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Peg + Cat
Peg+Cat Intertitle.png
Created by
Directed by Cory Bobiak
Starring
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 57 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)
Running time 28 minutes
Release
Original network
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Audio format Stereo
Original release October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07) – present
External links
Website pbskids.org/peg

Peg + Cat is an American/Canadian animated children's television series based on the children's book "The Chicken Problem", which was published in 2012. The series is created by Billy Aronson and Jennifer Oxley and produced by The Fred Rogers Company and 9 Story Entertainment.[2][3] It debuted on most PBS stations on October 7, 2013, as part of the revamped PBS Kids brand.[4]

The show is targeted to children 3 to 5 years old. The goal is to "inspire preschoolers’ natural curiosity about math and help them develop new skills and strategies for solving problems creatively in their daily lives."[5] In keeping with the math theme, the animation is presented as if it were drawn on graph paper.

On March 3, 2015, PBS Kids renewed Peg + Cat for a second season, which started on April 4, 2016.[6][7] On March 28, 2016, a one-hour two-part film aired on PBS Kids. This new film, titled Peg + Cat Save the World, focused on the duo being called upon by the President of the United States (voiced by Sandra Oh), to prevent a global disaster.[6] On March 14, 2016, PBS Kids released the first part of the film on its YouTube channel.

Characters

  • Peg – The main character, together with her talking cat, Cat. She is a young girl who wears a red hat and blue dress. She explains the situation in each episode directly to the "camera", announces when they have "a big problem", and reasons out solutions to math-related problems. During songs, she pulls out a ukulele and plays it. She has a special blue marble hidden under her hat. Her favorite crayon is "little bluey". She is voiced by Hayley Faith Negrin.
  • Cat – An indigo cat whose best friend is Peg. He loves circles and accompanies Peg on her adventures. Cat often inspires Peg to realize a solution to a problem without being aware of it himself. Often helps to calm Peg when she is "totally freaking out". He was inspired by Jennifer Oxley's pet cat. He is voiced by Dwayne Hill.
  • Ramone – A boy who shows up to help Peg and Cat with their math problems. He is voiced by Thamela Mpumlwana.
  • Pig – A pig who is usually silent except when he sings in a rich operatic tenor. His favorite shape is the triangle. Voiced by Tommy Wazelle.
  • Neighbor Ladies – A female African American character named Viv and a female Asian American character named Connie that appear in several episodes. They often accidentally add to Peg and Cat's problems by trying to be nice. Viv is voiced by Angela Teek and Connie is voiced by Jean Yoon.
  • 100 Chickens – Chickens who play and live on farm and travel to space with Pig, Peg, and Cat. Voiced by Rob Morrison and Carys Casucci.
  • The Pirates and their parrot – A quarrelsome quartet of pirates who live on an island. They like to sing in four-part harmony but sing "really bad" when they get cranky. They have had a sleepover with Peg and Cat. Voiced by Rob Morrison.
  • Big Mouth – A blue, furry, horned space monster who likes to eat things that are little and yellow.
  • Richard – A space alien from the purple planet who plays with Peg and Cat in space. He often cries during tense situations. Voiced by Christian DiStefano.
  • The Teens – Three cool older kids who love pizza and texting on their phones, but can't stand getting dirt on their clothes. Tessa (voiced by Addison Holley) is thirteen, Mora (voiced by Annick Obonsawin) is fourteen, and Jesse (voiced by Gabriel Giammaria) is fifteen.
  • Giants – Peg and Cat's big friends who live up the beanstalk in Fairy Tale Land. In The Giant Problem Peg and Cat think that the Giants are going to eat them. Voiced by Bryce Kulak (Giant) and Shoshana Sperling (Giantess).
  • Mermaid – A swimming damsel who lives in the Magical Forest. The Pig stole her Golden Pyramid's in The Golden Pyramid Problem. She is voiced by Emilie-Claire Barlow.
  • The Three Bears, The Three Pigs, The Three Billy Goats Gruff - Nine Friends of Peg and Cat that get into bands like The Electric Eleven. Voiced by Kevin Brathwite (Papa Bear), Angela Teek (Mama Bear), Phatt Al (Baby Bear), and Rob Morrison (Three Little Pigs and Three Billy Goats Gruff).
  • The Blockettes – Five dancers that dance in the Radio City Music Hall. Voiced by Allie Hughes, Jennifer Wallis, and Katie Griffin.
  • Mac – A gruff-voiced man who works various jobs in different episodes. Voiced by Kevin Del Aguila.
  • Peg's Mom – Voiced by Alison Jutzi.[8]
  • The Seven Dwarves - Voiced by Rob Morrison.
  • Dragon – A mythical creature who lives in the Magical Forest.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven – A famous music composer who has problems writing music. Voiced by Rob Morrison
  • George Washington – The first president of the United States. Voiced by Kyle McDonald.
  • Albert Einstein – A famous scientist. Voiced by John Stocker.
  • Flat Woman – A supervillaness who likes to make things flat. Voiced by Julie Lemieux.
  • Baby Fox – A young little fox who likes building his block tower and stays with Mrs. Sheep.[9]
  • Romeo and Juliet – Two young lovers from William Shakespeare's stage play of the same name.
  • Triceratops - An adult blue dinosaur who talks. Randomly says "Horn!" during conversation.
  • Baby T Rex - A baby dinosaur with a voracious appetite who can't talk but instead shrieks. Seen frequently with Triceratops.
  • Cleopatra - Peg + Cat's Queen of the Nile friend, along with her pet camel "Epidermis".
  • Marie Curie - Voiced by Linda Ballantyne.
  • Roxanne - A pink French cat.
  • The President of the United States - Voiced by Sandra Oh.
  • Robin Hood - A robin loosely based on the British folklore hero of the same name.
  • Aki - A ninja in training. Voiced by Mika Shimozato.
  • Billie Holiday - A famous jazz singer.

