7 February 1997 (1997-02-07) – 31 December 1999 (1999-12-31)
Ned's Newt is a Canadian/German animated series produced by Nelvana and TMO Film GmbH. The program aired on Teletoon from 1997 to 1999 and its also aired in Canada. In the United States, the program aired on Fox Kids from 1998. Teletoon Retro aired reruns of all 39 half-hour episodes on September 5, 2011.
The series begins with Ned finally scraping up enough money to buy a pet. However, upon reaching the pet store, the only thing he can actually afford is a newt. Dubbing his new pet "Newton", Ned quickly tires of it, since Newton just lies on the rock in his bowl. Complaining to the pet store owner that his new pet is not very active, the owner gives Ned a can of "Zippo for Newt" pet food but warns Ned not to give his pet too much. Ned feeds Newton a little, but Newton does nothing. Ned leaves the can beside Newton's bowl and goes to bed.
That night, Newton crawls from his bowl and gulps down several mouthfuls of Zippo. Thus, the "too much" warning comes true: Newton grows 6 feet tall, can talk (voiced by Harland Williams), and has the power to shapeshift. After Ned realizes this, he and Newton become the best of friends, but unfortunately, the effects of Zippo do not last forever. In fact, Newton often gets Ned into trouble, at which point the Zippo wears off and Newton shifts back to his smaller form, leaving Ned alone to bear the wrath of his elders.
The series recounts the misadventures of Ned attempting to live a normal life while trying to keep Newton from being discovered. Recurring plots involve Ned and Newton working to fix situations which Newton has helped go awry, Ned's hopeless crush on his neighbor, Linda Bliss (who reduces Ned to speaking in gibberish) and his rivalry with snobbish Rusty McCabe for Linda's affections.
Each show made a habit of creating outrageous plots out of mundane tasks and settings. For example, after a joyful weekend of playing, Ned exclaims he cannot wait for the next one. Newton then comes up with the idea that, rather than wait for next weekend, they can build a time machine and travel back to Friday, and relive the weekend. After they build the time machine out of a bunch of household objects, they accidentally travel back to the age of the dinosaurs and end up changing the future. In another episode, in an effort to raise money for charity, Ned's friend Doogle digs a hole and stumbles across a race of subterranean trolls secretly planning domination of the world's "metropolises-es".
Ned takes Newton with him everywhere and makes sure to keep some Zippo food with him at all times, just in case Newton turns back into a normal newt. Newton's powers almost always make things worse, mostly due to the fact he has a poor understanding of society. Thus, when Ned explains to him that Newton has made a terrible mistake (such as giving 3.5 million dollars to some passersby), Newton and Ned must work together to put things right. And although they usually succeed in doing so, Newton invariably changes back to newt form just in time to avoid being seen, and just in time for Ned to get into trouble.
The series made extensive references to famous faces and popular culture at the time, relying heavily on Harland Williams's experience as a comedian and impressionist. Newton morphs into "newt-versions" of many famous personalities in each episode, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable for comic effect. Several running gags also span the episodes of all three seasons, such as Mrs. Flemkin finding a crow hiding in the kitchen, Newton's solution to various problems involving a rubber duck and bicycle pump (which he never gets to use), or the appearance of quahogs (usually in a barrel) which begin to sing M-O-T-H-E-R by Howard Johnson. Newton also frequently broke the fourth wall, especially in season three, even going so far as to comment upon how poorly his bellybutton was drawn, or whether newts should have bellybuttons at all.
For the final four episodes of season three, Harland Williams was replaced by Ron Pardo as the voice of Newton.
In Season 3, episode 8 ("Rear Bus Window") Newton proclaims that he is a member of the genus Triturus, which are crested or marbled newts native to Europe. Newton also mentions the species name vittercensis, which is not a catalogued member of the genus.
"Out with the Old, in with the Newt / What Rock Through Yonder Window Breaks?"
7 February 1997 (7 February 1997)
Out with the Old, in with the Newt: Ned goes to the pet store, hoping to buy an elephant, but all he can afford is a listless newt he called "Newton" who does nothing but sit in a fishbowl. The pet store owner sells him a can of "Zippo For Newt", which turns Newton into a 6-foot, transforming, anthropomorphic newt. Ned and his new pal, Newton, trash the house by playing Tag. Note: This episode serves as the basis of the opening titles of the show.
