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The Big Comfy Couch
Logo BigComfycouch1992.png
Created by Cheryl Wagner
Directed by Wayne Moss (1992-1994)
Robert Mills (1995-1996, 2002 and 2006)
Steve Wright (2006)
Presented by Alyson Court (1992–1996 and 2002)
Ramona Gilmour-Darling (2006)
Starring Bob Stutt
Fred Stinson
Grindl Kuchirka
Edward Knuckles (2002 and 2006)
Robert Mills
Taborah Johnson (1992-1996)
Jani Lauzon (1992-1996)
Jackie Harris (1992-1993)
Suzanne Merriam (1994-1996)
Theme music composer JP Houston
Composer(s) JP Houston (1992–1996 and 2002)
George Flores (2006)
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 100
Production
Executive producer(s) Annabel Slaight
Producer(s) Cheryl Wagner
Robert Mills
Location(s)

Wallace Avenue Studios
Toronto, Ontario (1992–1996 and 2002)

Studio City
Toronto, Ontario (2006)
Editor(s) Steven B. Pinchuk
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Radical Sheep Productions
Owl Television (1992-1993)
Owl Communications (1994-1995)
YTV (1992-1996)
Amity Entertainment (2006)
Tadpole Kids (2002)
Nashville Public Television (2002 and 2006)
Benny Smart Productions (1995-1996)
American Public Television
Release
Original network YTV (1992-1996)
Treehouse (2002 and 2006)
PTV/PTV Park (US) (1995-1996)
PBS Kids (US) (2002 and 2006)
Original release March 2, 1992 (1992-03-02) – December 29, 2006 (2006-12-29)

The Big Comfy Couch is a Canadian preschool television series about Loonette the Clown and her doll Molly, who solve everyday problems on their "Big Comfy Couch". It aired from 1992 until 2006. It was produced by Cheryl Wagner and Robert Mills, directed by Wayne Moss, Robert Mills and Steve Wright. It premiered on March 2, 1992 in Canada and in 1995 in the USA on public television stations across the country.

The show's format revolves around Loonette the Clown, who lives with her dolly Molly on the eponymous Big Comfy Couch. Episodes are generally focused on a theme or a lesson. For example, Season 3's episode "Full of Life" explored the concepts of "full" and "empty", while another episode, "Sticks and Stones" dealt with name-calling and teasing.

Synopsis[edit]

Each episode contains several common elements that take place throughout the episode. Early in each show, Loonette performs an exercise routine she calls the Clock Rug Stretch, often extended, sometimes short to save time for other surprises, fast if she's in a hurry and normal when she comes back, or is in a floppy mood; and toward the end, she performs a high-speed clean-up routine called the Ten-Second Tidy.

Other oft-repeated elements include reading a story to Molly, who sometimes either chooses a story to hear, gives Loonette a book and oversized glasses, or turning on the lights for Loonette; encounters with the dust bunnies who live under the couch; visits to various places in Clowntown, songs that emphasize the episode's lessons or themes, and a trip to Granny Garbanzo's garden and house. Here she encounters Snicklefritz, Granny's cat; Major Bedhead, the local mail-delivery clown, who travels on a unicycle; and of course, Granny herself. The conversation with Granny is often used as the episode's teachable moment, where Granny offers Loonette advice or lessons, often with the help of Major Bedhead, who delivers gifts and messages from Auntie Macassar or Uncle Chester. All episodes end with Loonette and Molly having a nap and sometimes reminding the viewers to remember the rules on today's episode.

In season 7, Loonette and Molly play the Dream Game and Molly gives out the letter that the dream starts with and provide what they will be dreaming about. In season 6, Loonette and Molly play the Doll School Game where Molly learns the alphabet as well as numbers. A similar element used in seasons 1–5 is the Alphabet Game, where a certain letter is shown on a giant alphabet block and Loonette uses certain words beginning with that letter and also makes the letter's shape with her body to get the viewers to guess the letter.

