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List of Wishbone episodes

This is a list of all episodes of Wishbone, which aired on PBS Kids from October 9, 1995 to March 13, 1998.

Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
140October 9, 1995 (1995-10-09)December 1, 1995 (1995-12-01)
210October 15, 1997 (1997-10-15)December 4, 1997 (1997-12-04)
FilmMarch 13, 1998 (1998-03-13)


Season 1 (1995)Edit

No. in
TitleInspired byWishbone's roleOriginal air date
"A Tail in Twain"The Adventures of Tom SawyerTom SawyerOctober 9, 1995 (1995-10-09)
Wishbone and the kids explore Jackson Park, where they discover a man digging up the "No Name Grave."

Book tie-ins: Wishbone Classics #11: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
33"Twisted Tail"Oliver TwistOliver TwistOctober 10, 1995 (1995-10-10)
A crime wave hits Oakdale and juvenile offenders are suspected. Joe can't believe that his new friend Max is responsible, but Max is also friends with a rowdy older boy named Zack.

Book tie-ins: Wishbone Classics #5: Oliver Twist.
44"Rosie, Oh! Rosie, Oh!"Romeo and JulietRomeo MontagueOctober 11, 1995 (1995-10-11)
Found without his collar, Wishbone is taken to the pound, where he falls in love with a female dog named Rosie. After being rescued, he conspires to lose his collar again so that he can get back to his love. Meanwhile, Sam also falls for Rosie and seeks to adopt her.

Book tie-ins: Wishbone Classics #3: Romeo and Juliet.
55"Homer Sweet Homer"The OdysseyOdysseusOctober 12, 1995 (1995-10-12)
The kids try to save Jackson Park from developers who want to build a shopping center there, destroying a historical oak tree in the process. First appearance of Mr. King and the Suitor Development Corporation.

Book tie-ins: Wishbone Classics #2: The Odyssey, The Adventures of Wishbone #13: Homer Sweet Homer.
66"Bark that Bark"African American folktales (Anansi the Spider and The People Could Fly)Anansi and WanaOctober 16, 1995 (1995-10-16)
The kids help put on a traditional story-telling show to raise money. David's maternal uncle, Homer Vincent (Akin Babatunde) is the storyteller throughout the episode, narrating verbal African folk tales (with Wishbone introducing the first before Mr. Vincent takes over). Meanwhile, David overloads on responsibilities and refuses to ask for help, which causes them to literally blow up in his face.
77"Cyranose"Cyrano de BergeracCyrano de BergeracOctober 17, 1995 (1995-10-17)
The kids struggle over a challenging poetry assignment they have to do for English class. David is especially perplexed by it, but Wanda helps him out in secret.
88"The Slobbery Hound"The Hound of the BaskervillesSherlock HolmesOctober 18, 1995 (1995-10-18)
When Wishbone is blamed for neighborhood messes, he, Joe, David, and Sam must find the dog who is the real culprit. This episode marks the first of two occasions when Wishbone imagines himself into a Sherlock Holmes story.
99"Digging Up the Past"Rip Van WinkleRip Van WinkleOctober 19, 1995 (1995-10-19)
Wishbone and the kids meet Dr. Thelma Brown, an elderly woman who lived in Joe's house as a child, and help dig up a time capsule she once buried.

Book tie-ins: The Adventures of Wishbone #6: Digging Up the Past.
1010"Bone of Arc"Personal Recollections of Joan of ArcLouis de ConteOctober 20, 1995 (1995-10-20)
Samantha joins the boys' soccer team.

Book tie-ins: Wishbone Classics #4: Joan of Arc.
1111"The Impawssible Dream"Don QuixoteSancho PanzaOctober 23, 1995 (1995-10-23)
Joe aspires to make it into the Encyclopedia of World Records for making the most free throws ever recorded, but his rival Damont Jones sets himself against Joe, intending to beat the record himself.

Book tie-ins: Wishbone Classics #1: Don Quixote.
1212"Fleabitten Bargain"FaustJohann Georg FaustOctober 24, 1995 (1995-10-24)
A salesman offers Joe a virtual-reality machine, but only in exchange for Wishbone.
1313"Sniffing the Gauntlet"IvanhoeIvanhoeOctober 25, 1995 (1995-10-25)
After an allergic reaction prevents Sam from going to school on the day of a big spelling bee, David must step up to win it for their team.

Book tie-ins: Wishbone Classics #12: Ivanhoe, The Adventures of Wishbone #20: Ivanhound.
1414"The Hunchdog of Notre Dame"The Hunchback of Notre-DameQuasimodoOctober 26, 1995 (1995-10-26)
The boys become jealous when Samantha befriends and helps an awkward boy named Nathaniel Bobelesky.

