Allegra's Window is an American children's television series that aired on Nickelodeon through its Nick Jr. block from October 24, 1994, to October 1, 1996, with reruns being shown until February 5, 1999; it was later shown on Noggin from February 2, 1999, to April 6, 2003. The series deals with the daily life of a precocious, imaginative puppet character named Allegra, and featured live actors, puppets and animation à la Sesame Street. The show was created by Jan Fleming, John Hoffman and Jim Jinkins, the latter of whom is also the creator of Doug. Two of the puppeteers, Kathryn Mullen and Anthony Asbury, would later work together on the PBS series Between the Lions as the performers of Lionel and Leona Lion.
|Composer||Don Sebesky & Dan Sawyer|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||50|
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Original network||Nick Jr|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||October 24, 1994 –|
December 8, 1997
The series also spawned a series of music videos aired during interstitials that aired on Nick Jr.
In the 2010s, the first season was released on iTunes and Amazon Video. However, the whole series was released for viewing on Noggin's paid-subscription service from its initial launch. But the second and third seasons of the show will also be released on iTunes and Amazon Video in January 2021.
The series follows Allegra through the daily triumphs, trials and tribulations of being a little girl. She and her big brother Rondo, along with her best friend Lindi (a yellow dog), a pesky blue neighborhood cat named Riff and a green boy named Poco all try to learn about the world around them with the help of their neighborhood friends. At the end of each episode, Allegra sits at her window and reflects on all the lessons she has learned. The series was music-based and included musically inspired characters named Lindi, Rondo, Riff, Poco, Reed, Miss Melody, Ellington, Encora, Sonata, Clef, Woofer, Aria, Tweeter, Flugie, Vi and of course, Allegra the title character's name herself. There were also segments that feature talking musical instruments that live on the wall of Reed's Music shop. Special character Daphne Dolphin also appears with her friend Salvatore Intieri later in the series.
Over 100 original songs were created for the series, under the oversight of musical director Don Sebesky.
The original decision to use the name Allegra for the show's protagonist occurred after creator/executive producer Jan Fleming attended a dinner party at the house of London-based academics and was introduced to their youngest daughter, Allegra. That evening, she remarked that it would be a great name for the little girl at the center of the project she was working on.
- Allegra (performed by Kathryn Mullen) – The title character of the series, a 3-year-old girl. She is just learning about the world outside of her home and is quite brave. She mostly encounters problems and is always relied on her friends to find a solution. She also is known for having curly doodle hair, which Rondo points out and hates the fact that he does. She is also the leader of the gang.
- Rondo (performed by Anthony Asbury) – The older brother of Allegra. Although he often tries to act tough, he has a great deal of love and protection for his younger sister. It is mentioned that he is in the first grade by Allegra. In multiple episodes, Rondo usually walks upside down with his shoes on up.
- Lindi (performed by Pam Arciero) – A yellow dog who is Allegra's best friend and lives with Reed. She is feisty and often acts as her voice of reason. She has a love for dance, especially ballet.
- Riff (voiced by Martin P. Robinson) – The pesky and grumpy neighborhood blue cat and Rondo's best friend and also a big brother type to him. Although he frequently takes advantage of Allegra's naivety, his favorite target is Mr. Cook.
- Mr. Cook (performed by Tim Lagasse) – The town baker who is frequently the butt of Riff's antics. He is generally upbeat and always speaks in third person and also speaks broken english.
- Poco (voiced by Anthony Asbury) – Mr. Cook's nephew. The funniest character of the show, he tells jokes and teams up with Allegra, Rondo, Lindi and Riff. Like his uncle, he also speaks in third person. Poco also appears in all three seasons of the show.
- Reed (played by Bob Stillman) – A musician who runs the town's music shop. He is also Lindi’s master. On some occasions, he can be easily forgetful.
- Miss Melody (played by Andrea Frierson) – A teacher who runs Little Blue Daycare and favors Allegra. She is also Reed’s girlfriend.
- Ellington (played by Harry Burney) – The oldest resident of Hummingbird Alley. He is very kind and gentle to everyone in town, especially towards the kids. He appears in the first season only.
