Little Bill (TV series)
|Format||Children's television series
|Created by||Bill Cosby|
|Directed by||Robert Scull
Tyler James Williams
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||54|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original channel||Nick Jr.
|Original run||November 28, 1999– February 6, 2004|
Little Bill is a television show for children that is presently on Nick Jr. The stories are based on Bill Cosby's Little Bill book series, set in Philadelphia  and feature Bill Jr. learning a lesson or moral. It was developed through research and in consultation with a panel of educational consultants.
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.
- William "Bill/Little Bill" Glover Jr.
- A 6-year-old 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. His birthday is 1994. He is based on Bill Cosby's deceased dyslexic son, Ennis William Cosby.
- 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 9-year-old 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 Her birthday is 1989.
- Robert "Bobby" Glover
- Bobby is the most studious of the kids. He is 7 years old. 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) His birthday is 1991.
- 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. Big Bill is 40 years old. Voiced By Gregory Hines. His birthday is 1959.
- 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. Brenda Glover is 38 years old. Voiced By Phylicia Rashad. Her birthday is 1961.
- 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. Alice the great is 74 years old and turns 75 in Alice the Great's birthday. 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 5 year old caucasian, 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 (13) and Rachel (11). Voiced By Zach Tyler Eisen. (Zachary Tyler)
- Kiku Wong
- Kiku is an 5 year old 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 is 5 years old. Al is 37 years old. Fuchsia's mother is named Vanessa and is 35 years old. Voiced By Kianna Underwood. She goes to school with Little Bill.
- 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 and is 6 years old.
- 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. Monty is 5 years old. 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. 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 56 years old.
- 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." and is 65. He has children, but they're all grown up and have families of their own.
- 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 and is about 69 years old.
- Baby Jamal
- Little Bill's maternal baby cousin, son of Deborah (Brenda's sister) and Gary. He is around 9 months. Deborah is 34 and Gary is 36.
- 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.
- 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). He is 63 years old.
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.
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- 2003 - Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program - Gregory Hines
- 2004 - Outstanding Animated Program
- "Nickelodeon's 'Little Bill' Debuts as First African American Balloon In 76th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade". PRNewswire.com. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
- "Little Bill". Retrieved February 10, 2008.
- Official Bill Cosby Site
- Nick Jr: Little Bill
- Little Bill at the Internet Movie Database
- Little Bill at TV.com