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Peg + Cat
Peg+Cat Intertitle.png
Created by
Directed by Cory Bobiak
Starring
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 34
Production
Producer(s)
Running time 28 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Audio format Stereo
Original run October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07) – present
External links
Website

Peg + Cat is an American-Canadian animated children's television series based on the children's book "The Chicken Problem", which was published in 2012. The series is created by Billy Aronson and Jennifer Oxley and produced by The Fred Rogers Company and 9 Story Entertainment.[2][3] It debuted on most PBS stations on October 7, 2013, as part of the revamped PBS Kids brand.[4]

The show is targeted to children 3 to 5 years old. The goal is to "inspire preschoolers’ natural curiosity about math and help them develop new skills and strategies for solving problems creatively in their daily lives."[5] In keeping with the math theme, the animation is presented as if it were drawn on graph paper.

On March 3, 2015, PBS Kids renewed Peg + Cat for a second season, which is slated to air in spring 2016.[6]

Characters

  • Peg - The main character, together with Cat. She is a young girl who wears a red hat and blue dress. She explains the situation in each episode directly to the "camera", announces when they have "a big problem", and reasons out solutions to math-related problems. During songs, she pulls out a ukulele and plays it. She has a special blue marble hidden under her hat. Her favorite crayon is "little bluey". She is voiced by Hayley Faith Negrin.
  • Cat - An indigo cat whose best friend is Peg. He loves circles and accompanies Peg on her adventures. Cat often inspires Peg to realize a solution to a problem without being aware of it himself. Often helps to calm Peg when She "totally freaks out". He was inspired by Jennifer Oxley's pet cat. He is voiced by Dwayne Hill.
  • Ramone - A boy who shows up to help Peg and Cat with their math problems. He is voiced by Thamela Mpumlwana.
  • Pig - A pig who is usually silent except when he sings in a rich operatic tenor. His favorite shape is the triangle. Voiced by Tommy Wazelle.
  • Neighbor Ladies- A female African American character named Viv and a female Asian American character named Connie that appear in several episodes. They often accidentally add to Peg and Cat's problems by trying to be nice. Viv is voiced by Angela Teek and Connie is voiced by Jean Yoon.
  • 100 Chickens - Chickens who play and live on farm and travel to space with Pig, Peg, and Cat. Voiced by Rob Morrison and Carys Casucci.
  • The Pirates and their parrot - A quarrelsome quartet of pirates who live on an island. They like to sing in four-part harmony but sing "really bad" when they get cranky. They have had a sleepover with Peg and Cat. Voiced by Rob Morrison.
  • Big Mouth - A blue, furry, horned space monster who likes to eat things that are little and yellow.
  • Richard - A space alien from the purple planet who plays with Peg and Cat in space. He often cries during tense situations. Voiced by Christian DiStefano.
  • The Teens - Three cool older kids who love pizza and texting on their phones, but can't stand getting dirt on their clothes. Tessa is thirteen, Mora (voiced by Annick Obonsawin) is fourteen, and Jesse is fifteen.
  • Giants - Peg and Cat's big friends who live up the beanstalk in Fairy Tale Land. In The Giant Problem Peg and Cat think that the Giants are going to eat them. Voiced by Bryce Kulak (Giant) and Shoshana Sperling (Giantess).
  • Mermaid - A swimming damsel who lives in the Magical Forest. The Pig stole her Golden Pyramid's in The Golden Pyramid Problem. She is voiced by Emilie-Claire Barlow.
  • The Three Bears, The Three Pigs, The Three Billy Goats Gruff - Nine Friends of Peg and Cat that get into bands like The Electric Eleven. Voiced by Kevin Brathwite (Papa Bear), Angela Teek (Mama Bear), Phatt Al (Baby Bear), and Rob Morrrison (Three Little Pigs and Three Billy Goats Gruff).
  • The Blockettes - Five Dancers that dance in the Radio City Music Hall.
  • Mac - A gruff-voiced man who works various jobs in different episodes.
  • Peg's Mom - Voiced by Alison Jutzi.[7]
  • The Seven Dwarves - Voiced by Rob Morrision.
  • Dragon - A mythical creature who lives in the Magical Forest.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven - A famous music composer who has problems writing music.
  • George Washington - The first president of the United States.
  • Albert Einstein – A famous scientist. Voiced by John Stocker.
  • Flat Woman – A supervillaness who likes to make things flat. Voiced by Julie Lemieux.
  • Baby Fox – A young little fox who likes building his block tower and stays with Mrs. Sheep.[8]

"Problem Solved" Song

When a problem is solved, Peg sings a song like this:

"Problem solved, the problem is solved! We solved the problem! Problem solved!"