What Rock Through Yonder Window Breaks?: Ned has a crush on the girl across the street, Linda Bliss, but can't talk to her. Newton tries to get her attention by throwing a pebble against Linda's bedroom window while she's asleep, but ends up throwing a boulder mistaking it for a pebble that destroys the window. Ned and Newton desperately try to replace it before Linda wakes up the next morning.
"Nightmare on Friendly Street / A Snitch in Time"
21 February 1997 (21 February 1997)
Nightmare on Friendly Street: Ned's class are making small floats for the annual Friendly Day Parade, and Newton wants to help. He ends up making an enormous, barge-sized float for Ned, and ruins the parade when the float causes massive property damage and sinks in the lake.
A Snitch in Time: Ned's tattletale cousin Renfrew comes to visit. He destroys most of Ned's toys and repeatedly tells on Ned. Newton decides to drive Renfrew away by causing a series of ridiculous situations, which causes Renfrew to have a nervous breakdown as he tattles to Ned's parents about them.
"Voyage to the Bottom of the Dump / Happy Blood Alter Ring to You"
28 February 1997 (28 February 1997)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Dump: Ned's father gives Ned a vintage "Captain Ocelot" action figure, after his son takes an interest in the show. Ned's mother, however, throws it out, and Ned and Newton have to go to the Friendly Falls Dump to find it again. Afterwards, they find out that the dump owner is actually the retired actor who played Captain Ocelot.
Happy Blood Alter Ring to You: Ned's mother wants a 35 carat "Goldina" ring for her birthday, but Newton just insists it's a "cheap replica" of a sacrifice ring used by a group of Peruvian savages called the "Jajamojos". Ned and Newton go to Peru to get the ring, and brave the dangers of a temple full of booby traps, and escape being thrown in a volcano.
"Mars Dilemma / Saturday Night Fervor"
14 February 1997 (14 February 1997)
Mars Dilemma: Ned is sent to the grocery store to get a can of tomato paste, but Newton instead suggests they go to Mars, thinking that it's made of tomato paste (similar to the idea that the Moon is made of green cheese). They go to Mars, and it is made of tomato paste! But they find that the tomato paste there tastes awful, so they decide to just get it from the grocery store after all.
Saturday Night Fervor: Ned wants to impress Linda at the school dance, but the town showoff, Rusty McCabe, also
wants to impress Linda, and challenges Ned to a dance contest. Ned is completely unable to dance, but he hopes that Newton will be able to tutor him. When this doesn't work, Newton gets the idea to put Ned in a large costume, where he stands on his shoulders while Newton dances.
"Citizen Ned / The Most Grating Show on Earth"
7 March 1997 (7 March 1997)
Citizen Ned: Ned starts a paper route to save up money for a bike, but Newton has more ambitious plans for him. He turns Ned's paper route into a media empire, making him extremely wealthy, but depressed, because he doesn't even have time to ride his new bike. The episode's plot, as well as its title, is a homage to the classic film Citizen Kane.
The Most Grating Show on Earth: Ned and Linda go on a date to the circus, after Newton accidentally sells Ned's parents' car to raise the $5 ticket price. The circus turns out to be disappointing, however, with listless, dull acts like the Fat, Bearded Lady who went on a diet and has no beard, to the juggler who can't juggle one ball. To prevent the date from being a failure, Newton saves the circus by performing a series of astounding circus acts, but also ends up causing the circus animals to stampede through town.
"Jurassic Joyride / Take a Hike"
14 March 1997 (14 March 1997)
Jurassic Joyride: After a fun weekend, Ned says he can't wait for the next one. This gives Newton the idea to build a time machine out of household items so that they can go back to Friday and do the weekend over again. They can't control the machine, however, and it ends up taking them to the Jurassic period, where Ned accidentally stomps on a fly and changes history, causing newts to be the dominant life form on Earth instead of humans. They go back and fix this change, but still have trouble controlling the time machine to take them home, causing them to end up at Gilligan's Island. However, it turns out to be a dream, but the trip to Gilligan's Island was proven to be real. Linda is not in this episode.
