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Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman
Just Toying With Ruff
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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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The latest poll in Toy Magazine just ranked Ruff's Action—to—the—Maxion Figure "the Worst Toy of the Century." Ruff, who is eating ice cream when a reporter asks for a comment, gets an ice cream headache—BRAIN FREEZE! This inspires Ruff to send Harsha and Sammy to become radio reporters and do a news piece on Brain Freeze. He assigns Noël and DJ to invent a new Ruff Ruffman toy.

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Taylor, Kate (Series Producer)
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