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Directed byMariRae Dopke
Presented byMichael Cariglio
Theme music composerJon Nappa
ComposersTodd Hobin
Doug Moncrief
Michael Curley
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes65
Executive producerEric J. Roberts
ProducersMarilyn Arnone
MariRae Dopke
CinematographyEmmitte Budge
Tim Mazzacua
Steve Parton
Steve Strathmann
Brian Walls
John Walsh
Running time28 minutes
Original networkPBS Member Stations (1993-1999)
TLC (1996-2003)
Original releaseMay 24, 1993; 28 years ago (1993-05-24) –
September 4, 1999; 22 years ago (1999-09-04)

Pappyland is an American half-hour children's television series originally written by Jon Nappa. More than 30 half-hour episodes were written by award-winning children's writer, Eric J. Roberts. Award-winning children's author Benette Whitmore wrote 35 episodes and introduced the character, DoodleBug. It was originally broadcast on WCNY-TV in Syracuse, New York and many other PBS stations from May 24, 1993, to September 3, 1999. Thereafter, the show was moved to TLC and began airing new episodes from September 30, 1996, until 1997, with reruns airing until February 21, 2003. The show starred acclaimed cartoonist-artist Michael Cariglio (born in Utica, New York) as Pappy Drew-It, an artist/49er type character who lived in a magical cabin in a bizarre land with many different creatures and people. More than half of the show was shot on bluescreen.


During each half-hour segment, Pappy and other characters danced, sang, taught life lessons and other children's television fare but the main focus of the show was watching Pappy draw pictures. The camera was positioned directly above his paper and he would carefully explain the purpose of each technique used. The purpose was for children viewers to be able to follow along with Pappy and create the same image as he did. A selection of viewers who sent in their artwork had their drawing shown during the "Hall of Frames" segment near the end of the show and the closing credits. The show was distributed for broadcast on public television by WCNY in Syracuse, New York; it was produced by the non-profit Craftsmen and Scribes' Creative Workshop and Creative Media Solutions TV, also based in Syracuse, New York. Writer for 35 episodes was Benette Whitmore. Home viewers were asked to mail their drawings to a post office box in Syracuse. Years later, Michael Cariglio hosted "Inspiration Station" on Smile of a Child TV.[1] "Pappyland" is now available on DVD. The series can be viewed on digital streaming device Roku's Family TV channel.



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Season 1

  1. Elmer's Birthday Party Mystery (May 24, 1993) - teaches concern
  2. Chucky Wins at Having Fun (May 25, 1993) - teaches being a good sport or good sportsmanship
  3. Chucky Learns to Keep Trying! (May 26, 1993) - teaches sticking to it (the ability to keep trying until you succeed)
  4. Staying Fit - teaches exercise and staying healthy

Season 2

  1. Tree-O Share The Sunlight - teaches sharing
  2. Chucky Loses His Toothbrush - teaches losing things and finding them
  3. I'm a Turtle, Not a Rock - teaches honesty
  4. A Lesson for Lilly - teaches faithfulness
  5. Wanda the Woodpecker Won't Forgive Chucky - teaches forgiveness
  6. Pumpkid Grows Patience - teaches patience
  7. Donkey Dan Gets A Special Visit - teaches commitment
  8. Buddy Bear Learns About Love - teaches love
  9. First Things First For Binky - teaches about priorities
  10. Wanda the Woodpecker's Rude Day - teaches obedience
  11. Turtle Lou Gives Some Respect - teaches respect
  12. Lilly Loves Her Friends - teaches friendship
  13. Pumpkin Pop Keeps His Word - teaches trust
  14. Donkey Dan's Goofy Giggles
  15. Buddy Bear Wakes Up To Work - teaches diligence
  16. Bink Brushes Up His Confidence - teaches confidence
  17. Miss Maple Leaves Her Kindness - teaches kindness
  18. Turtle Lou Comes Out of His Shell - teaches about facing problems
  19. Forget Me Not Forgets She's Special - teaches being special
  20. Donkey Dan's Disorganization - teaches getting organized
  21. Binky Thinks Through A Picture - teaches thinking and planning
  22. Fish Face Pressures Chucky - teaches being assertive

Season 3

  1. Chucky Plants Some Clover - teaches confidence

Season 4

  1. Turtle Lou's Lucky Sneakers - teaches being a community
  2. Mailbird Gets Organized - teaches getting organized
  3. Lost in Pappyland - teaches brainstorming

Season 5

  1. Pappy's Wild Adventure - teaches preparation
  2. Pappy's Alphabet Drawing Adventure - teaches how to draw things using letters
  3. The Power Pappy Adventure
  4. The Day Pappy Forget How To Draw - teaches perseverance
  5. Doodle Bug's Music Recital - teaches practicing
  6. Mailbrids Special Delivery Route - teaches planning
  7. The Best Doodler in the Land - teaches having special abilities
  8. Grandpappys Day for Drawing
  9. Pappys Drawing With Numbers Adventure - teaches how to draw things using numbers
  10. Tree O's Noisy Forest - teaches listening and cooperation

Pap's ArtVentures

A sequel series continuing the character of Pappy and his adventures with his pals and kids on the show.

It debuted on Oct. 22, 2019 on Michael Cariglio's YouTube channel.[2]


  1. ^ Michael Cariglio Hosts Second Set of Inspiration Station
  2. ^ "Pap's ArtVentures - Episode 1 - Drawing an Alligator - Starring Pappy Drewitt from Pappyland". YouTube. 2019-10-22. Retrieved 2022-02-11.
  1. Arnone, Marilyn P. (2005). Motivational Design: The Secret to Producing Effective Children's Media. Lanham, MD : Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0-8108-5037-0
  2. Connors, Dennis J. (2006). Crossroads in Time: An Illustrated History of Syracuse. Syracuse, N.Y. : Onondaga Historical Association. ISBN 0-8156-8149-6