Little Bill (TV series)

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Little Bill
Format Children's television series
Cutout animation
Created by Bill Cosby
Directed by Robert Scull
Jennifer Oxley
Olexa Hewryk
Mark Salisbury
Starring Xavier Prichett
Gregory Hines
Phylicia Rashad
Ruby Dee
Monique Beasley
Tyler James Williams
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 54
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Nick Jr.
BET
Centric
Original run November 28, 1999 (1999-11-28) – February 16, 2004 (2004-02-16)

Little Bill is an American children's television show for children on Nick Jr. The stories are based on Bill Cosby's Little Bill book series, set in Philadelphia [1] and feature Bill Jr. learning a lesson or moral. It was developed through research and in consultation with a panel of educational consultants.[2]

The show also aired on CBS as part of Nick Jr. on CBS, from September 16, 2000 - September 7, 2002, then as part of Nick on CBS from August 2, 2003 - September 10, 2005. The show returned with the return of Nick Jr. on CBS on September 17, 2005, and seen through September 9, 2006 when the block was replaced with The KOL Secret Slumber Party on CBS. The series went back into production in fall 2006 and a new season of 6 episodes aired on Noggin throughout April and July 2007, ending in the later month. Reruns are played on Nick Jr., on BET, as of January 7, 2008, and on Centric, as of May 1, 2010.

Sonia Manzano, best known for playing Maria Rodriguez on Sesame Street, was a frequent writer for the show.[citation needed]

Characters[edit]