Along with the lessons and problem solving sequences, the show also emphasized imaginative play. These episodes often take place in the context of a visit to Clowntown, with sites such as Granny Garbanzo's Cabbage Club Cooking School, and Major Bedhead's Clown Chi Mojo Dojo and Dancing School. Additionally, Loonette is gifted in the art of classical dance and runs Miss Loonette's Dance Academy. In early episodes, Loonette was too young to visit Clowntown alone, but in later seasons, she makes frequent trips to Clowntown, and volunteers at the Clowndergarten, where she teaches young clowns games, songs and stories. This imaginative play was also demonstrated through dress-up games and through Loonette's dollhouse, in which she imagined the adventures of "The Foley Family". Shown first as a doll-sized family, in Loonette's imagination they would become a family of regular-sized clowns, whose actions were shown in high speed and with a musical background in the style of old silent movies. The Foleys (a mother, father and son) did not speak. Early in the first season, Molly had discovered the Dust Bunnies. However, Loonette didn't believe that there are dust bunnies under the couch.

The two lounge around the couch all day, with the exception of the Clock Rug Stretch and daily adventure, sometimes involving Granny or Major Bedhead, a postal service employee who also plays bit parts. Each day includes a few songs and a story (which, when told by Loonette, involves her wearing huge yellow reading glasses and holding a blue storybook); and is concluded with the Ten-Second Tidy and a nice nap.

Production[edit]

The show was originally produced by Radical Sheep Productions and Owl Television, then Canadian children's television network YTV and WITF-TV Harrisburg, with a run of 65 episodes. In 2002, 13 new episodes were produced with Benny Smart, an American children's television production company, Tadpole TV and Treehouse TV, a companion channel of YTV, and Nashville Public Television.

From 1992 to 1996 and 2002, the show was filmed at Wallace Avenue Studios in Toronto, and in 2006, it has been filmed at Toronto's Studio City.

Radical Sheep Productions and Amity Entertainment, in association with Treehouse TV and Nashville Public Television, produced 22 additional episodes, which debuted on American Public Television in 2006.

Characters[edit]

Loonette[edit]

Loonette the Clown is the lead character, portrayed by Alyson Court from 1992-2002 and Ramona Gilmour-Darling in 2006. She is a young clown living with her doll, Molly, on the eponymous Big Comfy Couch, an over-sized couch.

She frequently reads stories to Molly, always performs a Clock Rug Stretch, and likes to visit Granny Garbanzo. Auntie Macassar or Uncle Chester frequently send Loonette postcards which Major Bedhead delivers on his unicycle. Her Parents are never seen or mentioned. Loonette is gifted in the art of classical dance and runs Miss Loonette's Dance Academy. Another gift she possesses is the unusual ability to clean just about any mess up in ten seconds, which she calls the Ten Second Tidy.

Originally, Loonette was too bossy even when Molly didn't like it, and she was too young to visit Clowntown, but starting from 2006, Loonette makes frequent trips to Clowntown to visit Granny Garbanzo's "Cabbage Club Cooking School" and Major Bedhead's Clown Chi Mojo Dojo and Dancing School. The trips to this second location indicates that she practices martial arts. Loonette also takes Molly to Clowndergarten and helps out with the other little clowns. This third location is similar to kindergarten.

Molly[edit]

Molly is Loonette's doll. Loonette found her in a barrel with a sign marked "Free to a good home", and adopted her. She is puppetered by Bob Stutt.

Molly wears a blue dress (sometimes a yellow one), and occasionally bunny pajamas. She believes that dust bunnies really exist, despite Loonette's disbelief. Her favorite food is doughnuts. She only speaks by cartoon bubbles, and usually answers Loonette's yes–no questions by either nodding or shaking her head.

Additional characters[edit]

