Doc McStuffins

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Doc McStuffins
Doc McStuffins logo.png
Doc McStuffins logo
Created by Chris Nee
Voices of Kiara Muhammad
Lara Jill Miller
Robbie Rist
Jess Harnell
Loretta Devine
Jaydon Betts
Kimberly Brooks
Gary Anthony Williams
Composer(s) Mike Himelstein (score)
Kay Hanley (songs)
Michelle Lewis (songs)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 72 (70 aired) (list of episodes)
Running time approx. 25 minutes
Production company(s) Brown Bag Films
Disney Junior
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Original network Disney Junior
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release March 17, 2012 (pilot)
March 23, 2012 (2012-03-23) – present
External links
Official website

Doc McStuffins is an American-Irish animated children's television series produced by Brown Bag Films. It was created and executive produced by Chris Nee and premiered on March 23, 2012 on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. The series is about a girl who can "fix" toys, with help from her toy friends. It features songs written and composed by Kay Hanley and Michelle Lewis.

The series received positive reviews due to the show's concept and the main character, as well as its portrayal of African-Americans (Nee stated in 2013 that Doc is African-American, proposed by Disney during her initial pitch, Nee initially only knowing she wanted a girl doctor[1][2]) in a Disney series.[2][3] Chris Nee describes the series as "Cheers for Preschoolers."[4]

On April 14, 2015, the series was renewed for a fourth season by Disney Junior.[5]


The series chronicles freckled,[6] six-year-old (later seven[7]) Dottie "Doc" McStuffins[8] who decides she wants to become a doctor like her mother. She practices her dream by fixing toys and dolls.

When she activates her magic stethoscope (similar to an amulet or talisman), she can create a variety of supernatural effects, including traveling through time.[9] Her most regular use of it in the show is to cause toys, dolls, and stuffed animals come to life. They are able to move, speak, hear see and smell, and she can interact with them. With help from her stuffed friends – Stuffy the Dragon, Hallie the Hippo, Lambie the Lamb, and Chilly the Snowman – Doc helps toys recover, or "feel better", by giving them check-ups and diagnosing their illnesses with an encyclopedia called "The Big Book of Boo Boos".

Each 11-minute episode[citation needed] includes original songs. During ending credits in Season 1, Doc gives advice to viewers about staying healthy.[citation needed] Seasons 1, 2 and 3 have the original intro for the theme song, but in Season 3, the spoken line by Doc at the end of the theme song was re-recorded with Doc's new voice.[citation needed] In Season 3 Doc opens up a Veterinarian clinic for fixing toy pets[when?] in addition to the regular medical services that she provides for the other toys.

Main cast[edit]

  • Kiara Muhammad as Doctor[10] ("Doc") Dottoressa[11] ("Dottie") McStuffins (Laya DeLeon Hayes in season 3[citation needed]), the main protagonist of the series. She has a grandfather who survived heart surgery.[12] And knee replacement surgery.
  • Robbie Rist (or Ben Schwartz in "The Doc Files") as Stuffy Filbert McStuffins,[13] a blue stuffed toy[14] dragon who is the bravest[citation needed], yet clumsiest[citation needed] dragon around but has a terrifying fear of spiders.[when?]
  • Lara Jill Miller as Lambie, a stuffed[14] lamb in a pink tutu who loves to give out cuddles and supporting character Arcade Worker, a human character who works at Archie's Arcade and Witch Hazel.
  • Jess Harnell as Chilly, a plump[15] stuffed[16] plush[17] snowman who worries about almost everything, and supporting characters Buddy, the Singing Turtle on the Plaque, the Halloween Bat decoration, Morton, Rodriguez the Foosball Player, Bozini the Foosball Goaltender, Fabulous Fabio, the Wicked King, and the Dude.
  • Loretta Devine as Hallie (specifically the "Nurse Hallie" incarnation of the "Hallie Hippo" toy series[18]), a stuffed plush[19] hippo in a candy striped nurse's outfit, and supporting characters Hattie the Nurse and Addie the Receptionist at the clinic where Myiesha McStuffins works with Dr. Peerless
  • Kimberly Brooks (also credited as Kim Brooks and Kimberly D. Brooks) as Dr. Maisha[20] McStuffins (Doc and Donny's mother, named based on Dr. Myiesha Taylor[21]) and supporting character Surfer Girl.
  • Gary Anthony Williams as Marcus McStuffins,[citation needed] Doc and Donny's father, a stay-at-home dad and chef extraordinaire.
  • Jaydon Betts then Sayeed Shahidi and later Andre Robinson as Donny McStuffins, Doc's younger brother.