Book tie-ins: The Adventures of Wishbone #5: The Hunchdog of Notre Dame.
1515"Golden Retrieved"Silas MarnerSilas MarnerOctober 27, 1995 (1995-10-27)
Joe only realizes how much Wishbone means to him when the dog goes missing. Meanwhile, Wishbone is adopted by a kind older man who names him "Spot."
1616"A Tail of Two Sitters"A Tale of Two CitiesCharles DarnayOctober 30, 1995 (1995-10-30)
Joe and David refuse to properly babysit David's little sister Emily and her friend Tina since it would interfere with their plans. Instead, the girls are left alone, where they wreak havoc on the Talbots' home.

Book tie-ins: The Adventures of Wishbone #9: A Tail of Two Sitters.
1717"Frankenbone"FrankensteinVictor FrankensteinOctober 31, 1995 (1995-10-31)
David's science project causes unending trouble when it comes to life.

Book tie-ins: Wishbone Classics #7: Frankenstein
1818"Hot Diggity Dawg"Journey to the Center of the EarthProfessor Otto LidenbrockNovember 1, 1995 (1995-11-01)
While helping Wanda plant a new tree in her yard, the kids and Wishbone discover half of a very old medal, and set out to find the other half, as well as where it came from.

Book tie-ins: Wishbone Classics #9: A Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Adventures of Wishbone #17: Digging to the Center of the Earth.
1919"One Thousand and One Tails"One Thousand and One Nights (Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves)Ali Baba/Sinbad the Sailor (cameo)/Aladdin (cameo)November 2, 1995 (1995-11-02)
When David has a run-in with cyber-criminals on the Internet, the FBI is accidentally sent to the Barnes' home. This causes Wishbone to think the cops are after Emily, who has stolen Wanda's forgotten purse.
2020"Mixed Breeds"Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeGabriel John UttersonNovember 3, 1995 (1995-11-03)
Wanda falls for an Elvis impersonator named Lou Dublin, jeopardizing her relationship with Mr. Pruitt.

Book tie-ins: Wishbone Classics #8: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Adventures of Wishbone #14: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Dog.
2121"The Canine Cure"The Imaginary InvalidMolièreNovember 6, 1995 (1995-11-06)
Nathaniel Bobelesky, who is allergic to almost everything, including dogs, spends the night at Joe's house. Wishbone thinks Nathaniel might not be as frail as he thinks he is and tries to prove it.
2222"The Pawloined Paper"The Purloined LetterC. Auguste DupinNovember 7, 1995 (1995-11-07)
Joe tries to get back an embarrassing word puzzle he made before anyone sees it, especially Curtis, who intends to use it to humiliate him.

Book tie-ins: The Adventures of Wishbone #11: The Pawloined Paper.
2323"Bark to the Future"The Time MachineThe Time TravelerNovember 8, 1995 (1995-11-08)
While struggling with math, Joe tries to use a calculator instead of his own intellect, only for it to cause more trouble with the subject.
2424"Paw Prints of Thieves"The Adventures of Robin HoodRobin HoodNovember 9, 1995 (1995-11-09)
Joe and a cafeteria worker take perfectly good food headed for the dumpster so that it can go to the local food bank, despite the objections of a strict cafeteria manager.

Book tie-ins: Wishbone Classics #6: The Adventures of Robin Hood.
2525"Furst Impressions"Pride and PrejudiceMr. DarcyNovember 10, 1995 (1995-11-10)
The kids agonize over finding dates for the Oakdale school beach party social, and a fight between Sam and David doesn't help matters.
2626"The Prince and the Pooch"The Prince and the PauperTom Canty/Edward VI of EnglandNovember 13, 1995 (1995-11-13)
Believing he'd be just as good at coaching as he is at playing, Joe tries to coach a peewee-girls' tee-ball team that includes Emily, Tina, and Carol. The naive-minded five-year-olds are easily confused and distracted, but since they are all besmitten with the adorably-cute Wishbone, our playful canine hero is able to get the starry-eyed youngsters to chase him around the ball-diamond (with the reward of a brief interval of joyful petting at each base), thus causing them to run the bases and eventually win the game by one point.

Book tie-ins: The Adventures of Wishbone #3: The Prince and the Pooch.
2727"The Count's Account"The Count of Monte CristoEdmond DantèsNovember 14, 1995 (1995-11-14)
After one of David's inventions is used by Damont to ruin Wanda's garden and make Wanda blame David, he thinks of a clever way to get revenge against Damont. Unfortunately, an innocent party is caught in the crossfire.
2828"Salty Dog"Treasure IslandJim HawkinsNovember 15, 1995 (1995-11-15)
Samantha convinces the boys to help her look for "Blackbeard's Horseshoe" inside a condemned barn.

