|Theme music composer||Mark Mothersbaugh|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||37|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Original release||May 27, 2021 –|
Rugrats is an American computer-animated television series created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain. It has been described as a reboot of the original TV series of the same name that ran from 1991 to 2004. The series premiered on May 27, 2021, on Paramount+; it is the second Nickelodeon-based series created for the streaming service. As with previous incarnations of the franchise, the series is produced by Klasky Csupo.
In September 2021, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on April 14, 2023.
Just like the original series, Rugrats focuses on the experiences of a courageous, adventurous one-year-old baby named Tommy Pickles and his group of playmates and other infants and toddlers.
See also: List of Rugrats characters
The surviving voice actors of the titular "Rugrats" reprise their roles from the original series, though the adult roles from the original series have been recast, including Betty DeVille who was originally voiced by the returning Kath Soucie.
In early September 2015, it was announced on Variety that Nickelodeon may "seek to experiment with retooled versions of classics" that could include Rugrats. The following day, The Independent announced that "Rugrats could soon be back on our screens too." In July 2016, it was revealed that Nickelodeon was in talks with Klasky Csupo and Paul Germain about a possible revival of the TV series.
In late July 2016, Arlene Klasky stated that she would be willing to work on a revival of the series, along with co-creators Gabor Csupó and Paul Germain. In October 2016, a Nickelodeon senior vice president stated in response to a fan question that Rugrats was among other shows being considered for revival.
In mid-July 2018, it was announced that Nickelodeon had given a series order to a 26-episode revival of the series, executive produced by Klasky, Csupó, and Germain. In May 2020, it was announced that the revival series was delayed until 2021.
In late February 2021, it was announced that the reboot would premiere on Paramount+ in late spring 2021. A sneak peek was also uploaded to social media platforms. In March, an all-new cast for the parents were revealed.
The reboot premiered on Paramount+ on May 27, 2021 and began airing on Nickelodeon on August 20, 2021. A second batch of episodes was released on October 7, 2021. Regular Nickelodeon airings began on February 25, 2022.
On September 21, 2021, the series was renewed for a 13-episode second season. The series has a holiday episode that was released on December 2, 2021.
On July 21, 2022, it was announced that an additional 13 episodes had been ordered for season two, and that the series was renewed for a 13-episode third season.
On March 16, 2023, it was announced that season two would premiere on April 14, 2023.
As a continuity reboot, the 2021 series has notable differences to the original 1991 series; some of which was done to accommodate the 30-year difference between the two. The most notable change came with the character Betty DeVille. Originally portrayed as a strong feminist woman with a "weak" husband in Howard, Betty is now portrayed as a lesbian, and Howard is absent. Betty's voice actress, Natalie Morales, stated about the change that "anyone who watched the original show may have had an inkling Betty was a member of the alphabet mafia."
Susie and the Carmichael family are already established as neighbors (as opposed to the 1991 series, when they debuted during its second season). Susie is also now two years old instead of three and is no longer able to talk to the adults. Charlotte Pickles also is present from the beginning; in the 1991 series, she did not appear until the second season, being an unseen character up until then. Kimi Watanabe is now three and a half years old, and has already moved with her mother Kira from Paris to the United States by the time she meets the cast. Kira and Chas meet in "Lucky Smudge", when it is revealed she won piano lessons he submitted for a raffle at a fair.
Fluffy, the cat already long belonging to Drew, Charlotte, and Angelica by the time of its first appearances in the original series, is adopted in "Fluffy Moves In" in this series.
