Rugrats
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Genre
Created by
Based onRugrats
Voices of
Theme music composerMark Mothersbaugh
ComposerBob Mothersbaugh
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes24
Production
Executive producers
Animators
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original networkParamount+
Original releaseMay 27, 2021 (2021-05-27) –
present
Chronology
Related shows

Rugrats is an American computer-animated streaming television series created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain. It has been described as both a revival and 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.[1][2][3]

In September 2021, the series was renewed for a second season.[4]

Premise

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.

Voice cast

See also: List of Rugrats characters

Rugrats sports a vast array of secondary and tertiary characters.
Rugrats sports a vast array of secondary and tertiary 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.[5]

Children

Adults

Supporting

Production

In early September 2015, it was announced on Variety that Nickelodeon may "seek to experiment with retooled versions of classics" that could include Rugrats.[7] The following day, The Independent announced that "Rugrats could soon be back on our screens too."[8] 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.[9][10][11]

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.[12][13] 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.[14]

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.[15]

In late February 2021, it was announced that the reboot would premiere on Paramount+ in late spring 2021.[1][2] A sneak peek was also uploaded to social media platforms. In March, an all-new cast for the parents were revealed.[5]

The reboot premiered on Paramount+ on May 27, 2021[3] and began airing on Nickelodeon on August 20, 2021.[16][17] A second batch of episodes was released on October 7, 2021.[16] Regular Nickelodeon airings began on February 25, 2022.[18]

On September 21, 2021, the series was renewed for a 13-episode second season.[4] The series has a holiday episode that was released on December 2, 2021.[19]

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.[20]

Comparisons with original series

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.[21] 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."[22]

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.[23] 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.[24] Kira and Chas meet in "Lucky Smudge", when it's revealed she won piano lessons he submitted for a raffle at a fair.[25]

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.[26]

