued on January 17, 2016, one day after first-run episodes of Sesame Street moved to HBO from their long-time home of PBS.

Since then, classic HBO Family content from the Jam and Magnet era has been rarely archived or seen again, making the bumpers somewhat impossible to find. Several for Magnet have popped up on YouTube, but Jam content has been quite rare to find.

Jam (2001-2016)

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In the 2001-2010 bumpers featuring Jam, a blob character named, “Jammie” would appear playing and dancing with kids in a sunny field to a hip-hop beat. The anthem for the segment would featuring the kids rapping about Jammie. Some bumpers would feature them saying why they love Jammie.

Magnet (2001-2005)

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In the Magnet bumpers, a bunch of electrical charges would be featured with some kids hanging out together doing typical after-school activities such as hanging out, eating at a burger joint, or skateboarding. It would also feature kids doing hover board tricks on the logo.

Additional lost interstitials/bumpers

HBO Family: 411

A 2D stop-motion series which featured a yellow dog and a gray mouse who gave kids helpful hints on stuff. There were 40 short one minute episodes. So far, no additional clips besides a split second in an HBO Family promo were found. Aside from this, a few names for the shorts have been found, one being "Friends" and another one being "Hobbies". This was taken from Cuppa Coffee's awards website.

Who Knew?

Short educational series featuring Professor Rocket from Crashbox, giving a fact about something projected onto a screen. There were about 60 episodes total, but only five facts surfaced: cockroaches, a mirage, and bones, as well as stars and cat claws.

Smart Mouth

Another educational series also featuring Dora Smarmy from Crashbox. There were approximately 80 episodes of this series, and not a single one has surfaced.

My Favorite Book

A live-action series featuring kids talking about their favorite book. A bunch of episodes can be found on YouTube. This segment is (probably) now found.

Just Wondering

A 2D-animated series about a boy or girl thinking about their imagination. There's 6 shorts of this segment. Only one short (that was part of the Jam 2011 Commercial Break video) have surfaced on YouTube while more shorts can be found at Antidote FX's website. There's another short of this segment which can be viewed here. This whole segment is now found.

The Way I See It

A series featuring kids talking their stories while their story is animated. According to the Serpentelli brothers who directed and edited the shorts, 21 in total were made. However, only a handful of shorts have surfaced. One short is at the end of "HBO Family and the History of Jam" video on YouTube. Other shorts, some full and some partial, can be viewed on the Serpentelli brothers’ website.

Frog Blues

A CGI short series aired on the Magnet block, featuring a frog singing blues music. Only 3 shorts has surfaced with one that's recorded in low-quality. One can be viewed in this video.

Jammin’ Animals

Main article: Jammin Animals A series featuring folklores about different types of animals such as, "Why the Bear Has a Short Tail" and "How the Monkeys Made the Trees." At the end of each story, there is a song about the animal in the story. Only 3 shorts has surfaced. One which was recorded low-quality and can be found on YouTube, another one which recorded in VHS quality and is part of the Jam 2011 Commercial Break video, but also incomplete and can be found on YouTube, and yet another one in normal quality and can be found on an website. It can be also found and viewed on Vimeo.

And Now You Know

An animated series that probably aired around 2003-2004 where a kid asks a question such as where the wind goes, and the question is explained by an female narrator. A few shorts can be found here, but some shorts have yet to be found. It's produced by Kristin Harris Design.

The Booth in The Back

A live action segment that aired on "Magnet" which features bunch of teens in a diner having a discussion about the short's subject. One short of this can be found here.

I Want To Be

"I Want To Be" is an interstitial series created by the same studio who made "And Now You Know". A kid talks about who they want to be and why. There's 10 shorts of this segment. 2 shorts has found. One short is entitled "I Want To Be A Chef" and another one entitled "I Want To Be A Marine Biologist".

Up Next Bumpers

Jam

2001-2010

  • A Little Curious
  • Crashbox
  • Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales For Every Child
  • Kindergarten
  • Storybook Musicals
  • George and Martha
  • I Spy
  • Rainbow Fish
  • The Adventures of Paddington Bear
  • Babar
  • Stuart Little: The Animated Series

2010-2016

  • Crashbox (FOUND)
  • Kindergarten (FOUND)
  • Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (FOUND)
  • HBO Storybook Musicals (Partially Found)
  • A Little Curious (Lost)
  • I Spy (FOUND; go to 1:33 to 1:48)
  • Harold and The Purple Crayon (Lost)
  • George and Martha (Lost)

Existence Unconfirmed

  • Classical Baby
  • El Perro y El Gato (TV series)
  • The Magic Cellar

Magnet

  •  ???

Promos

Jam

  • George and Martha (Partially Found; from 0:00 to 0:28)
  • The Magic Cellar (FOUND; go to 0:28 to 1:13)
  • A Little Curious (FOUND)
  • I Spy (Partially Found; go to 0:05 to 0:33)
  • Kindergarten (FOUND; go to 1:48 to 2:46)
  • Crashbox (FOUND; go to 6:31 to 7:06)
  • Harold and The Purple Crayon (FOUND; go to 7:37 to 8:27)
  • Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (Lost)

Existence Unconfirmed

  • Classical Baby

Magnet

  •  ???

Schedule Bumpers

Jam

2001-2010

  • George and Martha (6:30am) to A Little Curious (7am) to Kindergarten (7:30am?)

2010-2016

  • A Little Curious (6am) to Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (7:30am) (FOUND; go to 1:00 to 1:15)
  • Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (7:30am) to Kindergarten (9am) (Lost)
  • Kindergarten (9am) to Crashbox (9:30am) (Lost)
  • A Little Curious (6am) to I Spy (6:30am) to Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (7am) (Lost)
  • I Spy (6:30am) to Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (7am) to Harold and The Purple Crayon (Lost)
  • Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (7am) to Harold and The Purple Crayon (8am) to I Spy (8:30am) (Lost)
  • Harold and The Purple Crayon (8am) to I Spy (8:30am) to A Little Curious (9am) (Lost)
  • I Spy (8:30am) to A Little Curious (9am) to Kindergarten (9:30am) (Lost)
  • A Little Curious (9am) to Kindergarten (9:30am) to Crashbox (10am) (Lost)
  • A Little Curious (9am) to HBO Storybook Musicals (9:30am) to Crashbox (10am) (Lost)
  • Kindergarten (9:30am) to Crashbox (10am) to Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (11am) (Lost)
  • HBO Storybook Musicals (9:30am) to Crashbox (10am) to Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (11am) (Lost)
  • Crashbox (10am) to Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (11am) (Lost)
  • A Little Curious (6am) to HBO Storybook Musicals (7:30am) to Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (8am) (FOUND)
  • Kindergarten (9am) to Crashbox (9:30am) (Partially Found)

Magnet

  • Crashbox (5pm) to The Adventures of Tintin (5:30pm) to The Worst Witch (6pm) (FOUND)

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