Teacher's Pet (TV series)

This article is about the TV series. For the 2004 film, see Teacher's Pet (2004 film).
Teacher's Pet
Genre Children's television series
Created by
Written by
Directed by
Voices of
Opening theme Disney's Teacher's Pet Theme
Ending theme Disney's Teacher's Pet Instrumental Theme
Composer(s) Stephen James Taylor
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 39 (47 segments) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Running time 11 minutes (some episodes last 22 minutes)
Production company(s) Walt Disney Television Animation
Distributor Buena Vista Television
Original network ABC (2000-2002)
Toon Disney (2002)
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV) (2000-2002)
(16:9 SDTV) [Widescreen] (2002)[1]
Audio format Stereo
First shown in United States
Original release September 9, 2000 (2000-09-09) – May 10, 2002 (2002-05-10)
External links
Production website

Teacher's Pet (also known as Disney's Teacher's Pet) is an American animated television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation and directed by Timothy Björklund. The series follows a 9-year-old boy and his dog who dresses up as a boy.[2] Created by Gary Baseman, Bill Steinkellner and Cheri Steinkellner, it was broadcast on Disney's One Saturday Morning on ABC and later Toon Disney, from 2000 to 2002.


The series follows Leonard Helperman (voiced by future singer Shaun Fleming of the indy rock bands Diane Coffee and Foxygen), a 9 year old stereotypical nerd in the 4th grade, who has lived in fear because his mother, Mary Helperman, is his teacher. Because of this, he is often teased and called "teacher's pet", but he wants to be normal. Meanwhile, his dog Spot (voiced by Nathan Lane) misses Leonard while he's at school, and yearns to be a human boy. So on the first day of the school year, he decides to come to class disguised as a new student named Scott Leadready II. Almost instantly, he becomes the coolest, dreamiest kid in school. However, Leonard eventually finds out his secret. Although Leonard disapproves, he allows Spot to come to school.


Season Network Episodes First airdate Last airdate
1 ABC 13 September 9, 2000 January 13, 2001
2a ABC 8 September 22, 2001 February 9, 2002
2b Toon Disney 18 January 11, 2002 May 10, 2002

Airing history

The show aired on ABC's "One Saturday Morning" on Saturday, September 9, 2000, and remained on ABC until September 7, 2002 due to a new Saturday morning block called "ABC Kids". In January 2002, the show began airing reruns on Toon Disney, and they used the channel to air the remaining Season Two episodes every Friday beginning January 11, 2002 (Although new episodes were aired on ABC until February 9).[3] As of 2006, it vanished from Toon Disney all together and hasn't been put into reruns in America since then.

There are rumors that if "Teacher's Pet" had stayed on ABC, there would have been a third & fourth season, leading up the 65 episode limit. Other rumors claim that Season 2 and Season 3 were merged into one season, hence why there is a Thanksgiving and Christmas episode in the second season despite it being aired in the spring time and why the second season has 26 (It would have split the 26 episodes in half, saving the other 13 episodes for the 2002-2003 season had ABC not created ABC Kids).

International broadcast

In Australia, it aired on Disney Channel from 2001 to 2005 where it was pushed back to the mornings and late night spots on Disney Channel. The show's spot was then replaced in 2006 by 101 Dalmatians and finally Recess which currently is the only One Saturday Morning cartoon now airing on Disney Australia.

Country Network
United States United States Toon Disney January 7, 2002 [3] – June 1, 2006
ABC September 9, 2000 – September 14, 2002
Disney Channel
Australia Australia Disney Channel Australia 2001 – 2005
United Kingdom Republic of Ireland United Kingdom & Ireland Toon Disney (UK & Ireland)
Disney Cinemagic
Netherlands Netherlands Jetix
Russia Russia Channel One Russia
 Mexico Disney Channel (Latin America)
Guatemala Guatemala Trecevisión July 8 [4] - August 31, 2016 [5]
Hong Kong Hong Kong Disney Channel
New Zealand New Zealand TV2
Malaysia Malaysia TV3
Philippines Philippines TV5 March 23 – May 1, 2015 (Original Run)
May 13 - September 21, 2015 (Reruns)


TV.com gave the show a 7.8 out of 10.[6]


Year Award Category Nominee Result
2001 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program Nathan Lane Won
British Academy Children's Awards Best International Children's Programming[7] Teacher's Pet Won
Annie Award Outstanding Achievement in a Daytime Animated Television Production[8] Teacher's Pet Nominated
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Television Production[8] Gary Baseman Nominated
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production[8] David Ogden Stiers Nominated
2002 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Special Class Animated Program Teacher's Pet Won
Outstanding Individual in Animation Chuck Klein Won
2003 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Special Class Animated Program Teacher's Pet Won
Outstanding Individual in Animation Gary Baseman Won


On January 16, 2004, Walt Disney Pictures produced a full-length animated feature film of the show in theaters, titled Teacher's Pet: The Movie. Originally planned to be released in September 2003, it serves as the show's series finale. When Spot sees a mad scientist on TV who can turn animals into humans, he sees this as a chance to become an actual boy. However, when Spot becomes human, he soon realizes the experience isn't what he thought after all. Most of the actors from the series reprised their roles for the movie. The movie was a box office failure, only making over half of its budget back. Despite this, the critical reviews were mainly positive.


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