Recurring characters[edit]


  • Emmie, Doc's gymnast[22] and pianist[23] friend
  • Alma, Emmie's younger sister
  • Dr. Peerless, Dr. Maisha McStuffin's peer at the clinic
  • Lucas, one of Donny's friends
  • Will, Donny's friend and soccer teammate


  • Awesome Guy, a Super Hero action figure
  • Bella, a ballerina
  • Bronty, a waterproof brontosaurus
  • Commander Crush, a Transformer type action figure that morphs into a space vehicle.
  • (Dress-Up) Daisy, a dress-up doll
  • Hermie, a toy crab
  • (Sir) Kirby, a knight
  • (Wicked) King (aka Percy),an armless monarch
  • Professor Hootsburgh (aka Hootie) a stuffed owl
  • Surfer Girl, a surfboard riding wind up toy
  • Glo-Bo, a six armed monster that glows in the dark
  • Teddy B, a teddy bear
  • Buddy, a toy dump truck
  • Robot Ray, a toy robot
  • Squibbles, Stuffy's furry pet critter
  • Star Blazer Zero,a intergalactic action figure
  • Susie Sunshine, a large size Doll


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 26 March 17, 2012 (2012-03-17) May 3, 2013 (2013-05-03)
2 36 September 6, 2013 (2013-09-06) September 12, 2015 (2015-09-12)
3 TBA July 2, 2015 (2015-07-02) TBA

Broadcast history[edit]

In the United States, Doc McStuffins first premiered on March 23, 2012 on Disney-ABC networks Disney Channel and Disney Junior. On June 5, 2012, Disney Junior renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on September 6, 2013. On January 8, 2014, the series was renewed for a third season which premiered on November 2, 2014.[24]

In Canada, the show started airing on the Canadian Disney Junior channel on April 8, 2012.[25] The show also is aired in many foreign countries and has been dubbed into several languages.

Guest stars and additional voices[edit]


Creator and Executive Producer Chris Nee accepts the Peabody for "Doc McStuffins" along with Darragh O'Connell, Norton Virgien, Theresa Mayer, Chelsea Beyl, Kent Redeker, Kerri Grant, Cathal Gaffney, and Gillian Higgins.

The series received positive reviews and criticisms after its release. Kia Morgan Smith of said that "It truly warmed my heart and almost brought tears to my eyes when my 8-year-old, Mikaela, saw 'Doc McStuffins' for the first time and said, 'Wow, mommy — she's brown,'"[27] Myiesha Taylor of said that "This program featuring a little African-American girl and her family is crucial to changing the future of this nation." Taylor also applauded the concept of its portrayal of a young black girl who wishes to follow in the footsteps of her mother as a doctor as the lead character, that inspired her to collect pictures of 131 doctors — all women of color — and publish a collage online under the heading, 'We Are Doc McStuffins.'"[28]

The program is also a ratings hit on Disney Junior. The series premiere attracted 1.08 million children ages 2 to 5, and the show has attracted an average of 918,000 viewers in the same demographic, leading AdWeek magazine to dub the show an "improbable ratings juggernaut".[29]

In 2013, $500 million worth of Doc McStuffins merchandise was sold,[30] something New York Times writers claimed industry experts said "seems to be setting a record" for a "toy line based on an African-American character". They also said the character had broad appeal and the toys sold well to all demographics.[31]


Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
2014 British Academy Children's Awards[32] International Norton Virgien, Theresa Mayer, Chris Nee Nominated
2015 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Children's Program "Doc McStuffins" Won
2014 74th Annual Peabody Award Peabody Award "Doc McStuffins" Won