Episodes

No.Title [16][27]Written byStoryboard byOriginal release date [16][27]Nickelodeon air date [16][27]Prod.
code [16]
U.S. linear viewers
(millions)
1"Second Time Around"Directed by : Casey Burke Leonard
Written by : Kate Boutilier & Eryk Casemiro
Dave Stone (also director)May 27, 2021 (2021-05-27)August 20, 2021101–1020.42[28]
2"Lady De-Clutter"
"New Puppy"
Alec Schwimmer
Lauren Shell
Dave Stone (also director)
Tim Prendergast, Dave Stone (director)
May 27, 2021 (2021-05-27)March 11, 2022
March 18, 2022
1030.33[29]
0.39[30]
3"Tail of the Dogbot"
"Jonathan for a Day"
Allan Neuwirth
Lauren Shell
Tim Prendergast, Dave Stone (director)
Jackie Bae, Dave Stone (director)
May 27, 2021 (2021-05-27)March 4, 20221040.36[31]
4"One Big Happy Family"
"The Last Balloon"
Story by : Alec Schwimmer
Written by : Jenny Jaffe
Sam Clarke
Jackie Bae, Dave Stone (director)
Rachel Tamura, Dave Stone (director)
May 27, 2021 (2021-05-27)February 25, 20221050.41[32]
5"March for Peas"
"The Two Angelicas"
Robin J. Stein
Halima Lucas
Tim Prendergast, Dave Stone (director)
Jackie Bae, Dave Stone (director)
May 27, 2021 (2021-05-27)March 25, 2022
February 21, 2022
1060.37[33]
0.38[34]
6"No License to Drive"
"I Dream of Duffy"
Joe Purdy
Allan Neuwirth
Rachel Tamura, Dave Stone (director)
Crystal Kan, Dave Stone (director)
October 7, 2021 (2021-10-07)April 8, 20221070.34[35]
7"The Fish Stick"
"The Pickle Barrel"
Sarah Allan
Jeff D'Elia & Alec Schwimmer
Tim Prendergast, Dave Stone (director)
Aaron Brewer, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)
October 7, 2021 (2021-10-07)July 1, 20221080.28[36]
8"The Future Maker"
"Goodbye Reptar"
Lissa Kapstrom & Jenny Jaffe
Crescent Imani Novell
Aaron Brewer, Dave Stone (director)
Jackie Bae, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)
October 7, 2021 (2021-10-07)April 15, 20221090.32[37]
9"The Bubbe and Zayde Show"
"The Perfect Myth"
Allan Neuwirth
Sam Clarke
Tim Prendergast, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)
Crystal Kan, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)
October 7, 2021 (2021-10-07)June 3, 20221100.20[38]
10"The Big Diff"
"Final Eclipse"
Robin J. Stein
Jeff D'Elia
Jackie Bae, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)
Crystal Kan, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)
October 7, 2021 (2021-10-07)June 10, 20221110.22[39]
11"Great Minds Think Alike"
"Betty and the Beast"
Lauren Shell
Robin J. Stein & Rachel Lipman
Rachel Tamura, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)
Aaron Brewer, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)
October 7, 2021 (2021-10-07)June 17, 2022112N/A
12"Escape from Preschool"
"Mr. Chuckie"
Lissa Kapstrom
Jeff D'Elia
Crystal Kan, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)
Tim Prendergast, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)
October 7, 2021 (2021-10-07)June 24, 20221130.22[40]
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 (2021-10-07)October 22, 20211150.27[41]
14"Traditions"Kate Boutilier & Eryk CasemiroJackie Bae, Rachel Tamura, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)December 2, 2021 (2021-12-02)December 10, 20211170.33[42]
15"Chuckie vs. the Vacuum"
"Gone Teddy Gone"
Holly Huckins
Joe Purdy
Jackie Bae, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)
Aaron Brewer, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)
April 15, 2022 (2022-04-15)TBATBAN/A
16"I, Baby"
"Fan-Gelica"
Joan Considine Johnson
David Rosenberg
Aaron Brewer, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)
Crystal Kan, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)
April 15, 2022 (2022-04-15)TBATBAN/A
17"Captain Susie"
"Bringing Up Daisy"
Story by : Lissa Kapstrom & Jeff D'Elia
Written by : Jeff D'Elia
Peter Gaffney
Crystal Kan, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)
Aaron Brewer, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)
April 15, 2022 (2022-04-15)TBATBAN/A
18"Wedding Smashers"
"House Broken"
Johnny LaZebnik
Sam Clarke
Tim Prendergast, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)April 15, 2022 (2022-04-15)TBATBAN/A
19"Lucky Smudge"
"Our Friend Twinkle"
Sam Clarke
Michael Ferris
Crystal Kan, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)
Rachel Tamura, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)
April 15, 2022 (2022-04-15)TBATBAN/A
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 (2022-04-15)TBATBAN/A
21"Queen Bee"
"Phone Alone"
Carmen Corea
Gus Constantellis
Rachel Tamura, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)
Tim Prendergast, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)
April 15, 2022 (2022-04-15)TBATBAN/A
22"Night Crawler"
"Goblets and Goblins"
Rachel Lipman
Jeff D'Elia
Crystal Kan, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)
Jackie Bae, Bryan Newton & Dave Stone (directors)
April 15, 2022 (2022-04-15)TBATBAN/A
23"House of Cardboard"
"Fluffy Moves In"
Monica Piper
Holly Huckins
Rachel Tamura, Dave Stone (director)
Jackie Bae, Dave Stone (director)
April 15, 2022 (2022-04-15)TBATBAN/A
24"Susie the Artist"
"A Horse is a Horse"
Allan Neuwirth
Peter Gaffney
Tim Prendergast, Dave Stone (director)
Crystal Kan, Dave Stone (director)
April 15, 2022 (2022-04-15)TBATBAN/A

Shorts

No.Title [16][43]Original release date [16][43]Nickelodeon air date [16]Prod.
code [16]
1"Tommy's Ball"May 27, 2021 (2021-05-27)[a]May 14, 2021104

Angelica throws Tommy's ball over the fence and he wants to get it back.

2"Night Howl"May 27, 2021 (2021-05-27)[b]May 14, 2021101
Tommy goes out on a night adventure with his dog Spike.
3"The Lamp"May 27, 2021 (2021-05-27)May 27, 2021103

Angelica intentionally breaks Tommy’s clown lamp after scaring off Chuckie.

  • Note: This is a remake of the ending of the original series' first season episode "The Trial".
4"The Slide"May 27, 2021 (2021-05-27)May 28, 2021102

Chuckie looks to overcome his fear of slides.

5"Expedition"October 7, 2021 (2021-10-07)October 1, 2021105
6"Cynthia Show"October 7, 2021 (2021-10-07)October 1, 2021106
7"Art Project"October 22, 2021 (2021-10-22)[c]October 8, 2021107
8"Reptar in Space"October 22, 2021 (2021-10-22)TBA108

Home media

Region Set title Season(s) Aspect ratio Episode count Time length Release date
1 Season 1, Volume 1 1 16:9 13 July 12, 2022[44]

Notes

  1. ^ This short was first uploaded to the Paramount+ YouTube channel on May 13, 2021.
  2. ^ This short was first uploaded to the Paramount+ YouTube channel on May 14, 2021.
  3. ^ This short was first uploaded to the Nickelodeon Instagram account on October 17, 2021.

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