Baby Bob

Baby Bob is an American sitcom television series that premiered on CBS as a midseason replacement on March 18, 2002, and aired two seasons through June 20, 2003. The Baby Bob character had previously been on television since February 2000, appearing in commercials for[1] While actual infants played Bob, the effect to make him look like he was talking was achieved through computer editing.

Baby Bob
Baby Bob tv series premiere print ad.jpg
Series premiere print advertisement
Created byMichael Saltzman
Written by
  • Steve Baldikoski
  • Bryan Behar
  • Jared Bush
  • Norm Gunzenhauser
  • Stephen Lloyd
  • Tom Palmer
  • Michael Saltzman
  • Dan Signer
Directed by
Voices ofKen Hudson Campbell
Composer(s)Jon Ehrlich
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes14 (5 unaired)
Executive producer(s)Michael Saltzman
  • Steve Baldikoski
  • Bryan Behar
  • Stephen C. Grossman
CinematographyRon Vargas
  • Skip Collector
  • Tucker Wiard
  • Michael Wilcox
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)
Original networkCBS
Original releaseMarch 18, 2002 (2002-03-18) –
June 20, 2003 (2003-06-20)


The series centered on first-time parents Walter Spencer (Adam Arkin) and his wife Lizzy (Joely Fisher), and their six-month-old baby Bob (voiced by Ken Hudson Campbell). After discovering that their son can talk like an adult, Walter decides that they must keep it a secret. Lizzy, however, wants to show off Bob's talking skills, especially to her mother Madeline (Holland Taylor), who constantly brags about her other grandchildren. Supporting cast members included Elliott Gould as Walter's father Sam, and Marissa Tait as Bob's babysitter Teala.



Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
16March 18, 2002 (2002-03-18)April 22, 2002 (2002-04-22)
28June 6, 2003 (2003-06-06)June 20, 2003 (2003-06-20)

Season 1 (2002)Edit

No. in
TitleDirected by [2]Written byOriginal air dateProd.
code [2]
11"First Words"Rob SchillerMichael SaltzmanMarch 18, 2002 (2002-03-18)001
22"Mommy & Me"John FortenberryNorm GunzenhauserMarch 25, 2002 (2002-03-25)002
33"The Tell-Tale Art"Rob SchillerStephen LloydApril 1, 2002 (2002-04-01)003
44"The Other Side"John FortenberryMichael SaltzmanApril 8, 2002 (2002-04-08)004
55"House of the Rising Son"Rob SchillerTom PalmerApril 15, 2002 (2002-04-15)005
66"Talking Babies Say the Darndest Things"John FortenberryBryan Behar & Steve BaldikoskiApril 22, 2002 (2002-04-22)006

Season 2 (2003)Edit

No. in
TitleDirected by [2]Original air dateProd.
code [2]
71"Rush Lim-Bob"Rob SchillerJune 6, 2003 (2003-06-06)013
82"Don't Pass Me By"John FortenberryJune 13, 2003 (2003-06-13)008
93"Reality Bites"TBAJune 20, 2003 (2003-06-20)TBA
104"Footloose, Infancy Free"TBAUnairedTBA
115"Boys Will Be Girls"TBAUnaired009
126"You Don't Know Jack"TBAUnaired011
137"Vegas Baby"TBAUnaired012
148"Let's Go to the Videotape"TBAUnaired014

Reception and cancellationEdit

Baby Bob as Quizno's television pitchman

The series was panned by critics but premiered to strong ratings and placed 15th in its first week.[3] Baby Bob wrapped its first season, consisting of six episodes, in April 2002 with CBS planning a second season of thirteen episodes. However, CBS decided to shift its programming budget to its new series My Big Fat Greek Life and cut the second season order for Baby Bob to eight episodes. The second season of Baby Bob remained unaired for over a year until CBS aired the episodes in summer 2003.[4]

After the show's run ended, the Baby Bob character returned to television in a series of commercials for Quizno's.[5]

In 2002, TV Guide ranked Baby Bob number 14 on its '50 Worst TV Shows of All Time' list.[6]


  1. ^ Scores User Surge
  2. ^ a b c d From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Midnight Caller"]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2017-06-21.
  3. ^ Jasik, Mike (2002-03-27). "Puzzling success of CBS's 'Baby Bob'". Medialife Magazine. Archived from the original on 2009-04-26. Retrieved 2009-04-15.
  4. ^ Sullivan, Brian Ford (2003-05-23). "'BABY BOB' RETURNS TO CBS". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 2009-04-15.
  5. ^ Schneider, Michael (2007-03-01). "ABC developing 'Cavemen'". Variety. Archived from the original on 2009-04-26. Retrieved 2009-04-15.
  6. ^ TV Guide Book of Lists. Running Press. 2007. pp. 180. ISBN 0-7624-3007-9.

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