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George and Martha is a series of children's books written and illustrated by James Marshall between 1972 and 1988. Each book in the series contained a number of short stories describing interactions between two hippos, George and Martha. The books inspired an animated children's television show which comprised 26 episodes made in 1999, and a musical in 2011.

George and Martha
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Created by James Marshall
Voices of Nathan Lane
Andrea Martin
Sean Cullen
Robin Duke
Kathryn Greenwood
Greg Kramer
Debra McGrath
Colin Mochrie
Tony Rosato
Dwayne Hill
Opening theme "Perfidia" by Mambo All-Stars
Country of origin Canada
United States
No. of episodes 26
Production company(s) Wild Things Productions
Original network YTV
HBO Family
Original release April 1, 1999 – May 1, 2000



The books describe the activities and adventures of best friends George and Martha. These activities include taking dance classes, going to the beach and the amusement park, and playing pranks on each other. In a humorous way, the series teaches about friendship. George and Martha sometimes argue, but always make up.


The George and Martha books comprise the following titles:

  • George and Martha (1972)
  • George and Martha Encore (1973)
  • George and Martha Rise and Shine (1976)
  • George and Martha One Fine Day (1978)
  • George and Martha Tons of Fun (1980)
  • George and Martha Back in Town (1984)
  • George and Martha Round and Round (1988)
  • George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends, with a foreword by Maurice Sendak (1997)

Television series adaptationEdit

The series' theme song is "Perfidia", by Mambo All-Stars.

Episode listEdit

Season OneEdit

  1. The Dance Recital / The Tooth that came OUT
  2. The Snoop / A Day at the Beach
  3. The horror Movie / The Book
  4. The Big Scare / The French Lesson
  5. The Mirror / The Special Gifts
  6. The Great Picnic / The Trickster
  7. The Trip / The Experiment
  8. The Triple Dare / The Icky Story
  9. The Garden / Split Pea Soup
  10. Baby Doll / The Acting Class
  11. The Comedian / The Prize
  12. The Misunderstanding / The Secret Club
  13. The Hypnotist / The Sweet Tooth

Season TwoEdit

  1. The Cold / The Campout
  2. The Reader / The Decorator
  3. The Badminton Tournament / The Caddy
  4. The Roller Derby / The Spa
  5. The Argument / Happy Palms' Finest
  6. The Flying Donut / Martha's Cousin
  7. The Big Splash / My Stars!
  8. The Blabbermouth / Life and Breath
  9. The Best Friends Show / The Sleepwalker
  10. Funny Business / The Tease
  11. The Play's the Thing / The Sore Loser
  12. The Costumed Duo / Temper Temper
  13. The Fibber / The Mascot



Select episodes of the series were released on VHS by Sony Wonder, under their "Doors of Wonder" banner.


George and Martha was turned into an original musical, George and Martha: Tons of Fun, by Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Maryland in 2011. It featured music, books, and lyrics by Joan Cushing and was directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer.


  1. ^ "George and Martha - Qubo". Retrieved April 16, 2016. 

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