The Dooley and Pals Show

The Dooley and Pals Show
Also known as The Dooley and Pals Show Children's Ministry
Genre Children's Television
Created by Mark Riddle
Developed by Kevin Barry, Gary Zeidenstein
Written by Ken Jones, Suzanne Fitzpatrick
  • Ken Jones
  • David Maida
  • Michael Stevens
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 39 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Mark Riddle
  • Mark Riddle
  • Gary Zeidenstein
  • Ken Jones
  • Suzanne Fitzpatrick
Original network PBS

The Dooley and Pals Show, sometimes shortened to just Dooley and Pals, is an American children's television series.

The main character is Dooley, a friendly alien who has landed in a backyard on Earth. He explores the planet with the children of the neighborhood as his guides. The show is meant to teach moral values and educational basics to children ages 5.[1]

The show was produced by Victory Entertainment who also produced Ed McMahon's NEXT BIG STAR.

The funding for the shows was provided by Merrit Advisors Group and Galleon Merchant Bank.


Dooley, originally called "Dinky," was first developed in the late 1980s by Mark Riddle and Kevin Barry. The concept was pitched to several production companies, including Hanna-Barbera. Along with Gary Zeidenstein, Riddle and Barry eventually formed Mr. Z's Animation and Production Corp, and along with Scripps Howard Broadcasting produced ten television pilots at WCET, PBS's Cincinnati outlet.[2] The ten pilots for the series (then called The Dooley Show) aired in 25 PBS stations between July 15 and August 31, 1996.[3] This first Dooley series won three Emmys.[4]

While some ideas used in the pilots would later return in The Dooley and Pals Show, the basic premise, and Dooley himself, differed greatly. The original Dooley was a green lizard-like creature. According to the pilots' press release he was "species unknown... he's just a friend, another kid, but not from this world... he was born on a star."[5]

The ten pilots found Maxx (then played by Caralyn Collar[6]) and her six friends playing with Dooley in the attic of Maxx's home. Other characters included Coach (a barn owl), Chatter (a squirrel), Polly (an opossum), and Parker (a bird). Maxx's grandmother, as well as a magical mail carrier, were also featured strongly.

Dooley was originally played by Ken Jones. Jones served as the head writer for the series as well as the voice for Dooley and other characters including Coach and Cosmos. Suzanne Fitzpatrick served as the supervising producer during the development of the series at Disney/MGM Studios transitioning Dooley from the original 'dinosaur' concept to the space boy.

There are two versions of this show: The Dooley and Pals Show, and The Dooley and Pals Show Children's Ministry. The main content of the shows—storylines, lessons, and themes are identical; the only difference is that in the "Children's Ministry" version, the "Fun Facts" segment is replaced with "Fun Bible Facts", with scripture quotations relating to the show's lesson.[7]

The secular version is syndicated to educational and PBS member stations by ETV South Carolina. The show was later purchased by MGM Studios/Walt Disney Company and was produced in Orlando Florida until 2003 when production was canceled. The "Children's Ministry" version is still currently aired on TBN and on Smile of a Child.[8]


Episode list

The following is a complete episode list for The Dooley and Pals Show.[9]

101 "A New Friend": Maxx is nervous about meeting the new kid in the neighborhood, til Dooley reminds her of how they met.
102 "A Safe Place": M.A.R.T.I.E. nearly has an accident, and Dooley and the kids learn about safety.
103 "3 Ring Circus": The kids bring the circus to Dooley, and Nick learns that new talents take practice.
104 "Be Good to Your Mother": The kids help Mom finish her yard chores, and learn about protecting Mother Earth too.
105 "Home Sweet Home": When Dooley teaches the kids about space, he becomes homesick. The kids help him see that it's okay to miss familiar things and people when you're far away.
106 "The Four Seasons": The kids and M.A.R.T.I.E. learn about the seasons when they try to build a weather machine.
107 "Surprise!": Dooley has a birthday, and everyone learns how different people celebrate different occasions.
108 "Adventure": The kids want to show Dooley about the rainforest, but when his DooleyVision breaks down, they take the trip in their imaginations, instead.
109 "Work and Play": M.A.R.T.I.E. leaves the spaceship a mess, but when the kids clean up, Nick learns a lesson about cooperation.
110 "See You Later": The gang finds out that Chris is moving, and learn about saying goodbye.
111 "The Grumpies": When Maxx gets into a bad mood, "the Grumpies" spread through the gang. Dooley shows them that talking about bad feelings makes them easier to get rid of.
112 "Family Circle":Dooley misses his family, and Chris deals with the imminent arrival of a new baby sister. Everyone learns that a family can take many different forms.
113 "Rainy Day Blues": When bad weather forces them to cancel a picnic, Dooley and the kids find new ways to have fun on a rainy day, and learn how to handle disappointment when plans have to change.
114 "Feeling Icky": When Nick gets a cold, the kids teach Dooley about going to the doctor.
115 "Playing School": Since M.A.R.T.I.E and Dooley can't go to school, the kids show them what school is all about.
116 "Mine, Mine, Mine!": Maxx and Chris argue over who gets to choose what to watch on DooleyVision, and everyone learns about sharing and taking turns.
117 "We Are All Special": Dooley feels bad because he can't decide on something "special" to do for the gang's talent show. The kids show him he's special just by being Dooley.
118 "Dooley's Missing Treasure": Dooley loses his favorite stuffed toy, and the kids teach him about "a place for everything".
119 "The Green-Eyed Monster": Jealousy is making the rounds of the neighborhood kids--everyone wants what someone else has got. Dooley and Ms. Z. help them defeat the "green-eyed monster" of jealousy.
120 "Sweet Dooley Dreams": Dooley can't sleep, so the kids teach him about nighttime routines.
121 "Sticks and Stones":
122 "Promises, Promises": Ashley promises Dooley and Maxx to make a friends mural, but Maxx is worried that Ashley forgot.
123 "Dooley Cries Wolf":
124 "A Snack To Remember":
125 "Pet Responsibility":
126 "Taking Care of Business":
127 "The Great Pretender":
128 "Dooley's New Shoes":
129 "The Five Senses:"
130 "Things That Go Bump in the Spaceship":
131 "Dance to Your Own Beat":
132 "Great Outdoors":
133 "The Dentist":
134 "We're All Different":
135 "Monkey See, Monkey Do":
136 "When the Chip is Down":
137 "I Love a Parade":
138 "A Safer Day":
139 "One Tin Robot Rides Away":


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  2. "TVs Dooley traces roots to Greenwood". The Index-Journal. Retrieved 2014-11-18.
  3. "Greenwood native hits TV with his creation". The Index-Journal. Retrieved 2014-11-18.
  4. The Dooley and Pals Show Production Team
  5. "TVs Dooley traces roots to Greenwood". The Index-Journal. Retrieved 2014-11-18.
  6. "Tomorrow's today for 'Annie, jr.' star". The Cincinnati Enquierer. Retrieved 2014-11-18.
  7. The Emmy Award-winning Dooley and Pals Releases on DVD, Majon International, September 1, 2005
  8. Dooley and Pals, Trinity Broadcasting Network, 2008.
  9. Full list is sourced from
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