Timothy Goes to School

PBS (ended 2001)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 13

    Mama Don't Go / Making New Friends

    Aired 9/20/01

  • S 2 : Ep 12

    Charles The Athlete / Be My Valentine

    Aired 9/19/01

  • S 2 : Ep 11

    Just In Time / My Family

    Aired 9/18/01

  • S 2 : Ep 10

    Professor Fritz / Two Tutu Friends

    Aired 9/17/01

  • S 2 : Ep 9

    Measuring Up / Lost And Found

    Aired 9/14/01

  • Cast & Crew
  • Alyson Court


  • Fiona Reid

    Mrs. Jenkins

  • Linda Kash


  • Joanne Vannicola


  • Rob Stefaniuk

    Frank #2

  • show Description
  • Timothy Goes to School explores the experiences and feelings of children in kindergarten. Based on a series of children's books by acclaimed author/illustrator Rosemary Wells, the charming animated television program aims to assuage kid's fears about starting kindergarten. Chronicling the comedic adventures of a bright young raccoon named Timothy and classmates such as Nora the boisterous mouse, Fritz the curious skunk, Lilly the forgetful fox, and Yoko the violin-playing cat, the warmhearted series shows that while school can be a lot of work, it can also be a lot of fun. This series teaches youngsters how to behave in school and having a positive attitude - feeling good in school and learning more about the world. A raccoon named Timothy starts kindergarten, and meets many new people and many new friends. He helps others with their challenges and they would help Timothy on something he is struggling on. Yoko, a Japanese cat who is one of Timothy's best friends, is a very talented violin player Fritz the skunk is another one of Timothy's friends who wants to discover new things, leaving a mess behind. Charles is a shy little mouse while Nora is a loud little mouse. Claude is a smart raccoon who thinks he is better than everyone else, Lilly is a forgetful fox, Grace is a wonderful cat dancer, and Doris is a beaver who loves different kinds of paintings than everyone else. The learning components of the school comes from Mrs. Jenkins who taught everyone to get along, helps whenever someone is needed, sings to make all the students happy and Mrs. Appleberry who is student teacher. Henry is the custodian of the school, as well as the school-bus driver, and many of the students consider him a friend. Timothy Goes to School was first released to the U.S. September 30, 2000 as part of an umbrella package called PBSKids Bookworm Bunch. The series was packaged in a three-hour block along with George Shrinks, Corduroy, Elliot Moose, Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse, and Seven Little Monsters. PBS trimmed the three-hour block to a two-hour version, discarding Corduroy and Elliot Moose in late September 2001. PBSKids Bookworm Bunch aired for the last time on Labor Day weekend 2004, and all PBS rights to Timothy Goes to School went with it. Some of the other programs remain today as full length programs on PBSKids, while others are now a part of NBC's Qubo block. Timothy later aired on both TLC and Discovery Kids. About the Author of Timothy Goes to School: One of America's most important and prominent author/illustrators, Rosemary Wells has crafted the words and pictures of more than 50 books for children, including Shy Charles, Noisy Nora and the popular Max and Ruby series, which has also been adapted as a television program. Her keen understanding of children is the hallmark of her story-telling. By engaging young readers on their own level and timing, Wells connects and creates a safe place for kids to learn, grow and feel good about themselves and their special world. Currently, Timothy Goes to School does not air on any U.S. network. It was dropped from Discovery Kids in 2006, though it's possible it may resurface at some point in the future. Two DVD releases are available. For those viewing in Canada, the program can be seen on the Knowledge Network in 15 minute blocks at 5 P.M. weekdays. It can also be seen on Treehouse TV at various times. Check listings in other markets.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (139)

    • Mrs. Jenkins: (hearing Yoko crying)) There is an unhappy sound in my classroom!

    • Yoko: Who wants to trade lunches with me? (class stares in disbelief)

    • Timothy: Hey, I like sushi! You're right, Yoko. This is really good.

    • Timothy: How do you like International Food Day, Yoko? Yoko: (sighs) I don't. How do you like International Food Day, Timothy? Timothy: It's hard to tell. I didn't get to try anything. Not Grace's Nigerian soup, Fritz's Italian spaghetti, Doris's Irish stew, Claude's mango smoothies, Nora's potato knish, Charles's enchiladas, Lilly's quiche, or the Franks' Boston baked beans. Yoko: And you did not try my deluxe sushi either. No one tried it. Not even one piece!

