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Weinerville
Genre
Created byMarc Weiner
Presented byMarc Weiner
Starring
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes68
Production
Production locationsNickelodeon Studios Orlando, Florida
Running time22 minutes
Original release
NetworkNickelodeon
ReleaseJuly 11, 1993 (1993-07-11) –
June 30, 1997 (1997-06-30)

Weinerville is an American children's variety television program on Nickelodeon. It aired from 1993 to 1994. This series was based around a giant puppet stage that was designed to look like a city called Weinerville. It was created and hosted by Marc Weiner.

Production

Weinerville's first season aired as part of a two-hour marathon every Sunday on Nickelodeon beginning on July 11, 1993. Weinerville quickly gained popularity; in the middle of the first season, on November 15, 1993, Nickelodeon began broadcasting it on weekday afternoons. Marc and his Weinerville characters hosted Nick New Year's, a New Year's Eve television special akin to Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve for the child demographic. Airing in 1993 and 1994, the New Year's Eve specials feature host segments, which serve as wraparounds for the best Nicktoons and shows of that year, where Weinerville characters read letters from viewers about their New Year's resolutions while counting down to midnight, at which point they celebrate by shooting slime into the sky.

For the 40-episode second season, which premiered on March 21, 1994, episodes aired daily and were later part of the Stick Stickly show Nick in the Afternoon, which includes Marc as Dottie in some segments. Unfortunately with all the success of hosting two seasons, three television specials, and especially hitting a milestone for being the show to tape its 1000th episode at Nickelodeon Studios, Weinerville was not renewed for a third season. According to Marc, the cancellation happened because Nickelodeon was changing their identity from family friendly to edgy, sarcastic, and somewhat subversive shows, and a puppet show did not fit with the network's new direction of programming.[citation needed]

Overview

Weinerville was filmed at Nickelodeon Studios at Universal Studios Florida. Its format is an audience participation comedy series that focuses on Weiner and his puppets making a show. While early episodes do not have much of a plot or story line the show started to integrate these elements later in season one. In addition to 68 normal episodes, Nickelodeon aired five Weinerville television specials.

Following the first segment and a prelude to "Playland", the viewers watch cartoons of Mr. Magoo, Honey Halfwitch, The Alvin Show, Gerald McBoing-Boing, Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse, and Batfink.

Characters

Human characters

Puppets

The puppets below feature Weiner's head and a puppet body where their parts have been pre-taped so that Weiner can interact with them:

The ones listed below are puppet characters:

Other sketches

The show also featured several non-puppet characters played by Weiner himself:

Episodes

All 68 episodes aired out of sequence and in no particular order. When the last episode was taped, it was the 1000th television episode to be shot at Nickelodeon Studios.[1] The filming schedule for the second season was November 29, 1993, to February 14, 1994.[2]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
128July 11, 1993 (1993-07-11)August 22, 1993 (1993-08-22)
240March 21, 1994 (1994-03-21)1994 (1994)
35December 31, 1993 (1993-12-31)February 17, 1997 (1997-02-17)

Season 1 (1993)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleCartoons [citation needed]
11"Marc's Mother Visits"Gerald McBoing-Boing's Symphony (1953), Stage Door Magoo (1955) and A Leak in the Dike (1965)
Marc learns from Mayor Dottie that his mother is coming, which explains why most of its inhabitants don't want to be around when she arrives.
22"Tooth Hurty"Magoo's Young Manhood (1958) and Christopher Crumpet (1953)
Marc teaches the importance of taking care of your teeth. Marc shows us we can recycle gum after we chewed it with the "Gum Again Machine" and shows us interesting chewed gum art work.
33"Humidity"Magoo's Express (1955) and Forget-Me-Nuts (1967)
A huge heat wave hits Weinerville as everyone tries to stay cool.
44"Cleaning Day"Magoo's Cruise (1958) and Baggin' the Dragon (1966)
While cleaning up Schnitzel's poop, Marc is called by Mayor Dottie to help get Zip out of the vacuum cleaner.
55"Zip in Space"The Dog Snatcher (1952) and A Wedding Knight (1966)

Zip plays on a toy rocket ship and is accidentally launched into outer space. Marc and Mayor Dottie enlist Captain Ozone to help rescue Zip.

Note: Segments cut in 1996.

  • Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse: The Case of the Bet a Million Frog replaces Mr. Magoo: The Dog Snatcher
  • Batfink: Daniel Boom replaces Modern Madcaps: A Wedding Knight
66"Missing Cartoon"Punchy de Leon (1950), Ragtime Bear (1949) and Potions and Notions (1966)
Mayor Dottie enlists a detective named Nick Tracy to find the missing cartoons.
77"Giant Spider"The Miner's Daughter (1950) and Alter Egotist (1967)
A giant spider has caught Zip.
88"Haunted"The Story of George Washington (1965) and Bwana Magoo (1959)
Marc learns from Mayor Dottie that ghosts have been haunting Weinerville.
99"Fitness"How Now Boing Boing (1954) and Christopher Crumpet's Playmate (1955)
After Marc overeats and becomes fat, Dottie puts him on a vigorous exercise program.
1010"Football"Magoo's Canine Mutiny (1956) and A Wedding Knight (1966)
Marc starts a football team as Big Pops, Mayor Dottie, and Socko want to be on it as the quarterback.
1111"Zip Stuck in VCR"Giddyap (1950) and Keep the Cool, Baby (1967)
Zip gets stuck in the VCR as Mayor Dottie works to get him out.
1212"Magic"Matador Magoo (1957) and Throne for a Loss (1966)
Mayor Dottie has a magic kit and she has to use instructions. She zapped Zip too many times, but she can't stop waving with her wand.
1313"Bubblegum"Rock-Hound Magoo (1957) and Boy Pest with Osh (1963)
Upon seeing Mayor Dottie's bubblegum-blowing trophies, Zip starts blowing bubblegum and starts getting trapped.
1414"Talent Show"Merry Minstrel Magoo (1959) and High But Not Dry (1967)
Weinerville is holding a talent show where Big Pops plays the kazoo with his nose, Marc juggles, and Dottie does a mime act. However, Captain Bob's drums and hula girl wins!
1515"Dottie's Birthday"Scoutmaster Magoo (1958) and The Magic Fluke (1949)
It's Mayor Dottie's birthday as Marc tries to find her a good birthday present.
1616"Spaghetti"Mouse Trek (1967), Magoo Saves the Bank (1957) and My Daddy the Astronaut (1967)
Big Pops makes his special spaghetti and meatballs which everyone wants to try as he demonstrates how he makes it.
1717"Bake Off"Madcap Magoo (1955), My Daddy the Astronaut (1967) and Think or Sink (1967)
The citizens of Weinerville are baking cakes in order to raise money for the Old Puppets Home.
1818"Balloon Zip"Magoo's Homecoming (1959), A Balmy Knight (1966) and The Stuck-Up Wolf (1967)
Mayor Dottie gets some balloons from Nick Tracy (who was last seen in "Missing Cartoons"). When Zip asks Mayor Dottie for a balloon, he gets stuck on one of them. Meanwhile, Pops and Louie have an argument on who has been belching smoke near their buildings.
1919"Baseball"Magoo's Masquerade (1957) and The Blacksheep Blacksmith (1967)
Zip takes an interest in joining Weinerville's baseball team, while practicing his batting. Marc has been getting tired of Schnitzel's jokes that he tells the audience to test there hand eye coordination by focusing on throwing baseballs at a target, like Schnitzel!
2020"Budget Cutbacks"Gerald McBoing-Boing (1950), Pink and Blue Blues (1952) and The Opera Caper (1967)
Mayor Dottie gets a call from the Head of the Network that there is going to be some budget cutbacks.
2121"Popcorn"Magoo's Lodge Brother (1959) and Trash Program (1963)
Zip cooks up some popcorn. However, he uses way too much and the whole Puppet City is covered in popcorn.
2222"Recycling"Magoo Goes Skiing (1954), Calling Doctor Magoo (1956) and The Itch (1965)
Everyone in Weinerville does their part in recycling.
2323"Snow Day"Magoo Slept Here (1953) and The Fuz (1967)
It's snowing in Puppet City, Little Pops shovels all his snow to Louie's door, closing him in.
2424"Train Ride"Ballet-Oop (1954) and Frog's Legs (1962)
Zip rides a train in Dottie's office, but it goes out of control and Zip goes crashing through the wall. Marc has his own train with a couple children from the audience, and tells them to smile and wave and makes a ratings joke.
2525"Zip's Family Treasure"Sloppy Jalopy (1952) and Bringing Up Mother (1954)
Dottie puts together a séance to connect with the spirit of Zip's great grandfather to find out where his family treasure is buried. Things however keep on interrupting her.
2626"Ziggy Zag Concert"How Now Boing Boing (1954) and From Nags to Witches (1966)
The Ziggy Zag Concert is occurring in Weinerville.
2727"Camp Idontwanna"When Magoo Flew (1954) and Clean Sweep (1967)
Baby Jeffrey, Marc's nephew, is going to camp. Dottie was nice and packed for him. Due to rules, Dottie packed too many suitcases and has to repack!
2828"Auxiliary Satellite System"Georgie and the Dragon (1951) and A Leak in the Dike (1965)
Dottie can't watch TV, her auxiliary satellite is on the fritz. So she calls for Captain Ozone to try and fix it. Then Boney tells us about "Jack and the bean stock", "Humpty Dumpty", and "Little Red Riding Hood". Dottie finally ends up having Zip be her satellite because his legs pick up great reception.

