Helpsters
Genre
Created byTim McKeon
Written byTim McKeon
Starring
  • Stephanie D'Abruzzo
  • Ingrid Hansen
  • Jennifer Barnhart
  • Tim Lagasse
  • Martin P. Robinson
Opening theme"How Can We Help You?"
Ending theme"How Can We Help You?"
ComposerPaul Buckley
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Production locationsNew York City, New York
Running time22-28 minutes
Production companies
DistributorApple Inc.
Release
Original networkApple TV+
Picture format2:1 2160p Dolby Vision HDR
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseNovember 1, 2019 (2019-11-01) –
present
External links
Helpsters on Apple TV+
Apple TV+ press site for Helpsters

Helpsters is an American educational children's television series created by Tim McKeon and produced by Sesame Workshop and Big Indie Pictures as an original series for Apple TV+, and premiered on November 1, 2019, coinciding with the launch of the service. A spin-off short series, titled Helpsters Help You!, was released on April 24, 2020, in order to provide children with supportive content during the COVID-19 pandemic.[1]

The show was announced at Apple's "It's Showtime" presentation on March 25, 2019, by Sesame Street's Big Bird and series protagonist Cody.[2]

In March 2021, Apple renewed Helpsters for a third season.[3]

Premise

A group of monsters known as the Helpsters work together to help solve the problems of customers who enter their shop through teamwork and problem solving. The series aims to teach children how to teach children important skills for planning and following directions for the challenges they face, as well as introducing them to basic concepts in coding.[4][5]

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113November 1, 2019 (2019-11-01)April 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
213October 16, 2020 (2020-10-16)March 5, 2021 (2021-03-05)

Season 1 (2019-20)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [6]
11"Amazing Alie / Robbie & Rhonda Runner"TBATim McKeonNovember 1, 2019 (2019-11-01)
22"Dancer Dave / Astronaut Amrita"TBANick ConfaloneNovember 1, 2019 (2019-11-01)
33"Singing Starlett / Heart's Family Photo"Matt VogelAlex Fox & Rachel LewisNovember 1, 2019 (2019-11-01)
44"Rita Reader / Cody Gets a Cold"Shannon FlynnLiz HaraNovember 1, 2019 (2019-11-01)
55"Musical Mabels / Barbara Birdwatcher"Shannon FlynnAnnabeth Bondor-Stone & Connor WhiteNovember 1, 2019 (2019-11-01)
66"Wayne of Wonder / Paleontologist Paloma"Ryan McFaulAlex Fox & Rachel LewisNovember 1, 2019 (2019-11-01)
77"Scatter / Sid Square"TBAEva KonstantopoulosApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
88"Frank the Flyer / Neighbor Nora"Melanie OrrTBAApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
99"Isaac Ice / Air Conditioning Repairman Aaron"TBAAlex Fox & Rachel LewisApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
1010"Chef Charlie / Fashion Fil"TBANick Confalone & Tim McKeonApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
1111"Basketball Brianna / Heart’s Fish"TBAAlex Fox & Rachel LewisApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
1212"Nurse Nina & Farmer Flynn / Firefighter Fran & Painter Pat"TBATBAApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
1313"Primmflandia Day / Marching Band Marsha"TBAAnnabeth Bondor-Stone & Connor WhiteApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)

