Ramona (1988 TV series)

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Based onRamona book series by Beverly Cleary[1]
Developed byCecily Truett
Hugh Martin
StarringSarah Polley
Opening theme"Ramona" by Lee Ritenour
Ending themesame
Composer(s)Fred Mollin
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10[2][3]
Running time30 min.
Production company(s)Ramona Productions
Atlantis Films
Original networkCBC
Original releaseSeptember 10, 1988 –
January 21, 1989

Ramona is a Canadian children's television series which followed the life of eight-year-old title character Ramona Quimby (Sarah Polley). It was based on the Ramona book series by Beverly Cleary.[5]

The television series debuted on September 10, 1988, and its ten episodes spanned four months. It aired on CBC Television in Canada and on PBS in the United States.[6]

The TV series was released on video by Lorimar Home Video, but when Lorimar Home Video was acquired by Warner Communications, video releases were then released by Warner Home Video.

Eight-year-old Ramona Quimby (Sarah Polley) feels that no one really understands her. She's bright, imaginative, and according to her older sister, Beezus, a "pest". Every day she tries to find out more about herself and her world, with an optimism that only children possess. The series follows Ramona's adventures in school and at home as her family struggles with financial woes and the coming of a new baby.


Episode list[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Squeakerfoot"Randy BradshawEllis WeinerSeptember 10, 1988 (1988-09-10)
2"Mystery Meal"Randy BradshawEllis WeinerSeptember 17, 1988 (1988-09-17)
3"Ramona the Patient"Randy BradshawMark SaltzmanOctober 8, 1988 (1988-10-08)
4"Rainy Sunday"Randy BradshawEllis WeinerOctober 21, 1988 (1988-10-21)
5"Goodbye, Hello"Randy BradshawMark SaltzmanOctober 28, 1988 (1988-10-28)
6"New Pajamas"Randy BradshawMike EismanNovember 12, 1988 (1988-11-12)
7"Ramona's Bad Day"Randy BradshawEllen Schecter & Mark EismanDecember 17, 1988 (1988-12-17)
8"The Great Hair Argument"Randy BradshawSid FleischmanDecember 31, 1988 (1988-12-31)
9"The Perfect Day"Randy BradshawSid FleischmanJanuary 7, 1989 (1989-01-07)
10"Siblingitis"Randy BradshawMark Saltzman & Mike EismanJanuary 21, 1989 (1989-01-21)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wisdom For Kids: `Ramona` - tribunedigital-chicagotribune". Articles.chicagotribune.com. 1988-09-30. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  2. ^ "Weekend TV : Children's Programs to Be Unveiled; 'Ghostbusters,' 'Ed Grimley' on Tap - latimes". Articles.chicagotribune.com. 2011-01-07. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  3. ^ Clifford Terry (1988-09-25). "`Family Ties` Special Kicks Off Wttw`s Season - Page 2 - tribunedigital-chicagotribune". Articles.chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  4. ^ "PBS Unveils Schedule for New Season - latimes". Articles.chicagotribune.com. 1985-01-14. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  5. ^ LYNNE HEFFLEY (2011-04-17). "Television Reviews : Meet 'Ramona'-The Nice New Kid on PBS' Block - latimes". Articles.chicagotribune.comm. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  6. ^ "Ramona and Beezus - 24 Frames - latimes.com". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  7. ^ "Original 'Ramona' Sarah Polley hopes revamped character isn't 'too cute' - latimes.com". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. 2010-05-25. Retrieved 2016-09-10.

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