- Encora (played by Joanne Baum) – A friendly and energetic mail carrier with a love for singing. She was introduced at the beginning of the second season.
- Sonata (performed by Pam Arciero) – Allegra and Rondo's mother.
- Clef (performed by Martin P. Robinson) – Allegra and Rondo's father.
- Woofer, Aria and Tweeter (performed by Martin P. Robinson and Anthony Asbury) – Three tiny hummingbirds who live in a nest above a tree in Reed's piano garden.
- Flugie and Vi (performed by Martin P. Robinson and Heather Asch) - A tuba and viola who hang on a wall at Reed's music shop.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||18||October 24, 1994||December 21, 1994|
|2||22||September 10, 1995||October 28, 1996|
|3||10||September 8, 1996||October 1, 1996|
Season 1 (1994)Edit
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||1||"My First Day at Daycare"||Emily Squires||Barry Harman||October 24, 1994|
|Three year-old Allegra is very nervous about attending her first day of Daycare. Accompanied by family and friends, she enters into a new world which at first seems overwhelming.|
|2||2||"Where's Godfrey?"||Emily Squires||Mollie Fermaglich||October 25, 1994|
|When Allegra loses Godfrey the Octopus, her favorite stuffed toy, she is devastated. Everyone in Hummingbird Alley helps to look for Godfrey, and the concern and understanding her friends demonstrate helps Allegra to deal with her loss.|
|3||3||"My Own Monster"||Emily Squires||Jeff Kindley||October 26, 1994|
|Allegra and Lindi are frightened when Rondo and Riff pretend that scary monsters lurk inside the boys' new fort. At Daycare, the girls learn monsters are not only imaginary--but can also be fun!|
|4||4||"Small Is Beautiful"||Emily Squires||Susan Kim||October 27, 1994|
|Allegra feels terribly frustrated--she's always being told he’s too little. She can't play with her brother’s toys or assist Mr. Cook in his diner. But she learns that small is sometimes the best size to be...|
|5||5||"The Imaginary Zoo"||Emily Squires||Story by : Joe Bailey|
Teleplay by : Joe Bailey and Barry Harman, Donna Harman & Jeff Kindley
|November 1, 1994|
|Rondo goes on a class trip to the zoo and Allegra and her friends long to go with him. At Daycare, Miss Melody takes them on a different type of field trip...by helping them to create their own, imaginary zoo.|
|6||6||"The Zootabaga Caper"||Ted May||Donna Harman||November 2, 1994|
|Allegra enjoys discovering new things at Daycare, until she's asked to sample a new food--fresh blue zootabagas! She stubbornly resists--any new food she hasn't tried has to be yucky!|
|7||7||"Secret Adventures"||Ted May||Tim Grundmann||November 7, 1994|
|Allegra inadvertently slips up and reveals a big secret Lindi shared with her. Lindi is furious; the plan to surprise Riff with a newly refurbished guitar is ruined.|
|8||8||"Lots of Turkey Pox"||Ted May||Ian James||November 8, 1994|
|When Allegra awakens with a case of Turkey Pox, she fears she will miss out on all the fun at Daycare. But with the help of her faithful pal Lindi and her Dad, she finds she can join the day's activity from her bedside.|
|9||9||"Don't Touch My Stuff!"||Ted May||Andrew Yerkes||November 10, 1994|
|Allegra accidentally damages her brother's new prized toy, after being warned not to touch it. Rondo is so upset with her, he pretends she has become invisible and Allegra fears he will stop being her brother!|
|10||10||"The Big Concert"||Ted May||Pippin Parker||November 11, 1994|
|Allegra is excited about singing backup in Rondo and Riff's big musical concert..until she realizes there is going to be a big audience. Reed shares his own experiences of "stage fright" with her.|
