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Weinerville title card, as seen on the show's opening sequence.
Created by Marc Weiner
Starring Marc Weiner, Ray Abruzzo, Scott Fellows, David Jordon, Brian Berns
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 62
Location(s) Universal Studios Florida
Running time 22 minutes per episode
Original network Nickelodeon
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original release July 11, 1993 – December 21, 1997
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Weinerville is an American television program on Nickelodeon that was produced in 1993-1994. The show was based around a giant puppet stage which was designed to look like a city, called Weinerville. The show was hosted by Marc Weiner.

The show premiered on July 11, 1993.


During the first season, all episodes ran in a two-hour marathon every Sunday. However, Weinerville quickly gained popularity: in the middle of the first season Nickelodeon began running the show on weekday afternoons. An addition to Weinerville's popularity Nickelodeon allowed Marc and his characters to host a New Years special event, a kid version of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve "Nick New Years" which was intentionally host segments wrap around for the best Nicktoons and shows of that year, and read letters from kids about their New Year's resolutions as they count down to midnight, and celebrated by shooting slime into the sky. Marc and his Weinerville characters hosted "Nick New Years" in 1993 and 1994 from Times square in the Nickelodeon Party Penthouse. For the second season, which premiered on May 2, 1994, the episodes aired daily and in the summer was a part of the Stick Stickly show Nick in the Afternoon, which included Marc as Dottie in some segments. Unfortunately with all the success of hosting two seasons, promotions, three television specials, and hosting a four-hour new year's special for two years, Weinerville was not renewed for a third season. According to Marc, the cancellation of Weinerville happened was because Nickelodeon was changing their identity from family friendly to edgy, sarcastic, and some what subversive shows, and a puppetshow to Nickelodeon, did not fit in the networks' new direction of programming. [1] The show aired on Nickelodeon until June 30, 1997, although the Chanukah special re-ran on December 21, 1997.

On April 2, 2015, the series came to The '90s Are All That block for their "Out of the Vault" week.[2] When the block expanded and rebranded as The Splat, Weinerville was given a permanent weekly time slot.


Nickelodeon Weinerville was filmed at Nickelodeon Studios in Universal Studios Orlando Florida, it was an audience participation comedy show focused on Weiner and his puppets and about them making a show. The first few episodes did not have much of a plot or story line. During the rest of the first season, the show broke out story lines and plots, especially in the second season. Weinerville also had three television specials.


Human characters[edit]

  • Marc Weiner - The host who is always forced to solve most of Dottie's problems. In season one, Marc wears an unbuttoned Weinerville baseball jersey with a green undershirt. In season two, the color of his undershirt changes.
  • Kevin Elemeno P. (pronounced: "L-M-N-O-P") - The "executive producer" on the show who makes three appearances (only in season 2). The character, played by an older child, is a pun on the name of the real executive producer of the program, current MTV Networks executive Kevin Kay.


The puppets below feature Weiner's head and a puppet body where their parts have been pre-taped so that Weiner can interact with them:

  • Dottie - The Mayor of Weinerville. Marc is usually forced to solver Dottie's problems and tends to get carried away with things if they don't get out of control. She has a sidekick/assistant named Zip.
  • Baby Jeffrey - The puppet nephew of Marc. He would usually introduce Marc at the beginning of each episode and always makes a mess.
  • Big Pops - The owner of the diner "Pops&Pops." Big Pops usually does a lot with his nose, either picking it or playing the kazoo. He only appeared in Season One and was dropped before Season Two.
  • Schnitzel - Marc's fresh/sassy, parrot sidekick. He only appeared in Season One.
  • Commander Ozone - A space traveler who defends evil and saves the universe with his sidekick Wilson (who sounds like Scotty of Star Trek fame). However in Season 1, his name was "Captain Ozone" and Wilson did not sound like Scotty but had a squeaky voice like "Zip".
  • Eric Von Firstensecond - Commander Ozone's evil enemy. He always tries to figure out an evil scheme to take over Weinerville or to marry Dottie. He only appeared in Season 2.
  • Cocktail Frank - The bandleader and guitar player of the house band of the show "Cocktail Frank And His Weenies." Frank is the lead singer/guitarist where his puppet band consisted of Posse on piano/turntables, Antoinette on drums, an unnamed bass guitarist, and an unnamed saxophone player.
  • Joey Deluxe - The big shot manager and powerful TV show agent.
  • Soup Tureen - The 'That's not Fair' game show host. Only in Season 2.