  • Fuzzy and Wuzzy (puppeteered by Bob Stutt and Robert Mills): they are the Twins of Dust bunnies who live under the Big Comfy Couch. Only Molly knows of their existence, and she always does her best to protect them so she can play with them.
  • Andy, Jim and Eileen Foley (Fred Stinson, Jani Lauzon, Jackie Harris (Seasons 1-2) and Suzanne Merriam (Season 3-5)): A very silly family known as the Foley Family who lives inside of Loonette's dollhouse. They appeared from Seasons 1-5.
  • Granny Garbanzo (Grindl Kuchirka) Loonette's next-door neighbor who loves her very much, even Molly too. She comes from the old country and has a Slavic accent. Granny also likes growing in her garden and she lives inside a wagon with Snicklefritz, her cat. Her name is derived from the garbanzo bean.
  • Snicklefritz (puppeteered by Bob Stutt): Granny's cat, who was introduced in Season 2. Likes to play pranks on the others and sometimes tries to get out of getting flea-baths. The name Snicklefritz comes from slang in German culture.
  • Major Bedhead (Fred Stinson): The local clown courier who makes deliveries to Loonette from her Auntie Macassar and Uncle Chester. Can be quite goofy at times and a bit clumsy. He also dislikes lying and being dishonest, seen in the episode "Pants on Fire".
  • Auntie Macassar (Taborah Johnson): Loonette's travelling aunt who likes to make an entrance whenever she visits. Appears in Seasons 1–5. Her name is a pun on antimacassar.
  • Wobbly (Gary Farmer): A close friend who lives in Clowntown. Appears in 2 episodes in season 2.
  • Uncle Chester (Edward Knuckles): Loonette's travelling uncle who appears in Seasons 6–7.

Reruns and other original channels[edit]

In the United States, the series was syndicated by American Public Television to public television stations in that country, most of which were affiliated with PBS, starting in February 1995 and ending in December 2006. In Canada, it was shown on Treehouse TV until it stopped broadcasting in 2010, sometimes the show would come up occasionally on the schedule, it is mainly shown on demand.

Merchandise[edit]

Additional items for kids, like coloring pages, could be found on the Big Comfy Couch website[citation needed]. Other merchandise included: VHS tapes, DVDs, coloring books, stuffed plush dolls and furniture, puzzles, and life size dolls.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1: 1992[edit]

  • 101 – Pie In The Sky- In the series premiere, Molly and Loonette discover heavy and light.
  • 102 – Pinch To Grow An Inch- Molly's birthday is soon and Loonette has a party. Special Song: Life In The Little Lane
  • 103 – All Aboard For Bed- Loonette tells about the time when she and Molly couldn't get to sleep very well. Special Song: Don't Be Afraid In The Dark
  • 104 – Knit One Twirl Too- Molly catches a cold. Loonette makes a pair of mittens for her.
  • 105 – Upsey Downsey Day- Molly gets a balloon from Loonette but flies away. Major Bedhead, Granny and Loonette play circus. Special Song: Sometimes You Need To Be Yourself
  • 106 – Flippy Floppy Fun- Molly flops on the floor which makes Loonette in a floppy mood.
  • 107 – Something's Fishy Around Here- Loonette and Molly pretend to fish. Molly learns about patience. Special Song: Patience Means You Have To Wait
  • 108 – Scrub-A-Dub- There is a mess of toilet paper all over the couch. Major Bedhead, Granny, and Loonette make a fun clean up routine. Special Song: Slam Dunk Your Junk
  • 109 – Red Light, Green Light- Loonette and Molly learn about stop and go. Loonette pretends to drive a car. Special Song: Stop Don't Go
  • 110 – Gesundheit- Loonette sneezes a lot. Major Bedhead and Loonette fly a kite.
  • 111 – Ping Pong Polka- Loonette is very energetic after doing a nice clock rug stretch, but unfortunately, she's too energetic to read Molly a story. Loonette accidentally drops ping pong balls in Granny's yard and has to pick them up. (This is the first time the cuckoo clock rug stretch was used)
  • 112 – Funny Faces- Loonette and Molly learn about feelings. The gang watches a movie about Granny and herself in the old country. Special Song: Funny Faces
  • 113 – Snug As A Bug- Loonette and Molly discover nature by learning how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. Loonette reads a story about a bee.

Season 2: 1993[edit]

A large painting of someone is now hanging on Loonette's wall to the upper right next to the couch. All Miss Loonette's Dance Academy shows are announced by Fred Stinson. Snicklefritz also debuts in this season.