William "Bill/Little Bill" Glover Jr.
An inquisitive and imaginative boy who loves his hamster and is a fan of the (fictional) Blue Sox baseball team. He also likes Captain Brainstorm because he comes up with great ideas. He enjoys going to kindergarten, although he misses Elephant, but he is still happy. He is known as Little Bill because his actual name is Bill Jr; his father's name is also Bill. Little Bill is African-American. Voiced By Xavier Prichett. He is based on Bill Cosby's son Ennis William Cosby.
Elephant
Elephant is a small light yellow hamster who loves Little Bill. The only noises that are heard from him is his blinking eyes after Little Bill has spoken and he sneezes in one episode. When the rest of the family goes on vacations, he is left alone with Alice the Great, Little Bill's great-grandmother. He gets sick in one episode, but gets better at the end.
April Glover
The oldest of the Glover children, She is a highly talented basketball player on the school team, and also at basketball camp, where she won a trophy and is also in a choir. She is often seen getting bossy. (She sometimes argues with Bobby.) She is the only sister. Voiced By Monique Beasley.
Robert "Bobby" Glover
Bobby is the most studious of the kids. He is always reading and investigating things. He is the middle child and oldest son of the Glover children. He can also play the violin and sometimes he can say upsetting things, usually resulting in his family saying, "Bobby!" Voiced By Devon Malik Beckford (Season 1-2) and Tyler James Williams (Season 3-4).
William "Bill/Big Bill" Glover
Father of Bobby, April, and Little Bill. They have a very close relationship with their father. He works for the Department of Housing, as a housing inspector. His hobby is collecting and listening to jazz records. He is also known as Big Bill because his actual name is Bill Sr. Voiced By Gregory Hines.
Brenda Glover
Little Bill, Bobby, and April's mother. Wife of Big Bill, she works for a bank (see "Mom's Trip"), but her hobby is photography. Voiced By Phylicia Rashad.
Alice the Great
Great-Grandmother of Little Bill, Bobby, April, and Jamal; Alice is also Brenda and Deborah's grandmother (see "The Magic Quilt"). Alice the Great has an older brother and older sister (see "The Surprise") and a cousin who lives in Cincinnati. Usually teaches Little Bill lessons and tells stories to him. She also lives with the family. Voiced By Ruby Dee.
Captain Brainstorm
Captain Brainstorm is an astronaut who has an orange rocket and an orange space suit. Little Bill is a fan of his TV show, Space Explorers. Captain Brainstorm has a dog called Spark-E whose tagline, "Ruff-Roo!", is in a dog accent. Voiced By Bill Cosby.
Andrew Mulligan
Andrew is a red haired, freckled boy who is Little Bill's best friend. Andrew and Little Bill have many things in common - they both like Captain Brainstorm or play with construction sets, etc. In one episode Copy Cat Little Bill and Andrew had a quarrel and Andrew called Little Bill a copy cat, but soon learns his lesson and apologizes to him. Andrew has a pet dog named Farfy. Andrew is sometimes seen with his cousins: Kevin and Rachel. He lives two houses away from Little Bill. Voiced By Zach Tyler Eisen. (Credited As Zachary Tyler)
Kiku Wong
Kiku is an Asian-American friend of Little Bill's. Little Bill would say that she is the nicest of his friends. She loves nature (particularly flowers) and origami (her grandmother, Ms. Natsuko, showed Little Bill how to make origami in the episode "Shipwreck Saturday"). Voiced By Eunice Cho.
Fuchsia Glover
Fuchsia is the paternal cousin of Little Bill, Bobby, and April. Her father Al (Big Bill's brother) runs a shop close to Little Bill's house. Fuchsia's mother is named Vanessa. Voiced By Kianna Underwood. She goes to school with Little Bill.
Dorado
Classroom friend of Little Bill (see "New Foods" and "Natural Root Pals"). Teaches Little Bill about experiencing the Latino culture by inviting him to dinner. Dorado introduces Bill to arroz con guandules y platanos(chicken with rice and bananas). Dorado is a bit of a comedian.
Monty
Grandson of Alice the Great's best friend Emmaline, uses a wheelchair to get around because he was born with cerebral palsy. He and Little Bill are good friends and pretend to be dinosaurs together; Monty's favorite is the tyrannosaurus rex. Voiced By Cole Hawkins.
Michael Rhiley
A classmate of Little Bill's who moves to the neighborhood from Miami, Florida. He is mean to Little Bill and his friends at first, but he soon learns his lesson. He is then a very good friend to Little Bill. He sleeps over at Little Bill's house in one episode and in the next episode, he plays in the snow with Little Bill for the first time. Voiced By Muhammed Cunningham.
Miss Aisha Murray Clinkscales
Little Bill's teacher, who later marries Dr. Winthrop Clinkscales. (but the students are still allowed to call her Miss Murray, since they have trouble pronouncing her husband's name). Their engagement was mentioned in "The Ring Bear" and they were married in "Miss Murray's Wedding". Voiced By Ayo Haynes.
Dr. Winthrop Clinkscales
Mrs. Murray's new husband. He is a doctor and treats Little Bill when he breaks his arm in "A Trip to the Hospital".
Mrs. Shapiro
A Hawaiian lady, with a cat named Sophie. She was Little Bill's neighbor but then moved back to Hawaii, in the episode "Same Moon, Same Sun, Same Star," to live with her sister Mimi. She is voiced by Madeline Kahn in her first appearance and later by Kathy Najimy.
Mr. Miguel Rojas
Mr. Rojas is an old man who speaks English and Spanish. He moved into Mrs. Shapiro's house and met Little Bill in the episode "The New Neighbors." He has a dog called Lito who's good at doing tricks. He only appears in "The New Neighbors", "Doggie Magic", "The Early Bill", and "The Halloween party." He has children, but they're all grown up and have families of their own. Voiced by Victor Argo.
Mr. Clark Terry
Alice the Great and Little Bill's new friend. He teaches Little Bill how to skip rocks and make music with a reed. He plays the fluglehorn. He is voiced by Clark Terry, who he is named and modeled after.
Baby Jamal
Little Bill's maternal baby cousin, son of Deborah (Brenda's sister) and Gary..
Percy Mulch
The owner of a pet shop. He knows all about animals, but is a bit clumsy and has a hard time remembering the first names of Little Bill's parents. Voiced by Doug E. Doug.
Mr. Williams
A music store owner only seen in "The Musical Instrument". He is a talented musician and shows little Bill the piano, accordion, saxophone and drums (which happens to be his grandson's favorite instrument).
Aunt Deborah
Aunt Deborah is the wife of Uncle Gary and the mother of Baby Jamal. She is Little Bill, Bobby, and April's maternal aunt. She appears in "Just a Baby" when she and Gary came over to her sister's house to show them baby Jamal.

Episodes[edit]