|First released||Last released|
|1||45||25||May 27, 2021||April 15, 2022|
|2||TBA||26||April 14, 2023||TBA|
|Title ||Written by||Storyboard by||Original release date ||Nickelodeon air date ||Prod.|
|U.S. linear viewers|
|1||1||"Second Time Around"||Kate Boutilier & Eryk Casemiro||Dave Stone, Casey Burke Leonard (director)||May 27, 2021||August 20, 2021||101–102||0.42|
|When Tommy encourages Chuckie to be more adventurous, Chuckie accidentally swallows a worm.|
|2||2||"Lady De-Clutter"||Alec Schwimmer||Dave Stone (also director)||May 27, 2021||March 11, 2022||103||0.33|
|"New Puppy"||Lauren Shell||Tim Prendergast, Dave Stone (director)||March 18, 2022||0.39|
|3||3||"Tail of the Dogbot"||Allan Neuwirth||Tim Prendergast, Dave Stone (director)||May 27, 2021||March 4, 2022||104||0.36|
|"Jonathan for a Day"||Lauren Shell||Jackie Bae, Dave Stone (director)|
|4||4||"One Big Happy Family"||Story by : Alec Schwimmer|
Written by : Jenny Jaffe
|Jackie Bae, Dave Stone (director)||May 27, 2021||February 25, 2022||105||0.41|
|"The Last Balloon"||Sam Clarke||Rachel Tamura, Dave Stone (director)|
|5||5||"March for Peas"||Robin J. Stein||Tim Prendergast, Dave Stone (director)||May 27, 2021||March 25, 2022||106||0.37|
|"The Two Angelicas"||Halima Lucas||Jackie Bae, Dave Stone (director)||February 21, 2022||0.38|
|6||6||"No License to Drive"||Joe Purdy||Rachel Tamura, Dave Stone (director)||October 7, 2021||April 8, 2022||107||0.34|
|"I Dream of Duffy"||Allan Neuwirth||Crystal Kan, Dave Stone (director)|
|7||7||"The Fish Stick"||Sarah Allan||Tim Prendergast, Dave Stone (director)||October 7, 2021||July 1, 2022||108||0.28|
|"The Pickle Barrel"||Jeff D'Elia & Alec Schwimmer||Aaron Brewer, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)|
|8||8||"The Future Maker"||Lissa Kapstrom & Jenny Jaffe||Aaron Brewer, Dave Stone (director)||October 7, 2021||April 15, 2022||109||0.32|
|"Goodbye Reptar"||Crescent Imani Novell||Jackie Bae, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)|
|9||9||"The Bubbe and Zayde Show"||Allan Neuwirth||Tim Prendergast, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)||October 7, 2021||June 3, 2022||110||0.20|
|"The Perfect Myth"||Sam Clarke||Crystal Kan, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)|
|10||10||"The Big Diff"||Robin J. Stein||Jackie Bae, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)||October 7, 2021||June 10, 2022||111||0.22|
|"Final Eclipse"||Jeff D'Elia||Crystal Kan, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)|
|11||11||"Great Minds Think Alike"||Lauren Shell||Rachel Tamura, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)||October 7, 2021||June 17, 2022||112||N/A|
|"Betty and the Beast"||Robin J. Stein & Rachel Lipman||Aaron Brewer, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)|
|12||12||"Escape from Preschool"||Lissa Kapstrom||Crystal Kan, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)||October 7, 2021||June 24, 2022||113||0.22|
|"Mr. Chuckie"||Jeff D'Elia||Tim Prendergast, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)|
|13||13||"The Werewoof Hunter"||Story by : Kate Boutilier & Eryk Casemiro|
Written by : Jeff D'Elia
|Tim Prendergast & Rachel Tamura, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)||October 7, 2021||October 22, 2021||115||0.27|
|14||14||"Traditions"||Kate Boutilier & Eryk Casemiro||Jackie Bae & Rachel Tamura, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)||December 2, 2021||December 10, 2021||117||0.33|
|15||15||"Chuckie vs. the Vacuum"||Holly Huckins||Jackie Bae, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)||April 15, 2022||January 27, 2023||114||0.19|
|"Gone Teddy Gone"||Joe Purdy||Aaron Brewer, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)|
Chuckie clogs up and subsequently destroys Grandpa Lou's old vacuum cleaner, leading the baby to take on the idea that he isn't afraid of anything. Unfortunately, Stu works with Lou to fix the vacuum, and it returns to terrorize him and the other Rugrats.|
Tommy's beloved teddy bear, Teddy, goes missing, and Angelica is enlisted to help snub out the suspect who stole it.