  • 201 – Babs In Toyland- In the 2nd series premiere, Molly is jealous because Auntie Macassar sent in another doll named Babs LeBlanc. Special Song: One And Only You
  • 202 – 1-2-3 Dizzy Dizzy Me- Loonette sings about counting and flying in her imaginary plane. However, Molly is dizzy from the plane. Loonette gets dizzy from watching a top spin. Special Song: Big Comfy Plane
  • 203 – Wobbly- Loonette is angry and in a bad mood when she finds a wobbly toy duck. Wobbly the clown, who's unable to fix it, comforts Loonette by telling her that you just have to accept things the way they are. Special Song: It's Not Fair
  • 204 – Jump Start- Loonette is in a jumpy mood. A thunderstorm hits Clowntown and Major Bedhead is afraid of lightning. Special Song: Jump For Joy
  • 205 – This Little Piggy- Loonette becomes greedy because she was amazed to find out how many coins were in her piggy bank. Special Song: Thumbs Up
  • 206 – Juggling The Jitters- Loonette has the jitters. Special Song: Jitters Not Quitters
  • 207 – Hoopla- Loonette lost her ball. Loonette, Granny, and Major Bedhead play with a hula hoop from Auntie Macassar. Special Song: Go With The Flow
  • 208 – Wrong Side Of The Couch- Loonette woke up on the wrong side of the couch making her in a bad mood. Special Song: Angry Song
  • 209 – I Feel Good- Loonette and Molly learn about feeling good about themselves. The two play the "What if?" game. Loonette, Granny, and Major Bedhead exercise. Loonette reads a story about an ugly duck. Special Song: Belly Button (This is the last time the cuckoo clock rug stretch was used.)
  • 210 – Boomerang- Loonette is in a foolish mood and plays tricks on the others. Special Song: Tricky Me
  • 211 – Rude-I-Culous- Molly and Loonette make rude noises. But they learn that there is a time to be rude and a time to be nice. Special Song: Ride-O-Rama (This is the first time Molly does the Ten-Second Tidy along with Loonette's help.)
  • 212 – Make It Snappy- Loonette is in a total rush. Major Bedhead is dressed as a cowboy clown. I'm A Slowpoke (This is the only episode where Molly does the Clock Rug Stretch.)
  • 213 – Feast Of Fools- (Thanksgiving Special) Molly learns about table manners. The gang has a huge dinner party. Special Song: Yum!

Season 3: 1994[edit]

The intro changes starting this season, and now features Snicklefritz and Auntie Macassar. Auntie Macassar now speaks in the postcards sent to Loonette. The Clock Rug gets a new redesign with darker colors and a new font for the numbers and also no longer uses the Cuckoo music, a faster version of the clock rug is occasionally used. Also, Granny Garbonzo's yard is redesigned with brighter green grass.

  • 301 – Give Yer Head A Shake- On the 3rd series premiere, Loonette and Molly learn that no means no. Special Song: No Means No
  • 302 – It's About Time- Everyone has a sleepover at Granny's garden. Unfortunately for both Molly and Snicklefritz, they each have to have a time-out and a little lesson in controlling themselves. Special Song: This Day Is Done (This is the first time the faster version of the Clock stretch is used)
  • 303 – Clownus Interruptus – Loonette and Molly learn about patience and the importance of not interrupting when someone else is talking. Special Song: Wait Your Turn
  • 304 – Why?- Molly asks "Why?" all the time. Special Song: I Wonder Why?
  • 305 – Monkey See Monkey Do- Loonette copies everyone. Molly learns about echos and Loonette learns that being a copycat isn't exactly a good idea. Special Song: Monkey See, Monkey Do
  • 306 – Sticks And Stones- Loonette thinks Molly is clumsy because she wasn't good at Pick up Sticks. Major Bedhead and Loonette make up nicknames for everything in Granny's garden, and they both learn the hard way that calling names isn't really a good idea. Special Song: Sticks And Stones
  • 307 – Horsing Around- Today is National Horseplay Day and everyone is goofing around and laughing but Snicklefritz. Special Song: Horsing Around
  • 308 – All Over And Under- Loonette and Molly discover over and under as they explore their Big Comfy Couch. Special Song: Oh What A Couch This Is
  • 309 – Pants On Fire- Loonette learns the importance of telling the truth and not to lie. Special Song: Pants On Fire Note: this episode can be seen as a segment in the video "Kids for Character: Choices Count".
  • 310 – All Fall Down- Loonette and Major Bedhead have fun falling down safely. Loonette reads the story of Humpty Dumpty to Molly. Special Song: All Fall Down
  • 311 – Traveling Papers- Loonette and Molly want to go to Clowntown; however, they are too young to go there. But Granny Garbanzo teaches them and Major Bedhead that you can explore and travel by using your imagination. Special Song: The Boat Of Imagination
  • 312 – Hiccups- Loonette and Molly have the hiccups. Special Song: Hiccup, Hiccup
  • 313 – Full Of Life- Loonette and Molly learn about empty and full. Granny explains to Loonette the life of a caterpillar. Special Song: Sometimes We Have To Say Goodbye

