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Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman
Mission Improbable
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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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During a momentary lapse in judgment, Ruff pawns the Ruffman Family Dog Collar. When Ruff tries to get the collar back he realizes that it's now in the hands of enemy operative and master of disguise, Ken L. Koff! Ruff sends the FETCHers to the Spy Museum in Washington D.C. for training to become secret agents. Their mission is to track down and retrieve the Ruffman Family Dog Collar from the international supervillain. Will they succeed?

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Taylor, Kate (Series Producer)
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