Take a Hike: Ned attends Boy Scout camp, and Newton notices that the other scouts have more merit badges than Ned. Ned doesn't care, as he's allergic to the outdoors and doesn't enjoy being a Boy Scout, but not wanting to see his owner disgraced, he motivates Ned to earn as many merit badges as he can. Eventually, when Ned becomes the most decorated Boy Scout, Newton decides to wrap the entire forest in anti-allergenic plastic, but when he does, Ned finds out that he wasn't allergic to anything in the forest, but to his mother's macademia-nut cookies that she always packs him.
"New Improved Zippo / What Big Rewrite Notes You Have"
25 April 1997 (25 April 1997)
New Improved Zippo: The company that manufactures Zippo Newt Food has changed the formula, which leaves Newton unable to control his morphing ability. Ned and Newton go to the corporate headquarters to complain, but the president of the company refuses to go back to the old formula, until Newton demonstrates that the "new formula" causes newts to grow six feet tall and change into different forms.
What Big Rewrite Notes You Have: In another attempt to get closer to Linda, Ned plans to audition for a school production of "Little Red Riding Hood". Newton, eager to help out, wants to be cast as the Big Bad Wolf.
Unfortunately, the new school drama teacher is an ex-Hollywood executive who makes Ned and Newton repeatedly change the play until it's a post-apocalyptic science fiction story called "Mad Max and the Chicken-Wolf", where Linda isn't even in it.
"Home Alone with Frank / The Lucky Penny"
2 May 1997 (2 May 1997)
Home Alone with Frank: Ned has been watching too many monster movies, and when he's left in
the house alone, he's paranoid that there are monsters around the house. This isn't helped when his parents ask Uncle Frank and several friends of his to check on him, and they're all dressed as monsters, on his way to a costume party. Newton, after thinking about what killed all the monsters in the movies, decides to let the monsters fall to their death by jacking up the house and pushing them out the door.
The Lucky Penny: Ned's father opened a new bank account for Ned, after finding all the change around Ned's room. To Ned's horror, however, that means he has deposited his "lucky penny", a treasured penny that has an image
of Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor on it. When the bank refuses to get it for him, Newton helps Ned by breaking into the bank vault to find it. They do, but Newton had to give away $3.5 million in the bank vault to make it easier to find. They're saved, however, when a passing coin collector points out that Ned's penny is only one of two in the entire world, worth $3.5 million. Ned and Newton quickly put all the money back in the vault, and the bank owner gives Ned the only other Gene Hackman penny in existence.
"Help Me, I'm Bald / Planes, Trains, and Newtmobiles"
9 May 1997 (9 May 1997)
Help Me, I'm Bald: After watching too much television, Newton gets the idea to improve Ned's life with all the things featured in the various commercials he's watched.
Planes, Trains, and Newtmobiles: Ned's family is on a long, boring car trip, with only a "Vehicle Bingo" game to pass the time. Ned's parents accidentally leave him at a rest stop, however, and Ned
needs Newton's help to catch up to them. After being blasted off to Russia, they end up traveling around the world and take every mode of transportation on the Bingo card trying to get back, which perplexes Ned's parents.
"Broken Record / Newton's Day Out"
21 May 1997 (21 May 1997)
Broken Record: Local hero Gus Gingrich has held the world's record for "Most Pants Worn at
Once" since 1959, until a man in Germany breaks his record, leaving the town heartbroken. Ned and Newton decide to restore the town's spirit by trying to break a record, but Ned fails at each record he tries. Because of this, however, Ned breaks the world record for "Failing at a World Record" (according to Newton) and restores the town's spirit.
Newton's Day Out: Ned is on a dull field trip at the Friendly Falls Museum of Dusty Old Things, and has to fill out a worksheet of questions about the historical exhibits in the museum. Newton wants to help, but many of the answers he gives are wrong and absurd, such as how Archimedes discovered the bathrobe, and how the Great Wall of China was a backyard fence built by one laborer who couldn't build corners. Ned finds out too late that all the answers are wrong, but Rusty McCabe forces him to trade his worksheet with him, assuming that Ned's answers will be better.
"Can't See the Forest for the Tree Fort / Saving Lummox"
4 April 1997 (4 April 1997)
Can't See the Forest for the Tree Fort: Rusty McCabe has built a secret clubhouse that he won't let Ned in, so in response, he makes his own secret club in a tree fort. Newton wants to help, though, so they end up building an enormous, five-star clubhouse in the tree, and it becomes the most popular club in town. Rusty begs to be let in, but when Ned lets him in, he accidentally causes the clubhouse to collapse.