DVD releases[edit]

see List of Doc McStuffins episodes for original air dates
Collection Included episodes Release date
Friendship is the Best Medicine "Engine Nine, Feelin' Fine!" and "The Right Stuff", "Caught Blue-Handed" and "To Squeak, or Not to Squeak", "Ben/Anna Split!" and "That's Just Claw-Ful", "The Rip Heard Round the World" and "Walkie-Talkie Time", "Dark Knight" and "Hallie Gets an Earful" August 21, 2012
Time for Your Check Up "Gulpy, Gulpy Gators!" amd "One Note Wonder", "Tea Party Tantrum" and "Blast Off!", "Arcade Escapade" and "Starry, Starry Night", "Bronto Boo-Boos" and "Brontosaurus Breath", "Doctoring The Doc" and "Hot Pursuit" May 7, 2013
Mobile Clinic "Doc McStuffins Goes McMobile" and "Chip Off the Ol' Box", "Doc to the Rescue" and "Don't Knock the Noggin", "Out of the Box" and "Run Down Race Car", "Rescue Ronda, Ready for Take off" and "All Washed Up", "Rest Your Rotors, Ronda!" and "Keep on Truckin'" March 18, 2014
School of Medicine "Chilly Gets Chilly" and "Through The Reading Glasses", "Hallie's Happy Birthday" and "Shark-Style Toothache", "Think Pink" and "You Foose, You Lose", "Disco Dress Up Daisy" and "The Glider Brothers", "Celestial Celeste" and "Run Doc, Run!" September 9, 2014
Cuddle Me Lambie "My Huggy Valentine" and "Dusty Bear", "Awesome Guy's Awesome Arm" and "Lamb in a Jam", "Kirby and the King" and "Bubble Monkey, Blow Your Nose!", "A Day Without Cuddles" and "Collide-o-scope", "Mirror, Mirror On My Penguin" and "Hide and Eek!" February 3, 2015

Video game adaptations[edit]

"Doc McStuffins Pet Vet" was released on iOS and Android.[33]

Feel Good Games[edit]

There are a variety of games specifically focused on the series,[34] including:

  1. Big Air Adventure[35] a 5-series crossover of titular characters from Henry Hugglemonster, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Miles from Tomorrowland and Sofia the First
  2. Doc McStuffins Sticker Book[36]
  3. Doc Me[37]
  4. Doc's Seek and Find[38]
  5. Doc's Snowman Rollup[39]
  6. Doc's Summertime Clinic[40]
  7. Frost Magic[41]
  8. Sparkly Ball Sports[42]
  9. Stuffy's Scramble[43]
  10. The Doc Mobile[44]