Season 4: 1995[edit]

  • 401 – Backwards!- On the 4th series premiere, It is National Backwards Day and everything is backwards! Special Song: Backwards!
  • 402 – Picky Eaters- Molly learns about how to try new foods. Special Song: Picky Girl
  • 403 – 40 Winks- Molly refuses to take a nap. Special Song: Stayin' Up
  • 404 – Swing-A-Ling- Loonette is in a swingy mood, she pretends to play tennis, baseball, and golf. Major Bedhead reflects about the time he was at the playground as a kid and he learned the importance of safety. Special Song: Swinging
  • 405 – Spare Some Change- Loonette is upset that her name doesn't mean anything. She then changes her name. Special Song: Spinning Round
  • 406 – Stuck In The Muck- Loonette and Molly make up rhymes and pictures. Special Song: Mudlcious
  • 407 – Gimme Gimme Never Gets- Loonette and Molly go on a treasure hunt in the couch and finds a gem. Molly is upset because she wants the gem; while Loonette learns about the importance of not grabbing things, but politely asking for them. Special Song: Gimme Gimme Never Gets
  • 408 – One Step At A Time- Loonette and Molly learn about the importance of trying new things, such as climbing the stairs. Special Song: Step In The Right Direction
  • 409 – Enough Already!- Molly knows that there are real dustbunnies under the couch, but Loonette doesn't believe her. They both learn that there is a time to take a break from something, such as arguing about dustbunnies. Special Song: Enough Already!
  • 410 – Where Do Clowns Come From?- Today is Molly's mirthday and Loonette reflects about the time they first met. Special Song: Forever And Always
  • 411 – Are You Ready For School?- Loonette and Molly play school. Special Song: Alphabet Song/Check It Out
  • 412 – Hit Parade- Molly and Snicklefritz learn that hitting is not good to others. The gang watch a puppet show which is about no hitting. Special Song: Say You're Sorry
  • 413 – Comfy And Joy- (Christmas Special) The gang celebrates "The Longest Night of The Year" where they do activities in the snow, give presents to each other, and stay up late. Special Song: On The Longest Night (This is the last time the fast version of the clock stretch was used)

Season 5: 1996[edit]

This was the last season of The Foley Family, Miss Loonette's Dance Academy, The Alphabet Game and Auntie Macassar. This was also the last season that the stories Loonette read were illustrated.

  • 501 – Bad Hair Day- In the 5th season premiere, Molly and Major Bedhead have a bad hair day. Special Song: I Won't Get It A Haircut
  • 502 – Clownvitations- Loonette feels like she's left out. Granny visits Miss Loonette's Dance Academy. Special Song: Invited Here On The Stay
  • 503 – Nothing To Do- Loonette is bored and can't find anything to do. But she learns that keeping busy is the way to fight boredom. Special Song: Nothing To Do
  • 504 – The Big Brain Drain- Loonette thinks of different things in her brain. Special Song: You Have To Pass
  • 505 – One Potato, Two Potato- Loonette, Major Bedhead, and Snicklefritz play a game of keep away with a potato. Granny Garbanzo eventually teaches everyone about not blaming someone else for your own mistakes. Special Song: One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato
  • 506 – Earth To Loonette – Loonette reads about Molly being a fisher doll, and they both learn about the importance of not daydreaming all the time. Special Song: You Gotta Pay Attention
  • 507 – Lettuce, Turnip And Pea- Molly wets the Big Comfy Couch which makes Loonette very embarrassed. Special Song: Ain't No Shame
  • 508 – Time For Molly – Molly tries to get Loonette's attention, but Loonette is too busy having a "me" parade. Special Song: A-Ways Away
  • 509 – Gizmo Shmizmo – Loonette discovers all different kinds of gizmos. There is a whole mess of ping pong balls on the couch and Loonette uses a special vacuum cleaner to clean the mess up. Special Song: Just Use Your Brain
  • 510 – Clothes Make The Clown – It is autumn and Molly and Major Bedhead try to keep warm. Special Song: Today I'm Getting Dressed Up
  • 511 – Don't Tell- The gang tries not to reveal a surprise about Major Bedhead's birthday which proves to be a challenge. Special Song: Tell Me A Secret
  • 512 – You're A Gem! – Loonette thinks Molly is a real gem, but she also learns the importance that gems and jewelry are not as important as her doll. Special Song: You're A Gem
  • 513 – See Ya In My Dreams- Loonette pretends to be a roving reporter and interviews the others about dreams. Special Song: I Had A Bad Dream