Saving Lummox: Ned's friend Doogle has a pet dog, an obese, listless dog named Lummox. Doogle, when overhearing his parents talking about fleas on Lummox's fur, thinks his parents are going to get rid of him, and feeling sympathy for the fellow pet, Newton tries to prove Lummox's worth by setting up a series of situations where Lummox does incredibly useful things for Doogle's family.
"Newton Falls in Love / Show Me the Money"
11 April 1997 (11 April 1997)
Newton Falls in Love: Newton has been acting stranger than usual, and when Ned takes him to see the veterinarian, Newton professes that he has fallen in love with her. As the day goes on, however, he keeps falling in love with dozens of other things, such as a passing roller skater, many different zoo animals, and (mostly) an icecube tray. Ned eventually finds out that he's only acting this way because he's shedding his skin.
Show Me the Money: Ned has been entered into a track day, but he's not happy about it, since Rusty McCabe always wins every event. He wins so often, he's even gotten his own theme music, with Yo-Yo Ma as a guest cellist. Newton thinks Ned into every single event at the track day, including team sports. Although by the end, Rusty has won everything and Ned is exhausted, he's given a special award for being the first person to participate in every single event.
"One Flu Over the Cuckoo's Nest / Mall Good Things Come to an End"
18 April 1997 (18 April 1997)
One Flu Over the Cuckoo's Nest: Ned's parents have the flu, and want Ned to do the day's chores. Newton tries to help, to get them done faster, but he ends up being incredibly destructive.
Mall Good Things Come to an End: The local mall is holding a contest where the first person to guess how many jellybeans are in a jar will win a drivable toy car. Ned wants the car, but when Newton comes out, he wreaks havoc around the mall, and causes him and Ned to be locked inside after it closes. The sadistic mall security guard wants to ban them from the mall, but they're able to blackmail him when they find out that he's been counting the jellybeans in the jar, one by one, to win the toy car. To keep them quiet, the mall cop gives them the car.
Live and Let Dad: Ned goes with his dad on Take Your Child to Work day, and while he initially thinks his dad's job is dull, he eventually thinks that his dad is a government spy, and tries to find out more information.
Ned's Army: When Ned complains that he can't go to summer camp, Newton mistakenly thinks he's describing boot camp. He signs Ned up for the army, and while no one notices that he's 10 years old and insists he does basic training, Newton tries to find a way to get him out.
"Climb Every Newton / Go Nest Young Man"
21 October 1998 (21 October 1998)
Climb Every Newton: Ned decides to climb a small hill to raise money for charity, but Newton thinks he would raise more if he climbed Mt. Everest, so he takes Ned there and helps him climb it.
Go Nest Young Man: Winter is coming, and Newton learns that newts hibernate during the winter, a process he doesn't want to go through. When he learns that birds migrate instead, he decides to go away for the winter and takes Ned along.
"Weekend at Bernice / New Year's Ned"
4 November 1998 (4 November 1998)
Weekend at Bernice: Ned and his family are all set to spend a weekend in exciting Gamble City, but when Ned's mother finds out there's gambling there, she decides to have Ned stay with his aunt and uncle instead, who are a depressed, puritanical Eastern European couple who think fun is unhealthy. As Ned and Newton become more and more bored, Newton decides to have the whole house shipped to Gamble City.
New Year's Ned: Ned was born on New Year's Day, and as such, is expected to play Baby New Year every year at a New Year's Eve pageant. He doesn't want to do it at his age, so he desperately tries to find out if another New Year's Baby has been born in town, saving him the embarrassment.
"Lights, Camera, Newton! / When in Drought"
18 November 1998 (18 November 1998)
Lights, Camera, Newton!: Ned's been given a small role in a horror film "Car-Driving Trees of Egstappa Part 2", but soon finds out that the Car-Driving Trees are real, and plan to wipe out Friendly Falls.
When in Drought: Friendly Falls is experiencing a drought, which is ruining Ned's summer, and might cause trouble for the various newts in town when the ponds and rivers they live in dry up. Newton tries to end the drought with various plans to make it rain, and they succeed, even though it has been raining so much the town flooded.
