Little Bill (TV series)

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Little Bill
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Created by Bill Cosby
Directed by Robert Scull
Jennifer Oxley
Olexa Hewryk
Mark Salisbury
Starring [1]
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 52[2]
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Distributor Paramount Domestic Television
Release
Original channel Nickelodeon
Original release November 28, 1999 (1999-11-28) – February 6, 2004 (2004-02-06)

Little Bill is an American animated children's television series produced for Nick Jr. The stories are based on Bill Cosby's Little Bill book series, set in Philadelphia,[3] and feature Bill Jr. learning a lesson or moral. It was developed through research and in consultation with a panel of educational consultants.[4]

The show also aired on CBS as part of Nick Jr. on CBS, from September 16, 2000[5] – September 7, 2002, then as part of Nick on CBS from August 2, 2003 – September 10, 2005. The show returned with the return of Nick Jr. on CBS on September 17, 2005, and seen through September 9, 2006, when the block was replaced with KOL Secret Slumber Party (which became: Cookie Jar TV).

Sonia Manzano, best known for playing Maria Rodriguez on Sesame Street, was a frequent writer for the show.[citation needed]

Characters[edit]

William "Bill/Little Bill" Glover Jr.
An inquisitive and imaginative boy who loves his pet hamster named Elephant, and is a fan of the fictional Blue Sox Baseball Team. He also likes Captain Brainstorm because he comes up with great ideas. He enjoys going to kindergarten, although he misses Elephant, but he is still happy and content nonetheless. He is known as Little Bill because his actual name is Bill Jr; his father's name is also Bill. Little Bill is based on Bill Cosby's son, Ennis William Cosby, and was voiced by Xavier Prichett.
Elephant
Elephant is a small light yellow hamster who loves Little Bill. The only noises that are heard from him is his blinking eyes after Little Bill has spoken and he sneezes in one episode. When the rest of the family goes on vacations, he is left alone with Alice the Great, Little Bill's great–grandmother. He gets sick in "Get Well Elephant", but gets better at the end.
April Glover
The oldest of the Glover children, She is a highly talented basketball player on the school team, and also at basketball camp, where she won a trophy and is also in a choir. She is often seen getting bossy. (She sometimes argues with Bobby.) She is the only sister. She was voiced by Monique Beasley.
Robert "Bobby" Glover
Bobby is the most studious of the kids. He is always reading and investigating things. He is the middle child, and oldest son of the Glover children. He can also play the violin, and sometimes he can say upsetting things, usually resulting in his family saying, "Bobby!". He was voiced by Devon Malik Beckford (Season 1–2), and then Tyler James Williams (Season 3–4).
William "Bill/Big Bill" Glover Sr.
Father of Bobby, April, and Little Bill. They have a very close relationship with their father. He works for the Department of Housing, as a housing inspector. His hobby is collecting and listening to jazz records. He is also known as Big Bill because his actual name is Bill Sr. He was voiced by Gregory Hines.
Brenda Glover
Little Bill, Bobby, and April's mother. Wife of Big Bill, she works for a bank (seen in "Mom's Trip"), but her hobby is photography. She was voiced by Phylicia Rashad.
Alice the Great
Great-Grandmother of Little Bill, Bobby, April, and Jamal; Alice is also Brenda and Deborah's grandmother (see "The Magic Quilt"). Alice the Great has an older brother and older sister (see "The Surprise") and a cousin who lives in Cincinnati. Usually teaches Little Bill lessons and tells stories to him. She also lives with the family. She was voiced by Ruby Dee.
Captain Brainstorm
Captain Brainstorm is an astronaut, who has an orange rocket and an orange space suit. Little Bill is a fan of his TV show, Space Explorers. Captain Brainstorm has a dog called Spark–E, whose tagline, "Ruff–Roo!", is in a dog accent. He was voiced by Bill Cosby.
Andrew Mulligan
Andrew is a red haired, freckled boy who is Little Bill's best friend. Andrew and Little Bill have many things in common - they both like Captain Brainstorm or play with construction sets, etc. In one episode "Copy Cat" Little Bill and Andrew have a quarrel and Andrew calls Little Bill a copy cat, but soon learns his lesson and apologizes to him. Andrew has a pet dog named Farfy. Andrew is sometimes seen with his cousins: Kevin and Rachel. He lives two houses away from Little Bill. He was voiced by Zach Tyler Eisen.