Season 2 (1994)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleCartoons [citation needed]
291"Weinerville Vs. The Rats"TBA
Professor Phosphate's rats escape from his lab and are all over Weinerville.
302"Viva La Weinerville"Crashcup Invents Baseball (1961) and The Dirty Sinker (1967)
Dottie returns from her Las Vegas vacation and decides to add lots of flash and pizzaz to Weinerville.
313"The Ever Popular Tortured Robot Effect"TBA
Dottie feels burned out and leaves for vacation, leaving Marc to audition people to be acting mayor, Phosphate invents a hologram of Dottie but it malfunctions.
324"Who's on Firstensecond"TBA
Eric Von Firstensecond is plotting to take over Weinerville by taking over the citizen's minds! All but Marc and Commander Ozone are unaffected because then the show wouldn't have an ending.
335"There Goes the Neighborhood"TBA
Donald Rump (parody of Donald Trump) is trying to buy out Weinerville to make room for a burger joints and casino. Forcing the citizens to sell their homes.
346"60 Seconds & Counting"TBA
Weinerville is part of a “60 Seconds” news story.
357"Don't Be Alarmed"TBA
Marc and the Weinerville characters teach us about fire safety.
368"Be Careful What You Wish For"TBA
Dottie won a magic lamp and everyone in Weinerville gets a chance to make ONE wish, unfortunately they don’t turn out the way they think.
379"Puppet's Court"TBA
Pop's and Louie's arguments have got out of control until finally Marc has an idea to settle their latest dispute in the puppet's court with Dottie being the judge.
3810"Do It Yourself Fever"TBA
The citizens of Weinerville show off their “Do-It-Yourself” skills and unfortunately the Weinerizer breaks, but Zip and Marc offers their best to fix it.
3911"Al B. Darned"TBA
(Episode has not surfaced)
4012"Citizen Louie"TBA
Louie, after waiting many years for his papers gets to become a citizen of Weinerville! So the gang throws him a party!
4113"Louie L'amore"Alvin's Cruise (1961) and Magoo's Glorious Fourth (1957)
Louie has a crush on Dottie!
4214"I Heard That"TBA
Dottie goes on vacation and has a relative to fill in for her, who happens to boss around the Weinerville gang like a drill sergeant.
4315"Brain Switch"TBA
Dottie and Commander Ozone switch bodies in a Freaky Friday fashion.
4416"Mirror Mirror"TBA
Commander Ozone and Wilson are entering coordinates to visit Weinerville. However, Wilson let his hair grow too long, that he reads the coordinates backwards. They crash into a world just like Weinerville, but backwards.
4517"Boney, Boney Everywhere"TBA
Professor Phosphate's invention goes wrong, and after an explosion of toxic gas that spreads makes everyone in Weinerville act like Boney. Except Marc, his nose is stuffed up.
4618"Spin Offs"TBA
Dottie got wind of the network wanting a show to air before "Weinerville". but news travels fast that everyone in Puppet City comes up with a new spinoff show.
4719"Dottie's Reunion"TBA
Dottie has been invited to her high school reunion. Not particularly excited, she invites Socko as her date and makes a great impression.
4820"Excess"Ringading Brothers (1966) and Squares (1961)
Dottie is addicted to the "Loca Cola" soda and learns a lesson on when to say "no".
4921"Weinervilla"Ostrich and The Brave Chipmunks (1961)
Weinerville is being sued by a Spanish show called "Weinervilla" claiming "Weinerville" stole their idea.
5022"Ego Mania"TBA
Everybody in Weinerville has their ego's out of control, even Boney is threatening to quit unless he gets "Barney" money. So Marc calls upon Kevin Elemeno P. to come and be the voice of reason. However, Kevin runs the Weinerizer and Playland and his ego gets out of control.
5123"No Time to Talk"The Little Dog (1961) and Crashcup Invents Glass (1962)
Marc has so much to do, but Dottie forces him to do her shopping, as she needs to make a report for the network executive, Kevin. Marc eventually comes back, and Dottie faxes the report and keeps Kevin from shutting the show down.
5224"DTV"Strolling Through the Park (1961) and This Is Your Life (1961)
Dottie abandons her role as the Mayor of Weinerville and starts her own public access fly-by-night cable network.
5325"Princess Dottie"TBA
(Episode has not surfaced)
5426"Election Day"TBA
(Episode has not surfaced)
5527"Who’s Marc?"Ragtime Cowboy Joe (1962) and Crashcup Invents the Telephone (1962)
Marc hits his head and loses his memory after Mayor Dottie tells him that the head of the network Clara Cloud is coming. Now Dottie, Zip, Pops, Louie, Socko, and Professor Phosphate must find a way to restore Marc's memory.
5628"Dotterella"TBA
(Episode has not surfaced)
5729"Zip's Rebellion"Crashcup Invents the Baby (1961) and The Short Circuit Case (1966)
Zip and Dottie get into an argument and quits his job and leaves Weinerville, so he tries to work for Commander Ozone. Things don't workout for Zip so he decides to go back home, unfortunately Zip gets stuck in Ozone's tracker beam.
5830"The Dating Connection"TBA
Dottie gets a love letter from an old flame that lives in Alaska. She leaves over night, not knowing that Marc planned a Dating Game for Dottie, none of the three bachelor's can see Dottie. So, Marc provides the voice.
5931"Don't Call Us, We'll Call You"TBA
Marc is directing and working on casting for a motion picture based on Weinerville which actors and actresses try out for their roles.
6032"The Time Machine"TBA
Professor Phosphate creates a device that can look through the future and the past.
6133"Firstensecond Makes a Dump"Polly Wolly Doodle and Theodore's Dog (1962)
Eric von Firstensecond uses Weinerville as his landfill area. While Marc works on a way to clean up the mess, Zip becomes Eco Man to combat Eric von Firstensecond.
6234"The Player"TBA
Dottie invents a new video game called “The X-R3 Space Shuttle”, that becomes a success. Firstensecond sees how much money she made, asks her to marry him. Dottie refuses so Firstensecond plots a scheme to kidnap Marc and Socko.
6335"Big Hot Dog Circus"TBA
(Episode has not surfaced)
6436"Marriage of Firstensecond"TBA
(Episode has not surfaced)
6537"America's Most Hunted"TBA
Socko is framed for a crime he didn’t commit.
6638"An Officer & a Weiner"TBA
(Episode has not surfaced)
6739"Hide the Boney"TBA
(Episode has not surfaced)
6840"It's Two, Two, Two Shows in One"Theodore's Dog (1961) and Destination Magoo (1954)
Dottie and Marc disagree on what the show is, but finally come to an agreement after turning the show into a sitcom (I Love Lucy parody, with Marc playing the husband). Then the second half was a variety show with dancers, and even a song "Welcome to Weinerville"