"Draw Your Own Concussion / Tis Follicle to Be Wise"
25 November 1998 (25 November 1998)
Draw Your Own Concussion: Ned gets a mild concussion, but eventually gets to play outside. It goes horribly awry when Ned is sent to the hospital thanks to one of Newton's forms calling the ambulance, even though he's actually feeling fine. Following this, Newton (in his form when not shapeshifting) takes it on his own to bring Ned back to health.
Tis Follicle to Be Wise: Ned and his friends are collecting 10,000 bags of pet hair for charity, but Ned's cousin Renfrew wants to sabotage their efforts. Newton will have none of it, so he attempts to get Renfrew off their case.
"Back to the Futile / Motley Cruise"
2 December 1998 (2 December 1998)
Back to the Futile: The Friendly Falls Future Fair has been reopened, after it was closed in 1964, which makes Ned excited. The lineup to get into the fair is huge, though, so Newton sneaks him in so they can see the exhibits. Ned is dismayed to see that they haven't been updated since 1964, and most of the displays are ridiculous: there's a car with a record player mounted on the dashboard for a "car stereo system", a kitchen where malfunctioning robots cook food, and even robotic pets (much to Newton's shock). He goes back to his parents just as they get to the front of the line, and says he doesn't want to visit the Fair anymore.
Motley Cruise: Ned comes with his parents on their anniversary cruise, but thanks to Newton, he ends up on the wrong boat.
"Take Your Picnic / Crop! In the Name of Love"
9 December 1998 (9 December 1998)
Take Your Picnic: At Ned's family picnic, Newton develops amnesia, and thinks he is one of Ned's obnoxious uncles.
Crop! In the Name of Love: Ned visits his grandparents, who are retired farmers. Newton, who doesn't know what retirement is, thinks the animals and crops are simply being lazy, and tries to whip them into shape.
"Abode to Ruin / Educating Reeger"
16 December 1998 (16 December 1998)
Abode to Ruin: Ned's mother goes to a different town to participate in a perfume saleswoman convention, but Ned mistakenly thinks that they are moving to this town. To convince Ned's parents that they shouldn't move there, Newton poses as a tour guide to describe various "horrors" throughout the town, and tries to make it seem as though wild boars roam the streets by putting boar masks on the stray dogs.
Educating Reeger: Ned's teacher has developed a new alphabetical desk arrangement, which unfortunately puts Ned in the back of the class, and Linda Bliss at the front. Because he wants to be able to sit right behind her, Ned and Newton arrange various schemes to make sure the few kids in between Ned and Linda get taken out of class, either by moving, being transferred, or having their last names changed. But at the end, when it looks like Ned and Linda get to sit with each other, Ned's teacher grabs him away from Linda and introduces to him two pairs of identical twins named Jenny, Kenny, Penny and Lenny, who are told to sit between Ned and Linda, much to his disappointment.
"Norman's Newt / The Show Must Go Off"
23 December 1998 (23 December 1998)
Norman's Newt: Ned is made to play with his obnoxious rich cousin, Norman, who has a female pet newt. When Ned feeds both Newton and the other newt Zippo food, they both change, and Norman's newt wants revenge on Norman for constantly neglecting him. Newton falls for the female newt, whom he names Buttercup, and Norman is terrified by the two giant creatures that have suddenly appeared.
The Show Must Go Off: While Ned is working at a TV station, Newton accidentally destroys all of the station's pre-recorded content for the weekend, and him and Ned have to record all-new footage to replace it. They re-enact the news, several TV shows, and try to splice in whatever spare footage they can find to fill time.
"If the Shoe Gives You Fits / Ned and Edna, and Ed 'n Aden"
31 December 1998 (31 December 1998)
If the Shoe Gives You Fits: When Ned's parents hear him talking about Newton, they assume this is a new imaginary friend, similar to one Ned had in his early childhood, a big, talking red shoe named "Shoe". They take Ned to see a child psychiatrist, but when they accidentally see Newton (who has been going out and around in the form of a shoe since he found out about Shoe), and assume that Ned's imaginary friend is visible to them as well, they also go and see a psychiatrist. In the end, it turns out Shoe is real.
Ned and Edna, and Ed 'n Aden: Ned notices that his alphabet soup is missing the letters N, E, and D. Curious as to why, he goes to the company that makes the soup, which turns out to be the same one that makes the Zippo Newt Food, to find out what's going on.
