Slice of life
|Created by||Rick Marshall|
|Developed by||J.D. Smith|
|Directed by||Rick Marshall|
|Voices of||Sean Cullen|
|Opening theme||"Best Ed"|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of episodes||26 (52 segments)|
|Producer(s)||J.D. Smith (also creative producer)|
|Running time||22 min approx. (whole)|
11 min approx. (segments)
|Production company(s)||9 Story Entertainment|
|Picture format||1080i (16:9 HDTV)|
|Original release||October 3, 2008 –|
October 22, 2009
Best Ed is a Canadian animated television series created by Rick Marshall. The series chronicles the adventures of an excessively helpful and enthusiastic dog named Ed and his best friend, Doug the squirrel and soldier, whom everyone calls "Buddy" because Ed refers to him as best buddy. They live in their fictional hometown of Swellville. Best Ed is produced by 9 Story Entertainment and animated using Adobe Flash software.
The fifth episode premiered on October 3, 2008 on Teletoon as a sneak preview. However, subsequent episodes were only shown beginning October 5, 2009. The series ended on October 22, 2009.
The series follows two anthropomorphic animals, Ed and Buddy, a dog and a squirrel respectively, who live in the town of Swellville (parody Snellville) in the north of the United States. Their adventures and sometimes mis-adventures usually cause them to interact with other characters. While Ed is well-liked by all, and extremely lucky, Buddy is vehemently despised, and extremely unlucky, gratuitously so.
Ed (voiced by Sean Cullen) – A yellow dog. Ed is overenthusiastic and helpful, but rather dimwitted. He has many catchphrases, such as his trademark 'Yee!' and 'I'm here to help!', as well as 'Sacagawea!', 'Krakatoa!' and 'Well isn't that curious?' He has a speech impediment which makes him often say 'sh' rather than 's'. He has 'happy sandals', and is a frequent viewer of The Mighty Measel Moles, a Star Trek parody, both of which Buddy hates. He has numerous skills. Much focus is drawn to his navel. He is well liked by everyone in the neighborhood, although he considers Buddy his best friend.
Buddy AKA Doug (voiced by Pat McKenna) – An orange squirrel. Buddy is more level-headed and intelligent than Ed. He suffers incredibly from the antics of Ed, and everyone else (through either neglect or abuse), and only ends the episode happily in two episodes. He still does consider himself good friends with Ed. Everyone else dislikes him. He enjoys nuts, and has a car with a giant acorn for a roof. He was part of a club devoted to the nerdy role playing game Battle Buddies awhile ago. His catchphrases are "No, please, no!" and 'It's Doug, actually'.
Mr. Thursty (Thurston Plumtickler III) (voiced by Kedar Brown) - A large, brown dog. Mr. Thursty is paranoid and aggressive. His sidekick is Eugene. He speaks with an African-American accent. He is very jealous of Buddy.
The Kitten Twins (Betsy voiced by Sarah Commisso, Buster voiced by Tessa Marshall) - Pink cats. Betsy and Buster appear cute and innocent, but are the worst of the lot. They tend to speak at the same time and giggle a lot. They are very rich, due to their high paying jobs as top mitten testers. Also they ride unicycles as in "Best Ed The Movie".
Dr. Quacken (voiced by Jamie Watson) - A tall green duck who wears glasses and a white jacket. He is Ed and Buddy's family doctor. Whenever he gives Buddy the bill, he uses "duck bill humor". He loves playing golf, and does not know what club to use on the ninth hole.
Eugene Tuttle - A short, green and brown turtle. Eugene is frequently picked on by Mr. Thursty. He lives in a house shaped liked a shell, surrounded by a moat. He is the only reptile in the neighbourhood. He appears infrequently compared to everybody else in the neighborhood, and is shy and nervous. He has not been mean to Buddy yet.
Whithey, Blakie and Red - Three squirrels and brothers who attended the same college as Buddy. The group host annual Battle Buddy Weekends with Buddy.
Pilot. "Fat Chance" (Lost Media)
- "Rub My Ed for Luck"/"Best Ediquette"
- "Crossing Dogs"/"Squeals on the Bus"
- "Smarti Pants"/"Sock It to Him"
- "Driver's Ed"/"Go Cart Go"
- "Nightmare on Sweet Street"/"Cat Fright"
- "Ed and Breakfast"/"Tooth or Consequences"
- "Lost in Place"/"Scouts Dishonour"
- "Chinese Please"/"The Unhappy Sandals"
- "Perfect-O"/"Sleep Wrecker"
- "The Night Before Hoppenscotch"/"Yeederhosers"
- "My Fair Laddies"/"Confined to Ed"
- "Local Zeroes"/"Outside Inmates"
- "Yee for a Life"/"The Mighty Measle Role"
- "Follow the Yeeder"/"Come Fly with Yee"
- "Paws for Alarm"/"Send in the Klownmans"
- "Chamele-Ed"/"Camp Camaraderie"
- "Squirrels Gone Wild"/"Ed Waiter"
- "Missing Mittens Mission"/"Talking Ed"
- "Lost Ed Found"/"Peddle Me Nuts"
- "Aye Robots"/"Where No Buddy Has Gone Before"
- "Uncommon Scents"/"A Pox on Thee Now"
- "No Buddy's Hero"/"An Arm-Yee of One"
- "Memor-Yee Loss/"Long Bark of the Law"
- "Ed for Sale"/"Rope-a-Dopes"
- "Help Want-Ed"/"Screaming Yee-Bees"
- "King Mr. Tut's Nut"/"Gym-Dandy"
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