Baby Bob

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Baby Bob
Baby Bob tv series premiere print ad.jpg
Series premiere print advertisement
Genre Sitcom
Created by Michael Saltzman
Written by
  • Steve Baldikoski
  • Bryan Behar
  • Jared Bush
  • Norm Gunzenhauser
  • Stephen Lloyd
  • Tom Palmer
  • Michael Saltzman
  • Dan Signer
Directed by
Starring
Voices of Ken Hudson Campbell
Composer(s) Jon Ehrlich
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 14 (5 unaired)
Production
Executive producer(s) Michael Saltzman
Producer(s)
  • Steve Baldikoski
  • Bryan Behar
  • Stephen C. Grossman
Cinematography Ron Vargas
Editor(s)
  • Skip Collector
  • Tucker Wiard
  • Michael Wilcox
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Release
Original network CBS
Original release March 18, 2002 (2002-03-18) – June 20, 2003 (2003-06-20)

Baby Bob is an American sitcom that premiered on CBS as a midseason replacement in March 2002, and aired two seasons through June 2003. The Baby Bob character had previously been on television since February 2000, appearing in commercials for FreeInternet.com.[1] While actual infants played Bob, the effect to make him look like he was talking was achieved through computer editing.

Synopsis[edit]

The series centered on first-time parents Walter Spencer (Adam Arkin) and his wife Lizzy (Joely Fisher), and their six-month-old baby Bob (voiced by Ken Hudson Campbell). After discovering that their son can talk like an adult, Walter decides that they must keep it a secret. Lizzy, however, wants to show off Bob's talking skills, especially to her mother Madeline (Holland Taylor), who constantly brags about her other grandchildren. Supporting cast members included Elliott Gould as Walter's father Sam, and Marissa Tait as Bob's babysitter Teala.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 6 March 18, 2002 (2002-03-18) April 22, 2002 (2002-04-22)
2 8 June 6, 2003 (2003-06-06) June 20, 2003 (2003-06-20)

Season 1 (2002)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by [2] Original air date  Prod.
code [2]
1 1 "First Words" Rob Schiller March 18, 2002 (2002-03-18) 001
2 2 "Mommy & Me" John Fortenberry March 25, 2002 (2002-03-25) 002
3 3 "The Tell-Tale Art" Rob Schiller April 1, 2002 (2002-04-01) 003
4 4 "The Other Side" John Fortenberry April 8, 2002 (2002-04-08) 004
5 5 "House of the Rising Son" Rob Schiller April 15, 2002 (2002-04-15) 005
6 6 "Talking Babies Say the Darndest Things" John Fortenberry April 22, 2002 (2002-04-22) 006

Season 2 (2003)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by [2] Original air date  Prod.
code [2]
7 1 "Rush Lim-Bob" Rob Schiller June 6, 2003 (2003-06-06) 013
8 2 "Don't Pass Me By" John Fortenberry June 13, 2003 (2003-06-13) 008
9 3 "Reality Bites" TBA June 20, 2003 (2003-06-20) TBA
10 4 "Footloose, Infancy Free" TBA Unaired TBA
11 5 "Boys Will Be Girls" TBA Unaired 009
12 6 "You Don't Know Jack" TBA Unaired 011
13 7 "Vegas Baby" TBA Unaired 012
14 8 "Let's Go to the Videotape" TBA Unaired 014

Reception and cancellation[edit]

Baby Bob as Quizno's television pitchman

The series was panned by critics but premiered to strong ratings and placed 15th in its first week.[3] Baby Bob wrapped its first season, consisting of six episodes, in April 2002 with CBS planning a second season of thirteen episodes. However, CBS decided to shift its programming budget to its new series My Big Fat Greek Life and cut the second season order for Baby Bob to eight episodes. The second season of Baby Bob remained unaired for over a year until CBS aired the episodes in summer 2003.[4]

After the show's run ended, the Baby Bob character returned to television in a series of commercials for Quizno's.[5]

In 2002, TV Guide ranked Baby Bob number 14 on its '50 Worst TV Shows of All Time' list.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Freeinternet.com Scores User Surge
  2. ^ a b c d From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Midnight Caller"]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2017-06-21. 
  3. ^ Jasik, Mike (2002-03-27). "Puzzling success of CBS's 'Baby Bob'". Medialife Magazine. Archived from the original on 2009-04-26. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
  4. ^ Sullivan, Brian Ford (2003-05-23). "'BABY BOB' RETURNS TO CBS". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
  5. ^ Schneider, Michael (2007-03-01). "ABC developing 'Cavemen'". Variety. Archived from the original on 2009-04-26. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
  6. ^ TV Guide Book of Lists. Running Press. 2007. p. 180. ISBN 0-7624-3007-9. 

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