"Fantastic Neddage / A Mother Day a Mother Dollar"
7 January 1998 (7 January 1998)
Fantastic Neddage: Ned has a cold, and Newton has invented a machine to shrink himself down so he can enter Ned's body and cure him. The plot and title of this film is an homage to the Isaac Asimov story and film Fantastic Voyage.
A Mother Day a Mother Dollar: With Mother's Day approaching, Newton thinks the purpose of the holiday is to give your mother as a gift. He finds his mother, and proceeds to give her to Ned.
"Newt York, Newt York / Lummox of the Baskervilles"
14 January 1998 (14 January 1998)
Newt York, Newt York: Ned's parents were planning a trip to New York City, but had to cancel it when they heard, from Doogle's parents, that they've been watching a show about the urban legend that alligators live in the sewers. Ned and Newton go there to prove that the rumour is false, mainly trying to "blend in with the locals". But they end up falling into the sewers when they're ready to give up. Then they also accidentally find the sewer alligators.
Lummox of the Baskervilles: Instead of a lemonade stand, Newton convinces Ned to instead start as a private detective service. Linda hires him to find her missing earring, and Doogle hires him to find his missing dog, Lummox. Ned eventually finds out that Lummox was accidentally made into a professional baseball pitcher, and then tries to find a way to get him out of the Major Leagues. The title is a reference to a Sherlock Holmes story, The Hound of the Baskervilles.
"Frankenvine / Nedapalooza"
21 January 1998 (21 January 1998)
Frankenvine: Ned had rescued an endangered plant for a science fair entry, but the plant soon starts to grow too much, and threatens to take over the world.
Nedapalooza: Newton helps Ned and Linda win tickets to a rock concert, but their date is ruined when Doogle, while digging a hole to raise money for charity, accidentally unearths a race of subterranean trolls bent on taking over the world's "metropolises-es", and Ned and Newton have to stop them.
Diary of a Nedman: Ned has started keeping a diary, but his entries are very typical and boring. To spice it up, Newton starts causing increasingly exciting things to happen in Ned's life so that he will have more to put in his diary.
Last Fraction Hero: Ned's class has started learning fractions, which Ned has difficulty with. To help him grasp the concept, Newton splits himself across the middle, but his lower half develops a mind of its own and tries to run away, and still isn't stuck into his upper half at the end, even though Ned had finally learned fractions by the time.
"Carnival Knowledge / Go Fetch"
17 September 1999 (17 September 1999)
Carnival Knowledge: The carnival is in town, and Ned wants to take Linda to it. He's terrible at most of the carnival games, however, and Rusty McCabe tends to beat him at all of them. Ned finds out later, though, that Rusty's uncle owns the carnival, and has rigged all the games to take the visitors' money, and let Rusty win every time.
Go Fetch: Ned sends in 20 cereal box tops to get a "Captain Ocelot Crypto-Claw" toy, but when it doesn't come for eight weeks, Newton decides to go and find it. After going through the company that makes it, they find out each of the toys is manufactured by a goat named "Inchina", and the box tops are meant to feed her as she makes each toy, which takes up to eight weeks.
"Xylophone Camp / The Friendly Triangle"
24 September 1999 (24 September 1999)
Xylophone Camp: Ned is excited to go to xylophone camp, but is dismayed to find out that no one there actually plays the xylophone, and that it's meant to be a camp for all the kids that couldn't get into "fun camps". After seeing that everyone is wasting their time on an electronic toy called the "Battery Drainer" because of its flashy commercial, Ned decides to create his own commercial to get the other kids interested in playing the xylophone.
The Friendly Triangle: Ned has to do a local history project for school, but all of the good topics are taken. He soon finds out about the Friendly Triangle, an area in town where things allegedly disappear. He gets several eyewitness accounts of paranormal events in the Triangle, but when he tries to investigate them, he finds out all of his witnesses were just from a family with very poor eyesight that lost their things, and that the Friendly Triangle isn't real.
"Never-Never Ned / To Have and Have Newt"
1 October 1999 (1 October 1999)
Never-Never Ned: Newton is worried that when Ned grows up, he will get rid of him. When he learns about the story of Peter Pan, however, he decides to take Ned to Neverland, where he won't grow up. Through a comedy of errors, however, Ned and Newton instead uncover a unlicensed video distribution operation.