Season 6: 2002[edit]

The intro changes again with children's vocals re-recorded, The couch is redesigned and Uncle Chester now sends the postcards to Loonette. The dustbunny music and the ending music have been changed in this season as well. Each episode features Molly attending Doll School with Loonette accompanying her. The stories that Loonette reads are now in live action. Even though the Foley Family segments were discontinued in Season 5, the dollhouse was still seen on the set next to the couch.

  • 601 – Clowning In The Rain – In the 6th season premiere It's a rainy day in Clowntown. When the rain stops, a rainbow comes out. Special Song: Hop To It
  • 602 – Lost And Clowned- Molly wants to go Clowntown by herself, but she's too young to do so. Special Song: Molly Stay
  • 603 – Button Up!- Today is Best Foot Forward Day and Loonette must find perfect shoes for Molly. Special Song: Just Button Up
  • 604 – Scaredy Cat!- Loonette wears a mask which scares Molly. She learns from Loonette that there is nothing to be scared of. Special Song: Slinky Gets A Haircut
  • 605 – It's The Thought That Counts- Loonette is searching for "Mcguffin" in the couch. Loonette and Major Bedhead attempt to help Granny to fix her roof. Special Song: I Think It's The Thought That Counts
  • 606 – Growing Pains- Loonette wants to have a tea party with Molly but she worries about maturity. Special Song: All The Things You Can Be
  • 607 – Donut Let It Get You Down- Loonette, Molly, Major Bedhead and Snicklefritz compete in a field day competition; eventually Molly has to accept not winning, which is hard for her to do. Special Song: You Can't Win Them All
  • 608 – Fancy Dancer- Loonette is jealous that everyone dances better than her. Granny gives Loonette ballet lessons. Special Song: When You Got To Dance And You Got To Move
  • 609 – The Big Bang Boom – Today is the Big Bang Boom and everyone has a dinner and watches fireworks. Molly is afraid of fireworks, so she wears ear muffs; and Loonette learns to think of others and not only herself. Special Song: Silly Me
  • 610 – Ain't It Amazing, Gracie?- Molly finds a miner's hat. Major Bedhead loses his mail bag but learns that he needs to retrace his steps to find things. Special Song: Try It Again
  • 611 – Between the Covers- Loonette digs all over the couch for books. Uncle Chester reflects about the time he was at the library and discovered that reading is important yet fun. Special Song: I Can Read
  • 612 – Going Up- Loonette believes she is not growing up properly. Special Song: When I Gonna Grow
  • 613 – Cool It!- The clowns find ways to cool off on a very hot summer day. Special Song: Cool It!

Season 7: 2006[edit]

Ramona Gilmour-Darling replaces Alyson Court in the role of Loonette. The Clock Rug is now smaller with darker colors. Also in this season, Loonette and Molly visit places in Clowntown such as Granny's Cooking School, Major Bedhead's Clown Chi Dojo and Dancing School and Clowndergarten. Additionally in Season 7, while Molly and Loonette are sleeping at the end of each episode prior to the credits, they play the dream game, usually dreaming about letters of the alphabet and what starts with that letter. The dollhouse was removed. This season featured a least amount of episodes with Loonette reading Molly a story.

