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 FreeInternet.com. While actual infants played Bob, the effect to make him look like he was talking was achieved through computer editing.
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|Created by||Michael Saltzman|
|Voices of||Ken Hudson Campbell|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||14 (5 unaired)|
|Executive producer(s)||Michael Saltzman|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original release||March 18, 2002 –|
June 20, 2003
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.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||6||March 18, 2002||April 22, 2002|
|2||8||June 6, 2003||June 20, 2003|
Season 1 (2002)Edit
|Title||Directed by ||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||1||"First Words"||Rob Schiller||Michael Saltzman||March 18, 2002||001|
|2||2||"Mommy & Me"||John Fortenberry||Norm Gunzenhauser||March 25, 2002||002|
|3||3||"The Tell-Tale Art"||Rob Schiller||Stephen Lloyd||April 1, 2002||003|
|4||4||"The Other Side"||John Fortenberry||Michael Saltzman||April 8, 2002||004|
|5||5||"House of the Rising Son"||Rob Schiller||Tom Palmer||April 15, 2002||005|
|6||6||"Talking Babies Say the Darndest Things"||John Fortenberry||Bryan Behar & Steve Baldikoski||April 22, 2002||006|
Season 2 (2003)Edit
|Title||Directed by ||Original air date||Prod.|
|7||1||"Rush Lim-Bob"||Rob Schiller||June 6, 2003||013|
|8||2||"Don't Pass Me By"||John Fortenberry||June 13, 2003||008|
|9||3||"Reality Bites"||TBA||June 20, 2003||TBA|
|10||4||"Footloose, Infancy Free"||TBA||Unaired||TBA|
|11||5||"Boys Will Be Girls"||TBA||Unaired||009|
|12||6||"You Don't Know Jack"||TBA||Unaired||011|
|14||8||"Let's Go to the Videotape"||TBA||Unaired||014|
Reception and cancellationEdit
The series was panned by critics but premiered to strong ratings and placed 15th in its first week. 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.
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