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Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman
How Not To Impress A Poodle’s Mother
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Premiered May 29, 2006

Part game show, part reality TV, and part spoof, FETCH! features real kids, real challenges, real science, and an unreal host named Ruff Ruffman (yes, he's an animated dog!) Featuring 20 half-hour episodes, FETCH! mixes live-action with animation and breaks the mold with its educational and comical take on America's newest television genre. Targeting six- to ten-year olds, it is spontaneous, unscripted, and full of twists.

FETCH! explores the untapped potential of the hugely popular reality television genre and proves that it can be a great venue for kids to have fun while learning problem-solving skills and teamwork. The series also offers viewers an important perspective on competition by letting them know that the value of an experience isn't just determined by winning or losing, but by what happens along the way. Funded in large part by the National Science Foundation, the series focuses on real world science, featuring kids as they pursue questions, conduct experiments, and actively investigate the world around them. Series release date: 5/29/2006

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Ruff has finally figured out how to get Charlene the poodle to fall for him—by impressing her mother! Ruff learns that Charlene's mother's name is Nell, so he sends Sam, Harsha and DJ to the beach to sculpt a giant letter "N" in her honor. And to prepare for his date, Ruff dispatches Jay to a salon so he can learn about hair and beauty.

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Taylor, Kate (Series Producer)
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