Madeline (TV series)

Genre Children's television series
Country of origin United States, Canada
Original language(s) English, French
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 59
Executive producer(s) Andy Heyward
Michael Maliani
Robby London
Saul Cooper
Pancho Kohner
Running time 20 minutes
Production company(s) DIC Entertainment
DHX Media
Distributor The Family Channel
Original release September 14, 1993 (1993-09-14) – present

Madeline is a television series, part of the Madeline media franchise. It began as a series of television specials, and then was continued as various seasons of the TV show.


In 1960, the Madeline stories were adapted to a one-hour color episode for the NBC series The Shirley Temple Show. Madeline was played by Gina Gillespie, child actor Michel Petit played Pepito, and Imogene Coca portrayed Miss Clavel. It was Madeline's first appearance on television. The episode has been released to DVD.[1]

Television specials

In 1988, DIC Entertainment and Cinar (later Cookie Jar Entertainment; both are now subsidiaries of DHX Media) adapted the first book into an animated television special for HBO.[2] The screenplay was written by Judy Rothman, who was writer, lyricist and story editor for nearly all subsequent Madeline animated projects.[3] The special was narrated by Christopher Plummer,[4] and featured original music and songs by veteran Sesame Street songwriter and composer Joe Raposo[5][6] with lyrics by Judy Rothman and Joe Raposo. The special was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (One Hour or Less).[7]

Between 1990 and 1991, Cinar and France Animation produced animated adaptations of the other five original books for The Family Channel,[2] with Christopher Plummer returning as narrator[4] and Marsha Moreau returning to voice Madeline.[8] Each special featured new songs, with lyrics by Rothman and music by Jeffrey Zahn, who replaced Raposo after his death in 1989. "I'm Madeline", Madeline's theme song from the original special, was reprised. The specials were released on video by Golden Book Video.

EpEpisode TitleRelease Date
1 Madeline (original special) April 9, 1988
2 Madeline's Christmas December 25, 1990
3 Madeline and the Bad Hat March 3, 1991
4 Madeline and the Gypsies April 9, 1991
5 Madeline's Rescue June 6, 1991
6 Madeline in London November 28, 1991

Television series

In 1993, DIC produced a Madeline television series, which also aired on the Family Channel. Twenty episodes were produced for the first series.[2] Christopher Plummer reprised his role as narrator again[4] and "I'm Madeline" was the series' theme song, but most of the voice actors were replaced. The series was rerun on Disney Channel and Toon Disney in the U.S. It features new songs with music by Andy Street (who replaced Jeffrey Zahn) and lyrics by Rothman, but compared to the previous TV specials, the first series would only feature one song within each episode in addition to the aforementioned theme songs.

In 1995, an additional 13 episodes were produced by DIC for ABC, under the title The New Adventures of Madeline.[2] The episodes featured a new theme song, "Hats Off to Madeline", music by Andy Street with lyrics by Judy Rothman.[9] ABC cancelled the series after seven weeks, so six episodes did not air in the U.S. until the series was run on the Disney Channel beginning in 1997. This series also featured a new voice cast which included Andrea Libman as the title character, S. Louise Vallance as both Miss Clavel and Genevieve, and David Morse from Maple Ridge, Canada as Pepito.

DIC produced the animated direct-to-video film Madeline: Lost in Paris, which was released in 1999, featuring Madeline being drawn into a scam by her supposed "Uncle" Horst and finding the true meaning to the word "family". Andrea Libman voiced Madeline.[10][11]

Between 2000 and 2001, DIC produced 26 episodes for the Disney Channel. The theme song was changed to "Our Madeline" (although overseas screenings and syndicated reruns on Toon Disney had "Hats Off to Madeline" as the opening theme). Christopher Gaze took over from Christopher Plummer as narrator. The show won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Animated Program.

In 2002, a telefilm was produced by DIC, My Fair Madeline aired on Nickelodeon as part of its Sunday Movie Toons series. It is the last original Madeline production to date. This film had many if not all of the voice cast replaced, most notably featuring Whoopi Goldberg as Miss Clavel.

Madeline was shown on KOL Secret Slumber Party on CBS between Fall 2006 and 2007.[2]

Broadcast and home video rights to all of the DIC/Cinar Madeline episodes/specials/telefilm/direct-to-video film are owned by DHX Media, as of October 22, 2012.

