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VeggieTales on TV is the televised version of VeggieTales. It has been said that it was the first time VeggieTales has been on air, despite the VeggieTales Christmas Spectacular airing in 1998 and the DirecTV Freeview from Big Idea and The Star of Christmas both airing in 2002.

This version ran from 2006 to 2009. This version aired on NBC's Qubo block as well as the associated Qubo Channel. It also aired on Ion, and a Spanish dub aired on Telemundo. In parts of the country that are military bases as well as several overseas territories owned by the United States, AFN Family aired the show on Sunday mornings until 2011, alongside fellow Qubo show Jane and the Dragon. In 2015, the show began airing on Cozi TV and in syndication.

Plot[]

Unlike the VHS and DVD series, the TV series takes place at Bob's house and not the Countertop (because it is a spin-off to the series). Like the VHS and DVDs, Larry and Bob get letters, but they are given by Jimmy (as a mailman). Before the actual episode is played, sometimes another character attempts to help, like Archibald and his Big Book of Oddities, Pa Grape and one of his home movies, and Paco the Storytelling Mule (really played by Mr. Lunt). The things they do don't help with the problem and don't even make sense. After this, Larry or Bob cues the actual story.

After the show, Bob explains what to do to solve the problem. Then the episode ends with Bob thanking the kids for coming over to his house or that the cast will be seeing them again next week. They all say goodbye too.

The What Have We Learned song doesn't appear, nor does the bible verse from Qwerty.

Sometimes, a silly song or another short will appear in the middle of the show, depending on the time.

Controversy[]

The main controversy of this show was when NBC removed all religious references to God and bible verses, at the request of the NBC network's standards and practices department. However, Bible story retellings were aired. Most fans and slightly Phil Vischer (the creator of the original VeggieTales and voice of Bob, Archibald and Pa Grape) were angry about this. The "God Made You Special, and He Loves You Very Much" quote at the end of the episodes were changed to "Hey, kids. Thanks for coming to my house today." or even "We'll see you all next week." However, the original quote was still available on closed captions and even the lip-syncing wasn't changed. Because of this, the show was eventually removed from Qubo's schedule in September 2009, along with LarryBoy: The Cartoon Adventures and LarryBoy and the Bad Apple. 3-2-1 Penguins!, however, stayed on Qubo until 2014. Though the original (home video) series began airing in 2012 onwards on TBN's Smile of a Child block, while this show re-aired in 2016 on Cozi and in syndication.

Episodes[]

Season 1[]

Season 2[]

Season 3[]

Fun Facts[]

Trivia[]

  • Some episodes of the show were released on DVD in Mexico.
  • In 2020, a multitude of VeggieTales content was released to those with an IMDb TV (now known as Amazon Freevee) subscription, or on Amazon Prime Video free to watch with ads. This included select TV episodes, available in an on demand form for the first time in the United States: Asparagus of LaMancha, Dr. Jiggle and Mr. Sly, Bully Trouble and Babysitter in DeNile. The Gourds Must Be Crazy is also listed, however in actuality is a duplicate of Bully Trouble. These specific episodes were likely selected as they had unique titles, all other TV episodes would be confused with (and be redundant with) their home video counterparts which are available through IMDb TV/Amazon.
  • At some point in 2016/2017, it was rumored that Bob's Vacation was made as a TV episode. Later on, this was confirmed to be false.
  • The seven characters in the opening are the only seven used in the Bob's House segments, and only three voice actors between them needed to record new lines for the series: Phil Vischer as Bob the Tomato, Archibald Asparagus, Jimmy Gourd, Mr. Lunt and Pa Grape, Mike Nawrocki as Larry the Cucumber, and Lisa Vischer as Junior the Asparagus.
  • Some stories are too long and need to have parts edited out to fit a 23-minute programming block with commercials. One of the most infamous examples is Esther... The Girl Who Became Queen, which got shortened from 36 minutes to 18 minutes, and cuts out a lot of vital story elements, like the introduction of Esther and Mordecai before Haman arrives, random parts of Haman's Song, a 6-minute portion of Esther singing Tell Me Why and The Battle Is Not Ours a second time, plus Esther's first invite to dinner with Xerxes, and both scenes of The Grim Tickler. Another one is The Toy That Saved Christmas, which needed to delete portions of Bob, Larry, Junior and Buzz-Saw-Louie sneaking into the TV studio of Wally P. Nezzer's toy factory, and cut out the whole 4-minute climax of Wally P. Nezzer and the penguins sledding after Bob, Larry, Junior and Buzz-Saw-Louie to rescue them from the broken Puggslyville bridge.
  • Even though the new segments of the TV series are hosted in Bob's House, the scenes on the countertop from the original videos that appear during the main stories of Dave and the Giant Pickle, Lyle the Kindly Viking and A Snoodle's Tale were kept intact in TV broadcasts.
  • Paco the Storytelling Mule would later appear in Lessons from the Sock Drawer.
  • The segments with Pa Grape, Archibald, and Paco are featured as bonus clips in Lessons from the Sock Drawer.
  • This show more or less shares a few similarities with Os Amigos Vegetais, which premiered a year earlier:
    • Both are considered television adaptations of VeggieTales.
    • Bob and Larry are the hosts.
    • They get letters from kids.
    • Other VeggieTales characters visit Bob and Larry.
    • Stories from previous VeggieTales videos are shown.

Remarks[]

  • As of Gideon: Tuba Warrior, episodes of the TV series would use clips from previous episodes played over newly recorded dialogue. As a result, some footage is reversed at certain points and the characters' mouths are often not in sync with their new dialogue.

Goofs[]

  • In some episodes, Larry has Mr. Lunt's voice when he says "We'll see you next week." This was corrected in later episodes.

Gallery[]

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