|16||16||"I, Baby"||Joan Considine Johnson||Aaron Brewer, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)||April 15, 2022||May 8, 2023||116||0.13|
|"Fan-Gelica"||David Rosenberg||Crystal Kan, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)|
|17||17||"Captain Susie"||Story by : Lissa Kapstrom & Jeff D'Elia|
Written by : Jeff D'Elia
|Crystal Kan, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)||April 15, 2022||May 9, 2023||118||0.14|
|"Bringing Up Daisy"||Peter Gaffney||Aaron Brewer, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)|
Grandpa Lou and his friends participate in a yoga class taught by the former's girlfriend, Celeste, in which he consistently is flustered with and keeps messing up infront of. Meanwhile, Susie and co. play a game of spaceman at the playground, where Susie has to keep the crew safe from a space worm consuming members of the group one by one.|
Angelica receives a petunia from a kid named Bentley at her preschool as a token of appreciation, but the 3-year old can't seem to comprehend its supposed value and throws it away. Chuckie grows attached to the flower, even giving it a nickname, "Daisy." When the kid at preschool says that he needs the flower back so Angelica can have a playdate with him, the latter continuously tries to bribe Chuckie in order to repossess it.
|18||18||"Wedding Smashers"||Johnny LaZebnik||Tim Prendergast, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)||April 15, 2022||May 10, 2023||119||0.12|
|"House Broken"||Sam Clarke||May 11, 2023||0.13|
While Stu and Jonathan fight over how their cake for Grandpa Lou should look, the Rugrats gang prepare a fake wedding for Angelica's dolls, Cynthia and Cyrus.|
An incident with Stu's newly modified Duffy device causes the Rugrats gang to be locked in the house, with no means of escape. While Stu and Grandpa Lou try to find a way to get in, the babies are forced to fend for themselves, since Duffy believes they're intruders.
|19||19||"Lucky Smudge"||Sam Clarke||Crystal Kan, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)||April 15, 2022||May 15, 2023||120||0.14|
|"Our Friend Twinkle"||Michael Ferris||Rachel Tamura, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)||May 16, 2023||0.19|
Angelica believes that a paint smudge on Tommy's stomach is key to winning the carnival games at her preschool. Meanwhile, Drew and Charlotte cook and serve popcorn at the carnival as "role model parents," much to their dismay.|
Angelica tries to spook the Rugrats by turning Phil and Lil's knowingly imaginary, non-existent friend Twinkle into a reality. Elsewhere, the parents play a Pictionary-like game with their virtual assistant, Duffy.
|20||20||"Rescuing Cynthia"||Story by : Jenny Jaffe, Rachel Lipman & Kate Boutilier|
Written by : Jenny Jaffe & Kate Boutilier
|Jackie Bae & Aaron Brewer, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)||April 15, 2022||January 20, 2023||121||0.28|
|Johnathan switches out Angelica's Cynthia doll for a Tabitha one, and after realizing that she forgot it while on her way to park, she falls asleep into a dream world where Cynthia (Tori Kelly) is missing and Tabitha (Jordin Sparks) has eclipsed her popularity.|
|21||21||"Queen Bee"||Carmen Corea||Rachel Tamura, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)||April 15, 2022||May 17, 2023||122||0.11|
|"Phone Alone"||Gus Constantellis||Tim Prendergast, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)||May 18, 2023||0.13|
The babies imagine themselves as bees, working different tasks to earn honey from a queen bee Angelica. Meanwhile, Susie's dad tries to record a film about bees for two of his high-school students.|
Angelica and Bentley are on a playdate, and both desire to obtain a Cynthia collectors' patch from a call-in sweepstakes event. Things fall through when Angelica's mom, Charlotte, and all of the other parents put their phones away in a shoebox as a part of Didi's "Phone-Free Afternoon" exercise - so the two are forced to work together to obtain it, with help from the babies - although Angelica and Bentley don't see the same eye in regards with tpwhat they're going to do with the collectible. Outside, the parents play a game of crochet as a part of "Phone-Free," but Didi runs back to get her phone in order to preserve the memories she gained from the event.
|22||22||"Night Crawler"||Rachel Lipman||Crystal Kan, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)||April 15, 2022||October 14, 2022||123||0.17|
|"Goblets and Goblins"||Jeff D'Elia||Jackie Bae, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)|
|23||23||"House of Cardboard"||Monica Piper||Rachel Tamura, Dave Stone (director)||April 15, 2022||May 22, 2023||124||0.15|
|"Fluffy Moves In"||Holly Huckins||Jackie Bae, Dave Stone (director)||May 23, 2023||0.15|
Grandpa Lou builds Angelica a house made of cardboard, for which Chuckie takes control of its design, where the two see rare positive interactions with each other. The rest of the Rugrats think that Angelica's merely manipulating and bullying Chuckie, trying to convince him to leave and go back to playing with them.|
After buying her a new Cynthia pet accessory, Drew suggests that Angelica's toy collection is practically complete, except for the fact that she doesn't have a real pet. Following continued acts of want, Angelica's parents pitch in and adopt a cat from the animal shelter, which she names "Fluffy." The feline turns out to be everybody's friend except Angelica's, constantly doing things behind her back and getting the toddler in trouble.
