Groundling Marsh
GenreChildren's television series
Created byLori Houzer
Bryan Levy-Young
StarringGord Robertson
James Rankin
Jani Lauzon
Wendy Welch
Trish Leeper
Stephen Brathwaite
Dan Redican
Fred Stinson
John Pattison
Nina Keogh
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes65
Executive producerJohn A. Delmage
ProducersLisa Olfman
Joy Rosen
Running time30 min
Production companiesYTV
J.A. Delmage Productions
Portfolio Film & Television Inc.
Groundling Marsh Productions
Original release
NetworkYTV (1994–1997)
Disney Channel (1995–1997)
ReleaseJune 27, 1994 (1994-06-27) –
November 28, 1997 (1997-11-28)
Wimzie's House

Groundling Marsh is a Canadian children's television puppet series, produced by Portfolio Film & Television Inc., and J.A. Delmage Productions. It included songs and animated segments,[1] and enjoyed a certain amount of success and popularity during its time. The only merchandise produced for the show were videos and they are now exceptionally rare and no longer produced. In the United States, it aired on PBS and The Disney Channel. It received funding from the International Production Fund, formerly the Maclean Hunter Television Fund.[2][3] This series premiered on June 27, 1994, on YTV before premiering in the U.S. on The Disney Channel and PBS on October 1, 1995.[4] Groundling Marsh was nominated at the 12th Annual Gemini Awards for Best Preschool Program or Series.[5] John Pattison was also nominated for a Gemini (Best Performance in a Preschool Program or Series) for the episode "Bah Hegdish".[5] The show had its series finale on November 7, 1997.[4] The show is still seen on Bell Media-owned educational station CTV Two Alberta.

Plot synopsis

Groundling Marsh takes place in a magical swamp. Most of the mutant-like characters are "Groundlings" but look very different from each other. They can be described as any combination of animal, human, elf, and plant. One of the characters is a robot named Stacks. Generally, humans never appear in the series except as an alien presence represented by a boot or a voice. Most often, humans come to the marsh to dump trash and disrupt the ecosystem. The show was designed to be educational and so the story of each episode includes morals such as friendship, honesty, caring, and protection of the environment.[6]



Season 1 (1994)

  1. Fungus Amungus (Pilot) June 27, 1994
  2. The Featherbeam June 28, 1994
  3. Big Dreams June 29, 1994
  4. Truth & Consequences June 30, 1994
  5. Maggie's Quest July 1, 1994
  6. Night and Day July 5, 1994
  7. Life Before Stacks July 6, 1994
  8. Heat Wave July 7, 1994
  9. Pot of Plenty July 8, 1994
  10. All for One July 9, 1994
  11. Flower Power July 12, 1994
  12. Them Dingling Dozy Daisies July 13, 1994
  13. Sticks and Stacks July 14, 1994

Season 2 (1995)

  1. Make Room for Hegdish
  2. Butterfly Day
  3. Stinky Pond Mystery
  4. Galileo's Prank
  5. Fence Fiasco
  6. Come Blow Your Horn
  7. Two Be or Not to Be
  8. Tupelo Treat
  9. Tinkletree Trouble
  10. Seahunt
  11. Eggs Over Easy
  12. Slice of Advice
  13. Snow Job

Season 3 (1996–1997)

  1. Mossy Bear
  2. To Sleep, Perchance to Dream
  3. Reluctant Hero
  4. Over the Rainbow
  5. Mine All Mine
  6. Sproutmaster
  7. Maggie's Tree
  8. Maggie's Youday
  9. Purple Pebble Fever
  10. Lucky Stick
  11. Megaboo Gonna Get You
  12. Free at Last
  13. Crystal Clear

Season 4 (1997–1998)

  1. Honey, I Shrunk the Groundlings
  2. The Amulet
  3. Jingle Bellies
  4. Bumble-Bird Blunder
  5. The Hegdish Who Came to Dinner
  6. What a Guy
  7. The Enchanted Music Box
  8. The Other Galileo
  9. My Hero
  10. A Little Bird Told Me
  11. Berries as Big as Your Head
  12. Ooops!
  13. The Imaginary Friend
  14. Catch a Falling Star
  15. Glisten Berries & Friends
  16. Treasure of the Lost Marsh
  17. Coming of Age
  18. The Best Present of All
  19. Five Leaf Clover
  20. Mighty Maggie
  21. Crystal and the Ice Wind
  22. Free Wally
  23. That's Entertainment
  24. Listen Up
  25. It's a Wonderful Marsh
  26. Bah Hegdish


After its 1994 debut in Canada, the show began airing in the United States on The Disney Channel in 1995,[7][8] and continued airing on that channel until 1997.[9] The series was also broadcast on TV Tokyo in Japan and TV Cultura in Brazil. The series was also broadcast on Canal Once in Mexico. The series was also broadcast in the United Kingdom and Australia. The series was eventually broadcast in 94 territories worldwide.[citation needed] A big-screen "mini-feature" was also created and seen in "interactive theatres in a chain of U.S. family entertainment centres."[10] The show also appeared on an interactive CD-ROM of Canadian Children's television intended for industry and the government.[10]


In a review of the Courageous Adventures VHS release, Publishers Weekly, who also deemed the show "popular", wrote, "Kids will be intrigued by this bizarre-looking world and will likely absorb overtly stated messages about cooperation, kindness and respect."[6]

VHS releases

Three hour-long VHS tapes were released by Lyrick Studios in 1998:

See also


  1. ^ "Coscient Group Inc.: Motion International Sets Up Kids Motion International to Handle Distribution of Children's Programming (Business Wire, April 8, 1998)". BNET ( CNET Networks, Inc. (Business Wire, 1998, Gale, Cengage Learning, 2008). April 8, 1998. Retrieved October 20, 2008.
  2. ^ "1997 Productions". Independent Production Fund Annual Report 1997. Independent Production Fund. Archived from the original on November 26, 2015. Retrieved June 3, 2009.
  3. ^ "1996 Activities Report". Independent Production Fund Annual Report 1997. Independent Production Fund. Archived from the original on November 26, 2015. Retrieved June 3, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Show Overview". CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 4, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Special Report on the Geminis: And the nominees are..." Playback. Brunico Communications Ltd. January 26, 1998. Retrieved January 22, 2009.
  6. ^ a b "Children's Audio/Video Reviews: Video". Publishers Weekly. 245 (31). New York: Cahners Publishing Company: 48. August 3, 1998. ISSN 0000-0019.
  7. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 14, no. 3, June/July 1996: p. 26.
  8. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 14, no. 4, August/September 1996: p. 28.
  9. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 14, no. 6, December 1996/January 1997: p. 28.
  10. ^ a b Foxman, Stuart (May 1, 1997). "Advertising Supplement: Driving the Future: Best of Canadian Children's TV? Coming to a (Computer) Screen Near You". Kidscreen. Brunico Communications Ltd. Retrieved June 4, 2009.