Book tie-ins: The Adventures of Wishbone #2: Salty Dog.
2929"Little Big Dog"David and GoliathDavidNovember 16, 1995 (1995-11-16)

Wishbone temporarily stays in David's house when Ellen and Joe go on a trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. After he and Samantha break a side-view mirror off his parents' new car, David tries to hide the damage. When the mirror breaks off and Mr. Barnes prepares to sue the manufacturer, Emily convinces her brother to come clean.

Note: A segment of this episode is featured in the video, Kids For Character: Choices Count.
3030"A Dogged Exposé"A Scandal in BohemiaSherlock HolmesNovember 17, 1995 (1995-11-17)
Samantha tries to find out who is distributing embarrassing pictures of her, and others.
3131"A Terrified Terrier"The Red Badge of CourageHenry FlemingNovember 20, 1995 (1995-11-20)
Neglecting David, Sam, and Wishbone, Joe decides to hang out with more popular kids and starts to imitate their behavior, but soon realizes it could cost him his best friends.

Book tie-ins: Wishbone Classics #10: The Red Badge of Courage.
3232"Shakespaw"The TempestArielNovember 21, 1995 (1995-11-21)
The kids attempt to put on their own production of William Shakespeare's The Tempest, but the rehearsal proves challenging.
3333"Muttketeer"The Three MusketeersCharles de Batz de Castelmore d'ArtagnanNovember 22, 1995 (1995-11-22)
Wishbone tries to join the kids at school.

Book tie-ins: The Adventures of Wishbone #8: Muttketeer!.
3434"Hercules Unleashed"Hercules and the Golden ApplesHerculesNovember 23, 1995 (1995-11-23)
Samantha tries to find a perfect gift for her father's 40th birthday.
3535"¡Viva Wishbone!"Our Lady of GuadalupeJuan DiegoNovember 24, 1995 (1995-11-24)
Ellen befriends a young man who has recently lost his own mother which causes Joe to struggle with his jealousy. To help him, Señora Julia (Sylvia Caplan Rawley), an old friend who is similar to a second mother to him, tells him the story "Our Lady of Guadalupe" (which Wishbone introduces before Julia begins narrating it) after a store's policy does not allow Joe to return a broken music box which was intended for his mother's gift for Mother's Day.
3636"The Entrepawneur"MetamorphosesKing MidasNovember 27, 1995 (1995-11-27)
Joe becomes overbearing toward Sam and David when he tries to run a grocery delivery business.

Book tie-ins: Wishbone Adventures #1: Curse of Gold.
3737"Pantin' at the Opera"The Phantom of the OperaViscount Raoul de ChagnyNovember 28, 1995 (1995-11-28)
Books start disappearing from the local library, and one of the former librarians is reported dead. Things are definitely not as they seem, however, and Ellen, Joe, Wishbone, Wanda and their friends jump on the case.
3838"Dances with Dogs"The Story of the Deathless VoiceA young braveNovember 29, 1995 (1995-11-29)
Wanda and Ellen are planning their fifth annual Lee Natonabah (Apache-Mexican American actor Adan Sanchez) event at the library, in which a Native-American friend of Joe's speaks about Navajo culture, family, and story-telling. While Joe and David volunteer to tell their own family stories as well at a story-telling performance, which leads to Joe feeling inadequate in his father's shadow, Lee, rather than Wishbone, narrates a story from a Dakota tribe that once lived in Minnesota.
3939"Rushin' to the Bone"The Inspector GeneralOsipNovember 30, 1995 (1995-11-30)
Wishbone gets the chance to be a star in a dog food commercial, but is it really meant to be his big break?
4040"Picks of the Litter"variousvariousDecember 1, 1995 (1995-12-01)
In the first season finale, Wishbone tells some of his favorite stories (with clips from A Tail in Twain, Bark That Bark, The Impawssible Dream, Furst Impressions, Homer Sweet Homer, Sniffing the Gauntlet, Frankenbone, Bone of Arc, and Twisted Tail) to a visiting female dog named Penny, who shocks Wishbone by revealing she has something in common with him at the very end: she, too, can speak!

