Bob & Doug (TV series)
|Bob & Doug|
Dave Thomas &|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||15|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Original release||April 19, 2009 – June 9, 2011|
The first season consisted of 10 episodes. The show was produced by Animax Entertainment. The first season premiered on April 19, 2009, and held the first-season finale on June 29, 2009. A short second season of "five secret episodes" has since aired in sporadic form.
While Dave Thomas, who played Doug in the original CBC sketches, voiced the animated character of Doug, Rick Moranis chose not to provide the voice of Bob, due to his acting hiatus and retirement, although he was one of the series' executive producers alongside Thomas. Bob was instead voiced by Dave Coulier.
The series is set in the fictional town of Maple Lake, a town located just across the Canada–United States border from the fictional American metropolis of JFK City, a hotbed of crime and porn. The show centres on Bob and Doug McKenzie, brothers and stereotypical hosers who work as garbage collectors in Maple Lake.
Other characters in the series include:
- Peggy (Stacey DePass), a bartender at the Skate 'n Bowl,
- Dwight (Michael Dunston), the driver of the McKenzies' garbage truck,
- Dennis (Patrick McKenna), an unemployed scam artist constantly pursuing get-rich-quick schemes,
- Rupert (Ron Pardo), a dimwitted police officer and the McKenzie brothers' cousin,
- Mary Beth (Tracey Hoyt), a television journalist and Rupert's girlfriend,
- Henry Chow (Ho Chow), the owner of the local Chinese restaurant,
- Melvin (Derek McGrath), the mayor of Maple Lake,
- Rev. McRee (Neil Crone), the neighborhood priest.
Season 1 (2009)
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Back to School"||Ken Cunningham II, Glenn James Brown||Andrei Nechita||April 19, 2009|
|Bob and Doug are told they have to go back to school to keep their garbage collection jobs.|
|2||"No Country For Old People"||Ken Cunningham II, Glenn James Brown||Jared Miller||April 26, 2009|
|Bob and Doug are forced to deal with their feisty mother after she is evicted from her nursing home.|
|3||"'Dennis Moves In"||Ken Cunningham II, Glenn James Brown||R. J. Fried||May 3, 2009|
|A sleazy friend of Bob and Doug moves in with them and unrest soon forms between the two McKenzie brothers.|
|4||"'Ice Road Truckers"||Ken Cunningham II, Glenn James Brown||Alex Pearson||May 10, 2009|
|Bob and Doug try to help a former ice road trucker overcome his fears, but all three wind up stranded in the Arctic.|
|5||"'I Want My CBN"||Ken Cunningham II, Glenn James Brown||Patrick Baker||May 24, 2009|
|Bob and Doug send a letter to the station that carries their favorite shows. To their surprise, they are hired to work at the station soon after.|
|6||"Bob Falls in Love"||Ken Cunningham II, Glenn James Brown||Ben Oren||May 31, 2009|
|Bob falls in love with a very unlikely woman. Meanwhile, Doug vows to get revenge after being injured during a hockey game.|
|7||"Bob and Doug Go on Strike"||Ken Cunningham II, Glenn James Brown||Lars Kenseth||June 7, 2009|
|Bob and Doug decide to strike to get better treatment, but some unknown person secretly sabotages their plans.|
|8||"New Management"||Ken Cunningham II, Glenn James Brown||Tim Hedrick||June 14, 2009|
|Peggy loses the Skate 'N Bowl to Dennis in a lawsuit and Bob and Doug find they need a new place to hang out at as a result.|
|9||"Bob and Doug Forever"||Ken Cunningham II, Glenn James Brown||Patrick Baker, Kevin Pedersen||June 21, 2009|
|Bob and Doug face the prospect that they might die one day in the future.|
|10||"Country Club"||Ken Cunningham II, Glenn James Brown||Alex Pearson||June 29, 2009|
|Bob and Doug are invited to join a country club, but soon discover that things are not what they were led to believe.|
Season 2 (2011)
This season is made-up of "five secret episodes" which were aired in Canada, according to the official website. Much is unknown about this season, information regarding scheduling and airdates remain unconfirmed.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|11||"Doug Quits Drinking"||Ken Cunningham II, Glenn James Brown||Unknown||May 20, 2011|
|Doug decides to quit drinking beer after attending an Alcohol Abstaining meeting by accident.|
|12||"Maple Lake Monster"||Ken Cunningham II, Glenn James Brown||Unknown||June 2, 2011|
|Maple Lake Monster.|
|13||"Eco-Terrorists"||Ken Cunningham II, Glenn James Brown||Unknown||June 4, 2011|
|14||"The Party That Ate Maple Lake"||Ken Cunningham II, Glenn James Brown||Unknown||June 6, 2011|
|The Party That Ate Maple Lake.|
|15||"Asian Mob"||Ken Cunningham II, Glenn James Brown||Unknown||June 9, 2011|
Conflicting sources describe the order of the show as 15 episodes rather than 22. A statement from the Animax website has stated that there is some form of movement with airing the show in the US. Several more episodes are reportedly still in development, with a release date still to be determined.
- The first short was released as a special feature on the Strange Brew DVD as an early awareness trailer.
- During production, another short featured the characters hosting a Powerpoint presentation for Animax Entertainment, via the company's website.
- To promote the series launch, another short was an animated version of the duo's famous Twelve Days of Christmas from their 1981 album, The Great White North.
- Two trailers have also been released online to promote the series, the first premiered at the 2008 New York Comic-Con.
- The last known short was an internet greeting from the characters to promote Canada Day and Canwest's upcoming marathon via email. This short was introduced shortly after the first season ended its run on Global TV.
- Rob Salem, "Bob & Doug taking off again". Toronto Star, April 19, 2009.
- "Bob and Doug premieres Sunday". tv-eh.com, April 18, 2009.