Kiku Wong
Kiku is a friend of Little Bill's. Little Bill would say that she is the nicest of his friends. She loves nature (particularly flowers) and origami (her grandmother, Ms. Natsuko, showed Little Bill how to make origami in the episode "Shipwreck Saturday"). She was voiced by Eunice Cho.
Fuchsia Glover
Fuchsia is the paternal cousin of Little Bill, Bobby, and April. Her father Al (Big Bill's brother) runs a shop close to Little Bill's house. Fuchsia's mother is named Vanessa. She was voiced by Kianna Underwood. She goes to school with Little Bill.
Dorado
Classroom friend of Little Bill (see "New Foods" and "Natural Root Pals"). Teaches Little Bill about experiencing the Latino culture, by inviting him to dinner. Dorado introduces Bill to "arroz con guandules y platanos" (chicken with rice and bananas). Dorado is a bit of a comedian.
Monty
Grandson of Alice the Great's best friend Emmaline, uses a wheelchair to get around because he was born with cerebral palsy. He and Little Bill are good friends and pretend to be dinosaurs together; Monty's favourite is the tyrannosaurus rex. He was voiced by Zach Tyler Eisen.
Michael Rhiley
A classmate of Little Bill's who moves to the neighborhood from Miami, Florida. He is mean to Little Bill and his friends at first, but he soon learns his lesson. He is then a very good friend to Little Bill. He sleeps over at Little Bill's house in one episode and in the next episode, he plays in the snow with Little Bill for the first time. He was voiced by Zach Tyler Eisen.
Miss Aisha Murray–Clinkscales
Little Bill's teacher, who later marries Dr. Winthrop Clinkscales (But the students are still allowed to call her Miss Murray, since they have trouble pronouncing her husband's surname). Their engagement was mentioned in "The Ring Bear" and they were married in "Miss Murray's Wedding." She was voiced by Ayo Haynes.
Dr. Winthrop Clinkscales
Mrs. Murray's new husband. He is a doctor, and treats Little Bill when he breaks his arm in "A Trip to the Hospital."
Mrs. Shapiro
A Hawaiian lady, with a cat named Sophie. She was Little Bill's neighbor, but then moved back to Hawaii, shortly after the episode "Same Moon, Same Sun, Same Star," to live with her sister Mimi. She was voiced by Madeline Kahn in her first appearance, and later by Kathy Najimy.
Mr. Miguel Rojas
Mr. Rojas is an old man who speaks English and Spanish. He moved into Mrs. Shapiro's house and met Little Bill in the episode "The New Neighbours." He has a dog called Lito who's good at doing tricks. He only appears in "The New Neighbours," "Doggie Magic," "The Early Bill," and "The Halloween Party." He has children, but they're all grown up and have families of their own. He was voiced by Victor Argo.
Mr. Clark Terry
Alice the Great and Little Bill's new friend. He teaches Little Bill how to skip rocks and make music with a reed. He plays the flugelhorn. He was voiced by Clark Terry, whom he is named and modelled after.
Baby Jamal
Little Bill's maternal baby cousin, son of Deborah (Brenda's sister) and Gary.
Percy Mulch
The owner of a pet shop. He knows all about animals, but is a bit clumsy, and has a hard time remembering the first names of Little Bill's parents. He was voiced by Doug E. Doug.
Mr. Williams
A music store owner from "The Musical Instrument." He is a talented musician, and shows Little Bill the piano, accordion, saxophone, and drums (which happens to be his grandson's favourite instrument).
Aunt Deborah
Aunt Deborah is the wife of Uncle Gary and the mother of Baby Jamal. She is Little Bill, Bobby, and April's maternal aunt. She appears in "Just a Baby" when she and Gary came over to her sister's house, to show them baby Jamal.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 9 November 28, 1999 (1999-11-28) June 19, 2000 (2000-06-19)
2 12 September 4, 2000 (2000-09-04) December 4, 2000 (2000-12-04)
3 12 May 7, 2001 (2001-05-07) November 25, 2002 (2002-11-25)
4 19 February 18, 2003 (2003-02-18) February 6, 2004 (2004-02-06)

Season 1 (1999–2000)[edit]

No. in
season
Title Original air date[6]
1 "Just A Baby / The Campout" November 28, 1999

Just a Baby: Little Bill's baby cousin Jamal visits and Little Bill learns about babies from Brenda, Big Bill, and Bobby.
The Campout: Little Bill and Andrew pretend to camp out in the backyard with Bobby.

NOTE: This episode was dedicated to Madeline Kahn, who voiced Mrs. Shapiro and died on December 3, 1999.
2 "The Treasure Hunt / The Best Way to Play" December 5, 1999

The Treasure Hunt: Little Bill goes on a treasure hunt in order to keep himself occupied on a rainy day.

