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Encyclopedia > Wishbone (TV series)
Wishbone
Genre Children's television series
Created by Rick Duffield (Executive producer)
Starring Soccer & Larry Brantley (voice) as Wishbone
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 48
Production
Running time 30 Minutes
Broadcast
Original channel PBS
Original run October 9, 1995August 31, 2001
Soccer as Wishbone, the little dog with a big imagination.

Wishbone is a television show which aired from 1995 to 2001 in the United States featuring a Jack Russell Terrier of the same name. Re-runs currently air weekly on select PBS stations. The main character, the talking dog Wishbone, lives with his owner Joe Talbot in the fictional modern town of Oakdale, Texas. As he tends to daydream about being the lead character of stories from classic literature, drawing parallels between the stories and events in the lives of Joe and his friends, he was known as "the little dog with a big imagination". The show follows his daydreams, as Wishbone (usually dressed in human clothing) acts out a famous story from literature or folklore. Only the viewers and the characters in his daydreams can hear Wishbone speak (and furthermore, the characters from his daydreams see Wishbone as whatever famous character he is currently portraying and not as a dog). The show has won Daytime Emmies, a Peabody award, and honors from the Television Critics Association. Wishbone's exterior shots were filmed on the backlot of Lyrick Studios in Allen, Texas, and its interior shots were filmed on a sound stage in a 50,000 square foot (4,600 square metres) warehouse in Plano, Texas. Image File history File links Wishbone_logo. ... Childrens television series are television programmes designed for and marketed to children, normally aired during the morning and afternoon hours, mainly before and after school. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Soccer as Wishbone Soccer as Wishbone as Robin Hood. ... Larry Brantley Larry Brantley, a former stand-up comedian and radio spokesman, entertained families nationwide as the voice of Wishbone the dog. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 243rd day of the year (244th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Wishbone_books. ... Image File history File links Wishbone_books. ... Soccer as Wishbone Soccer as Wishbone as Robin Hood. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... The Jack Russell Terrier is a type of small, principally white-bodied, terrier that has its origins in fox hunting. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... Oakdale is a fictional city in Texas featured on the television series Wishbone. ... The Daytime Emmy Awards are awards presented by the New York-based National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles-based Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in recognition of excellence in American daytime television programming. ... The George Foster Peabody Awards, more commonly referred to as the Peabody Awards, are annual international awards given for excellence in radio and television broadcasting. ... The Television Critics Association is a group of approximately 200 U.S. and Canadian jornalists and columnists who cover televions programming. ... The new HIT Entertainment logo, introduced in June 2006. ... Location within the state of Texas Coordinates: , County Government  - Mayor Steve Terrell Area  - City 68. ... Nickname: Location within the state of Texas Coordinates: , County Government  - Mayor Pat Evans Area  - City 185. ...


The show garnered particular praise for refusing to sugarcoat many of the sadder or more unpleasant aspects of the source works, which usually enjoyed a fairly faithful retelling in the fantasy sequences.


The television series also inspired several book series. Altogether, there are more than fifty books featuring Wishbone, which were published even after the TV series ended, up to 2001.

Contents

Episodes

A standard episode of Wishbone consists of an opening threesome, introducing Wishbone's family's current situation (for example, Arbor Day planting a tree, or Joe catching a lunch lady trying to donate food to a homeless shelter). When one of the main characters decides to get involved in the noble act, Wishbone flashes to a famous work of literature it reminds him of, usually with him playing the lead role, in costume. Wishbone may not play the lead role if the character is difficult to relate to (he plays Sancho Panza in Don Quixote) or is female (in the show's "Joan of Arc" episode, he plays Louis de Conte). By the end of both stories, the real-life situation usually follows the work of literature closely (such as the King saving Robin Hood at the last minute, and the Principal saving Joe at the last minute). The last 2 minutes of nearly every episode feature Wishbone narrating some background description of how the episode was made, such as showing how stunts were done, how costumes were made, or how the visual effects were created. This is a list of all Wishbone episodes. ... Lunch lady is an American slang term for a woman who serves lunch in a school cafeteria. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... (IPA: , but see spelling and pronunciation below), fully titled (The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha) is an early novel written by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. ... Joan of Arc, or Jeanne dArc in French,[1] (1412 – May 30, 1431)[2] is a 15th century national heroine of France. ... Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc is a historical book by Mark Twain. ... Robin Hood memorial statue in Nottingham. ...


One 90-minute movie was released, Wishbone's Dog Days Of The West, based on Heart Of The West.