|11||11||"Puppy Power to the Rescue"||Emily Squires||Andrea Toney & David Toney||November 14, 1994|
|Allegra and her friends love playing at being super-heroes. But one day, Lindi almost starts believing she has the super powers of her favorite comic book heroine "Power Puppy" and determines she will find Mr. Cook's missing oven timer.|
|12||12||"When is Reed Coming Home?"||Emily Squires||Story by : Doug Cordell|
Teleplay by : Jeff Kindley
|November 16, 1994|
|Reed is going on a trip and Allegra worries when and if he will return? Reed tries to case the separation by teaching all the children a song to sing when they feel lonely. Even so, Riff becomes convinced Reed will never come back.|
|13||13||"Bandages R Us!"||Emily Squires||Mollie Fermaglich||November 29, 1994|
|Lindi hurts her paw and Allegra not wanting for friend to feel alone while she recuperates, is determined to wear a bandage as well. This pleases Lindi but totally confuses Riff, who can't understand why Allegra wears a bandage when she isn't hurt.|
|14||14||"Read Me a Story"||Emily Squires||Jeff Kindley||December 1, 1994|
|Allegra is impressed when Rondo proudly reads a story to her and is determined to being learning the skill herself. She takes the first step at Daycare, when Miss Melody involves the class in "writing" a book...made up of pictures.|
|15||15||"Allegra Has a Bad Day"||Emily Squires||Susan Kim||December 5, 1994|
|Awakening late, seeing a cloudy sky and then knocking a drum over at Reed's workshop, Allegra is having a bad day. But the day turns into a fun one when a sudden shower brings a much needed watering to Ellington's garden.|
|16||16||"Nothing to Do"||Jim Jinkins||Susan Kim||December 7, 1994|
|Riff's gone catfishing and Rondo can't find anyone to do magic tricks with. Everyone else on Hummingbird Alley is going to Allegra's tea party.|
|17||17||"Time Out"||Jim Jinkins||Barry Harman||December 9, 1994|
|Playing at the breakfast table, Allegra and Rondo disobey their mother and break a family rule about not standing on chairs. This earns them both a time out. Upstairs, thinking about what he did wrong, Rondo leads Allegra in a protest against rules.|
|18||18||"Waiting for Grandma"||Jim Jinkins||Donna Harman||December 21, 1994|
|Grandma is coming and it's time for the Holiday Happy Hoopla. Allegra and Rondo can't wait. Mom tells them that staying busy will make the time go faster.|
Season 2 (1995-1996)Edit
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|19||1||"Kids That Go Bump in the Night"||Ted May||Story by : Ellen Schecter|
Teleplay by : Jeff Kindley
|September 10, 1995|
|Allegra and Rondo have a sleepover with their friends.|
|20||2||"A Frog Named Steve"||Ted May||Jeff Kindley||September 11, 1995|
|Allegra sees a frog and calls it Steve. She takes care of it for a week.|
|21||3||"Here's Poco"||Ted May||Barry Harman||September 12, 1995|
|Allegra helps Poco, who is new at Daycare.|
|22||4||"Mr. Cook Babysits"||Ted May||Andrew Yerkes||September 13, 1995|
|Mr. Cook babysits the kids while Allegra and Rondo's parents are away.|
|23||5||"A Box Divided"||Ted May||Donna Harman||September 17, 1995|
|Encora helps the children play with a box.|
|24||6||"Doodlehead"||Ted May||Story by : Jan Fleming-Candler|
Teleplay by : Susan Kim
|September 18, 1995|
|Allegra is tired of her doodly hair.|
|25||7||"Best Friends Forever"||Emily Squires||Andrew Yerkes||September 20, 1995|
|Allegra feels like three's a crowd.|
|26||8||"The Big Mystery"||Ted May||Susan Kim||September 24, 1995|
|Allegra must find out who stole her prized possessions.|
|27||9||"Copy Cat, Copy Cat, Go Away!"||Ted May||Jeff Kindley||September 26, 1995|
|Allegra imitates Rondo.|
|28||10||"The Wishing Stone"||Franklin Melton||Donna Harman||October 2, 1995|
