Timothy Goes to School

Timothy Goes to School
Genre Cartoon series
Created by Rosemary Wells
Directed by Gary Hurst
Voices of Austin Di lulio
Lisa Yamanaka
Alyson Court
Max Morrow
Mag Ruffman
Darren Frost
Rob Stefaniuk
Tracy Ryan
Joshua Seth
Joanne Vannicola
Linda Kash
Fiona Reid
Jamie Watson
Theme music composer Stan Meissner
Opening theme It's a Brand New Day
Ending theme It's a Brand New Day (instrumental)
Country of origin Canada
United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Executive producer(s) Stephen Ching
Michael Hirsh
Rosemary Wells
Patrick Loubert
Diana Manson
Tina Peel
Clive A. Smith
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Silver Lining Entertainment
Animation Services Hong Kong Limited
Original network PBS Kids
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV)
Original release September 30, 2000 – December 28, 2001

Timothy Goes to School is an American/Canadian children's animated television series based on the series of Yoko and other individual books by Rosemary Wells such as "Shy Charles", "Fritz and the Mess Fairy" and "Noisy Nora", but is titled after the book of the same name. It primarily features a young enthusiastic raccoon named Timothy (voiced by Austin Di Iulio), who attends a fictional primary school called "Hilltop School" along with ten other students (each of which are of different animals), who are mainly friends of him and each other. The kindergarten class is taught by Mrs. Jenkins, a comforting teacher who enjoys educating and helping her students.

The series aired on PBS Kids as part of the PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch (the sixth and last show after Corduroy, Elliot Moose, George Shrinks, Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse, and Seven Little Monsters. Timothy Goes to School was the fourth and last show after George Shrinks, Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse, and Seven Little Monsters when Corduroy and Elliot Moose were cancelled from 2000 until 2004. Reruns were later broadcast on Qubo and Discovery Kids in the US until 2006. This show airs on YTV, Treehouse TV, and TVO Kids in Canada, and also on the UK digital TV channel Tiny Pop. In Brazil, it was aired on TV Cultura (2003–2007). In Mexico and Latin America, it was broadcast on ZAZ (in Latin America, episode #22 wasn't aired, but it did air in Brazil). The series premiered on September 30, 2000 and aired its last episode on December 28, 2001.


Below are the characters split up into three groups, children, adults, and others.




There are several notable adults and relatives, though many only appear in a couple of episodes (Yoko's mother, Doris' brothers, Nora's baby brother Jack, Charles's Auntie Bea, and the other children's parents). Yoko, Fritz and Lilly do not appear to have their fathers while the Franks and Claude do not appear to have a mother, however, these situations are never explained on the series.


# Title Air Date
1"Timothy Goes to School / Yoko"September 30, 2000

  • "Timothy Goes to School" - Timothy is concerned about the clothes that he needs to wear on his first day of the school since Claude always tells him what not to wear.
  • "Yoko" - Yoko feels like an outcast because all the other students make fun of her Japanese lunches.
2"On the Fritz / The Great Obstacle Course"October 6, 2000

  • "On the Fritz" - Fritz makes a mess and blames all of it on "the mess fairy".
  • "The Great Obstacle Course" - The children at Hilltop School run a Sports Day, but Claude and Grace are the only ones who care about winning.
3"Shy Charles / Small Change"October 7, 2000

  • "Shy Charles" - Charles is very shy when he sees his Auntie Bea, but he has to make a decision when Timothy gets locked in the janitorial closet.
  • "Small Change" - Nora is reluctant to change of her room and she feels very moody and stern, until she finds out that change is a good thing.
4"Don't Lose It Lilly / Frankless Frank"October 13, 2000

  • "Don't Lose It Lilly" - The children respectfully show Lilly how she can remember everything.
  • "Frankless Frank" - Frank #1 has a fever and has to stay at home, and Frank #2 feels lonely.
5"Paint by Numbers / The Sleepover"October 14, 2000

  • "Paint by Numbers" - Doris likes to paint abstract art, but the only person that she knows who appreciates it is Charles.
  • "The Sleepover" - After hearing that the mischievous Frank twins are coming over for a sleepover, Timothy hides his favorite stuffed toy penguin as he thinks that the Franks will make fun of him.
6"The Music Tree / Team Project"October 20, 2000