"Problem Solved" song

When a math problem is solved, Peg, Cat and others sing like this:

"Problem solved, The problem is solved, We solved the problem, (Optional line: "So everything is awesome,") Problem solved."

Awards

Peg + Cat has won seven Daytime Emmy Awards: Outstanding Pre-School Children's Animated Program, Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program (Hayley Faith Negrin), Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation (Jennifer Oxley, production designer),[10] Outstanding Writing in a Pre-School Animated Program (includes Peg + Cat co-creators Billy Aronson and Jennifer Oxley, Kevin Del Aguila, Dustin Ferrer, David Steven Cohen, Qui Nguyen, and writers),[11][12][13] and Outstanding Music Direction and Composition (Steven Rebollido, music supervisor; J. Walter Hawkes, music director; and Martin Erskine and D. D. Jackson, composers).[13]

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 40 October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07) September 10, 2015 (2015-09-10)
2 TBA April 4, 2016 (2016-04-04) TBA


Episode list

Season 1 (2013–15)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date  Prod.
code
1 1 "The Chicken Problem / The Space Creature Problem"[14] October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07) 101
2 2 "The Pirate Problem / The Sleepover Problem"[15] October 8, 2013 (2013-10-08) 103
3 3 "The Three Bears Problem / The Giant Problem"[16] October 9, 2013 (2013-10-09) 104
4 4 "The Circus Problem / The Buried Treasure Problem"[17] October 10, 2013 (2013-10-10) 105
5 5 "The Tree Problem / Another Tree Problem"[18] October 14, 2013 (2013-10-14) 107
6 6 "The Messy Room Problem / The Golden Pyramid Problem"[19] October 15, 2013 (2013-10-15) 102
7 7 "The Parade Problem / The Halloween Problem"[20] October 22, 2013 (2013-10-22) 113
8 8 "The Dinosaur Problem / The Beethoven Problem"[21] November 4, 2013 (2013-11-04) 108
9 9 "The Honey Problem / The Penguin Problem"[22] November 5, 2013 (2013-11-05) 109
10 10 "The Race Car Problem / The Big Gig Problem"[23] November 18, 2013 (2013-11-18) 110
11 11 "The Slop Problem / The Birthday Present Problem"[24] December 16, 2013 (2013-12-16) 111
12 12 "The Baby Problem / The Sparkling Sphere Problem"[25] December 17, 2013 (2013-12-17) 112
13 13 "The Birthday Cake Problem / The Doohickey Problem"[26] January 3, 2014 (2014-01-03) 106
14 14 "The Blockette Problem/The Tulip Problem"[27] January 24, 2014 (2014-01-24) 114
15 15 "The Mega Mall Problem / The Cleopatra Problem"[28] February 17, 2014 (2014-02-17) 115
16 16 "Yet Another Tree Problem / The Romeo and Juliet Problem"[29] April 14, 2014 (2014-04-14) 116
17 17 "The Arch Villain Problem / The Straight and Narrow Problem"[30] May 5, 2014 (2014-05-05) 120
18 18 "The Play Date Problem / The Blabberwocky Problem"[31] May 6, 2014 (2014-05-06) 122
19 19 "The Perfect Ten Problem / The Long Line Problem"[32] May 7, 2014 (2014-05-07) 117
20 20 "The Clown Problem / The Ninja Problem"[33] May 8, 2014 (2014-05-08) 121
21 21 "The George Washington Problem/The High Noon Problem"[34] July 4, 2014 (2014-07-04) 125
22 22 "The Big Dog Problem / The Three Friends Problem"[35] July 14, 2014 (2014-07-14) 119
23 23 "The Pizza Problem/The Pizza Pirate Problem"[36] August 18, 2014 (2014-08-18) 126
24 24 "The Potty Problem/The Butter Problem"[37] August 19, 2014 (2014-08-19) 127
25 25 "The Pirate Puzzle Problem/The Scrap of Map Problem"[38] August 20, 2014 (2014-08-20) 128
26 26 "The Sushi Problem/The Highlight Zone Problem"[39] August 21, 2014 (2014-08-21) 129
27 27 "The Election Problem/The Littlest Chicken Problem"[40] November 3, 2014 (2014-11-03) 123
28 28 "The Flat Woman Problem/The Hanukkah Problem"[41] December 18, 2014 (2014-12-18) 136
29 29 "The Christmas Problem"[42] December 22, 2014 (2014-12-22) 118
30 30 "The Allergy Problem/I Do What I Can: The Musical"[43] March 2, 2015 (2015-03-02) 132
31 31 "The Roxanne Problem/The Girl Group Problem"[44] March 3, 2015 (2015-03-03) 134
32 32 "The Groovy Sixties Problem/Bad Jack Is Back"[45] March 4, 2015 (2015-03-04) 137
33 33 "The Magic Uke/The Rocking Out Problem"[46] March 5, 2015 (2015-03-05) 139
34 34 "The Cold Camel Problem/The Einstein Problem"[47] April 3, 2015 (2015-04-03) 130
35 35 "The T-Ball Problem/The Bus Problem"[48] June 1, 2015 (2015-06-01) 138
36 36 "Richard The Third/The Lemonade Problem"[49] August 5, 2015 (2015-08-05) 135
37 37 "The Wonderland Problem/The Bat Mitzvah Problem"[50] September 7, 2015 (2015-09-07) 131
38 38 "The Robin Hood Problem/The Owl and the Pussy Cat Problem"[51] September 8, 2015 (2015-09-08) 140
39 39 "The Ring Problem/The Wedding Problem"[52] September 9, 2015 (2015-09-09) 124
40 40 "The Bermuda Triangle Problem/The Breeze in the Branches"[53] September 10, 2015 (2015-09-10) 133