  1. Just A Baby/The Campout (Originally Aired November 28, 1999): Little Bill's baby cousin Jamal visits and Little Bill learns about babies from Brenda, Big Bill, and Bobby; Little Bill and Andrew pretend to camp out in the backyard
  2. Monty's Roar/Natural Root Pals (Originally Aired December 12, 1999): Little Bill meets Monty, a handicapped boy who likes dinosaurs; Little Bill's friend Dorado helps him past the time while their mothers get their hair done at a beauty parlor.
  3. The Dollar/The Choice (Originally Aired December 19, 1999): Little Bill finds a dollar bill and is curious on what to spend it on; Little Bill wants to choose a breakfast cereal during a trip to the supermarket.
  4. Guppies/The Magic Quilt (Originally Aired January 9, 2000): Little Bill takes swimming lessons with his cousin Fuchsia; Little Bill is afraid of the dark.
  5. The Meanest Thing To Say / Lavatory Story (Originally Aired February 6, 2000): A new boy at school named Michael bullies Little Bill and his friends; Little Bill tries to show Michael to the bathroom, or the "lavatory".
  6. The Zoo / My Pet Elephant (Originally Aired February 20, 2000): Little Bill's class goes on a field trip to the zoo; Little Bill gets a pet hamster and decides to name it "Elephant".
  7. Little Bill's Adventure With Captain Brainstorm (Originally Aired June 4, 2000): Little Bill and his friends go to the mall to see Captain Brainstorm.
  8. Chicken Pox / Shipwreck Saturday (Originally Aired June 19, 2000): Little Bill has had the chicken pox for days; Little Bill builds a toy boat, but it gets destroyed by a careless man in a canoe.
  9. Zoopity Zoo/Neighborhood Park (Originally Aired September 4, 2000): Little Bill learns how to make cleaning his room fun; Little Bill and his friends and family turn a vacant lot into a park.
  10. Elephant On The Loose/If A Bird Rings, Answer It (Originally Aired September 5, 2000): Elephant gets lost in the house, so the family tries to find him; Little Bill finds a lost parrot with an abnormal talent.
  11. Big Kid/The Bills Go To Work (Originally Aired September 6, 2000): Little Bill acts like a big kid; Big Bill takes Little Bill to his work to show him what he does.
  12. The Promise/The Practice (Originally Aired September 7, 2000): Little Bill borrows his sister April's basketball trophy for show-and-tell; April takes Little Bill to basketball practice.
  13. Are We There Yet?/Super Family Fun Land! (Originally Aired September 8, 2000): Little Bill and his family take a road trip to an amusement park; The family spends time at Super Family Fun Land. in this episode Branda drives the car
  14. The Ring Bear/Miss Murray's Wedding (Originally Aired September 12, 2000): Little Bill is going to be the ring bearer for his teacher's wedding; Miss Murray gets married to a doctor named Winthrop Clinkscales.
  15. The Birthday Present/The Birthday Party (Originally Aired September 13, 2000): Little Bill unintentionally ruins Fuchsia's birthday present; Little Bill attends Fuchsia's birthday party.
  16. A Trip To The Hospital/The Wrong Thing To Do (Originally Aired September 13, 2000): Little Bill breaks his arm and goes to the hospital; Little Bill is upset that he has to stay inside due to his broken arm and he draws on April's door!
  17. Rolling Along/The Stage Trick (Originally Aired October 9, 2000): Little Bill tries to learn to roll; Little Bill gets stage fright while practicing for a school play.
  18. The Snack Helper/Buds (Originally Aired November 13, 2000): Little Bill faces a tough decision on whom to send to the snack table first as the snack helper; Little Bill and Andrew learn about nature.
  19. Copy Cat/Picture Day (Originally Aired December 4, 2000): Little Bill is upset when Andrew calls his a copy cat; Little Bill wants to pick out his own clothes for Picture Day.
  20. Ready, Set, Read!/I Got a Letter (Originally Aired May 7, 2001): Little Bill wants to learn how to read: Little Bill learns how to write letters.
  21. The Violin Lessons/Squirmy (Originally Aired May 9, 2001): Little Bill accidentally upsets Bobby when he makes fun of the way he plays the violin; Little Bill finds an earthworm and wants to keep it as a pet.
  22. Monty's Visit/Mom's Trip (Originally Aired May 10, 2001): Little Bill is jealous of Monty being with Alice the Great; Brenda goes on a business trip and Little Bill misses her terribly.
  23. The No-Talking Contest/The Search Is For The Sock (Originally Aired May 11, 2001): Little Bill and his siblings have a no-talking contest; Little Bill loses one of April's lucky socks.
  24. Merry Christmas Little Bill (Originally Aired December 25, 2001): Little Bill is afraid that Alice the Great won't be home in time for Christmas, due to the fact that she is stuck at the Cincinnati Airport.
  25. A Day At The Beach/The Get Well Song (Originally Aired February 12, 2002): Little Bill and his family go to the beach; Little Bill helps his sick father feel better.