Season 2 (2020-21)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [6]
141"Amazing Atticus / Sea Lovin’ Sam"TBATBAOctober 16, 2020 (2020-10-16)
152"Ballerina Betsy / Pizza Pasquale"TBAAlex Fox & Rachel LewisOctober 16, 2020 (2020-10-16)
163"Mini-Golf Mike / Helpsters Need Help"Tim McKeonAlex Fox & Rachel LewisOctober 16, 2020 (2020-10-16)
174"Helpsters Halloween / Storyteller Sophia"TBATBAOctober 16, 2020 (2020-10-16)
185"Billy Bug / Cody Rides a Bike"TBATBAOctober 16, 2020 (2020-10-16)
196"Mr. Primm’s Spoon Club / Cookie Cornelius"Tim McKeon & Shannon FlynnTBAOctober 16, 2020 (2020-10-16)
207"Camper Cortez / Artist Andrew & Detective Dudley"TBAAlex Fox & Rachel LewisOctober 16, 2020 (2020-10-16)
218"Helpsters Help Heart / Callie the Clown"TBATBAMarch 5, 2021 (2021-03-05)
229"Park Ranger Percy / Lizard Lizzy"TBATBAMarch 5, 2021 (2021-03-05)
2310"Bells and Whistles Will / Beatrice Builder"TBATBAMarch 5, 2021 (2021-03-05)
2411"Piano Paul / Grandma Gracie"TBATBAMarch 5, 2021 (2021-03-05)
2512"Freeze Pop Felix / Bowling Babette"TBATBAMarch 5, 2021 (2021-03-05)
2613"T-Ball Toni / Trophy Todd"TBATBAMarch 5, 2021 (2021-03-05)

Helpsters Help You (2020)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"When Plans Change"TBATBAApril 24, 2020 (2020-04-24)
2"Honorary Helpster"TBATBAMay 1, 2020 (2020-05-01)
3"Scavenger Hunt"TBATBAMay 8, 2020 (2020-05-08)
4"Bright Smiles & Hand Waves"TBATBAMay 15, 2020 (2020-05-15)
5"How to Be Together"TBATBAMay 22, 2020 (2020-05-22)
6"Thank You"TBATBAMay 29, 2020 (2020-05-29)

Cast and Characters

The series features puppet characters designed and built by Monkey Boys Productions.[7]

Main

Reception

Accolades

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2020 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Effects Costume. Make Up and Hairstyling Andrea Detwiler, Jean Marie Keevins, Jimmy Helvin, Marc, Petrosino, Michael Latini Nominated [8]
Outstanding Costume Design/Styling Zeynep Netherton, Mikaela Wohl Nominated
Outstanding Single Camera Editing Robert Arrucci Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Children's or Young Adult Program Tim McKeon, Connor White, Amy Keating Rogers, Laurie Israel, Annabeth Bondor-Stone, Liz Hara, Anna Christopher, Rachel Lewis, Alex Fox, Nick Confalone Nominated
Outstanding Preschool Children's Series Tim McKeon, Kay Wilson Stallings, Benjamin Lehmann, Melanie Grisanti, Michael J. Cargill, Alex Fox, Rachel Lewis, Jackie Stolfi, Eileen Bernstien Nominated

References

  1. ^ "Breaking News - Cody and The Helpsters Team Up for Apple's "Helpsters Help You," Inspired by the Parents' Choice Award-Winning "Helpsters," Now Streaming for Free | TheFutonCritic.com". www.thefutoncritic.com. Retrieved 2021-02-13.
  2. ^ Kooser, Amanda. "Apple dives into children's shows with Sesame Workshop". CNET. Retrieved 2021-02-13.
  3. ^ "Breaking News - Apple TV+ Unveils Robust Lineup of Hit Children's Series, Including the Peanuts Gang, Emmy-winning "Ghostwriter," Parents' Choice-winning "Helpsters," "Doug Unplugs" and More | TheFutonCritic.com". The Futon Critic. March 4, 2021. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  4. ^ "Helpsters". Apple TV+ Press. Retrieved 2021-02-13.
  5. ^ "Helpsters | Sesame Workshop". www.sesameworkshop.org. Retrieved 2021-03-10.
  6. ^ a b "Helpsters - Episodes". Apple TV+ Press. Apple Inc. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  7. ^ "Monkey Boys Productions's Instagram profile post: "Congratulations to everyone on the Helpsters team on 5 Daytime Emmy nominations!!! We are honored to be a part of the this amazing puppet…"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-24. Retrieved 2021-02-13.
  8. ^ Montgomery, Daniel (July 27, 2020). "2020 Daytime Emmy winners: Full list of nominees and winners in all categories". Gold Derby. Retrieved February 11, 2021.

Category:Television series by Sesame Workshop