The ones listed below are puppet characters:

  • Zip (performed by Scott Fellows) - Dottie's helper who always gets himself into trouble, makes his famous trademark scream and crashes into the wall. In "DTV," it is revealed that Zip is good friends with Boney.
  • Boney (performed by Marc Weiner) - An obvious parody of Barney, he is a dinosaur skeleton that lives in the jungles of Weinerville. Boney is beloved by children, but hates them himself. The "theme song" at the end of his show consisted of said puppet singing "Now get outta here! I'm Boney, I'm Boney, leave me aloney!" When Boney quotes "Now get outta here," the children present leave his cave. For Season 2, Boney's puppet was rebuilt which that version also being used for the specials and the new YouTube Channel. During Hannukah, it is revealed that Boney loves to eat potato pancakes. According to the 1995 summer issue of Nickelodeon Magazine, Boney is Weiner's favorite puppet.
  • Pops (performed by Ray Abruzzo) - Known in season 1 as "Little Pops". He is the local chef who works at "Pops&Pops" with Big Pops. He sometimes argues and starts stuff with Louie, but they tend to get along.
  • Louie (performed by Scott Fellows) - The local laundromat owner who always argues with Pops.
  • Socko (performed by Marc Weiner) - An inverted hand puppet who likes to kick Marc's buttocks, performed with his own props, and made sarcastic gestures when things did not go right.
  • Professor Phosphate (performed by Scott Fellows and David Jordan) - A puppet scientist with green hair who can only be seen from the waist up. Professor Phosphate is the owner of Weinerville Labs and often causes explosions with some inventions that don't work well. Despite this, he often solves the problems. He only appeared in Season 2.

Other sketches[edit]

The show also featured several non-puppet characters played by Weiner himself:

  • Captain Bob - Captain Bob is a sea captain in yellow rain gear that constantly cracks puns. He owns the S.S. Bob at Port Weinerville (which is located near the building where Cocktail Frank and His Wienies are located). On many shows, an audience member would be invited to climb aboard where an offscreen person would fling water on him before the "tidal wave" (a bucket of water, or, in some cases, slime, thrown by a stage hand) soaked the participant. Captain Bob first appeared on Saturday Night Live when Weiner was a writer in the early 1980s. In scenes in which Marc Weiner interacts with Captain Bob, an actor seen from behind would portray Captain Bob with Weiner dubbing his voice in during post-production.
  • The Weinerville General Store - Members of the audience were also called down to participate in various activities during the main part of the show, such as helping to demonstrate items in the Weinerville General Store. A recurring joke on the show took place in the General Store in which Weiner would sell comedic props similar to those of Carrot Top. Nearly everything in the store sold for $13.50. It only appeared in Season One.
  • Running Joke - Occasionally, the "$13.50" gag was used in other segments. For example: on the "Talent Show" episode the winners won with 1,350 points; on the "DTV" episode, DTV was on channel 1350; and on the General Store and Captain Bob skits, that would be the price when Marc would hand the participant anything.
  • That's Not Fair! - A game show where a kid and an adult played for points answering questions. Usually the kids win. It was only featured in Season 2. According to an interview with Marc Weiner, "That's Not Fair" was a pilot he made for Comedy Central in 1991, after it was tested, the network said it was appropriate for children, so Nickelodeon got a hold of it and the pilot became "Weinerville".
  • Playland - These participants then competed in one of various games in "Playland" that tested the skill of operating their puppet bodies. The runner-up received the "Silver Hot Dog", with the winner receiving the "Golden Hot Dog" as well as the "Special Topping" (a small amount of green slime dumped onto the player's head.) If a malfunction occurred or both players tied they both get the "Golden Hot Dog". Occasionally, both players received the Special Topping, and if the game involved pies, both contestants would be hit with pies themselves instead of anyone getting the Special Topping. The Playland stage was enlarged and revamped the second season to incorporate more elaborate stunts; these frequently had the contestants facing each other and squirting water or whipped cream at some target, usually soaking the other contestant in the process. Season one was a carnival-style, and on the second season it was a radio-active style.


The show always ended with Weiner choosing two people from the audience to get "Weinerized" (turned into puppets). The participants entered a contraption called the "Weinerizer", which appeared to then shrink them to the puppet size (it did so by having the contestants place their heads into a hole above a miniature puppet body). Although the audience members were ostensibly chosen at random, Matt Day (who at the time was working on another Nickelodeon show, Clarissa Explains It All) revealed that participants were sometimes selected beforehand.[citation needed]


All episodes aired out of sequence in no particular order.