Season 2 (1997)Edit

No. in
TitleInspired byWishbone's roleOriginal air date
"Halloween Hound: The Legend of Creepy Collars"The Legend of Sleepy HollowIchabod CraneOctober 15, 1997 (1997-10-15)

In the season 2 premiere, Joe accidentally throws a ball near the old Murphy house while playing with Wishbone. Wishbone meets a black cat for the first time, but Joe warns him to leave the site due to its unpleasant appearance. Joe meets Oakdale's Sports and Games store owner, Travis Del Rio (Julio Cedillo) who develops a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt. He also meets Mr. Del Rio's niece, Melina Finch (Mikaila Enriquez) and nephew, Marcus Finch (Paul English, Jr.). Joe later participates in the scavenger hunt with his two friends after Travis gives the instructions to every scavenger hunt group. Damont and his cousin, Jimmy (Jarrad Kritzstein) are ahead of the group led by Sam. Joe and David are along with her. The hunt begins with these three friends playing a carnival game that involves shooting simulated wild animals (either a tiger or an African lion) behind Wanda's house. Next, they go to the Dart animal clinic where Sam plays in the simulated horse-racing arcade game. After that, the friends along with Wishbone go over to Jackson Park where David drops a coin into the orange slot in order to begin the contraption. It ends with an invitation to a Halloween "tea party" at 13 Thunder Road.

Oakdale's first annual Halloween-themed scavenger hunt ends with Joe, David, and Sam at Thunder Road in front of the old Murphy house along with Jimmy who tells them that Damont went inside the haunted house before their arrival. Wishbone pursues a black cat, which leads Joe and his two friends directly into the Murphy house, but Jimmy stays outside. It is the same house where Joe saw an eerie-eyed disembodied spirit while he was trick-or-treating with David several years earlier. Damont sneakily closes various doors on Joe, Sam, and David. Wishbone closes a door on Damont and the black cat. The hunt ends with Joe finding the gift certificate under a floor downstairs and Damont quickly exits the Murphy house after Joe opens the door that shuttered Damont, but Joe encounters the eerie eyes which turn out to be the black cat. The disembodied spirit's eerie eyes turn up when Sam's group leaves the Murphy house. After exiting the Murphy house, Travis congratulates Sam's team for finishing the scavenger hunt. He announces a Halloween party at his Sports and Games store afterwards. Travis also tells Joe that the scavenger hunt on Halloween was his fortunate day after all. The black cat disappears on Wishbone for the final time.

Book tie-ins: Super Adventures of Wishbone #2: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
433"The Prince of Wags"Henry IV, Part 1Prince Henry (Hal)October 16, 1997 (1997-10-16)
Joe is elected captain of his basketball team, and learns what it means to be a leader.
444"A Bone of Contention"The Courtship of Miles StandishJohn AldenOctober 23, 1997 (1997-10-23)
Joe and David compete for the affections of the same girl named Sarah Johnson (Melissa Archer), whom they each want to take to a school dance.
455"Groomed for Greatness"Great ExpectationsPipOctober 30, 1997 (1997-10-30)
Wanda's cousin, Renee Lassiter (Shelley Duvall) arrives in Oakdale to create a sculpture for Jackson Park.
466"War of the Noses"The Black ArrowRichard SheltonNovember 6, 1997 (1997-11-06)
Wishbone tries to get out of an appointment with the vet, while also attempting to rescue his red chair.
477"Moonbone"The MoonstoneFranklin BlakeNovember 13, 1997 (1997-11-13)
When football star Daryl "Moose" Johnston comes to town and his Super Bowl ring goes missing, Wishbone is suspected because of his digging habit.
488"Barking at Buddha"Monkey (Journey to the West)MonkeyNovember 20, 1997 (1997-11-20)
Jimmy and Marcus want to impress Joe and his friends, but their attempts to be more mature and helpful have unintended consequences. Afterwards, Travis has a serious talk with his nephew. He tells Marcus to apologize to Joe, his friends, and Sam's father for being irresponsible for the preparation of Oakdale's athletic competition banquet at Pepper Pete's by burning the pizzas as well as damaging the banquet's setup. The next day, Marcus and Jimmy go to Pepper Pete's to clean up their very big mess from the previous day.
499"Pup Fiction"Northanger AbbeyHenry TilneyNovember 27, 1997 (1997-11-27)
Wanda receives four mysterious anonymous notes in the mail, but the mystery about all of those notes turn out to be a birthday surprise for her from all of her friends in Oakdale.
5010"The Roamin' Nose"AeneidAeneasDecember 4, 1997 (1997-12-04)
In the series finale, a gas leak in the neighborhood forces the neighbors from their homes. At the same time, Joe, Sam, and Damont are feeling nervous about their upcoming high school years while Wishbone recalls a story about destiny and history.

Film (1998)Edit

TitleInspired byOriginal air date
Wishbone's Dog Days of the WestHeart of the West (A Call Loan, The Reformation of Calliope, Cupid a la Carte)March 13, 1998 (1998-03-13)
After saving a little girl from a falling beam and being treated like a hero, Wanda has to deal with a sneaky TV reporter who tries to make people view her as a tyrant.