David the Gnome

Nickelodeon (ended 1988)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 13

    The Mountains of Beyond

    Aired 6/26/88

  • S 2 : Ep 12

    The Gift

    Aired 6/20/88

  • S 2 : Ep 11

    The Careless Cub

    Aired 6/13/88

  • S 2 : Ep 10

    Kangaroo Adventure

    Aired 6/6/88

  • S 2 : Ep 9

    Big Bad Tom

    Aired 5/30/88

  • Cast & Crew
  • Christopher Plummer


  • Tom Bosley


  • A.J. Henderson


  • Rob Roy


  • Jane Woods


  • show Description
  • The World of David the Gnome was based on the world famous children's books The Gnomes and The Secret of the Gnomes by Dutch authors Rien Poortvliet and Wil Huygen. David the Gnome, and his wife Lisa, were peace loving Gnomes who lived in a tree. They probably reminded more than a few children of their grandparents. David would travel around on the back of his trusty fox, Swift, who he would summon by whistling. Overall it was a very interesting show which taught children to enjoy and respect nature and the world around them. This 26 episode series came to the U.S. airwaves in 1988, running weekdays on Nickelodeon, and was later rebroadcast from 1996 to 1998 on The Learning Channel. It was narrated by Christopher Plummer, of The Sound of Music and The Insider fame.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • David: Schlitweitz! (meaning good night)

    Notes (9)

    • Swift the fox is introduced in this episode. He is David's key mode of transportation in the series.

    • First appearance of the troll Holler.

    • Though we don't see him, David makes mention of a 'city gnome'. This seems to be yet another variety of gnome.

    • This is the first Gnome King we are introduced to besides the one in David's home forest.

    • Our first introduction to David and Lisa's children, albeit to their younger forms via flashback.

    • This is the third different Gnome King we meet.

    • Introduction of Earth Gnomes, a new gnome variety.

    • 4th gnome king we meet

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    Trivia (16)

    • The different types of gnomes, according to David:

      Forest Gnomes
      Dune Gnomes (sand/desert dwellers)
      Garden Gnomes
      House Gnomes
      Siberian Gnomes (snow dwellers)

    • This is the first time we see a troll turned into stone upon touching sunlight.

    • Goof: When the gnomes attack the trolls in the snow field, an unnamed 5th troll is inexplicably with the group.

    • Goof: David stated in the first episode that he'd never actually seen any other mystical creatures (wizards, elves, etc.) before. So then how does he know the Elf King?

    • Goof: Despite clearly being daytime, Holler and Pat are neither turned into stone or concerned.

    • This is the first time we see David use his animal hypnosis powers

    • Goof: The trolls are out and about in the day time and not turned into stone.

    • Female gnomes only give birth once in their life, and it's always twins.

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    Allusions (4)

    • David: "I'm swimmin' in the rain, just swimmin' in the rain"

      This is a nod to the famous song from the Gene Kelly musical Singin' in the Rain

    • Ivan the Terrible The name and actions of the gnome Ivan appear to be based on Ivan IV Vasilyevich, known as Ivan the Terrible, the first Czar of Russia.

    • David: "You did that beautifully. An Academy Award performance if I've ever seen one." Another reference from David to the yearly motion picture awards.

    • David: "Go home and see if Lisa needs any help. Tell her Sherlock David is on the case!" A reference to the famous Arthur Conan Doyle character Sherlock Holmes

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • I miss you!

    By MissMarie89, Dec 04, 2007

  • a great show

    By Zoot_Lives, Jul 05, 2006