The song is featured at least once in every episode.

Awards

In 2014, Peg + Cat won three Daytime Emmy Awards: Outstanding Pre-School Children's Animated Program, Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program (Hayley Faith Negrin), and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation (Jennifer Oxley, production designer).[9]

Episodes

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1   October 7, 2013 (October 7, 2013) TBA 2015 (TBA 2015)

Season 1 (2013–15)

No. Title Original air date Production
code
1 "The Chicken Problem / The Space Creature Problem"[10] October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07) 101
2 "The Pirate Problem / The Sleepover Problem"[11] October 8, 2013 (2013-10-08) 103
3 "The Three Bears Problem / The Giant Problem"[12] October 9, 2013 (2013-10-09) 104
4 "The Circus Problem / The Buried Treasure Problem"[13] October 10, 2013 (2013-10-10) 105
5 "The Tree Problem / Another Tree Problem"[14] October 14, 2013 (2013-10-14) 107
6 "The Messy Room Problem / The Golden Pyramid Problem"[15] October 15, 2013 (2013-10-15) 102
7 "The Parade Problem / The Halloween Problem"[16] October 22, 2013 (2013-10-22) 113
8 "The Dinosaur Problem / The Beethoven Problem"[17] November 4, 2013 (2013-11-04) 108
9 "The Honey Problem / The Penguin Problem"[18] November 5, 2013 (2013-11-05) 109
10 "The Race Car Problem / The Big Gig Problem"[19] November 18, 2013 (2013-11-18) 110
11 "The Slop Problem / The Birthday Present Problem"[20] December 16, 2013 (2013-12-16) 111
12 "The Baby Problem / The Sparkling Sphere Problem"[21] December 17, 2013 (2013-12-17) 112
13 "The Birthday Cake Problem / The Doohickey Problem"[22] January 3, 2014 (2014-01-03) 106
14 "The Blockette Problem/The Tulip Problem"[23] January 24, 2014 (2014-01-24) 114
15 "The Mega Mall Problem / The Cleopatra Problem"[24] February 17, 2014 (2014-02-17) 115
16 "Yet Another Tree Problem / The Romeo and Juliet Problem"[25] April 14, 2014 (2014-04-14) 116
17 "The Arch Villain Problem / The Straight and Narrow Problem"[26] May 5, 2014 (2014-05-05) 120
18 "The Play Date Problem / The Blabberwocky Problem"[27] May 6, 2014 (2014-05-06) 122
19 "The Perfect Ten Problem / The Long Line Problem"[28] May 7, 2014 (2014-05-07) 117
20 "The Clown Problem / The Ninja Problem"[29] May 8, 2014 (2014-05-08) 121
21 "The George Washington Problem/The High Noon Problem"[30] July 4, 2014 (2014-07-04) 125
22 "The Big Dog Problem / The Three Friends Problem"[31] July 14, 2014 (2014-07-14) 119
23 "The Pizza Problem/The Pizza Pirate Problem"[32] August 18, 2014 (2014-08-18) 126
24 "The Potty Problem/The Butter Problem"[33] August 19, 2014 (2014-08-19) 127
25 "The Pirate Puzzle Problem/The Scrap of Map Problem"[34] August 20, 2014 (2014-08-20) 128
26 "The Sushi Problem/The Highlight Zone Problem"[35] August 21, 2014 (2014-08-21) 129
27 "The Election Problem/The Littlest Chicken Problem"[36] November 3, 2014 (2014-11-03) 123
28 "The Flat Woman Problem/The Hanukkah Problem"[37] December 18, 2014 (2014-12-18) 136
29 "The Christmas Problem"[38] December 22, 2014 (2014-12-22) 118
30 "The Allergy Problem/I Do What I Can: The Musical"[39] March 2, 2015 (2015-03-02) 132
31 "The Roxanne Problem/The Girl Group Problem"[40] March 3, 2015 (2015-03-03) 134
32 "The Groovy Sixties Problem/Bad Jack Is Back"[41] March 4, 2015 (2015-03-04) 137
33 "The Magic Uke/The Rocking Out Problem"[42] March 5, 2015 (2015-03-05) 139
34 "The Cold Camel Problem/The Einstein Problem"[43] April 3, 2015 (2015-04-03) 130
Unaired produced episodes
Production Episode
124[44] The Ring Problem/The Wedding Problem
131[45] The Wonderland Problem/The Bat Mitzvah Problem
133[46] The Bermuda Triangle Problem/The Breeze in the Branches
135[47] Richard The Third/The Lemonade Problem
138[48] The T-Ball Problem/The Bus Problem
140 [49] The Robin Hood Problem/The Owl and the Pussy Cat Problem