The series also featured a clip show episode called Picks of the Litter. In television, a clip show is an episode of a series, usually a sitcom, that consists primarily of excerpts from previous episodes, generally depicted as a sequence of flashbacks given plausibility by a frame tale. ...


Characters

Main characters

One of Wishbone's many portrayals, Robin Hood of Nottingham
One of Wishbone's many portrayals, Robin Hood of Nottingham
  • Wishbone: A well-read dog who sees parallels between classic literature and the dilemmas he and his human friends face every day. Wishbone is a white Jack Russell terrier with brown and black spots, who lives with the Talbots at their home on Forest Avenue in Oakdale. In his normal contemporary life, none of the humans can hear Wishbone speak, though the audience can. He seems to be under the impression that humans would hear him if they just paid attention and he often bemoans the fact that they do not do so. In the classic literature stories he imagines himself in, humans can hear him and they apparently perceive him as a human.
  • Joe Talbot: Wishbone's teenaged owner, the only child of Steve and Ellen Talbot. Joe has brown hair and a great interest in sports, particularly basketball. He is a player on the Sequoyah Middle School basketball team. His best friends are Samantha Kepler and David Barnes. His father Steve, a basketball coach, died from a rare blood disease when Joe was six years old.
  • David Barnes: Joe and Sam's best friend and Joe's neighbor. He lives on Forest Avenue with his parents, Nathan and Ruth Barnes, and his younger sister, Emily. David aspires to be a scientist.
  • Samantha "Sam" Kepler: Joe and David's best friend. Her father, Walter Kepler owns and runs the local pizzeria, Pepper Pete's. She has long blonde hair and is the most outgoing and adventurous of the three friends. She is allergic to coconut. Her parents are divorced.
  • Ellen Talbot: Joe's widowed mother, who, like him, has dark brown hair. She works as the reference librarian at Henderson Memorial Library in Oakdale.
  • Wanda Gilmore: The Talbots' slightly eccentric next-door neighbour. Wanda is the owner of the Oakdale Chronicle newspaper and president of the local Historical Society. She is a very friendly and cheerful person, but hates it when Wishbone digs up her flower beds. She has a crush on Joe's teacher, Bob Pruitt.

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Other characters

  • Damont Jones: The local bully, always up to no good, who usually causes trouble with his friend Curtis.
  • Emily Barnes: David's mischievous little sister who is often seen with her friend Tina; a running gag seem to involve an adult telling Emily and Tina to be good to which they reply in unison "we will" before giggling insincerely.
  • Amanda: A friend sometimes rival of Samantha.
  • Mr. Bob Pruitt: Joe's teacher and later a love interest of Wanda.
  • Karis Vick: Wishbone's long lost friend, who shows up in the episode of Don Quixote, 'The Impossible Dream.'

Cast

Soccer as Wishbone

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Awards

  • Academy of Television Arts & Sciences First Honor Roll of Children's Programming, 1999
  • George Foster Peabody Award, 1998
  • Emmy Award - Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design, 1997
  • Emmy Award - Costume Design/Styling, 1997
  • Emmy Award - Graphics and Title Design, 1997
  • Emmy Award - Costume Design/Styling, 1996
  • Emmy Award Nominations, 1998, "WISHBONE's Dog Days of the West"
  • Directing in a Children's Special
  • Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design
  • Main Title Design
  • Costume Design/Styling
  • Television Critics Association - Best Children's Show, 1996 and 1997

Other

Only a handful of the Wishbone episodes have been released to VHS and DVD. There were also a few computer games in 1996, such as Wishbone Activity Center and Wishbone and the Amazing Odyssey and many paperback mysteries. This article is about the machine. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Wishbone & the Amazing Odyssey Wishbone and The Amazing Odyssey was a computer program manufactured by Palladium Interactive featuring the dog from thw Wishbone television series. ...


External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Wishbone (TV series) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (754 words)
Wishbone was a television show which aired from 1995 to 1998 in the United States featuring a Jack Russell terrier of the same name.
Wishbone's exterior shots were filmed in Allen, Texas, and its interior shots were filmed in Plano, Texas.
Wishbone is a white Jack Russell terrier with brown and fl spots, who lives with the Talbots at their home on Forest Avenue, Oakdale.
Wishbone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (291 words)
The wishbone, known in anatomy as the furcula, is a sternum bone found in birds which is shaped like the letter Y. It is used as an attachment point for the wing muscles.
Wishbone (TV series), an educational children's television show starring a Jack Russell terrier.
In automobiles, a wishbone is a suspension component which resembles the avian bone.
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