Gerbert (TV series)

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Gerbert is a Christian-themed children's television series, the namesake of which is a puppet reflecting moral goodness. The series was produced by Ace award-winning producer Brad Smith.[1]

The Gerbert character was performed by Andy Holmes, of Abilene, Texas.[2] Holmes first developed a program using Gerbert for hospitals to show children to help them get over their fears of hospitalization.[2] The Gerbert Character was bought by HSH Educational media Inc. and produced the Gerbert TV series in 1987. HSH Educational Media is owned by Brad Smith and Chris Christian. Chris Christian and Brad Smith were the Executive Producers of all the Gerber TV Shows and Chris Christian produced and owns all the Gerbert Music and currently owns HSH Educational Media Inc. The Gerbert TV Show first aired on the CBN Cable Network, which later changed its name to CBN Family Channel and then to the Family Channel. The first shows were taped in Virginia Beach, Virginia at the CBN studios after Chris Christian and Tim Robertson launched the show and all other shows were taped in Irving, Texas at the Studios at Las Colinas which was owned by Chris Christian and Ross Perot Jr..

Gerbert first aired in the mornings on the Christian Broadcasting Network's The Family Channel (now ABC Family) from 1988 to 1991, and was also sold as a video series in Wal-Mart and Christian book stores. It has aired on Christian television stations and networks continuously since its 1988 debut. A secular version, with the religious material edited out and replaced, was produced for PBS in the mid-1990s. It aired in the late 2000s on KidMango. It currently airs on Smile of a Child.

At the end of many episodes, the camera would zoom into a dark hole in a hollow tree, cutting to a 3-4 minute episode of Ploom. Ploom was a white, plume-like puppet with aphasia who could only speak in nonsense.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1988)

  1. Surprise Party
  2. A Clean Sweep
  3. The Lost Coin
  4. The Cat's Meow
  5. Things Are Looking Up
  6. Hop to It
  7. I'm All Right
  8. Some Days Are Like That
  9. Forever Friends
  10. Gerbert Saves His Money
  11. Look Before You Leap
  12. Forgive and Forget
  13. Miles Get Married

Season 2 (1989)

  1. Rainy Day
  2. Adoption
  3. The Crush
  4. Why Do People Quit Liking Each Other?
  5. Broken Promises
  6. Jealousy
  7. Listening Is Loving
  8. Little White Lies
  9. Overcoming Evil by Doing Good
  10. Boredom
  11. The Garden
  12. Roary Disappears
  13. Wrongfully Blamed

Season 3 (1990-1991)

  1. Dreamboat
  2. Starlight
  3. Being Franklin
  4. A Word Is Worth a Thousand Pictures
  5. Too Much Change (Gerbert's Beanstalk episode)
  6. Pranksters
  7. Medicine Isn't Candy
  8. Try It, You'll Like It
  9. Giddy Up Pony
  10. TV and Me
  11. New Beginnings
  12. If 'Ere the Twain Should Meet
  13. The Little Star That Twinkled
  14. A Lesson Long Overdue
  15. Big Dreams
  16. Bubble Trouble
  17. Thanks, but No Thanks
  18. Manners Manor
  19. Be Yourself
  20. How Much Is That Froggie in the Window?
  21. Fables on the Table
  22. Art From the Heart
  23. Fitness Follies
  24. The Gift of Giving

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hutchinson News (Hutchinson, KS). 1988-06-05. p. 12A. 
  2. ^ a b Clark, Kenneth R. (1988-07-20). "Gerbert Gets His Hand in Kidvid Land". Chicago Tribune. pp. 7, § Tempo. 

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