Specials

TitleGuest appearances [citation needed]Original air date
"Nick New Year's Eve"TBADecember 31, 1993 (1993-12-31)
Marc and his Weinerville characters host the best Nickelodeon shows and Nicktoons of 1993.
"The Weinerville New Year's Special: Lost in the Big Apple"Mike Maronna, Mellissa Joan Hart, Paul Shaffer, Marc SummersDecember 31, 1994 (1994-12-31)
When Marc and the Weinerville gang head to New York City for New Year's, Dottie informs them that they have to join Cocktail Frank and His Weenies to perform at Nick's New Year's Eve party.
"Nick New Year's '95"Danny Tamberelli and Melissa Joan HartDecember 31, 1994 (1994-12-31)
Marc and his Weinerville characters host the best Nickelodeon shows and Nicktoons of 1994 in Times Square.
"The Weinerville Chanukah Special"Joanne Blum as Nivek, Michael Gunst as Sinrek, Brian O'Connor as Antidorkus, Diesel, Denny Dillon, Laura Kightlinger, Buster Poindexter, and Marc SummersDecember 14, 1995 (1995-12-14)
The Weinerville inhabitants are celebrating Chanukah at the Weinerville Ski Lodge as Marc is on his way there with his family and friends. Two potato pancake-looking Sectos named Nivek and Sinrek are pursued by the evil alien king Antidorkus of the Kerg Empire and crash-land at the Weinerville Ski Lodge where they receive the help of Boney, Socko, and Fluffy the Dog.
"The Weinerville Election Special: From Washington B.C."Philip Mansfield as Hugh J. Magnate, Joe O'Connor as Knuckles, and Preslaysa Edwards as Liberty BrownFebruary 17, 1996 (1996-02-17)
Boney runs for President of the United States, and the Weinerville gang helps him with his campaign. However, the other candidate Hugh J. Magnate is not pleased and is working on an evil scheme to sabotage Boney along with his henchman "Knuckles". With the help of Boney's campaign manager Liberty Brown, they will expose Hugh for his evil plan to turn all the nation's parks into parking lots.

Guest stars

(not all interviews are shown, Sean O'Neal and Jason Zimbler are just quickly glimpsed)

References

  1. ^ Hineman, Catherine (February 2, 1994). "Nickelodeon Count: 1,000 Episodes - Worth $110 Million". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on January 13, 2020. Retrieved December 27, 2020.
  2. ^ Diker, Shira (December 26, 1993). "'Nickelodeon Weinerville,' Inside a Cardboard-Box World". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 6, 2023. Retrieved December 27, 2020.