Season 1 (1993)

EpEpisode TitleRelease Date
1 Madeline and the 40 Thieves September 14, 1993
2 Madeline and the Dog Show September 18, 1993
3 Madeline and the Easter Bonnet September 22, 1993
4 Madeline and the New House September 26, 1993
5 Madeline and the Soccer Star September 30, 1993
6 Madeline and the Toy Factory October 4, 1993
7 Madeline at Cooking School October 8, 1993
8 Madeline at the Ballet October 12, 1993
9 Madeline and the Singing Dog October 16, 1993
10 Madeline's Winter Vacation October 20, 1993
11 Madeline in Hollywood October 24, 1993
12 Madeline and the Pirates October 28, 1993
13 Madeline's Birthday at the Zoo November 1, 1993
14 Madeline at the Louvre November 5, 1993
15 Madeline and the Missing Clown November 9, 1993
16 Madeline and the Costume Party November 13, 1993
17 Madeline and the Old Violin November 17, 1993
18 Madeline and the Mean, Nasty, Horrible Hats November 21, 1993
19 Madeline and the Talking Parrot November 25, 1993
20 Madeline in New York November 29, 1993

Season 2 (1995)

EpEpisode TitleRelease Date
1 Madeline and the Lost Crown August 12, 1995
2 Madeline and the Orient Express August 19, 1995
3 Madeline and the Dinosaur Bone August 26, 1995
4 Madeline and the Magic Carpet September 2, 1995
5 Madeline and the Treasure Hunt September 9, 1995
6 Madeline and the Mummy September 16, 1995
7 Madeline's Detective School September 23, 1995
8 Madeline and the Hunchback of Notre Dame September 30, 1995
9 Madeline and the Big Cheese October 6, 1995
10 Madeline and the Science Project October 13, 1995
11 Madeline and the Haunted Castle October 20, 1995
12 Madeline and the Wild West October 27, 1995
13 Madeline's Holiday with Mr. Grump November 3, 1995

Season 3 (2000–2001)

EpEpisode TitleRelease Date
1 Madeline's Halloween September 9, 2000
2 Madeline and the Spider Lady September 16, 2000
3 Madeline and the Can Can Cliques September 23, 2000
4 Madeline at Cannes September 30, 2000
5 Madeline and the Show Off October 7, 2000
6 Madeline and the Wedding October 14, 2000
7 Madeline on Safari October 21, 2000
8 Madeline at the North Pole October 28, 2000
9 Madeline and Santa November 4, 2000
10 Madeline and the New Girl November 11, 2000
11 Madeline at Versailles November 18, 2000
12 Madeline at the Hotel Riche November 25, 2000
13 Madeline on Stage December 2, 2000
14 Madeline and the Marionettes December 9, 2000
15 Madeline and the Ice Skates December 16, 2000
16 Madeline and the Giants December 23, 2000
17 Madeline and the Fashion Show December 30, 2000
18 Madeline's Manners January 6, 2001
19 Madeline and the Magic Show January 11, 2001
20 Madeline's Valentine January 18, 2001
21 Madeline and the Perfume Factory January 25, 2001
22 Madeline at the Eiffel Tower February 1, 2001
23 Madeline and the Tea Party February 8, 2001
24 Madeline and the White Lie February 15, 2001
25 Madeline and the Dog Who Cried Wolf February 22, 2001
26 Madeline at the Flea Market March 1, 2001


Additional voices

DVD releases

On September 10, 2013, Mill Creek Entertainment released 3 single disc collections featuring content from the animated series as well as the original TV specials. The New Adventures of Madeline- Adventures in Paris contains 6 episodes from the 2000 series,[12] while Madeline's Merry Musical Melodies features various musical interludes from the animated series.[13] Bonjour Madeline contains all 6 original TV specials.[14]

On May 13, 2014, Mill Creek re-released the 3 single disc collections together in one 3-pack set.[15]

On August 4, 2015, Mill Creek Entertainment released Madeline: The Complete Collection on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time.[16] This 6-disc collection features all 6 original specials produced by DiC Entertainment and Cinar between 1988–1991 as well as all 59 episodes from the Madeline TV series (1993, 1995, 2000–2001).

In the UK Platform Entertainment Ltd. released these episodes on DVD.


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  11. "My Fair Madeline". Retrieved 18 July 2010.
  12. The New Adventures of Madeline- Adventures in Paris
  13. Madeline's Merry Musical Melodies
  14. Bonjour Madeline
  15. Madeline Three Pack
  16. 'The Complete Collection' on DVD, with 59 Episodes and 6 Specials

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