The Dooley and Pals Show

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The Dooley and Pals Show
GenreChildren's Television
Created byMark Riddle
Developed byKevin Barry, Gary Zeidenstein
Written byKen Jones, Suzanne Fitzpatrick
Starring
  • Ken Jones
  • David Maida
  • Michael Stevens
Opening theme"Here Comes Dooley"
Ending theme"Great Day"/"Here Comes Dooley" (Instrumental)
Country of origin United Kingdom
 United States
Original language(s)English
French
Italian
Spanish
Portuguese
German
Polish
Danish
Dutch
Swedish
No. of episodes39 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Mark Riddle
Producer(s)
  • Mark Riddle
  • Gary Zeidenstein
  • Ken Jones
  • Suzanne Fitzpatrick
Production company(s)Wardley Investments, Ltd.
Release
Original networkPBS
Picture format480i (SDTV) (2000-2003)
Original releaseApril 3, 2000 – June 5, 2003

The Dooley and Pals Show, sometimes shortened to just Dooley and Pals, is an American children's television series.

The main character is Dooley, a friendly alien who has landed in a backyard on Earth. He explores the planet with the children of the neighborhood as his guides. The show is meant to teach moral values and educational basics to children ages 5.[1]

The show was produced by Wardley Investments, Ltd.

History[edit]

Dooley, originally called "Dinky," was first developed in the late 1980s by Mark Riddle and Kevin Barry. The concept was pitched to several production companies, including Hanna-Barbera. Along with Gary Zeidenstein, Riddle and Barry eventually formed Mr. Z's Animation and Production Corp, and along with Scripps Howard Broadcasting produced ten television pilots at WCET, PBS's Cincinnati outlet.[2] The ten pilots for the series (then called The Dooley Show) aired in 25 PBS stations between July 15 and August 31, 1996.[3] This first Dooley series won three Emmys.[4] While some ideas used in the pilots would later return in The Dooley and Pals Show, the basic premise, and Dooley himself, differed greatly. The original Dooley was a green lizard-like creature. According to the pilots' press release he was "species unknown... he's just a friend, another kid, but not from this world... he was born on a star."[5] The ten pilots found Maxx (then played by Caralyn Collar[6]) and her six friends playing with Dooley in the attic of Maxx's home. Other characters included Coach (a barn owl), Chatter (a squirrel), Polly (an opossum), and Parker (a bird). Maxx's grandmother, as well as a magical mail carrier, were also featured strongly. Dooley was originally played by Ken Jones. Jones served as the head writer for the series as well as the voice for Dooley and other characters including Coach and Cosmos. Suzanne Fitzpatrick served as the supervising producer during the development of the series at Disney/MGM Studios transitioning Dooley from the original 'dinosaur' concept to the space boy. The secular version is syndicated to educational and PBS member stations by ETV South Carolina. The show was later purchased by MGM Studios/Walt Disney Company and was produced in Orlando Florida until 2003 when production was canceled.

Characters[edit]

  • Dooley (Ken Jones, David Maida): An alien who has landed his spaceship in the backyard of a house on Earth. He wants to learn all about the people and environment of Earth, while teaching the children of the neighborhood about interpersonal skills.
  • M.A.R.T.I.E. (Michael Stevens): "Mechanical Assistant Robot That Interacts with Everyone"—M.A.R.T.I.E. for short—is Dooley's robot sidekick, who has a tendency to mangle words. He has a data bank filled with facts about Earth concepts, which he accesses whenever Dooley needs more information about an idea.
  • Cosmos (Ken Jones) and Zoom (Michael Stevens): A pair of fuzzy alien stowaways (represented by puppets) who appear in comical interstitials throughout the show, illustrating the main lessons.
  • Mom (Ginger Lee McDermott): The mother who lives in the house where Dooley landed his spaceship. She acts as a voice of experience and guidance as Dooley, M.A.R.T.I.E. and the kids learn various lessons.
  • Nick (Joshua Gangelhoff): The boy who lives in the house; Mom's son and Maxx's brother. Some people call him Nicholas.
  • Maxx (Erika Brooke Bradley): The girl who lives in the house; Mom's daughter and Nick's sister. She was played by Caralyn Collar in the original pilots.
  • Michael (Eric Battle): One of the children in the neighborhood.
  • Chris (Justenn Notario): The youngest boy
  • Kayla (Nicole Marion): The "new kid" in the neighborhood, who arrives in the first episode. She is Dr. Arvid's daughter.
  • Ashley (Kaitlyn O'Fray): One of the neighborhood children, the oldest of the girls.
  • Ms. Z. (Davonda Simmons): The letter carrier for the neighborhood; she delivers Dooley's "Letter of the Day" (an actual physical representation of an alphabet letter, usually the first letter of the word that best describes the show's theme) and "Picture Pals" (viewer-submitted drawings which Dooley displays during this segment). Ms. Z also acts as a voice of wisdom and advisor to the group, often introducing solutions to their problems through songs.
  • Dr. Arvid (Arvid Edward II): Kayla's father, a veterinarian who often stops by bringing an animal for the children to interact with.