Best Way to Play: Little Bill learns that things that you want can be expensive, such as a video game. Andrew gets a Captain Brainstorm video game, but the gameplay, sounds and designs are more simple than they expected, and they learn the playing Space Explorers outside is better.
3 "Monty's Roar / Natural Root Pals" December 12, 1999

Monty's Roar: Little Bill meets Monty, a handicapped boy who likes dinosaurs.

Natural Root Pals: Little Bill's friend Dorado helps him past the time while their mothers get their hair done at a beauty parlor.
4 "The Dollar / The Choice" December 19, 1999

The Dollar: Little Bill finds a dollar bill and is curious on what to spend it on.

The Choice: Little Bill wants to choose a breakfast cereal during a trip to the supermarket.
5 "Guppies / The Magic Quilt" January 9, 2000

Guppies: Little Bill takes swimming lessons with his cousin Fuchsia. He is a bit scared of the big pool at first, but soon gets used to it.

The Magic Quilt: Little Bill is afraid of the dark, but a quilt from Alice the Great helps overcome his fear of it.
6 "The Meanest Thing to Say / Lavatory Story" February 6, 2000

The Meanest Thing to Say: A new boy at school named Michael bullies Little Bill and his friends.

Lavatory Story: Little Bill tries to show Michael to the bathroom, or the "lavatory".
7 "The Zoo / My Pet Elephant" February 20, 2000

The Zoo: Little Bill's class goes on a field trip to the zoo.

My Pet Elephant: Little Bill gets a pet hamster and decides to name it "Elephant".
8 "Little Bill's Adventure with Captain Brainstorm" June 4, 2000
Little Bill and his friends go to the mall to see Captain Brainstorm.
9 "Chicken Pox / Shipwreck Saturday" June 19, 2000

Chicken Pox: Little Bill has had the chicken pox for days.

Shipwreck Saturday: Little Bill builds a toy boat, but it gets destroyed by a careless man in a canoe.

Season 2 (2000)[edit]

No. in
season
Title Original air date[6]
1 "Zoopity Zoo / Neighborhood Park" September 4, 2000

Zoopity Zoo: Little Bill learns how to make cleaning his room fun, and later they clean Andrew's room as well.

Neighborhood Park: Little Bill and his friends and family turn a vacant lot into a park.
2 "Elephant on the Loose / If a Bird Rings, Answer it" September 5, 2000

Elephant on the Loose: Elephant gets lost in the house, so the family tries to find him.

If a Bird Rings, Answer it: Little Bill finds a lost parrot with an abnormal talent.
3 "Big Kid / The Bills Go To Work" September 6, 2000

Big Kid: Little Bill acts like a big kid.

The Bills Go to Work: Big Bill takes Little Bill to his work to show him what he does.
4 "The Promise / The Practice" September 7, 2000

The Promise: Little Bill borrows his sister April's basketball trophy for show-and-tell, but when at school, his friends lose the ball, so Little Bill replaces it with his favorite marble.

The Practice: April takes Little Bill to basketball practice.
5 "Are We There Yet? / Super Family Fun Land!" September 8, 2000

Are We There Yet?: Little Bill and his family take a road trip to an amusement park, but it rains along the way.

Super Family Fun Land: The family spends time at Super Family Fun Land.
6 "The Ring Bear / Miss Murray's Wedding" September 12, 2000

The Ring Bear: Little Bill is going to be the ring bearer for his teacher's wedding.

Miss Murray's Wedding: Miss Murray gets married to a doctor named Winthrop Clinkscales.
7 "The Birthday Present / The Birthday Party" September 13, 2000

The Birthday Present: Little Bill unintentionally ruins Fuchsia's birthday present.

The Birthday Party: Little Bill attends Fuchsia's birthday party.
8 "A Trip to the Hospital / The Wrong Thing to Do" September 14, 2000

A Trip to the Hospital: Little Bill and Fuchsia are playing Cowboys and Cowgirls when Little Bill suddenly falls down and does a somersault, resulting a bone in his arm to break, and his Mom takes him to the hospital.

The Wrong Thing to Do: Little Bill is upset that he has to stay inside due to his broken arm and he draws on April's door!
9 "Making Mother's Day / Picture Perfect" September 15, 2000

Making Mother's Day: Little Bill forgets to bring his mother's day gift to her mother from school. It's up to him to find something else as a gift for her mother for Mother's Day.

Picture Perfect: Little Bill learns how to use a camera.
10 "Rolling Along / The Stage Trick" October 9, 2000

Rolling Along: Little Bill tries to learn to roll.