To Have and Have Newt: Rusty McCabe is well-known around town as a snobby rich boy, but when Ned's photos get mixed up with Rusty's at the photo booth, Ned finds out that Rusty's family is broke. At first intending to disgrace him, Linda instead convinces him to be sympathetic, and people start donating things to Rusty's family. They later find out that these photos were from a theme park called "Live Like Ordinary People Land", where rich people pretend to be poor.
"Summer Rental / The Man Who Would Be Flemking"
8 October 1999 (8 October 1999)
Summer Rental: Ned's parents all go up to a cottage in the mountains, owned by Renfrew's parents, for some "peace and quiet". Renfrew's parents, unfortunately, are foley artists, and decide to catch up on some work while they're there. Things are made worse when Ned has to deal with Renfrew some more, and gets lost in the woods while trying to re-enact the stories of fictional nature hero Woodsy Foreston.
The Man Who Would Be Flemking: While Ned's family is at the beach, a message in a bottle washes ashore, from Ned's long-lost Uncle Sandy. Ned and Newton decide to go rescue him, and get swallowed by a whale, encounter sirens, and get caught in a maelstrom before finding him. It turns out that he helped to invent the microchip, and as such, is a multi-billionaire.
"Cyranewt de Bergerac / The Boy Who Newt Too Much"
15 October 1999 (15 October 1999)
Cyranewt de Bergerac: Ned signs up for the school debate team to be closer to Linda, despite the fact that he's bad at public speaking. Newton helps him by passing him notes, and Ned becomes the school debate champion. He's so good, in fact, that he successfully debates in favour of the town mayor's ridiculous plan to replace all of Friendly Fall's streets with canals, to ease pollution.
The Boy Who Newt Too Much: While recording an episode of "Ninja Fish From the Outback", Ned accidentally records a secret message, after Newton does some "modifications" to Ned's television antenna. Ned's parents accidentally return the tape to the video store, and are abducted and interrogated. Ned and Newton are sent on a mission of international espionage to recover the tape, find out its meaning, and rescue his parents.
"Nedding Bells Are Ringing / Newt's Ned"
22 October 1999 (22 October 1999)
Nedding Bells Are Ringing: When Newton overhears Ned rehearsing his lines as a ring-bearer at a family member's wedding, he mistakenly thinks Ned is going to marry someone other than Linda. He takes it upon his own to ruin the wedding, not knowing that it's not Ned who's getting married.
Newt's Ned: After a freak accident, Ned and Newton switch bodies. They have to try to act like each other until they can switch back, but this is harder than it sounds.
"Rear Bus Window / Et Tu Newte"
31 October 1999 (31 October 1999)
Rear Bus Window: While on a field trip to the zoo, Ned and Newton decide to go in the bus through the emergency exit in the back. However, they find out that this door is actually a portal to a parallel universe, where the bus is parked in a lot of identical buses, however, so they have to find the right one to get back home.
Et Tu Newte: Ned's parents are holding a costume party, but Newton had accidentally put the invitations in a wood chipper, after Ned was supposed to mail them, so no one is coming. To make up for his mistake, Newton uses the time machine he built to gather several historical figures as party guests, including Cleopatra, Napoleon and Josephine, and Bonnie and Clyde.
"Love Is a Many-Salamandered Thing / Trouble Indemnity"
5 November 1999 (5 November 1999)
Love Is a Many-Salamandered Thing: Ned takes Linda to a sad romance film, Amour Amour Amour, and wants to take her to another one, since this date was such a success. Newton gets an idea where he gets Ned's parents to dress as the film's characters while they go furniture shopping, and tells Ned that Amour Amour Amour 2 has been released the next day. Ned and Linda sit in a box that Newton pulls and drops to each floor of the department store his parents are at, and dubs over them to make it look like the film. Doogle is not in this episode.
Trouble Indemnity: Ned's parents lose all their money on a crooked insurance policy to insure several "valuable" things around their house, including a Gene Wilder bedroom mirror and a broken "unbreakable" vinyl record. This policy will only pay out if a series of impossible things damage these items, so Ned and Newton work together to destroy these items in impossible ways, get the money back, and thoroughly confuse the crooked saleswoman.