Episode list[edit]

The following is a complete episode list for The Dooley and Pals Show.[7]

101 "A New Friend": Maxx is nervous about meeting the new kid in the neighborhood, til Dooley reminds her of how they met. (Airdate: April 3, 2000)
102 "A Safe Place": M.A.R.T.I.E. nearly has an accident, and Dooley and the kids learn about safety. (Airdate: April 4, 2000)
103 "3 Ring Circus": The kids bring the circus to Dooley, and Nick learns that new talents take practice. (Airdate: April 5, 2000)
104 "Be Good to Your Mother": The kids help Mom finish her yard chores, and learn about protecting Mother Earth too. (Airdate: April 6, 2000)
105 "Home Sweet Home": When Dooley teaches the kids about space, he becomes homesick. The kids help him see that it's okay to miss familiar things and people when you're far away. (Airdate: July 13, 1993)
106 "The Four Seasons": The kids and M.A.R.T.I.E. learn about the seasons when they try to build a weather machine. (Airdate: April 10, 2000)
107 "Surprise!": Dooley has a birthday, and everyone learns how different people celebrate different occasions. (Airdate: April 11, 2000)
108 "Adventure": The kids want to show Dooley about the rainforest, but when his DooleyVision breaks down, they take the trip in their imaginations, instead. (Airdate: April 12, 2000)
109 "Work and Play": M.A.R.T.I.E. leaves the spaceship a mess, but when the kids clean up, Nick learns a lesson about cooperation. (Airdate: April 13, 2000)
110 "See You Later": The gang finds out that Chris is moving, and learn about saying goodbye. (Airdate: April 14, 2000)
111 "The Grumpies": When Maxx gets into a bad mood, "the Grumpies" spread through the gang. Dooley shows them that talking about bad feelings makes them easier to get rid of. (Airdate: April 17, 2000)
112 "Family Circle": Dooley misses his family, and Chris deals with the imminent arrival of a new baby sister. Everyone learns that a family can take many different forms. (Airdate: April 18, 2000)
113 "Rainy Day Blues": When bad weather forces them to cancel a picnic, Dooley and the kids find new ways to have fun on a rainy day, and learn how to handle disappointment when plans have to change. (Airdate: January 11, 1995)
114 "Feeling Icky": When Nick gets a cold, the kids teach Dooley about going to the doctor. (Airdate: April 20, 2000)
115 "Playing School": Since M.A.R.T.I.E and Dooley can't go to school, the kids show them what school is all about. (Airdate: April 21, 2000)
116 "Mine, Mine, Mine!": Maxx and Chris argue over who gets to choose what to watch on DooleyVision, and everyone learns about sharing and taking turns. (Airdate: April 24, 2000)
117 "We Are All Special": Dooley feels bad because he can't decide on something "special" to do for the gang's talent show. The kids show him he's special just by being Dooley. (Airdate: April 25, 2000)
118 "Dooley's Missing Treasure": Dooley loses his favorite stuffed toy, and the kids teach him about "a place for everything". (Airdate: April 26, 2000)
119 "The Green-Eyed Monster": Jealousy is making the rounds of the neighborhood kids--everyone wants what someone else has got. Dooley and Ms. Z. help them defeat the "green-eyed monster" of jealousy. (Airdate: April 27, 2000)
120 "Sweet Dooley Dreams": Dooley can't sleep, so the kids teach him about nighttime routines. (Airdate: April 28, 2000)
121 "Sticks and Stones": (Airdate: February 5, 2001)
122 "Promises, Promises": Ashley promises Dooley and Maxx to make a friends mural, but Maxx is worried that Ashley forgot. (Airdate: February 6, 2001)
123 "Dooley Cries Wolf": (Airdate: February 7, 2001)
124 "A Snack To Remember": (Airdate: February 8, 2001)
125 "Pet Responsibility": (Airdate: February 9, 2001)
126 "Taking Care of Business": (Airdate: May 13, 2002)
127 "The Great Pretender": (Airdate: May 14, 2002)
128 "Dooley's New Shoes": (Airdate: May 15, 2002)
129 "The Five Senses": (Airdate: May 16, 2002)
130 "Things That Go Bump in the Spaceship": (Airdate: May 17, 2002)
131 "Dance to Your Own Beat": (Airdate: May 20, 2002)
132 "Great Outdoors": (Airdate: May 21, 2002)
133 "The Dentist": (Airdate: May 22, 2002)
134 "We're All Different": (Airdate: May 23, 2002)
135 "Monkey See, Monkey Do": (Airdate: May 24, 2002)
136 "When the Chip is Down": (Airdate: June 2, 2003)
137 "I Love a Parade": (Airdate: June 3, 2003)
138 "A Safer Day": (Airdate: June 4, 2003)
139 "One Tin Robot Rides Away": (Airdate: June 5, 2003)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Dooley And Pals Show, The New York Networks.
  2. ^ "TVs Dooley traces roots to Greenwood". The Index-Journal. Retrieved 2014-11-18.
  3. ^ "Greenwood native hits TV with his creation". The Index-Journal. Retrieved 2014-11-18.
  4. ^ The Dooley and Pals Show Production Team
  5. ^ "TVs Dooley traces roots to Greenwood". The Index-Journal. Retrieved 2014-11-18.
  6. ^ "Tomorrow's today for 'Annie, jr.' star". The Cincinnati Enquierer. Retrieved 2014-11-18.
  7. ^ Full list is sourced from www.dooleyandpals.tv

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