Bob & Doug (TV series)

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Bob & Doug
Bob & Doug Title Screen.jpg
Genreanimated sitcom
Created byDave Thomas &
Rick Moranis
Voices ofDave Thomas
Dave Coulier
Patrick McKenna
Derek McGrath
Neil Crone
Maurice LaMarche
Ron Pardo
Jayne Eastwood
Country of originCanada
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes15
Production
Executive producer(s)Dave Thomas
Rick Moranis
Running time22 minutes
DistributorAnimax Entertainment
Release
Original networkGlobal
Original releaseApril 19, 2009 –
June 9, 2011

Bob & Doug is a Canadian animated sitcom, which premiered on Global on April 19, 2009. The series is a revival of the SCTV sketch characters Bob and Doug McKenzie.

The first season consisted of 10 episodes. The show was produced by Animax Entertainment.[1] 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.

The show was originally planned for development by Fox in the United States.[2][3]

Cast[edit]

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.[1]

In addition to Thomas and Coulier, the program's cast also included Patrick McKenna, Derek McGrath, Neil Crone, Maurice LaMarche, Ron Pardo and Jayne Eastwood.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

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:[4]

  • 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.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2009)[edit]

After several years in limbo, the series finally premiered on April 19, 2009. Early reviews were mixed. Originally slated for 22 episodes, Global instead cut the season short.[5][6]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Back to School"Ken Cunningham II,
Glenn James Brown
Andrei NechitaApril 19, 2009 (2009-04-19)
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 MillerApril 26, 2009 (2009-04-26)
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. FriedMay 3, 2009 (2009-05-03)
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 PearsonMay 10, 2009 (2009-05-10)
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 BakerMay 24, 2009 (2009-05-24)
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 OrenMay 31, 2009 (2009-05-31)
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 KensethJune 7, 2009 (2009-06-07)
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 HedrickJune 14, 2009 (2009-06-14)
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 (2009-06-21)
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 PearsonJune 29, 2009 (2009-06-29)
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)[edit]

This season is made-up of "five secret episodes" which were aired in Canada, according to the official website.[7] Much is unknown about this season, information regarding scheduling and airdates remain unconfirmed.[8]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Doug Quits Drinking"Ken Cunningham II,
Glenn James Brown
TBAMay 20, 2011 (2011-05-20)
Doug decides to quit drinking beer after attending an Alcohol Abstaining meeting by accident.
12"Maple Lake Monster"Ken Cunningham II,
Glenn James Brown
TBAJune 2, 2011 (2011-06-02)
13"Eco-Terrorists"Ken Cunningham II,
Glenn James Brown
TBAJune 4, 2011 (2011-06-04)
14"The Party That Ate Maple Lake"Ken Cunningham II,
Glenn James Brown
TBAJune 6, 2011 (2011-06-06)
15"Asian Mob"Ken Cunningham II,
Glenn James Brown
TBAJune 9, 2011 (2011-06-09)

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.[9]

Shorts[edit]

From 2002 to 2009, a handful of animated shorts have been released to promote the series. Both Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis have provided their voices in first three shorts.

  • 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.[10]
  • 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.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rob Salem, "Bob & Doug taking off again". Toronto Star, April 19, 2009.
  2. ^ https://www.reuters.com/article/2008/06/17/us-bobdoug-idUSN1730098620080617
  3. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fox-joins-animated-bob-amp-113925
  4. ^ "Bob and Doug premieres Sunday" Archived 2009-05-19 at the Wayback Machine. tv-eh.com, April 18, 2009.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2012-08-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2012-07-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2012-08-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ http://www.tv.com/shows/the-animated-adventures-of-bob-and-doug-mckenzie/episodes/
  9. ^ http://tvlistings.zap2it.com/tv/bob-and-doug/episode-guide/EP01141705[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2012-08-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2012-08-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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