  • 701 – Apple Of My Eye- In the 7th season premiere, Loonette and Major Bedhead learn that healthy foods are important. At Granny's Cooking School, Loonette, Molly and Granny make Apple Muffins. Special Song: Molly You're A Doll
  • 702 – Dat's Da Law!- Loonette learns about the rules and laws. At the Dojo, Major Bedhead and Granny do the tango, but Loonette wants to do it too. Special Song: Dat's Da Law!
  • 703 – Fibberish Gibberish- Loonette tells a tall tale to Molly which angers her. Snicklefritz thinks he's a dog. At Granny's Cooking School, Loonette and Granny really "blend up" things by reminding themselves, you are what you eat. Special Song: I Don't Believe In Dustbunnies
  • 704 – Slow Down, Clown!- Loonette is in a super hyper mood and is doing things quickly. At the Dojo, Major Bedhead teaches Loonette how to juggle and that it's important to take things slowly at first. Special Song: Slow Down, Clown!
  • 705 – Floppy!- Loonette and Molly learn that too much junkies, such as donuts, is not good for you. At Granny's Cooking School, Granny shows Major Bedhead and Loonette how to make a healthy snack and that healthy food is good for you. Special Song: I'm Just A Flop
  • 706 – Clown With A Frown- Loonette is in a bad mood. It's a rainy day in Clowntown then it clears up which makes Loonette feel better. She also learns that eating too many sweets, can lead to a mood swing. Special Song: Clown With A Frown
  • 707 – Rub-A-Dub- Loonette has trouble doing two things at the same time. Granny cleans up her garden. At the Dojo, Major Bedhead and Loonette do exercises. Special Song: Give It A Try
  • 708 – Upside Down Clown- Molly plays with an upside down doll. At Granny's Cooking School, Loonette and Granny make a special dessert. Special Song: Upside Down Side Round And Side Round
  • 709 – The Clown Promise- Loonette promises to wiggle and giggle and make mirth on Earth. At the Dojo, Loonette, Major Bedhead and Molly dance. Special Song: Oh What A Couch This Is
  • 710 – Lost And Found Clowns- Molly tries to find her doll Bloomette. At Granny's Cooking School, Loonette and Granny make an Upside Down Clown Surprise. Special Song: Every Dolly Loses Something Sometime
  • 711 – Phony Baloney- Loonette learns that telling the truth is the noble thing to do. At the Dojo, Loonette and Major Bedhead do relaxing and calm exercises. Special Song: Stinking Lily Rap
  • 712 – Ready, Steady, Go!- Uncle Chester brings Bon Bons over to the garden, and eventually teaches everyone that while candy is tasty, it's important to have a good diet and include other foods like vegetables in your diet. At the Dojo, Loonette balances on a balance beam. Special Song: Keep The Balance Right
  • 713 – Happy Mirthday, Granny!- Molly and Loonette try to keep a secret for Granny's mirthday.
  • 714 – Popcorn-Y- Molly is in a popping mood and can't stop popping. Popcorn flies all over Granny's garden. At the Dojo, Loonette learns how to juggle.
  • 715 – Peek-A-Boo!- It's Molly's first time at Clowndergarten and is shy of meeting all the other little clowns. Special Song: Peek-A-Boo
  • 716 – Ouch!- Major Bedhead broke his foot by slipping on a banana peel and summarizes what happened at the Clowntown Hospital. He gets a wheelchair to sit in. At Clowndergarten, the little clowns play pin the tail on the bunny, play ball, have a snack, have Loonette read a story and play hot and cold as they depart. Special Song: You're Gotta Be Okay
  • 717 – Big Blow Hard- Loonette and Molly are on their boat they made known as "The Big Comfy Ship" and they are pretending to look for treasure. At Clowndergarden, the clowns play with bubbles. A huge wind storm known as the Big Blow Hard hits Clowntown. Everyone goes into Granny's shed for shelter from the storm. Special Song: Are You Ready For The Big Blow Hard?
  • 718 – Shh, Shh, Shh, Quiet!- Loonette learns to use inside and outside voices. At Clowndergarden, the clowns play the opposite game, pretend to have a baby in their hands to use quiet and loud, play follow the leader, dance, color and have Loonette read a story. Special Song: When You Dance To The Beat Of Your Heart
  • 719 – Freeze, Please!- Molly is in a wiggly mood and learns to stay put. At Clowndergarden, the clowns play the freeze game, listen nicely to Loonette reading a story and have a puppet show. Special Song: Freeze, Please!
  • 720 – Clown In The Round- At Clowndergarden, Loonette and the clowns play with the clock rug parachute, play the beehive game, play dress up, do the clock rug stretch and watch a puppet show. Special Song: Focus
  • 721 – Molly's Bellybutton- Molly's bellybutton is dangling down. At Clowndergarden, the clowns play Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, play with the clock rug parachute, play with hula hoops and have a parade with costumes. Special Song: Belly Button
  • 722 – Just Purrfect- Loonette pretends to be a cat. At Clowndergarden, the clowns play "kitty cat". Special Song: I Want To Be A Kitty

