The Huggabug Club

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The Huggabug Club
GenreChildren's television series
Created byAudrey Landers
Judy Landers
Ruth Landers
StarringAudrey Landers
Judy Landers
Bret Shefter
Ilysia J. Pierce
Susan Solomon
Theme music composerAudrey Landers
Judy Landers
Opening themeThe Huggabug Club (performed by the cast) Jamie Starr
Ending themeThe Huggabug Club (performed by the cast) Jamie Starr
ComposersAudrey Landers
Ralf Stemmann
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes48 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerRuth Landers
ProducersAudrey Landers
Judy Landers
Ruth Landers
Production locationsNew York City
Tampa, Florida
Camera setupSingle
Running time30 minutes per episode
Production companiesWEDU
Mississippi Public Broadcasting
Release
Original networkPBS/Smile
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
First shown in1995–2000
Original releaseJanuary 1, 1995 (1995-01-01) –
July 30, 2000 (2000-07-30)

The Huggabug Club is an American educational TV series for preschoolers. It aired on PBS Kids from January 1, 1995 to June 7th, 1997, and ran for reruns until July 30, 2000. It also has aired on Smile ever since the channel was launched in 2005.

Cast[edit]

Adults[edit]

  • Audrey Landers - Miss Audrey
  • Judy Landers - Miss Judy

In addition to Miss Audrey and Miss Judy, the program features full-body puppets who magically appear with the help of a computer: Uncle Huggabug, a cowboy-insect; Miss Oops-A-Daisy, a clumsy flower; and Aunty Bumble, a grandmotherly bee. The cast also includes the "Buggsters", a group of multi-cultural kids who sing and dance.[1]

Season 1[edit]

  • Jamie Starr - Ernie
  • Alexie Agdeppa - Grace
  • Lindsey Landers - Kelly
  • Briahnna Odom - Kim
  • Heart Hayes - Allie
  • Jessica Villareal - Maria
  • Christie Lee Piazza - Sally
  • Landon Prairie - Spencer
  • Kristy Landers - Tria

Season 2[edit]

  • Michael Minden - Alex
  • Alexie Agdeppa - Grace
  • Manner Washington - Jamie
  • Lindsey Landers - Kelly
  • Briahnna Odom - Kim
  • Heart Hayes - Allie
  • Jessica Villareal - Maria
  • Christie Lee Piazza - Sally
  • Kristy Landers - Tria

Season 3[edit]

  • Bryce Cotton - Bobby
  • Alexie Agdeppa - Grace
  • Valentino Moreno - Jose
  • Lindsey Landers - Kelly
  • Heart Hayes - Allie
  • Philip Jacobs - Leroy
  • Jessica Villareal - Maria
  • Christie Lee Piazza - Sally
  • Kristy Landers - Tria

Production[edit]

The series was co-created by veteran actresses and sisters Audrey and Judy Landers, as well as their manager/producer/mother Ruth Landers, who also served as executive producer. The series was also broadcast in South Africa, Jordan, Canada and Zambia. The Landers sisters co-wrote over 150 original songs for the series.[1]

An advisory board of teachers and a child psychologist helped to guide the series towards "life skills"-teaching themes. The themes were: integrity; initiative; flexibility; perseverance; organization; sense of humor; effort; common sense; problem solving; responsibility; patience; friendship; curiosity; cooperation; and caring.[1]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1995)[edit]

  1. "Express Yourself: Feelings and Emotions" (January 1, 1995)
  2. "Finders Keepers Not!: Honesty" (January 8, 1995)
  3. "This Land is Your Land: The Environment" (January 15, 1995)
  4. "Safety First: Safety" (January 22, 1995)
  5. "New Kid in Town: Making New Friends" (January 29, 1995)
  6. "Farmer Jo-Ann's Farm: Going to the Farm" (February 5, 1995)
  7. "School Days: Everyday School Routine" (February 12, 1995)
  8. "Fitness is Fun: Fitness Routine and Keeping Healthy" (February 19, 1995)
  9. "Our Five Scent-Sational Senses: The 5 Senses" (February 26, 1995)
  10. "Wheels, Wings, and Moving Things: Transportation" (March 5, 1995)
  11. "Let's Go to the Zoo: Zoo Animals" (March 12, 1995)
  12. "Rainy Days are Fun!: Rainy Day Activities" (March 19, 1995)
  13. "Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Occupations" (March 26, 1995)
  14. "Surprise Pets: Exotic Pets" (April 2, 1995)
  15. "Remember When...: Memories" (April 9, 1995)
  16. "Huggabug's Cuddly Christmas: Christmas Traditions" (December 3, 1995)

Season 2 (1996)[edit]

  1. "Head to Toe: The Human Body" (February 3, 1996)
  2. "Tell It Like It Is: Honesty" (February 10, 1996)
  3. "And Baby Makes Four: Families and Babies" (February 17, 1996)
  4. "Don't Be Bugged by a Bug: Bugs and Insects" (February 24, 1996)
  5. "Dinosaurs are Dynamite!: Dinosaurs" (March 2, 1996)
  6. "Surprises from the Sea: The Ocean and Beach Activities" (March 9, 1996)
  7. "I'm One of a Kind: Individuality" (March 16, 1996)
  8. "That's What Friends are For: Friendship" (March 23, 1996)
  9. "Wacky Weather: The Weather Forecast" (March 30, 1996)
  10. "Please Don't Tease: Respect" (April 6, 1996)
  11. "What Do You Say?: Good Manners" (April 13, 1996)
  12. "You Can't Win 'Em All: Teamwork" (April 20, 1996)
  13. "Let's Celebrate: Holidays" (April 27, 1996)
  14. "Silly Scientists: Science" (May 4, 1996)
  15. "Magical, Musical Day: Musical Instruments and Styles of Music" (May 11, 1996)
  16. "Dance-a-Thon: Dancing" (May 18, 1996)

Season 3 (1997)[edit]

  1. "A Package to Mexico: Mexico" (March 1, 1997)
  2. "Helping Others: Helping" (March 8, 1997)
  3. "Outer Space is Out of Sight: Outer Space" (March 15, 1997)
  4. "Curious Kids: Being Curious and Smart" (March 22, 1997)
  5. "We'll Always Be Family: Family Members" (March 29, 1997)
  6. "Get Neat to the Beat: Keeping Clean" (April 5, 1997)
  7. "USA Melting Pot: The USA" (April 12, 1997)
  8. "1, 2, 3 Learn Your ABC's: Letters and Numbers" (April 19, 1997)
  9. "Willie Has Wheels: Transportation" (April 26, 1997)
  10. "Fantastic Firefighters: Firefighters" (May 3, 1997)
  11. "Imagine This, Imagine That: Imagination" (May 10, 1997)
  12. "Rootin' Tootin' Reptiles: Reptiles" (May 17, 1997)
  13. "Doctor Day: Doctors" (May 24, 1997)
  14. "Sing Along and Learn: Singing" (May 31, 1997)
  15. "Native Americans: Native Studies" (June 7, 1997)

Accolades[edit]

The television series and videotape releases have been awarded The Parents Choice Award, The Dove Foundation Award, and The Kids First Award for quality in children's media.[2]

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