|24||24||"Susie the Artist"||Allan Neuwirth||Tim Prendergast, Dave Stone (director)||April 15, 2022||May 24, 2023||125||0.23|
|"A Horse is a Horse"||Peter Gaffney||Crystal Kan, Dave Stone (director)||May 25, 2023||0.11|
Charlotte declares Angelica's drawing of merely a dog to be "abstract art," and proclaims her an artist. Angelica teaches her supposed talents to Susie, who ends up being a better artist than she is, creating jealousy.|
|Title ||Written by||Storyboard by||Original release date ||Nickelodeon air date ||Prod.|
|U.S. linear viewers|
|25||1||"Crossing the Antarctic"||Jeff D'Elia||Crystal Kan & Daniela Rodriguez de la Peña, Dave Stone (director)||April 14, 2023||TBA||201||N/A|
|"Chuckie in Charge"||Michael Ferris||Yee Hin Tang, Dave Stone (director)|
|26||2||"Tooth or Share"||Lauren Shell||Mark Maxey, Dave Stone & Rachel Tamura (directors)||April 14, 2023||TBA||202||N/A|
|"Moon Story"||Sam Clarke||Daniela Rodriguez de la Peña & Rachel Tamura, Dave Stone & Rachel Tamura (directors)|
|27||3||"Snake in the Grass"||Joe Purdy||Jackie Bae & Daniela Rodriguez de la Peña, Dave Stone (director)||April 14, 2023||TBA||203||N/A|
|"Ancient Treasure"||Amy Hubbs||Crystal Kan, Rachel Tamura (director)|
|28||4||"Tot Springs Showdown"||Kate Boutilier & Eryk Casemiro||Jackie Bae & Mark Maxey, Mark Maxey & Dave Stone (directors)||April 14, 2023||TBA||204||N/A|
|While celebrating Charlotte's 40th birthday at a rodeo camp, Angelica and the babies meet Charlotte's mother Judith, her new husband Julian, and Julian's son Simon. As Simon acts out, Angelica has to choose between hanging with the babies or with him. Meanwhile Didi announces that she is pregnant.|
|29||5||"Little Daddy"||Jeff D'Elia||Daniela Rodriguez de la Peña, Mark Maxey & Dave Stone (directors)||April 14, 2023||TBA||205||N/A|
|"The Kid"||Story by : Lissy Klatchko & Rachel Lipman|
Written by : Rachel Lipman
|Daniela Rodriguez de la Peña, Rachel Tamura (director)|
|30||6||"Bottles Away"||Joan Considine Johnson||Mark Maxey, Mark Maxey & Dave Stone (directors)||April 14, 2023||TBA||206||N/A|
|"Extra Pickles"||Story by : Johnny LaZebnik|
Written by : Rachel Lipman
|Crystal Kan, Rachel Tamura (director)|
On a day at the beach, Tommy's bottle is sent to sea, resulting in his mother trying to get him to drink from a sippy cup.|
During Didi's baby shower, Angelica decides she wants all of the presents set aside for Tommy. She claims that he is being sent away, resulting in Tommy learning how to be a "Finster".