    • Yoko's Mom: Don't worry, my little cherry blossom. Everyone will try your sushi and everyone will love it.

    • Yoko: How come no one wants to trade with me, Timothy? I don't understand. Mama made all my favorite food. Timothy: The trouble with your favorite food is that it's no one else's favorite. Yoko: But nothing beats sushi. There's a tasty treasure inside every piece.

    • Mrs. Jenkins: (singing to the tune of the show theme song) It's a new adventure / It's a brand-new day / Anything can happen / When we laugh and we play / Welcome to this brand-new day. (spoken) I'm sure you'll be the best of friends.

    • Yoko: That Claude is such a showoff and he thinks he knows everything.

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    Notes (32)

    • The program aired on ZAZ (a Mexican TV channel) from 2006 until 2008.

    • Kate Barris is the writer for "Timothy Goes to School" and Paddy Granleese is the writer for "Yoko." Gary Hurst is the director for both stories.

    • The food the Franks bring to International Day, Boston baked beans, is a nod to the breed of dog they are, Boston Terriers.

    • The title of the second story as displayed on-screen is "The Great Obstacle Course." It appears in many listings, however, as "The Great Obstacle Race."

    • Bruce Robb is the writer for "On the Fritz" and Karen Wallace is the writer for "The Great Obstacle Course." Gary Hurst is the director for both stories.

    • First appearence of Mrs. Appleberry.

    • Paddy Granleese is the writer for "Small Change" and Heidi Foss is the writer for "Shy Charles." Gary Hurst is the director for both stories. Shy Charles is very loosely based on the book by the same name by Rosemary Wells.

    • Paddy Granleese is the writer for "Don't Lose It Lilly" and Kate Barris is the writer for "Fearless Frank." Gary Hurst is the director for both stories.

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    Trivia (30)

    • Despite several scenes of this episode appearing in the opening credits, it neglects to show the difference in clothes that Claude and Timothy both wear on the first day of school.

    • In "Shy Charles", Charles pulls the alarm when Timothy is locked in the closet accidentally when looking for Henry. In a real school, this is not really the right course of action. It would be considered better to either attempt to get them out yourself, or simply ask for a teacher's help.

    • At one point, close-captioning misidentifies Mrs. Jenkins as Mrs. Appleberry, a student teacher who does not appear until later on in the series.

    • The type of painting Doris makes is called an Abstract.

    • The color Doris makes is called Teal, a bluish-green color.

    • The only character to not have a part in the talent show seen on screen is Yoko.

    • Spring Projects: Timothy and Charles - A kite Frank and Frank - A birdhouse Fritz - Springy shoes Grace - A scrapbox of Spring items Yoko - Planting cherry blossom seeds

    • At the talent show, the kids perform the following: Doris - Hula Hoop twirling Charles - Yo-yo tricks The Franks - Passing balls to each other Fritz and Lilly - A magic trick, making flowers appear Claude - reading a poem Nora - tap dancing Timothy serves as the master of ceremonies, introducing the acts. Grace pulls the curtains and otherwise acts as a director.

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    Allusions (3)

    • Claude: I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree. This is from Joyce Kilmer's poem, "Trees".

    • Nora's Mother: You do like Weeds 'n Seeds.
      The cereal name Weeds 'n Seeds may have been inspired by a series of filler bits Mississippi Public Broadcasting had introduced on May 14, 2000, called I Eat Weeds & Trees.

    • Similarly, like Timothy and Charles traded valentine cards for Yoko and Lily, so did Bear and Franklin with their presents on Mother's Day.

  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • Nelvana teaches us the basics of Kindergarden.

    By HarryHumble, Jan 07, 2015

  • This show is really good

    By xxxxxxxxx, Dec 07, 2012

  • This show is so cool

    By CristinaMccan, Apr 01, 2012

  • This is a really good show that should be brought back.

    By jeff_222, Sep 10, 2006

  • My personal favorite as a child. Each episode is an adventure, focusing on different children in a classroom full of fun, friendship and love.

    By luvin_tv, Jun 25, 2006

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