|Allegra finds a magic stone and wishes for things.|
|29||11||"Poco's 2 1/2 Birthday"||Emily Squires||Story by : Barry Harman|
Teleplay by : Donna Harman & Andrew Yerkes
|October 5, 1995|
|Poco is celebrating his birthday. However, Poco did not invite Riff, who thought the idea of a half-birthday was silly.|
|30||12||"Beautiful Dreamers"||Emily Squires||Jeff Kindley||October 8, 1995|
|Allegra and the kids discuss about their dreams.|
|31||13||"Topsy Turvy Day"||Ted May||Donna Harman||October 11, 1995|
|Everything is mixed up as it is Topsy Turvy Day.|
|32||14||"Stop Making Sense"||Emily Squires||Susan Kim||October 15, 1995|
|Rondo has the flu, so Allegra cheers him up.|
|33||15||"Strange Vet Fellows"||Gregory Lehane||Mollie Fermaglich||October 17, 1995|
|Allegra goes to the doctor to get a shot.|
|34||16||"Clean-up Kids"||Gregory Lehane||Jeff Kindley||October 23, 1995|
|The kids clean up by making a fun game to do the job.|
|35||17||"Mitten Weather"||Emily Squires||Susan Kim||November 12, 1995|
|Everyone is preparing for the Falling Leaf Festival.|
|36||18||"Quacky Quack"||Ted May||Jeff Kindley||September 29, 1996|
|Allegra imitates one of her favorite storybook characters, a duck.|
|37||19||"Spring is Here!"||Emily Squires||Susan Kim||October 6, 1996|
|It is spring and the kids go on a scavenger hunt.|
|38||20||"Play it Again, Allegra"||Ted May||Jeff Kindley||October 15, 1996|
|Allegra wants to be great at the piano during her lessons.|
|39||21||"Brother for Sale"||Ted May||Story by : John Hoffman|
Teleplay by : Andrew Yerkes
|October 21, 1996|
|After arguing with Rondo, Allegra doesn't want Rondo anymore as a brother.|
|40||22||"I Made it Myself"||Franklin Melton||Jeff Kindley||October 28, 1996|
|Riff and Rondo make a telephone out of a string and cups all by themselves.|
Season 3 (1996)Edit
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|41||1||"Have Your Cakes"||Emily Squires||Jeff Kindley||September 8, 1996|
|Grandma could be late for Allegra's birthday party.|
|42||2||"Pony, No Baloney"||Emily Squires||Paulette Licitra||September 9, 1996|
|Lindi believes she saw a Pony, but everyone doubts her.|
|43||3||"Bubble Trouble"||Emily Squires||Matt Callaway||September 10, 1996|
|Allegra convinces Lindi that baths are fun.|
|44||4||"A Hero's Tail"||Steven Feldman||Story by : Ellen Schecter|
Teleplay by : Susan Kim & Ellen Schecter
|September 11, 1996|
|Allegra helps Riff out with an embarrassing situation.|
|45||5||"Nest Sweet Nest"||Emily Squires||Jeff Kindley||September 12, 1996|
|Allegra helps a baby hummingbird after it fell out of its nest.|
|46||6||"Sticky Situation"||Emily Squires||Carin Greenberg Baker||September 15, 1996|
|Allegra is stuck in her bedroom, literally!|
|47||7||"A Tangled Web"||Steven Feldman||Susan Kim||September 17, 1996|
|Allegra loses her mother's sparkling ring.|
|48||8||"Fun House"||Steven Feldman||Eric Weiner||September 23, 1996|
|On a rainy day, Allegra and her pals decide to make a fun house.|
|49||9||"Make It Special"||Emily Squires||Jeff Kindley||September 25, 1996|
|Allegra helps clean up Rondo's old bike.|
|50||10||"Mr. Cook's Christmas"||Emily Squires||Jeff Kindley||November 11, 1996|
|Mr. Cook celebrates Christmas and makes preparations.|
- Allegra's Window: Small Is Beautiful (26 mins, July 25, 1995)
- Allegra's Window: Waiting For Grandma (29 mins, August 29, 1995)
- Allegra's Window: Storytime Sing-Along (26 mins, March 26, 1996)
- Allegra's Window: Allegra’s Christmas (31 mins, October 15, 1996)
- Allegra's Window: Play Along With Allegra And Friends (29 mins, May 13, 1997)
- Allegra's Window: Sing Along With Allegra & Lindi (28 mins, April 7, 1998)
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