The Stage Trick: Little Bill gets stage fright while practicing for a school play.
11 "The Snack Helper / Buds" November 13, 2000

The Snack Helper: Little Bill faces a tough decision on whom to send to the snack table first as the snack helper.

Buds: Little Bill and Andrew learn about nature.
12 "Copy Cat / Picture Day" December 4, 2000

Copy Cat: Little Bill is upset when Andrew calls him a copy cat.

Picture Day: Little Bill wants to pick out his own clothes for Picture Day.

Season 3 (2001–02)[edit]

No. in
season
Title Original air date[6]
1 "Ready, Set, Read! / I Got a Letter" May 7, 2001

Ready, Set, Read!: Little Bill wants to learn how to read.

I Got a Letter: Little Bill learns how to write letters.
2 "The Violin Lessons / Squirmy" May 9, 2001

The Violin Lessons: Little Bill accidentally upsets Bobby when he makes fun of the way he plays the violin.

Squirmy: Little Bill finds an earthworm and wants to keep it as a pet.
3 "Monty's Visit / Mom's Trip" May 10, 2001

Monty's Visit: Little Bill is jealous of Monty being with Alice the Great.

Mom's Trip: Brenda goes on a business trip and Little Bill misses her terribly.
4 "The No-Talking Contest / The Search is for the Sock" May 11, 2001

The No-Talking Contest: Little Bill and his siblings have a no-talking contest.

The Search is for the Sock: Little Bill loses one of April's lucky socks.
5 "The Halloween Costume / The Haunted Halloween Party" October 26, 2001

The Halloween Costume: Little Bill is upset that a Captain Brainstorm costume he wanted is sold out, until he makes his own from the stuff in the house.

The Haunted Halloween Party: A party occurs at town on Halloween.
6 "Merry Christmas Little Bill" December 3, 2001
Little Bill is afraid that Alice the Great won't be home in time for Christmas, due to the fact that she is stuck at the Cincinnati Airport.
7 "A Day at the Beach / The Get Well Song" February 12, 2002

A Day at the Beach: Little Bill and his family go to the beach.

The Get Well Song: Little Bill helps his sick father feel better.
8 "Michael Sleeps Over / Michael's First Snow" March 6, 2002

Michael Sleeps Over: Michael sleeps over at Little Bill's house.

Michael's First Snow: Little Bill helps Michael get used to snow.
9 "Monty Joins the Class / Dad Goes to School" March 13, 2002

Monty Joins the Class: Monty joins Little Bill's class, but Little Bill is helping him too much.

Dad Goes to School: Big Bill goes to Little Bill's school to tell his class how his jobs works.
10 "Number One on Honeywood Street / Baseball Glovers" March 19, 2002

Number One on Honeywood Street: Little Bill and Andrew's families compete. April was being too bossy about winning.

Baseball Glovers: Little Bill's entire family plays baseball at a family reunion.
11 "Little Bill's Giant Space Adventure" July 8, 2002
Max the alien and Little Bill have to save Captain Brainstorm from the giant purbuls.
12 "Wabbit Worries / Wabbit Babies" November 25, 2002

Wabbit Worries: Little Bill is concerned about one of the class' pet rabbits.

Wabbit Babies: Little Bill tries to find a place for the baby rabbits to live.

Season 4 (2003–04)[edit]

No. in
season
Title Original air date[6]
1 "The Car Keys / Doggie Sitting" February 18, 2003

The Car Keys: Little Bill accidentally loses his father's car keys.

Doggie Sitting: Little Bill and his siblings try to take care of a neighbor's dog.
2 "New Foods / Elephant Tricks" February 19, 2003

New Foods: Little Bill is afraid to try new foods when he visits Dorado for dinner.

Elephant Tricks: Little Bill tries to get Elephant to do tricks, which are unsuccessful.
3 "What About Me? / Happy Not Birthday To You" February 20, 2003

What About Me?: Little Bill feels left out when he wants to go to the park.

Happy Not Birthday to You: Little Bill wants to cheer up April when she loses the basketball championship, the reason being she missed an important shot.
4 "Racing Time / All Tied Up" February 21, 2003

Racing Time: Little Bill is late for school due to dawdling.

All Tied Up: Little Bill wants to learn to tie his shoes. Fuchsia was being a bit of a bully and saying teasing things such as your shoes will run away from you if you can't tie them.
5 "Echo Falls / Going Fishing" July 28, 2003

Echo Falls: Little Bill, Fuchsia and their fathers hike to Echo Falls.

