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Bear in the Big Blue House logo.png
Premiere October 20, 1997
Finale April 28, 2006
Network Disney Channel
Seasons 4
Episodes 117

Disney's Bear in the Big Blue House Behind the Ears

Disney Channel's Behind the Ears feature


Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes


Big Bird visits the Big Blue House: "When the first season was shot upstairs from Sesame, Caroll snuck Bird upstairs."[1]

Bear in the Big Blue House is a TV series that ran for four seasons, from 1997 to 2003. The show was developed by Mitchell Kriegman with The Jim Henson Company for Disney Channel. Eight additional fourth season episodes were broadcast in April 2006, after The Walt Disney Company's acquisition of the program. Reruns continued to air until May 6, 2007.[2] In 2005, during its hiatus, the series was followed by a programming block titled Breakfast with Bear, featuring Bear visiting the homes of real-life children.

Show Structure and Content

Bear in the Big Blue House is aimed at teaching lessons to preschool and early school-age children. In each episode, Bear explores learning concepts such as feelings, the alphabet, nature, science and more with the kids of the Big Blue House and/or out in Woodland Valley. Throughout the majority of its run, the program was seen daily on Disney Channel. Currently, it is not broadcast in the United States, but can be seen in some other markets.

At the beginning of each episode, Bear welcomes viewers to his house and tells them that he thinks they smell good. After talking with one or more of the characters, he introduces the show theme, or "Word of the Day" and sometimes sings a song about it. This segment, in the first three seasons, is often followed by one in which real kids discuss the topic of the day. Afterwards, Bear usually explores the house or valley, talking with the kids and aiding/assisting them as necessary. He will also sometimes stop to find Shadow, who shares a story related to the theme of the day. At the end of each program, Bear heads to the attic of the house and talks with his friend Luna, the moon, about the day's events. The two sing "The Goodbye Song" and notable scenes from the episode are shown in brief. Bear then shares a final thought for the day.

Sometimes, at the opening of the program, Bear will have a talk with Ray. In the fourth season of the program, Woodland Valley, the community at large, is featured much more heavily. Tutter the mouse is shown attending school, many new characters are introduced and the Good Morning song and real-kids segments are no longer featured.

Episode list

see also: unaired pilot


Additional Performers
Guest Voices


  • Opening Titles Sequence and Digital Compositing by Shadow Digital
  • Produced by Shadow Projects and Jim Henson Television
  • Taped at Silver Screen Studios at Chelsea Piers, NY

See also


  1. ↑ Noel MacNeal on Facebook, October 18, 2018 (private post)
  2. ↑

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