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)
Ending themeThe Huggabug Club (performed by the cast)
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 companyWEDU
Release
Original networkPBS Member Stations
Smile
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseJanuary 1, 1995 (1995-01-01) –
June 7, 1997 (1997-06-07)

The Huggabug Club is an American children's television series. It first aired on PBS member stations from January 1, 1995 to June 7, 1997, then aired in reruns until July 30, 2000. It also has aired on Smile ever since the channel was launched in 2005 until it pulled from the lineup in 2016.

Cast[edit]

Adults[edit]

  • Audrey Landers as Miss Audrey
  • Judy Landers as Miss Judy

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

Kids[edit]

Season 1[edit]

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

Season 2[edit]

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

Season 3[edit]

  • Bryce Cotton as Bobby
  • Alexie Agdeppa as Grace
  • Valentino Moreno as Jose
  • Lindsey Landers as Kelly
  • Philip Jacobs as Leroy
  • Jessica Villareal as Maria
  • Christie Lee Piazza as Sally
  • Kristy Landers as 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 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]

Broadcast[edit]

The show was first aired on PBS from January 1, 1995 to June 7, 1997, and aired in reruns until July 30, 2000. The show has also aired on Smile ever since the channel was launched in 2005 until it pulled from the lineup in 2016. Internationally, the series was also broadcast in South Africa, Jordan, Canada and Zambia.

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. "Cuddly Christmas": Christmas Traditions (December 3, 1995)

Notes:

  • Kelly is absent in Episodes 2 and 3.
  • Sally, Grace and Maria are absent in Episode 3.
  • Kim is absent in Episodes 3 and 15.
  • Allie is allergic to dogs and it's revealed in "Cuddly Christmas"

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)

Notes:

  • Allie has laryngitis in "Magical Musical Day".
  • Kim's last appearance.

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 Kid": 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 and other Countries (April 12, 1997)
  8. "1, 2, 3 Learn Your ABC's": Letters and Numbers (April 19, 1997)
  9. "Willie Has Wheels": Meeting Allie's Cousin and Disability (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)

Notes:

  • In "Curious Kid" Huggabug is the one who answered Allie's question on why she is different from her fellow buggsters. 'Cause she has a British accent.
  • Bobby and Tria are absent in Episodes 3 and 13.

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "FindArticles.com | CBSi". findarticles.com. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  2. ^ "The Huggabug Club * Landers Productions *". www.landersproductionz.com.

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