Season 1: 1993 Episode title Cartoons
01 Marc's Mother Visits Gerald McBoing-Boing's Symphony (1953), Stage Door Magoo (1956) & A Leak in the Dike (1965)
02 Tooth Hurty
03 Humidity Magoo Express (1955) & Forget-Me-Nuts (1967)
04 Cleaning Day Magoo's Cruise (1957) & Baggin' the Dragon (1966)
05 Zip In Space The Dog Snatcher (1952) & A Wedding Knight (1966)
06 Missing Cartoon Punchy de Leon (1950), Ragtime Bear (1949) & Potions and Notions (1966)
07 Giant Spider The Miner's Daughter (1950) & Alter Egotist (1967)
08 Haunted Bwana Magoo (1959) & The Story of George Washington (1965)
09 Weight Loss
10 Football Magoo's Canine Mutiny (1956) & A Wedding Knight (1966)
11 Zip Stuck In VCR Giddyap (1950) & Keep the Cool, Baby (1967)
12 Magic Episode Matador Magoo (1957) & Throne for a Loss (1966)
13 Bubblegum Rock-Hound Magoo (1957) & Boy Pest with Osh (1963)
14 Talent Show Merry Minstrel Magoo (1959) & High But Not Dry (1967)
15 Dottie's Birthday Scoutmaster Magoo (1958) & The Magic Fluke (1949)
16 Spaghetti Mouse Trek (1967) & My Daddy the Astronaut (1967)
17 Bake Off Madcap Magoo (1955), My Daddy the Astronaut (1967) & Think or Sink (1967)
18 Balloon Zip Magoo's Homecoming (1959), A Balmy Knight (1966) & The Stuck-Up Wolf (1967)
19 Baseball Magoo's Masquerade (1957) & The Blacksheep Blacksmith (1967)
20 Budget Cutbacks Gerald McBoing Boing (1950), Pink and Blue Blues (1952) & The Opera Caper (1967)
21 Popcorn Magoo's Lodge Brother (1959) & Trash Program (1963)
22 Recycling Magoo Goes Skiing (1954) & The Itch (1965)
23 Snow Day Magoo Slept Here (1953) & The Fuz (1967)
24 Train Ride Ballet-Oop (1954) & Frog's Legs (1962)
25 Zip's Family Treasure Sloppy Jalopy (1952) & Bringing Up Mother (1954)
26 Ziggy Zag Concert How Now Boing Boing (1954) & From Nags to Witches (1966)
27 Show #27
28 Show #28
29 Show #29
Season 2: 1994 Episode title Cartoons
30 Ratville
31 Dottie's Replacement
32 Weinerville For Sale
33 Eric Von Firstenseconds' Spell (unknown Alvin Show segment) & Working on the Railroad (1961)
34 60 Seconds News
35 Fire Safety
36 Magic Lamp Invents the West & (unknown Alvin Show segment)
37 The Puppet's Court
38 Broken Weinerizer
39 Network Censors
40 Louie Becomes a Citizen
41 Louie's Crush
42 S.G. Dottie's Cousin
43 Brain Switch
44 Parallel Universe
45 Boney's Spell
46 The Time-Slot War
47 Dottie's High School Reunion
48 Loco Cola
49 Weinervilla Ostrich (1961) & Mexico-the Brave Chipmunks (1961)
50 Ego Crazy
51 Marc's Arians
52 Variety Show or Sitcom
53 DTV While Strolling in the Park (1961) & This is Your Life, Clyde Crashcup! (1961)
54 Socko Framed
55 Royal Dottie
56 Zip Runs Away
57 Dottie’s Dating Game
58 Weinerville: The Movie
59 Marc's Lost Memory
60 Back to the Past from a Look into the Future
61 Pollution (aka "Eco Crazy") Polly Wolly Doodle (1961) & Theodore's Dog (1961)
62 XR-3 Space Shuttle Game Good Neighbor (1961) & Mexico-the Brave Chipmunks (1961)
TV Specials & Air Dates:  Title Plot
December 31, 1993 Nick New Years '94 (Host segments)
Special 1: December 31, 1994 New Year's Special: Lost in the Big Apple
December 31, 1994 Nick New Years '95 (Host segments)
Special 2: December 14, 1995 Chanukah Special
Special 3: February 17, 1996 Election Special: From Washington B.C.

