Teacher's Pet (TV series)
|Genre||Children's television series, Adventure, Comedy|
|Created by||Gary Baseman
|Written by||Gary Baseman
|Directed by||Timothy Bjorklund|
|Voices of||Shaun Fleming
Nathan Lane (2000-2002)
Kevin Schon (2002)
Debra Jo Rupp
David Ogden Stiers
|Composer(s)||Stephen James Taylor|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||39 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Gary Baseman
|Running time||11 Minutes (two per episode) 22 minutes (excluding commercials)|
|Production company(s)||Walt Disney Television
Disney Television Animation
|Original channel||ABC (2000-2002)
Toon Disney (2002)
|Picture format||480i (4:3 SDTV)|
|First shown in||United States|
|Original run||September 9, 2000– May 10, 2002|
Teacher's Pet (also known as Disney's Teacher's Pet) is an American Disney animated television series about a 9 year old boy and his dog who dresses up as a boy. Created by Gary Baseman, Bill Steinkellner and Cheri Steinkellner and directed by Timothy Björklund, it was broadcast on Disney's One Saturday Morning on ABC and later Toon Disney. The show ran from 2000 to 2002. The show was influenced by Gary Baseman's dog, Hubcaps. He would wonder what the dog would do while he was gone. He made this show in honor of him, with Spot portraying Hubcaps.
Leonard Helperman, your average 9 year old 4th grade nerd, has lived in fear because his mom, Mary Helperman, is his teacher. Because of this, he is often teased and called "teacher's pet", but he wants to be normal. One day, a kid named Scott Leadready II arrives at school and becomes the coolest, dreamiest kid in school. Eventually, he finds out that Scott is really his dog Spot.
|Season||Network||Episodes||First airdate||Last airdate|
|1||ABC||13||September 9, 2000||January 13, 2001|
|2a||ABC||8||September 22, 2001||February 9, 2002|
|2b||Toon Disney||18||January 11, 2002||May 10, 2002|
Excluding the first episode being released on the Teachers Pet Movie DVD, none of the other episodes have ever been released onto VHS, DVD or any other format online (Like iTunes or Netflix). Although the series has never be released to any format, episodes do exist over the internet from people who have uploaded them from old recordings. 
The show aired on ABC's "One Saturday Morning" on Saturday, September 9, 2000, and remained on ABC September 14, 2002 due to a new Saturday morning block called "ABC Kids." In January 2002, the show also began airing in Toon Disney, and they used that channel to air new episodes every Friday beginning January 11th, 2002 (Although new episodes were aired on ABC until February 9th). There are also rumors that if "Teacher's Pet" had stayed on ABC, there would have been a third & forth season, leading up the 65 episode limit. Other rumors claim that Season 2 has the episodes for Season 3, hence why there is a Thanksgiving and Christmas episode in the second season despite it being aired in April and why the first season only has 13 episodes and the second season has 26 (It would had split the 26 episodes in half, saving the other 13 episodes for the 2002-2003 season had ABC not created ABC Kids). As of 2006, it vanished from Toon Disney all together and it hasn't been put into reruns since then.
In Australia, it aired on Disney Channel from 2001 to 2005 where it was pushed back to the mornings and late night spots on Disney Channel. The show's spot was then replaced in 2006 by 101 Dalmatians and finally Recess which currently is the only One Saturday Morning cartoon now airing on Disney Australia.
|United States||Toon Disney January 22, 2002 – June 1, 2006|
|ABC September 9, 2000 - September 14, 2002|
|Australia||Disney Channel Australia 2001 - 2005|
|United Kingdom & Ireland||Toon Disney (UK & Ireland)
|Mexico||Disney Channel (Latin America)|
|Hong Kong||Disney Channel|
- Won Emmy: Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program 2002 and 2003
- Won Emmy: Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program: Nathan Lane 2001
- British Emmy (BAFTA): Best International Children's Programming.
- Baseman also won for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for Production Design on this animated series.
Originally planned to be released in September 2003, then February 2004, and then eventually January 16, 2004, Walt Disney Pictures produced a full-length animated feature film of the show in theaters. It was titled Teacher's Pet: The Movie and it is the show's series finale. Unlike the show, Spot/Scott is the star and Leonard is the co-star. When Spot sees a mad scientist on TV who can turn animals into humans, he sees this as a chance to become an actual boy. Leonard, Jolly, Pretty Boy, and Mary Lou join him on his adventure and the 5 friends are off on their journey. Spot becomes a man, but he soon realizes being human isn't what he thought after all. Nathan Lane returns as Spot and Shaun Fleming returns as Leonard. While, Debra Jo Rupp, Jerry Stiller, David Ogden Stiers, Wallace Shawn, Mae Whitman, Cree Summer, Lauren Tom and Pamela Adlon also reprise their roles as Mary Helperman, Pretty Boy, Mr. Jolly, Principal Strickler, Leslie Dunking, Chelsey, Kelsey, Younghee Mandlebom, Tyler, Trevor, Taylor, and Tallulah. The movie was a box office failure, only making over half of their budget back. Despite this, the critical reviews were mainly positive.
- "A New Neighborhood for Animated Series". LA Times. September 9, 2000. Retrieved 2010-09-03.
- Teacher's Pet at the Internet Movie Database
- Teacher's Pet at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Teacher's Pet at TV.com