References

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  2. ^ "Press Release: PBS Kids Annonuces New Math Series Peg + Cat, Premiering Fall 2013". PBS. 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
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  7. ^ "Official Program Credits". PBS. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  8. ^ "Peg + Cat: About: Characters". PBS. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 
  9. ^ "The 41st Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award Winners". National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. emmyonline.org. June 20, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
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  11. ^ "The Pirate Problem/The Sleepover Problem". KET. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  12. ^ "The Three Bears Problem/The Giant Problem". KET. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  13. ^ "The Circus Problem/The Buried Treasure Problem". KET. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  14. ^ "The Tree Problem/Another Tree Problem". KET. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  15. ^ "The Messy Room Problem/The Golden Pyramid Problem". KET. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  16. ^ "The Parade Problem/The Halloween Problem". KET. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  17. ^ "The Dinosaur Problem/The Beethoven Problem". KET. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  18. ^ "The Honey Problem/The Penguin Problem". KET. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  19. ^ "The Race Car Problem/The Big Gig Problem". KET. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  20. ^ "The Slop Problem/The Birthday Present Problem". KET. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  21. ^ "The Baby Problem/The Sparkling Sphere Problem". KET. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  22. ^ "The Birthday Cake Problem/The Doohickey Problem". KET. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  23. ^ "The Blockette Problem/The Tulip Problem". KET. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  24. ^ "The Mega Mall Problem/The Cleopatra Problem". KET. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Yet Another Tree Problem/The Romeo and Juliet Problem". KET. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  26. ^ "The Arch Villain Problem/The Straight and Narrow Problem". KET. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  27. ^ "The Play Date Problem/The Blabberwocky Problem". KET. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  28. ^ "The Perfect Ten Problem/The Long Line Problem". KET. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  29. ^ "The Clown Problem/The Ninja Problem". KET. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  30. ^ "The George Washington Problem/The High Noon Problem". KET. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  31. ^ "The Big Dog Problem/The Three Friends Problem". KET. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  32. ^ "The Pizza Problem/The Pizza Pirate Problem". KET. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  33. ^ "The Potty Problem/The Butter Problem". KET. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  34. ^ "The Pirate Puzzle Problem/The Scrap of Map Problem". KET. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  35. ^ "The Sushi Problem/The Highlight Zone Problem". KET. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  36. ^ "The Election Problem/The Littlest Chicken Problem". KET. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  37. ^ "The Flat Woman Problem/The Hanukkah Problem". KET. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  38. ^ "The Christmas Problem". KET. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  39. ^ "The Allergy Problem/I Do What I Can: The Musical". KET. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  40. ^ "The Roxanne Problem/The Girl Group Problem". KET. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  41. ^ "The Groovy Sixties Problem/Bad Jack Is Back". KET. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  42. ^ "The Magic Uke/The Rocking Out Problem". KET. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  43. ^ "The Cold Camel Problem/The Einstein Problem". KET. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  44. ^ "The Ring Problem/The Wedding Problem". KET. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  45. ^ "The Wonderland Problem/The Bat Mitzvah Problem". KET. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  46. ^ "The Bermuda Triangle Problem/The Breeze in the Branches". KET. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  47. ^ "Richard The Third/The Lemonade Problem". KET. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  48. ^ "The T-Ball Problem/The Bus Problem". KET. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  49. ^ "The Robin Hood Problem/The Owl and the Pussy Cat Problem". KET. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 

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