Media[edit]

Time-Life Video was the main distributor for releasing the Big Comfy Couch series under Time-Life Video's children's label Time-Life Kids. VHS releases are also released by Goldhil Video.

DVD releases[edit]

The Big Comfy Couch has 5 DVDs featuring the new season starring Ramona Gilmour-Darling. The DVDs and VHS tapes that feature Alyson Court are now out of print, but can be found on certain websites such as Amazon.

On July 30, 2013, TGG Direct released the first two seasons on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time.[1][2] Seasons 3–7 were released on August 6, 2013.[3][4][5][6][7]

Album releases[edit]

Several albums of the original songs written by JP Houston and performed by the cast were released by Time-Life, as well as Naxos Music.

App releases[edit]

In 2015, Radical Sheep, in association with Sticky Brain Studios, released some apps based on the series.

  • Just Ask Molly- Released April 1, 2015, this app allows the player can ask Molly any question, and she can communicate to the player via her thought bubbles.[8]
  • Fuzzy Wuzzy Fun- This app, which was released April 1, 2015, features the dust bunnies Fuzzy and Wuzzy playing hide and seek, and the player has to help them find each other by navigating through a path.[9]
  • Clock Rug Time- Released May 18, 2015, this app features Loonette and her clock rug stretch routine. Loonette can set the time for the player in both analog and digital. This app can also be used as an alarm clock. It even displays weather and temperature based on location.[10]

Another app was released on May 17, 2016 called "Molly's Big Day". This app focuses on Molly and her big first day in Clowndergarten. There are also activities for the players to do as well.

This Hour Has 22 Minutes[edit]

On the October 18, 2016 episode of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, in awe of the 2016 clown sightings, Loonette made an appearance as the show's "clown corespondent". This was the character's first television appearances since the show's finale in 2006 and the first time Alyson Court had portrayed Loonette on TV since her departure in 2002 when she was pregnant with her son, Blaede Court-Suzuki.

Tours[edit]

The Big Comfy Couch has had a few live shows at Londonderry Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and sometimes in Calgary and rarely in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Loonette and Molly Live Theatrical Tour[edit]

In 2007, a live theatrical production entitled Molly's Fool Moon Festival toured in Canada. The show included Loonette, Molly, Granny Garbanzo and Major Bedhead.

The production was produced by Koba Entertainment, and presented by Paquin Entertainment Group.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Big Comfy Couch: Complete Season One
  2. ^ Big Comfy Couch: Complete Season Two
  3. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Big-Comfy-Couch-Season-3/dp/B00CMQIDZE
  4. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Big-Comfy-Couch-Season-4/dp/B00CMQIE62
  5. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Big-Comfy-Couch-Season-5/dp/B00CMQIDGI
  6. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Big-Comfy-Couch-Season-6/dp/B00CMQIDCW
  7. ^ Big Comfy Couch-Season 7, Tgg Direct, Llc, 2013-08-06, retrieved 2016-07-10 
  8. ^ [1] Just Ask Molly! Accessed May 2, 2015.
  9. ^ [2] Fuzzy Wuzzy Fun! Accessed May 2, 2015.
  10. ^ [3] Clock Rug Time Accessed May 28, 2015.

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