|31||7||"Gramping"||Rachel Lipman||Zac Palladino & Daniela Rodriguez de la Peña, Rachel Tamura (director)||April 14, 2023||TBA||207||N/A|
|With a week left of Didi's pregnancy, Lou's sick of the noise at his home causing him to go camping with his friend Bob to write a song in peace. As Stu is freaking out about having another kid, he starts talking of moving out of his dad's home into Drew's guest room. This results in Stu, Drew, Graham, Lucy, Charlotte, and Randy taking the kids to follow after the man, leaving Didi and Chas back at home. Angelica talks the babies into following her father through the woods for marshmellows claiming to be hunting bigfoot. At the same time, Didi goes into labor, resulting in trying to contact Stu. As he has no cell reception, Lou's friend Graham Prescott goes looking for the group.|
|32||8||"The Blob from Outer Space"||Allan Neuwirth||Daniela Rodriguez de la Peña, Mark Maxey (director)||April 14, 2023||TBA||208||N/A|
|"The Chop"||Natalie Walmsley||Mark Maxey, Mark Maxey & Dave Stone (directors)|
|33||9||"Tommy the Giant"||Blake Pickens||Jackie Bae, Rachel Tamura (director)||April 14, 2023||TBA||209||N/A|
|"Nanny Pip"||Rachel Lipman||Crystal Kan, Rachel Tamura (director)|
|34||10||"Sir Spike"||Alonso Cisneros||Zachary Palladino, Mark Maxey (director)||April 14, 2023||TBA||210||N/A|
|"Rattled"||Michael Ferris||Jackie Bae, Rachel Tamura (director)|
|35||11||"Reptar Day!"||Michael Ferris||Jackie Bae, Mark Maxey & Dave Stone (directors)||April 14, 2023||TBA||211||N/A|
|"Mission to the Little"||Sarah Allan||Jackie Bae & Zachary Palladino, Rachel Tamura (director)|
After hearing the tv mention 'Reptar day' the babies begin to believe that Earth day is 'Reptar day'. Angelica however disbelieves them.|
On a night where Betty brought her girlfriend Trish to watch an outdoor movie at the Pickles home, Phil realizes that he actually likes Trish when the babies head into the house to get Dil.
|36||12||"Miss Match"||Joan Considine Johnson||Crystal Kan, Mark Maxey (director)||April 14, 2023||TBA||212||N/A|
|"Flamingo Dance"||Sam Clarke||Crystal Kan, Dave Stone & Rachel Tamura (directors)|
During Kira Watanabe's last piano lesson, Angelica and Susie team up to set Kira up with Chas so they wouldn't be stuck watching Dil. Even without the babies help, Chas and Kira decide to go on a date.|
Susie and Chuckie have a recital where they dance in flamingo costumes. After their teacher removes their boas, Susie begins to boycott the recital. In the audience, the parents try out all the seats to find the best ones. In the end, Susie decides to join her class on the stage.
|37||13||"Baby Talk"||Crescent Imani Novell, Rachel Lipman & Kate Boutilier||Daniela Rodriguez de la Peña, Mark Maxey (director)||April 14, 2023||TBA||213||N/A|
|"Tossed and Found"||David Ramirez||Jackie Bae, Rachel Tamura (director)|
Susie is excited for her cousin Edwin to come visit. However after trying to talk to him, she learns that neither Edwin nor his older brother Buster could understand her. Angelica said that once they hit a certain age they too would no longer be able to understand baby talk. Susie is determined however to get Edwin to play with them.|
After hearing Didi mention naptime, the babies believe that Lou and his friends needed to return home for their nap. In the effort to tire them out, the babies proceed to throw away their things for the adults to find. During this they come across Daxton as he blogged about Boris and Minka's blintzes food truck.
|No.||Title ||Original release date ||Nickelodeon air date ||Prod.|
|1||"Tommy's Ball"||May 27, 2021[a]||May 14, 2021||104|
Angelica throws Tommy's ball over the fence and he wants to get it back.
|2||"Night Howl"||May 27, 2021[b]||May 14, 2021||101|
|Tommy goes out on a night adventure with his dog Spike.|
|3||"The Lamp"||May 27, 2021||May 27, 2021||103|
Angelica intentionally breaks Tommy’s clown lamp after scaring off Chuckie.
|4||"The Slide"||May 27, 2021||May 28, 2021||102|
Chuckie looks to overcome his fear of slides.
|5||"Expedition"||October 7, 2021||October 1, 2021||105|
|6||"Cynthia Show"||October 7, 2021||October 1, 2021||106|
|7||"Art Project"||October 22, 2021[c]||October 8, 2021||107|
|8||"Reptar in Space"||October 22, 2021||TBA||108|
|Region||Set title||Season(s)||Aspect ratio||Episode count||Time length||Release date|
|1||Season 1, Volume 1||1||16:9||13||313 minutes||July 12, 2022|
|Season 1, Volume 2||12||272 minutes||March 7, 2023|