Season 2 (2016-present)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date  Prod.
code
41 1 "The Polka Dot Planet Problem/The Mardi Gras Problem"[6] April 4, 2016 (2016-04-04) 201
42 2 "The Mermaid in the Mall Problem/The Painting Problem"[6] April 5, 2016 (2016-04-05) 202
43 3 "The Claymation Problem/The Grumpy Judge Problem"[6] April 6, 2016 (2016-04-06) 203
44 4 "The Imaginary Friend Problem/The Promise Problem"[6] April 7, 2016 (2016-04-07) 206
45 5 "The Camp Problem/The Two Homes Problem"[54] July 4, 2016 (2016-07-04) 205
46 6 "The Tree By the Nile Problem/The Eid al-Adha Adventure"[55] September 12, 2016 (2016-09-12) 213
47 7 "The Pentagirls Problem/The Tree Problem of National Importance"[56] October 4, 2016 (2016-10-04) 218
48 8 "The Package Problem/The Train Problem"[57] October 11, 2016 (2016-10-11) 204
49 9 "The Poetry Problem/The Disappearing Art Problem"[58] October 12, 2016 (2016-10-12) 211
50 10 "The Friday the 13th Problem/The Looking Glass Problem"[59] October 13, 2016 (2016-10-13) 219
51 11 "Another Train Problem/The Odd Sea"[60] October 14, 2016 (2016-10-14) 215
52 12 "The Dance Problem/Follow The Bouncing Ball"[61] October 19, 2016 (2016-10-19) 216
53 13 "Peg Meets Cat/The Valentine's Day Problem"[62] February 1, 2017 (2017-02-01) 210
54 14 "The Too Big Dog Problem/The Giant Baby Problem"[63] June 5, 2017 (2017-06-05) 209
55 15 "The Funky Seventies Problem/The Umbrella Problem"[64] June 6, 2017 (2017-06-06) 217
56 16 "The Fuzzball Problem/The Silliest Song Problem"[65] June 7, 2017 (2017-06-07) 221
57 17 "The Sam Problem/Mac The Fork"[66] June 8, 2017 (2017-06-08) 222
58 18 "The Pig Problem/The Mariachi Problem"[67] September 15, 2017 (2017-09-15) 220
59 19 "The Peanut Problem/More Adventures of Robin Hood"[68] January 8, 2018 (2018-01-08) 214

Broadcast

In Canada the show is broadcast on Treehouse TV.[69]

Merchandise

In late 2016, the Fred Rogers Company and 9 Story Media Group signed a deal with the Montreal-based toy manufacturer Imports Dragon to create an assortment of plush, arts-and-crafts sets, games and wooden puzzles based on the Peg + Cat characters.[70]

The toys join numerous books from Candlewick Press, as well as DVDs from PBS Distribution in the U.S., eOne in Canada, ABC Commercial in Australia and Sony Music in Germany.[70]

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