  • "The Music Tree" - Yoko is chosen to be the lead cast of the Hilltop School Orchestra and gets stage fright.
  • "Team Project" - Timothy chose Claude for a team project in order to win a silver star, but Claude will not let him do any of the work.
7"Cherry Blossom / Talent Show"October 21, 2000

  • "Cherry Blossom" - Yoko grows a Japanese Sakura plant. She becomes impatient and she learns that the trees take a long time in order to grow.
  • "Talent Show" - Grace accidentally breaks her ankle and she is unable to perform her ballet at the school talent show, so she ends up being the Stage director and pulling a curtain when Timothy presents the actors.
8"Scary Monsters / Lifesaver Lilly"October 27, 2000

  • "Scary Monsters" - Nora has a strong fear of dinosaurs that prevents her from going on the school trip. The children help her face her fear by showing her that not all dinosaurs are extremely scary.
  • "Lifesaver Lilly" - Lilly is not chosen to look after the class goldfish, Goldie. On a day with a heavy snowstorm, Lilly goes to the school and quickly grabs the goldfish and she looks after it at her home.
9"Red Thunder / Putting It All Together"October 28, 2000

  • "Red Thunder" - Timothy gets a new bicycle for his birthday. After participating in a safety day about bicycles at the school, he copies the brothers of Doris with their BMX bicycle tricks at the house of the Franks.Lily does not appear in this episode.She also does not appear in The Tree Fort And The Sandcastle.
  • "Putting It All Together" - The children have to put together a jigsaw puzzle for a picnic in an hour.
10"The Big Snowfall / Forever Friends"November 3, 2000

  • "The Big Snowfall" - Doris unsuccessfully tries to show responsibility while looking after Lilly on her first snowfall.
  • "Forever Friends" - Timothy's friendship with Yoko becomes strained as Yoko has to practice her ballet recital with Grace.
11"Taking the Plunge / Timothy's Way"November 4, 2000

  • "Taking the Plunge" - Timothy takes it upon himself to teach Claude how to swim.
  • "Timothy's Way" - Timothy cannot think of anything to teach the children at school, until he discovers that he is an expert at playing marbles.
12"The Treefort and the Sandcastle / Get Well Soon"November 10, 2000

  • "The Treefort and the Sandcastle" - The children at school split themselves into a boys-only Treefort club and a girls only sandcastle club
  • "Get Well Soon" - Mrs. Jenkins has an injury, so Miss Appleberry acts as substitute teacher. Everyone makes a get well soon card, but Fritz makes a present after hearing that Mrs.Jenkins' bird feeder had been damaged.
13"In the Spotlight / Fritz on the Move"November 11, 2000

  • "In the Spotlight" - Charles enjoys leaves but he is too shy to talk publicly about them.
  • "Fritz on the Move" - Fritz moves far away so he is unable to attend Hilltop School anymore. Timothy feels upset, so the children and Mrs. Jenkins show him many ways in order to make him feel better and see Fritz again.
14"Many Happy Returns / You're Invited"September 30, 2001

  • "Many Happy Returns" - Timothy finds out that Fritz has a surprise for him. Timothy discovers that his surprise is not a delivery, but that Fritz is moving back to Timothy's hometown and attends Hilltop School again.
  • "You're Invited" - Everybody gets an invitation to Lilly's spring party except Doris. She tries to be friendly, but later discovers that her brothers left the invitation outside.
15"The Greatest / Rocky Friendship"October 7, 2001

  • "The Greatest" - Because he found Nora's pet iguana, Timothy is forced to help all the children.
  • "Rocky Friendship" - Charles and Fritz argue over a rare red rock. Timothy has to decide who should have it.
16"Two for Tea / Abracadabra"October 14, 2001

  • "Two for Tea" - Yoko's mother comes to the school in order to demonstrate the Japanese tea ceremony called "Sado".
  • "Abracadabra" - Grace peeks in Fritz's book of magic tricks then she steals his talent. Fritz thinks that Timothy told her and he blames him. Later, Grace admits her mistake, and she is very well again.
17"The Taketombo / Having a Wonderful Time"October 21, 2001

  • "The Taketombo" - Yoko receives a Japanese toy called a Taketombo, which is accidentally broken by the Frank brothers and then repaired with the help of Big Frank.
  • "Having a Wonderful Time" - The students of the school visit Hilltop Park and Grace becomes ultra-prepared, but Lilly worries that she is not having fun.
18"The Shutterbug / The Friendship Stone"October 28, 2001

