Curious George (TV series)

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Curious George
Curious George (TV series).jpg
GenreChildren's television series
Educational
Comedy
Adventure
Fantasy
Created byMargret Rey (books)
H. A. Rey (books)
Alan J. Shalleck (books)
Based onCurious George
by Margret Rey
H.A. Rey
Alan J. Shalleck
Developed byJoe Fallon
Directed byScott Heming
Frank Marino
Cathy Malkasian
StarringFrank Welker
Jeff Bennett
Voices ofRob Paulsen
Jim Cummings
Debi Derryberry
Bill Chott
Lex Lang
Susan Silo
Kath Soucie
Narrated byWilliam H. Macy (season 1)
Rino Romano
Opening theme"Like Curious George!" by Dr. John
Ending theme"Like Curious George!" (instrumental)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes108 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Ron Howard
Brian Grazer
David Kirschner
Jon Shapiro
Editor(s)Kirk Demorest
Camera setupJaclyn Brick
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Imagine Entertainment
Universal 1440 Entertainment
(Universal Studios Family Productions before 2013)
WGBH Boston
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original networkPBS Kids
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
SDTV 480i (seasons 1–4)
Original releaseSeptember 4, 2006 (2006-09-04) – April 1, 2015 (2015-04-01)
Chronology
Preceded byCurious George (1980s TV series)
External links
Website

Curious George is an American animated educational children's television series based on the children's book series of the same name which features Jeff Bennett as the voice of The Man with the Yellow Hat. Frank Welker, who voiced George in the 2006 feature film, returns as the voice of George. As of October 2018, reruns of the show are still broadcasting on PBS Kids. The show premiered on September 4, 2006, and ended on April 1, 2015.

Curious George is a production of Universal 1440 Entertainment (Universal Studios Family Productions before 2013[1]), Imagine Entertainment, and WGBH Boston,[2] and animated by Toon City.[3] Each episode has two short cartoons per half hour episode, and a live action segment after each story. The pilot and the production began in 2005, and the copyrighted byline was created in July 2005.

After the TV show ends, the series illustrates and explains various concepts in math and science, and each live-action segment shows schoolchildren engaging in experiments, that teach the math or science concept featured in the previous cartoon.

Settings[edit]

  • The City: George and the Man with the Yellow Hat live in an apartment in "The City". The Doorman keeps a pigeon coop on the roof and is the guardian of Hundley, his dachshund dog. The apartment is near Endless Park, the museum where Professor Wiseman works, and a zoo. Chef Pisghetti's restaurant is nearby, as are a donut shop, Dulson's Toy Store, Mabel's Department Store, a supermarket and a pet shop. These are recurring locations.
  • The Country: George and the Man with the Yellow Hat vacation in a small house in the country. The house is near Lake Wanasink, a stream, and a river that eventually flows past the city and to the ocean. George is friends there with 5-year-old Allie and the teenage paperboy, Bill.

Characters[edit]

  • Curious George (voiced by Frank Welker): A tailless monkey who is the protagonist of the show. He is excessively curious and often causes unintentional problems. He is used as the "teachable" character in the show, and he is the one to whom new concepts are explained in detail by the other characters. He is written as having the mind of a young child.
  • The Man with the Yellow Hat (voiced by Jeff Bennett): The man who first befriended George and also acts as his primary teacher and mentor. He does not wear his hat at home but wears it when going in public. The Man often has bad luck and makes mistakes (such as frequently losing his hat, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, tasting something terrible with a sour reaction, etc.). He is also absent-minded, and a bit awkward.

Episodes[edit]

The setting for most episodes is either the city, where George lives in an apartment building with The Man in the Yellow Hat or the country, where they share a small house near a lake called Lake Wanasinklake. This allows George to mirror the experiences of kids who live in an urban environment and those who live on farms and in suburbs. A few episodes take place in alternate but familiar settings, like an airport or a train station.

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
130September 4, 2006February 23, 2007
220September 3, 2007April 22, 2008
311September 1, 2008April 22, 2009
49September 8, 2009June 14, 2010
510September 6, 2010May 6, 2011
610September 3, 2011April 20, 2012
76December 3, 2012April 24, 2013
86February 10, 2014May 21, 2014
96October 28, 2014April 1, 2015

Airing history[edit]

United States

  • PBS (2006–present)

United Kingdom

Canada

Indonesia

  • Antv (2008–present)

Sweden

  • SVTB (2007–present)

Iceland

  • Rúv (2006–present)

Awards[edit]

Emmy Award

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Curious George - Program Summary". PBS. Archived from the original on October 31, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  2. ^ "Curious George - Program Summary". PBS. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "Curious George - TV Credits". PBS. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "Boomerang UK And Cartoonito UK August 2018 Highlights". RegularCapital: Cartoon Network International News. Turner Broadcasting System Europe (Press Release). Retrieved 29 July 2018.