Going Fishing: Little Bill wants to catch a fish.
6 "The Best Book Ever! / A Ramp for Monty" July 29, 2003

The Best Book Ever!: Little Bill gets a library card and checks out books.

A Ramp for Monty: Little Bill and Big Bill build a ramp for Monty to make it easier for him to get into the backyard.
7 "The New Babysitter / My Friend Isabel" July 30, 2003

The New Babysitter: Little Bill gets a new babysitter, Isabel.

My Friend Isabel: Little Bill doesn't want Isabel to leave.
8 "The Early Bill / Going Camping" July 31, 2003

The Early Bill: Little Bill gets up early.

Going Camping: Little Bill and Big Bill camp out in the backyard.
9 "Same Moon, Same Sun, Same Star / All Together Now" September 22, 2003

Same Moon, Same Sun, Same Star: Mrs. Shapiro is moving away to Hawaii.

All Together Now: Little Bill wants to run away to avoid taking a nap.
10 "The Surprise! / Good ol' Lightnin'" September 23, 2003

The Surprise!: Little Bill learns that April and Bobby are making a book for Alice the Great, and Little takes new pictures of her, but soon he accidentally reveals the surprise.

Good ol' Lightnin': Little Bill finds Alice the Great's old wagon. Ol' Lightnin'.
11 "The Musical Instrument / The Choir" September 24, 2003

The Musical Instrument: Little Bill wants to play an instrument.

The Choir: Little Bill assists April's choir when one of singers is sick.
12 "The Incredible Shrinking Little Bill / The Big Swings" September 25, 2003

The Incredible Shrinking Little Bill: Little Bill thinks he's shrinking after he measures himself on the wrong side of the head.

The Big Swing: Bobby accidentally scares Little Bill by pushing him too high on the swings.
13 "New Neighbors / Doggie Magic" September 26, 2003

New Neighbors: Little Bill meets Mr. Rojas and his dog, Miguelito (or Lito for short), who had recently moved into Mrs. Shapiro's old house.

Doggie Magic: Little Bill spends time at Mr. Rojas's house to watch Captain Brainstorm while dad helps fix Mr. Rojas's car, but after he runs to the backyard with Lito, he accidentally locks himself out.
14 "I Can Sign / The Sign for Friend" September 26, 2003

I Can Sign: Little Bill learns sign language from April.

The Sign for Friend: Little Bill and Andrew call out to a friend, but the girl does not answer. Little Bill and Andrew are confused at first until they realize that the girl is deaf and only knows sign language.
15 "Summertime in the Wintertime / Snow Racer" February 2, 2004

Summertime in the Wintertime: Little Bill pretends that it's summertime in the wintertime.

Snow Racer: Little Bill and Michael build a snow race car, but the snowcar melts as it gets warmer outside.
16 "Get Well, Elephant / Elephant's Best Friend" February 3, 2004

Get Well, Elephant: Elephant is sick, so Little Bill takes care of him.

Elephant's Best Friend: Little Bill wants to get Elephant a best friend.
17 "The Skating Lesson / Mr. Moth" February 4, 2004

The Skating Lesson: April teaches Little Bill how to skate.

Mr. Moth: Little Bill waits for his moth to hatch.
18 "Private Time / Never" February 5, 2004

Private Time: Little Bill and Brenda have some private time.

Never: Little Bill and Alice the Great make a new friend, Clarke Terry.
19 "When Friends Get Mad / The Party Box" February 6, 2004

When Friends Get Mad: Little Bill gets mad at Kiku after she accidentally spills water on his picture and refuses to apologize after he crumples up her picture in return, and later has a time-out.

The Party Box: Little Bill is disappointed when he finds that his parents and Alice the Great are having an adult party and he can't come.

Video games[edit]

Little Bill Thinks Big, released on 29 September 2003, is for the Windows XP & Macintosh.[7]

Awards[edit]

Emmy Awards

Peabody Award

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monty's Roar/Natural Root Pals". Little Bill. Season 1. Episode 1. 23 minutes in. 
  2. ^ Little Bill Episodes - TVGuide.com
  3. ^ "Nickelodeon's 'Little Bill' Debuts as First African American Balloon In 76th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade". PRNewswire.com. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Little Bill". Retrieved February 10, 2008. 
  5. ^ Shrivastava, K M (2005). Broadcast Journalism in the 21st Century. New Dawn Press Group. p. 56. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Little Bill Episodes". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on August 26, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Little Bill Thinks Big". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  8. ^ 61st Annual Peabody Awards, May 2002.

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