Broadcast history[edit]

NOTE: All times are eastern

Date Time slot
July 1993 - November 1996 Sunday, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Sunday Marathon)
October 1993 - May 1994 Monday-Friday, 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
May 1994 - August 1996 Monday-Friday, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
August 1996 - June 1997 Monday-Friday, 7:00 - 7:30 a.m.

Guest stars[edit]

(not all inteviews were shown, Sean O'Neal and Jason Zimbler were just quickly glimpsed)

Special Notes[edit]

  • On the set, the street light read, "Max" and "Rebecca", Marc's children.
  • Episodes aired out of sequence, on July 11 the show premiered with "Zip Stuck In VCR", and on May 2 the second season premiered with the "XR-3 Space Shuttle Game" episode.
  • Dottie's hair (Marc's wig) changed from season one, two, and the specials; season one it was a curly hair wig, season two was shoulder-length straight hair. As for the specials the wig was still straight hair but brunette instead of the blond wig used on the show. On a radio interview; which can be found on YouTube, Marc said that the first Dottie wig was his mothers.
  • You can tell "Balloon Zip" was the pilot because, there was not that much of a story, except a short 'General Store' skit and in 'Playland' the puppet bodies did not have the trademark 'Weinerville' logo on them, and at the end Marc and Dottie say, "Goodbye" which is in no other episode except this one.
  • First season episodes were different than season two, not just set changes but in early season one episodes it was short skits and quick segues to cartoons, so it was mostly a cartoon show, except towards the middle of the first season; story lines were written and it gave Weiner's characters some definition; especially in the second season some topics would include: becoming citizens of Weinerville, Dottie working on spin off TV shows, fire safety, saving the planet from pollution, etc.
  • Marc's 'Weinerville' jersey changed season one was white XL with the "Weinerville" logo on the front right and on the back in yellow letters read "Weiner 1", and in season two was L white and sometimes grey with the "Nickelodeon" hot dog logo on the front right, and the "Weinerville" logo on the back. However on the "XR-3 Space Shuttle Game" episode in one scene where Marc and Socko are gagged and tied up, Marc is wearing his season one jersey.

The Cartoon Shorts[edit]

Before Weinerville made its debut, Nickelodeon ran the cartoons by themselves on a half hour block called Cartoon Kablooey.

  • Season 1 (1993) / Sunday Marathon (1993–1996): Classic Paramount (like Modern Madcaps), and UPA cartoons (like Mr. Magoo)

Marc Weiner's Weinerville Live[edit]

After the show finished its run, in 1996 Marc took the show on a live tour, and added a new segment called "The Comedy Challenge".Checkout the official site for information, merchandise, video clips, and contact information.


January 23, 2011 Marc Weiner and his son Max launched a YouTube Channel where Weiner will bring his puppet characters back to life in new short videos, exclusively on YouTube. Under the channel name WeinervilleTV The channel launched its first video February 1, a video of Boney announcing the big news as "We're Back!!". To get a following, Eric Weiner and Max created a Weinerville Facebook page, and Marc opened a Twitter account. After nearly four years of no new uploads, a new video was added to the WeinervilleTV YouTube in May 2015.

Weinerville has also been announced to be part of TeenNick's The '90s Are All That block. Clips have appeared in promos since the block premiered. Although most of the live-action and puppet segments are owned by creator Marc Weiner, the cartoon shorts that aired as commercial breaks have been an obstacle clearing reruns. The show aired on The '90s Are All That for the first time on April 2, 2015 with the cartoon shorts removed, leaving each episode shortened to 15 minutes each. This was also the first time the show aired on television after being off the air for over eighteen years.

Wordville with Marc Weiner and Friends[edit]

A preschool spin-off of Weinerville, which aired on Nick Jr. on weekday mornings from 1998 to 1999. Marc would bring puppets and children to teach words, and help with vocabulary, with skits and his well known big head/little body puppets. Marc’s son, Max Weiner, designed Sara, the Weinerette-style hand puppet, and the sun.

E.A.G.A.H.B.E.D.D (1994)[edit]

There was also a 13-minute educational VHS video made for the National Dairy Council called E.A.G.A.H.B.E.D.D The title stands for "Eat A Good And Healthy Breakfast Every Day Day" and is done in the style of an abbreviated Weinerville episode, with the usual characters and sets but without the Playland segment, this episode got made into a DVD, which is available on Marc's official website www.weinerville.com, but it is currently out of stock; this is known as the only official Weinerville DVD at this time.


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