  26. Michael Sleeps Over/Michael's First Snow (Originally Aired March 6, 2002): Michael sleeps over at Little Bill's house; Little Bill helps Michael get used to snow.
  27. Monty Joins The Class/Dad Goes To School (Originally Aired March 13, 2002): Monty joins Little Bill's class; Big Bill goes to Little Bill's school to tell his class how his jobs works.
  28. Little Bill's Great Space Adventure. (Originally Aired July 8, 2002) Max and Little Bill have to save Captin brainstorm From the giant purbuls
  29. Number One On Honeywood Street/Baseball Glovers (Originally Aired March 19, 2002): Little Bill and Andrew's families compete; Little Bill's entire family plays baseball at a family reunion.
  30. Wabbit Worries/Wabbit Babies (Originally Aired November 25, 2002): Little Bill is concerned about one of the class' pet rabbits; Little Bill tries to find a place for the baby rabbits to live.
  31. The Car Keys/Doggie Sitting (Originally Aired February 18, 2003): Little Bill accidentally loses his father's car keys; Little Bill and his siblings try to take care of a neighbor's dog.
  32. New Foods/Elephant Tricks (Originally Aired February 19, 2003): Little Bill tries new foods when he visits Dorado; Little Bill tries to get Elephant to do tricks.
  33. What About Me?/Happy Not Birthday To You (Originally Aired February 20, 2003): Little Bill feels left out; Little Bill wants to cheer up April when she loses the basketball championship.
  34. Racing Time/All Tied Up (Originally Aired February 21, 2003): Little Bill is late for school due to dawdling; Little Bill wants to learn to tie his shoes.
  35. Echo Falls/Going Fishing (Originally Aired July 28, 2003): Little Bill, Fuchsia and their fathers hike to Echo Falls; Little Bill wants to catch as fish.
  36. The Best Book Ever!/A Ramp For Monty (Originally Aired July 29, 2003): Little Bill gets a library card and checks out books; Little Bill and Big Bill build a ramp for Monty to make it easier for him to get into the backyard.
  37. The New Babysitter*/My Friend Isabel (Originally Aired July 30, 2003): Little Bill gets a new babysitter, Isabel; Little Bill doesn't want Isabel to leave.
  38. The Early Bill/Going Camping (Originally Aired July 31, 2003): Little Bill gets up early; Little Bill and Big Bill camp out in the backyard.
  39. Same Moon, Same Sun, Same Star/All Together Now (Originally Aired September 22, 2003): Mrs. Shapiro is moving away to Hawaii*; Little Bill wants to run away to avoid taking a nap.
  40. The Surprise!/Good Ol' Lightnin' (Originally Aired September 23, 2003): Little Bill makes a surprise present for Alice the Great; Little Bill finds Alice the Great's old wagon. Ol' Lightnin'.
  41. The Musical Instrument/The Choir (Originally Aired September 24, 2003): Little Bill wants to play an instrument; Little Bill assists April's choir when one of singers is sick.
  42. The Incredible Shrinking Little Bill/ The Big Swings (Originally Aired September 25, 2003): Little Bill thinks he's shrinking; Bobby accidentally scares Little Bill by pushing him too high on the swings.
  43. New Neighbors/Doggie Magic (Originally Aired September 26, 2003): Little Bill has new neighbors; Little Bill spends time with Mr. Rojas' dog, Miguelito (or Lito for short).
  44. I Can Sign/The Sign For Friend (Originally Aired September 29, 2003): Little Bill learns sign language; Little Bill and Andrew make a new friend.
  45. Summertime In The Wintertime/Snow Racer (Originally Aired February 2, 2004): Little Bill pretends that it's summertime in the wintertime; Little Bill and Michael build a snow racecar.
  46. Get Well, Elephant/Elephant's Best Friend (Originally Aired February 3, 2004): Elephant is sick, so Little Bill takes care of him; Little Bill wants to get Elephant a best friend.
  47. The Skating Lesson/Mr. Moth (Originally Aired February 4, 2004): April teaches Little Bill how to skate; Little Bill waits for his moth to hatch.
  48. Private Time/Never (Originally Aired February 5, 2004): Little Bill and Brenda have some private time; Little Bill and Alice the Great make a new friend, Clarke Terry.
  49. When Friends Get Mad/The Party Box (Originally Aired February 6, 2004): Little Bill gets mad at Kiku after she accidentally ruins his picture and refuses to apologize after he ruins her picture in return; Little Bill is disappointed when he finds that his parents and Alice the Great are having an adult party and he can't come. in this episode Little Bill has a time out
  • Brenda tells Little Bill that Mrs. Shapiro moved before she did. That might be because the person who does her voice died.

Video games[edit]

Little Bill THINKS BIG! is for the Macintosh.

Awards[edit]

Emmy Awards

Peabody Award

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nickelodeon's 'Little Bill' Debuts as First African American Balloon In 76th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade". PRNewswire.com. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Little Bill". Retrieved February 10, 2008. 

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