  • "The Shutterbug" - Timothy brings a camera to the school, but when he takes his pictures, he thinks that none of the photographs are precise enough to be put in an album. Everyone ends up liking the photos after all with the butterfly Lilac of Lilly.
  • "The Friendship Stone" - Nora and Lilly exchange a lucky penny for a painted stone as they are real friends. Lilly loses the stone that she receives and worries that their friendship would be over. Fortunately, Nora is not upset.
19"New Found Franks / When I Grow Up"November 25, 2001

  • "New Found Franks" - The Franks learn to play with the other children, but they still want to play together.
  • "When I Grow Up" - Yoko helps Nora choose what job she wants to have when she grows up.
20"The School Play / Full of Beans"December 2, 2001

  • "The School Play" - Yoko is chosen to be a tooth with a cavity in the school play about dental care, but she is not very satisfied with her part. She later finds a way in order to make her part more fun.
  • "Full of Beans" - The Franks go too far on their jokes which makes all of the children, including each other, angry and wound-up.
21"Read Me a Story / The Gift"December 9, 2001

  • "Read Me a Story" - Because of learning how to read, Nora fears that her beloved story time with her mother could come to an end, but Nora's mother still continues to read to Nora after all.
  • "The Gift" - Nora wants to get a special gift for Yoko's birthday party, so she eats her least favorite cereal because it has an emerald ballet slipper as a prize. Nora finds out that it makes a pretty shoe for the porcelain doll Katana of Yoko and a necklace for Yoko as well.
22"Measuring Up / Lost and Found"December 16, 2001

  • "Measuring Up" - Charles finds out that he is the smallest in the class, but he finds out that Doris, who is the biggest in the class, is the youngest in her family.
  • "Lost and Found" - When Yoko's mother shows her a special set of netsuke figures made by Yoko's granfather, which were given as a wedding gift to his wife, Yoko asks her to take them to the school for "In the Spotlight." When the figures go missing, it transpires that one of the students may have stolen them, and Yoko is very upset. Fortunately, the student who stole the figures returned them, along with a candy heart that shows empathy.
23"Professor Fritz / Two Tutu Friends"December 22, 2001

  • "Professor Fritz" - Fritz develops a rocket experiment for an open house day, but after the experiment goes wrong, Fritz just gives up. Timothy helps Fritz through his problems and he increases his self-confidence.
  • "Two Tutu Friends" - Grace invites Doris to her ballet class. One day, Doris laughs at an embarrassing moment that happened to Grace. When Doris tells the other children, Grace does not want to play with Doris anymore. Later, Doris apologizes to Grace and they become friends again.
24"My Family / Just in Time"December 23, 2001

  • "My Family" - Nora hates her baby brother Jack, but soon realizes what fun an infant sibling can be.
  • "Just in Time" - Lilly puts her favorite doll Thumbelina in the time capsule box, but soon she begins to regret it.
25"Charles the Athlete / Be My Valentine"December 27, 2001

  • "Charles the Athlete" - The Franks want to teach Charles how to be an athlete, but he does not show any interest and he wants to be an astronaut instead. So, the Franks play with him.
  • "Be My Valentine" - Lilly, Yoko, Charles and Timothy make Valentine's Day cards for each other, but Lilly mixes them up and puts them in the wrong cubbies.
26"Mama Don't Go / Making New Friends"December 28, 2001

  • "Mama Don't Go" - Juanita is new to Hilltop School. Timothy and Yoko help her manage without her needing her mother with her.
  • "Making New Friends" - Juanita struggles to make new friends, so Timothy, who becomes the Captain of the Ship of Friends of the class, shows her what fun she could discover. Perhaps on the next day, she can bring her pet gecko Pablo to the class in order to show Nora the friendship with her pet iguana Norman.


Timothy Goes to School was broadcast in the United States on the channels PBS Kids, Discovery Kids, and Qubo.[2] In Canada, the series aired on stations YTV, Treehouse TV, and TVO Kids. Outside of North America, the show aired in Israel on Hop! (טימותי הולך לבית הספר).

For an odd reason (though it probably had to do with time), whenever this show aired on Qubo, a few scenes were either missing or edited. One example was the episode, "Two for Tea". In the Qubo edit, the scene where Charles was trying to break Nora's Krispy Square in half was cut out. As a result, there's an odd yet cheap looking transition between the scene before and after that.


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