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The Huggabug Club
GenreChildren's television series
Created byAudrey Landers
Judy Landers
Ruth Landers
StarringAudrey Landers
Judy Landers
Bret Shefter
Ilysia J. Pierce
Susan Solomon
Ken Jensen
Lorin Benjamin
Amanda Fenester
Theme music composerAudrey Landers
Judy Landers
Opening themeThe Huggabug Club (performed by the cast)
Ending themeThe Huggabug Club (performed by the cast)
ComposersAudrey Landers
Ralf Stemmann
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes47 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerRuth Landers
ProducersAudrey Landers
Judy Landers
Ruth Landers
Production locationsNew York City
Tampa, Florida
Camera setupSingle
Running time30 minutes per episode
Production companyWEDU
Original release
NetworkPBS Member Stations
Smile
ReleaseJanuary 1, 1995 (1995-01-01) –
June 7, 1997 (1997-06-07)

The Huggabug Club is an American children's television series. It first aired on PBS member stations from January 1, 1995 to June 7, 1997, then aired in reruns until July 30, 2000.

Cast

Adults

In addition to Miss Audrey and Miss Judy, the program features full-bodied puppets who magically appear with the help of a computer: Uncle Huggabug, a cowboy insect; Auntie Bumble, a grandmotherly bee; and Miss Oops-A-Daisy, a clumsy flower. In Season 3, Lovey-Dovey, a peaceful dove. The cast also includes the "Buggsters", a group of multicultural kids who sing and dance.[1]

Kids

Production

The series was co-created by veteran actresses and sisters Audrey and Judy Landers, as well as their manager/producer/mother Ruth Landers, who also served as executive producer. The Landers sisters co-wrote over 150 original songs for the series.[1]

An advisory board of teachers and a child psychologist helped to guide the series towards "life skills"-teaching themes. The themes were: integrity; initiative; flexibility; perseverance; organization; sense of humor; effort; common sense; problem solving; responsibility; patience; friendship; curiosity; cooperation; and caring.[1]

Episodes

Season 1 (1995)

  1. "Express Yourself": Feelings and Emotions (January 1, 1995)
  2. "Finders Keepers Not!": Honesty (January 8, 1995)
  3. "This Land is Your Land": The Environment (January 15, 1995)
  4. "Safety First": Safety (January 22, 1995)
  5. "New Kid in Town": Making New Friends (January 29, 1995)
  6. "Farmer Jo-Ann's Farm": Going to the Farm (February 5, 1995)
  7. "School Days": Everyday School Routine (February 12, 1995)
  8. "Fitness is Fun": Fitness Routine and Keeping Healthy (February 19, 1995)
  9. "Our Five Scent-Sational Senses": The 5 Senses (February 26, 1995)
  10. "Wheels, Wings, and Moving Things": Transportation (March 5, 1995)
  11. "Let's Go to the Zoo": Zoo Animals (March 12, 1995)
  12. "Rainy Days are Fun!": Rainy Day Activities (March 19, 1995)
  13. "Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker": Occupations (March 26, 1995)
  14. "Surprise Pets": Exotic Pets (April 2, 1995)
  15. "Remember When...": Memories (April 9, 1995)
  16. "Cuddly Christmas": Christmas Traditions (December 3, 1995)

Notes:

Season 2 (1996)

  1. "Head to Toe": The Human Body (February 3, 1996)
  2. "Tell It Like It Is": Honesty (February 10, 1996)
  3. "And Baby Makes Four": Families and Babies (February 17, 1996)
  4. "Don't Be Bugged by a Bug": Bugs and Insects (February 24, 1996)
  5. "Dinosaurs are Dynamite!": Dinosaurs (March 2, 1996)
  6. "Surprises from the Sea": The Ocean and Beach Activities (March 9, 1996)
  7. "I'm One of a Kind": Individuality (March 16, 1996)
  8. "That's What Friends are For": Friendship (March 23, 1996)
  9. "Wacky Weather": The Weather Forecast (March 30, 1996)
  10. "Please Don't Tease": Respect (April 6, 1996)
  11. "What Do You Say?": Good Manners (April 13, 1996)
  12. "You Can't Win 'em All": Teamwork (April 20, 1996)
  13. "Let's Celebrate": Holidays (April 27, 1996)
  14. "Silly Scientists": Science (May 4, 1996)
  15. "Magical, Musical Day": Musical Instruments and Styles of Music (May 11, 1996)
  16. "Dance-a-Thon": Dancing (May 18, 1996)

Notes:

Season 3 (1997)

  1. "A Package to Mexico": The Postal System (March 1, 1997)
  2. "Helping Others": Helping (March 8, 1997)
  3. "Outer Space is Out of Sight": Outer Space (March 15, 1997)
  4. "Curious Kids": Being Curious and Smart (March 22, 1997)
  5. "We'll Always Be Family": Family Members (March 29, 1997)
  6. "Get Neat to the Beat": Keeping Clean (April 5, 1997)
  7. "USA Melting Pot": The USA and other Countries (April 12, 1997)
  8. "1, 2, 3 Learn Your ABC's": Letters and Numbers (April 19, 1997)
  9. "Willie Has Wheels": Disability (April 26, 1997)
  10. "Fantastic Firefighters": Firefighters & Fire Safety (May 3, 1997)
  11. "Imagine This, Imagine That": Imagination (May 10, 1997)
  12. "Rootin' Tootin' Reptiles": Reptiles (May 17, 1997)
  13. "Doctor Day": Doctors (May 24, 1997)
  14. "Sing Along and Learn": Singing (May 31, 1997)
  15. "Native Americans": Native Studies (June 7, 1997)

Notes:

Broadcast

The show was first aired on PBS from January 1, 1995 to June 7, 1997. Internationally, the series was also broadcast in South Africa, Jordan, Canada and Zambia.

Accolades

The television series and videotape releases have been awarded The Parents Choice Award, The Dove Foundation Award, and The Kids First Award for quality in children's media.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c "FindArticles.com | CBSi". findarticles.com. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  2. ^ "The Huggabug Club * Landers Productions *". www.landersproductionz.com.