"312 Angry Women / Toys Will Be Toys"
12 November 1999 (12 November 1999)
312 Angry Women: Ned has invited two girls, Linda Bliss and a new girl, to the grand opening of the Friendly Falls Aquarium. Newton notices that Ned is anxious about this, and comes to the conclusion that it's because he's lonely. To help him out, he invites 310 more girls, to keep Ned company. The title is a reference to the play and film 12 Angry Men.
Toys Will Be Toys: Ned gets a virtual pet toy, which makes Newton jealous. Soon, though, Newton finds out that the toy has artificial intelligence and intends to conquer the world. He tries to convince Ned that the toy is evil, but he doesn't believe him, assuming that he's gotten more jealous. It's up to Newton to defeat the evil virtual pet on his own.
"Summer Gone, Summer Not / Sealed with a Newt"
19 November 1999 (19 November 1999)
Summer Gone, Summer Not: Ned is excited to be starting summer vacation, but is dismayed to find that July and August are missing out of the free gas station calendars everyone in town has, which leads the entire town to think that they're skipping Summer this year. Ned and Newton decide to investigate the missing months, and find out that it's because the calendar publisher has lost the two artists that paint the banal scenes for July and August that go in the calendar. Ned and Newton have them quickly replaced, so Summer is saved.
Sealed with a Newt: Ned's mother is hosting a Snapperware party, and Newton accidentally gets sealed in one of the containers and shipped away. Ned tries to find where the container has gone before it's too late.
"The Tooth Is Out There / Remote Possibility"
26 November 1999 (26 November 1999)
The Tooth Is Out There: Ned has lost a tooth, and left it under his pillow for the Tooth Fairy. When the fairy comes, though, Newton thinks he's a burglar, and attacks him. This results in the Tooth Fairy cursing Ned to have giant teeth, and Ned can only have the curse lifted if he does several tasks for the Fairy, such as counting all the newts in the world, and doing his laundry.
Remote Possibility: It's time for the annual Friendly Falls Scavenger Hunt, which is mostly so that the town mayor doesn't have to do shopping once a year. Rusty McCabe is the favourite to win, but when Newton sees a rainbow, he thinks he'll find a pot of gold at the end. They do find the pot, but instead of gold, there's a universal remote that actually affects the universe, being able to pause time, make things go faster or slower, and so forth. Ned and Newton use it to thwart Rusty's victory, but each button only works once, so they need to get creative. They're about to win the scavenger hunt, when a group of leprechauns demand the remote back and hit the rewind button, rewinding the episode all the way back to the beginning.
"Regattadamerang / All's Well That Hens Well"
31 December 1999 (31 December 1999)
Regattadamerang: Ned has been made the coxswain of the Friendly Falls rowing team in a regatta against the neighbouring town of Carty Garbageton, a filthy town founded by janitors and gas station attendants. Friendly Falls traditionally beats Carty Garbageton, by coming in second-last. Their "winning" streak is in trouble, though, when Friendly Falls loses all its money sponsoring a start-up company to sell smoke and soot from the town's old chimney factory. Many of the townspeople have to do menial work in Carty Garbageton to make the money back, but they're all fired when the town starts becoming clean. Ned then gets the idea to sell the soot to Carty Garbageton, and the town makes all its money back just in time for Friendly Falls to not come in last at the regatta.
All's Well That Hens Well: Ned is showing a health science project to his class that could make or break his possibility of graduation, a film he's made to show where food comes from. The film is extremely strange, however, because of the various roles Newton plays in it: from the Hard-Boiled Chicken, source of the world's hard-boiled eggs, to the Imitation Crab, source of the world's imitation crab meat. Ned's project is initially doomed because of Newton's involvement, but Ned's teacher thinks that it was actually a creative writing project that was due the following week, for which he gets an A+. She wonders where his health science project is, and the episode ends with Ned saying "I'll be right back," and leaving the classroom.
Each VHS tape had two pairs of episodes. The first three VHS tapes with two pairs of episodes each were released on March 23, 1999. The first three were duplicated in either EP/SLP, LP, or SP while the last three were duplicated in the SP mode.
Mainstream reviews of Ned's Newt were mixed to mostly positive. Author and cartoonist Edward Gorey was a strong fan of the show, identifying Ned's Newt as the "greatest" animated show in a 1998 Newsday interview.