Curious George (TV series)

Curious George is an American animated children's television series based on the children's book series of the same name which features Jeff Bennett as the voice of The Man with the Yellow Hat. Frank Welker, who voiced George in the 2006 feature film, returns as the voice of George.[2] The show premiered on PBS Kids on September 4, 2006, and originally ended after nine seasons on April 1, 2015 before making a return in 2018 after a 3 year hiatus. This show follows the 2006 film of the same name, though some of the characters including the Bloomsberry family, Maggie, and Ivan are not in the show.

Curious George
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Based on
Developed byJoe Fallon
Directed by
  • Scott Heming
  • Frank Marino
  • Cathy Malkasian
  • Jeff McGrath
Voices of
Narrated by
Opening theme"Like Curious George!" by Dr. John
Ending theme"Like Curious George!" (instrumental)
ComposerNick Nolan
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons13
No. of episodes168 (3 specials) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
EditorKirk Demorest
Camera setupJaclyn Brick
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesUniversal Animation Studios
Imagine Entertainment (seasons 1–9)
WGBH Boston (seasons 1–12)
Universal 1440 Entertainment (season 10–present)


Animated by:
Toon City (seasons 1–9)
Brilliant Animation Studios (seasons 10–11)
BV Animation Studio (seasons 10–11)
Oasis Animation[1] (season 12–present)
Copernicus Studios (season 12–present)
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original network
(Season 13-present)
Picture format
Original releaseOriginal Series:
September 4, 2006 (2006-09-04) – April 1, 2015 (2015-04-01)
Revival Series:
October 3, 2018 (2018-10-03) –
present
Chronology
Preceded byCurious George (1980s TV series)
External links
Website

On September 3, 2018, season 10 premiered on Family Jr in Canada.[3] Seasons 10-13 debuted on NBCUniversal's streaming service Peacock in the United States when it launched in July 2020.[4] Seasons 1-9 of Curious George are available to stream for Peacock Premium subscribers since September 20, 2020, which is also already available to stream on Hulu.[5] Season 10-13 of Curious George premiered on PBS on October 5, 2020.[6]

Curious George is a production of Universal 1440 Entertainment (Universal Studios Family Productions before 2013[7]), Imagine Entertainment, and WGBH-TV (before Season 13),[8] and animated by Toon City.[9] Each episode has two animated segments per half hour episode, and a short live-action segment after each.

The live-action shorts illustrate and explain various concepts in math and science, and shows a class with kids engaging in experiments, that teach the math or science concept featured in the previous story. This was shown for Seasons 1–9 during its first runs.

SettingsEdit

  • The City: George and the Man with the Yellow Hat live in an apartment in "The City". The Doorman keeps a pigeon coop on the roof and is the guardian of Hundley, his dachshund dog. The apartment is near Endless Park, the museum where Professor Wiseman works, and a zoo. Chef Pisghetti's restaurant is nearby, as are a donut shop, Dulson's Toy Store, Mabel's Department Store (a parody of Macy's and its erstwhile competitor Gimbels), a supermarket and a pet shop. These are recurring locations.
  • The Country: George and the Man with the Yellow Hat vacation in a small house in the country. The house is near Lake Wanasink, a stream, and a river that eventually flows past the city and to the ocean. George is friends there with 5-year-old Allie and the teenage paperboy, Bill.

CharactersEdit

  • Curious George (voiced by Frank Welker): A tailless monkey who is the protagonist of the show. He is excessively curious and often causes unintentional problems. He is used as the "teachable" character in the show, and he is the one to whom new concepts are explained in detail by the other characters. He is written as having the mind of a young child.
  • The Man with the Yellow Hat (voiced by Jeff Bennett): The man who first befriended George and also acts as his primary teacher and mentor. He does not wear his hat at home but wears it when going in public.

EpisodesEdit

The setting for most episodes is either The City, where George lives in an apartment building with The Man with the Yellow Hat, or the country, where they share a small house near a lake called Lake Wanasinklake. This allows George to mirror the experiences of kids who live in an urban environment and those who live on farms and in suburbs. A few episodes take place in alternate but familiar settings, like an airport or a train station.

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
130September 4, 2006February 23, 2007PBS Kids
220September 3, 2007April 22, 2008
311September 1, 2008April 22, 2009
49September 8, 2009June 14, 2010
510September 6, 2010May 6, 2011
610September 3, 2011April 20, 2012
76December 3, 2012April 24, 2013
SpecialsNovember 25, 2009October 28, 2013
86February 10, 2014May 21, 2014
96October 28, 2014April 1, 2015
1015[10]September 3, 2018 (2018-09-03)December 10, 2018 (2018-12-10)Family Jr.
1115[10]May 6, 2019 (2019-05-06)August 12, 2019 (2019-08-12)
1215[3]February 3, 2020 (2020-02-03)February 21, 2020 (2020-02-21)
1315July 15, 2020 (2020-07-15)December 11, 2020 (2020-12-11)[11]Peacock

BroadcastEdit

The show premiered on PBS through PBS Kids in the US in 2006 and Family Jr. in Canada in 2015. Season 10 premiered on PBS and the series made its debut on the PBS Kids 24/7 channel the same day. All seasons are available on Peacock with the first 9 seasons exclusive to Peacock Premium and Hulu.

AwardsEdit

Emmy Award

SponsorsEdit

  • SheaHomes (2006-2008)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Oasis Animation Employer Profile". Animation World Network (AWN). Retrieved 2020-04-22.
  2. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 143. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  3. ^ a b "Curious George". FamilyJr.ca. 2016-10-25. Retrieved 2020-04-22.
  4. ^ "NBCUNIVERSAL UNVEILS PEACOCK, A FREE PREMIUM AD-SUPPORTED STREAMING SERVICE WITH SUBSCRIPTION TIERS". NBCUNIVERSAL MEDIA. 2020-01-16. Retrieved 2020-04-22.
  5. ^ "Curious George New Movie, TV Series Seasons Streaming Free on Peacock". Variety. Retrieved 2020-09-04.
  6. ^ @ItsPeebs (2020-08-20). "Beginning October 5, 2020, Season 10 of Curious George will debut on PBS! 5 "new" episodes will air that week. These episodes are already available on Peacock" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. ^ "Curious George - Program Summary". PBS. Archived from the original on October 31, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  8. ^ "Curious George - Program Summary". PBS. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  9. ^ "Curious George - TV Credits". PBS. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  10. ^ a b https://tvschedule.zap2it.com/overview.html?programSeriesId=SH03047937&tmsId=SH030479370000&from=undefined&aid=gapzap
  11. ^ "Here's What's Coming to Peacock in December". Cord Cutters News. 2020-12-02. Retrieved 2021-01-09.