  1. ^ Ruiz, Lorena (October 2013). "Meet Chris Nee, creator of Disney's 'Doc McStuffins'". I just thought that nobody needs another male doctor or another male leader in a group. What we needed was a female character. And Disney, in the first conversation that we had after they bought the pitch said, "We've been looking for a good character to bring some ethnicity into them, how do you feel if she's African-American?" 
  2. ^ a b Bierly, Mandi (2 July 2015). "'Doc McStuffins' Creator Chris Nee: From 'Deadliest Catch' to Disney Junior". Retrieved 2015-09-16. It was Disney that suggested, in your first pitch meeting, that Doc, her doctor mother, and her stay-at-home dad be African-American. 
  3. ^ "The Peabody Awards - Doc McStuffins". Retrieved 2015-09-16. Winner 2014 
  4. ^ "How The Creator Of "Doc McStuffins" Bucked The Norm And Made "Cheers" For Preschoolers". Retrieved 2015-09-16. 
  5. ^ Hipes, Patrick. "'Sofia The First' & 'Doc McStuffins' Renewed At Disney Junior". Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  6. ^ Muhammad, Kiara (as Doc). "No Sweetah Cheetah". Doc McStuffins. We all have things on our bodies that make us special .. like my freckles 
  7. ^ "These Exclusive New Doc McStuffins Images Will Cure What Ails You". 21 July 2015. Doc McStuffins, the Disney Junior series about a seven-year-old girl named Dottie McStuffins 
  8. ^ Maria Pilar Clark (1 April 2011). "Nancy Kanter announces five new animated series for Disney Junior". Retrieved 2015-09-24. "Doc McStuffins" is an imaginative animated series about six-year-old Dottie "Doc" McStuffins, who communicates with and heals stuffed animals and toys out of her backyard clinic. 
  9. ^ McStuffins, Doc. "Let the Nightingale Sing". Doc McStuffins. Season 2. Oh, you never know what you can do with a little magic.  (in response to Hallie asking how it is possible when Doc suggests she could meet Florence Nightingale)
  10. ^ "Let the Nightingale Sing". Doc McStuffins. 8 minutes in. I'm a Doctor to stuffed animals and toys. 
  11. ^ "The Super Amazing Ultra Hoppers". Doc McStuffins. Season 2. 13 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Getting to the Heart of Things". Doc McStuffins. 
  13. ^ McStuffins, Stuffy. "Doc McStuffins Goes to Washington". Doc McStuffins. 7 minutes in. I can see it now. Stuffy McStuffins, the first toy president of the United States. 
  14. ^ a b "Serpent Sam Makes a Splash". Doc McStuffins. 
  15. ^ "Hide and Eek". Doc McStuffins. I'm plump and ready for the picking. 
  16. ^ McStuffins, Doc. "Winded Winnie". Doc McStuffins. 2 minutes in. You won't melt because you're a stuffed snowman. 
  17. ^ "Doc McStuffins Goes To Washington". Doc McStuffins. 1 minutes in. I don't think I'm cut out to be an actor, my plush is not thick enough. 
  18. ^ "Big Head Hallie". Doc McStuffins. 
  19. ^ McStuffins, Doc. "Hallie Halloween". Doc McStuffins. 7 minutes in. Now let's check your plush .. no rips and no lost stuffing. 
  20. ^ mother of Alma & Emmie (10 January 2014). "The Big Sleepover". Doc McStuffins. Season 2. Episode 13a (39a overall). 4 minutes in. Bye, Maisha.  (official closed captions used by Disney Channel spell it "Maisha" not "Myiesha")
  21. ^ Nancy Churnin (18 December 2013). "'Doc McStuffins' to pay tribute to local doctor in January". Retrieved 2015-09-16. Dr. Myiesha Taylor has plans for Jan. 10. She, her husband and their three children will be glued to their television, waiting to hear Doc McStuffins' mother called Myiesha in her honor on Disney's Doc McStuffins show. The character's first name has never been mentioned before. 
  22. ^ "McStuffins School of Medicine". Doc McStuffins. 
  23. ^ "Hazel Has a Sleep-over". Doc McStuffins. 3 minutes in. I'll come over right after my piano lesson. 
  24. ^ "'Doc McStuffins' Renewed by Disney - Ratings -". TVbytheNumbers. 
  25. ^ "Disney Junior". Disney Junior. 
  26. ^ Maya Rhodan (26 September 2015). "First Lady Michelle Obama Will Appear on Disney Cartoon Doc McStuffins". 
  27. ^ "Doc McStuffins renewed for a second season! An Interview with the show's Creator Chris Nee!". Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  28. ^ Barnes, Brooks (2012-07-30). "Disney Finds a Cure for the Common Stereotype With 'Doc McStuffins'". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  29. ^ "Disney Wraps Major Upfront Sales". AdWeek. 2013-07-03. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  30. ^ Eliana Dockterman (4 August 2014). "Disney's Perfect Answer to Barbie Is Doc McStuffins". Retrieved 2015-09-16. Merchandise based on the Disney Junior TV character Dottie "Doc" McStuffins...grossed around $500 million last year. 
  31. ^ Harris, Elizabeth A.; Vega, Tanzina (2014-07-26). "Race in Toyland: A Nonwhite Doll Crosses Over". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  32. ^ "Children's in 2014". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. November 23, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
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