Little Bill
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GenreEducational
Based on
Little Bill books
by
  • Bill Cosby
  • Varnette P. Honeywood
Developed byFracaswell Hyman
Written by
  • Head Writers
  • Fracaswell Hyman (Seasons 1-3)
  • Josh Selig (Season 4)
Directed by
  • Robert Scull
  • Jennifer Oxley
  • Olexa Hewryk
  • Mark Salisbury
  • Robert M. Wallace
Creative directorRobert Scull
Voices of
Theme music composerBill Cosby, Don Braden, and Jon Faddis
ComposersStu Gardner and Art Lisi
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes52[1] (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Bill Cosby
  • David Brokaw
  • Charles Kipps
  • Brown Johnson and Janice Burgess (co-executive producers)
Producers
  • Robert Scull (Seasons 2-3)
  • Shawn Cuddy (supervising producer; Seasons 1-3)
  • Irene Sherman (supervising producer; Seasons 3-4)
  • Fracaswell Hyman (consulting producer; Season 1)
Running time30 minutes
Production companyNickelodeon Animation Studio
DistributorMTV Networks
Release
Original networkNickelodeon
Original releaseNovember 28, 1999 (1999-11-28) –
February 6, 2004 (2004-02-06)

Little Bill is an American animated children's television series. It is based on the Little Bill book series by Bill Cosby and Varnette P. Honeywood.[2] The series follows the adventures of Little Bill and his friends in Philadelphia (Bill Cosby's hometown).[3] It was produced for Nickelodeon[4] and was adapted for television by the show's head writer, Fracaswell Hyman. The stories feature Little Bill learning a lesson or moral, and every episode was developed through research and in consultation with a panel of educational consultants.[2]

The series originally ran on Nickelodeon from November 28, 1999 to February 6, 2004, and reruns continued until December 22, 2006. In September 2007, Nickelodeon announced that Little Bill would permanently move to the Noggin channel.[5] It premiered on Noggin on September 10, 2007.[6] Reruns continued to air until 2014, when the show was pulled from the air.[7]

Plot

Set in Philadelphia, the show centers on Little Bill Glover as he explores everyday life through his imagination. Little Bill lives with his parents, his great grandmother Alice (aka Alice the Great), his older sister April, and brother Bobby. At the end of every show, he breaks the fourth wall by summarizing his day to the audience before going to bed, and a relative asks: "Little Bill, who are you talking to?"

History

Little Bill aired on Nickelodeon from 1999 until 2006. The series also aired on Nick on CBS from September 16, 2000[8] until September 9, 2006. In September 2007, Little Bill was moved to the Noggin channel, which advertised it as a "new series".[6] Noggin aired five "premiere episodes" from September 10 to September 15, 2007.[6]

Reruns of Little Bill were shown on Noggin and the Nick Jr. channel until 2014, when Nickelodeon removed the show from its services.[7] In addition to pulling reruns, Little Bill was removed from NickJr.com in 2014.[9] Commenting on the show's removal from television, Distractify wrote: "Perhaps Little Bill should be left in the past."[7]

Episodes

Main article: List of Little Bill episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 9 November 28, 1999 (1999-11-28) June 19, 2000 (2000-06-19)
2 12 September 4, 2000 (2000-09-04) February 26, 2001 (2001-02-26)
3 12 May 7, 2001 (2001-05-07) July 8, 2002 (2002-07-08)
4 19 September 16, 2002 (2002-09-16) February 6, 2004 (2004-02-06)

Characters

Glover household

Friends and neighbors

Home media

Several episodes were released to VHS and DVD by Paramount Home Media Distribution.

Main video releases

Name Release Date Number of Episodes Episode Titles
Me and My Family June 5, 2001 4
  • "Are We There Yet?"/"Super Family Fun Land!"
  • "Neighborhood Park"/"Magic Quilt"
Big Little Bill June 5, 2001 4
  • "Big Kid"/"Just a Baby"
  • "The Bills Go to Work"/"Miss Murray's Wedding"
What I Did at School August 21, 2001 4
  • "Picture Day"/"Copy Cat"
  • "The Snack Helper"/"The Stage Trick"
I Love Animals! February 5, 2002 4
  • "The Zoo"/"My Pet Elephant"
  • "Wabbit Worries"/"Wabbit Babies"
Merry Christmas, Little Bill September 24, 2002 3
  • "Merry Christmas, Little Bill!"
  • "Summertime in the Wintertime"/"Snowracers"

Episodes on Nick Jr. compilation DVDs

Name Release Date Number of Episodes Episode Titles
Nick Jr. Holiday September 24, 2002 1
  • "Merry Christmas, Little Bill!"
Nick Jr. Celebrates Spring! March 2, 2004 2
  • "The Skating Lesson"/"Mr. Moth"
Nick Jr. Favorites Vol. 1 May 24, 2005 1
  • "Little Bill's Adventure with Captain Brainstorm"
Nick Jr. Favorites Vol. 2 October 18, 2005 1
  • "Little Bill's Giant Space Adventure"
Nick Jr. Favorites Vol. 3 February 7, 2006 2
  • "Same Moon, Same Sun, Same Star"/"All Together Now"
Nick Jr. Favorites Vol. 4 June 6, 2006 2
  • "Racing Time"/"All Tied Up"
Nick Jr. Favorites Holiday September 26, 2006 1
  • "Merry Christmas, Little Bill!"
Nick Jr. Favorites Vol. 5 March 13, 2007 2
  • "The Zoo"/"My Pet Elephant"
Nick Jr. Favorites Vol. 6 August 7, 2007 2
  • "Ready, Set, Read!"/"I Got a Letter"

Awards

Emmy Awards

Peabody Award

Video games

Little Bill Thinks Big, released on September 29, 2003, is for Windows XP and Macintosh.[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Little Bill episodes". TV Guide. Archived from the original on August 26, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Little Bill". noggin.com. Archived from the original on April 7, 2008. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  3. ^ "Nickelodeon's 'Little Bill' Debuts as First African American Balloon In 76th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade". PRNewswire.com. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  4. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 505. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  5. ^ "PR: Bill Cosby's 'Little Bill' Starts on Noggin on September 10, 2007". PR Newswire. Archived from the original on June 14, 2022.
  6. ^ a b c "Shows - Little Bill". Noggin. Archived from the original on September 1, 2007.
  7. ^ a b c Piazza, Bianca (January 21, 2022). "'Little Bill' Boasts a Darker Energy Today Than It Did in 1999 — Is Bill Cosby the Protagonist?". Distractify.
  8. ^ Shrivastava, K M (2005). Broadcast Journalism in the 21st Century. New Dawn Press Group. p. 56. ISBN 9788120735972. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  9. ^ "NickJr.com". Archived from the original on December 14, 2014.
  10. ^ 61st Annual Peabody Awards, May 2002.
  11. ^ "Little Bill Thinks Big". Amazon. Retrieved 15 May 2015.