In the 1990s, Wiggles music clips were frequently broadcast on Australian television, either as album advertisements or interstitial programming during children's blocks. A specific segment was produced in 1997 titled Let's Wiggle. As their success grew with their series of videos and feature film, The Wiggles debuted their first full-length TV series of 13 episodes in 1998, aptly titled The Wiggles. It began airing only in Australia, on free-to-air Seven Network (aka Prime Network). This would also be the Australian home to its second 26-episode series in 2000, after a 1999 UK debut on GMTV. Around that time, Disney Channel began airing The Wiggles' series and specials in Australia, whose United States equivalent would later pick up the show as part of its Playhouse Disney block in 2001.
The Wiggles moved to ABC with their third series, Lights, Camera, Action, Wiggles!, in 2002. Series 4 and 5 (The Wiggles Show!, 2005-2006) and series 6 (Wiggle and Learn, 2008) followed. These series ran 11 minutes on ABC, totaling 52 episodes each, but would be combined into 26 episodes running 22 minutes on other networks.
After Wiggle and Learn, a morning block called Wiggly Waffle was introduced in 2009, in a joint production between ABC Kids in Australia and Sprout in the United States. In 2011, the short, interstitial format returned as Wiggly Songtime!, again dedicated to Wiggles music clips but featuring new introductions.
With the new generation of Wiggles beginning in 2013, new Wiggles TV series have been produced for ABC Kids, first with Ready, Steady, Wiggle! (2013-2015). Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle! (2017) saw a brief return to the 22-minute format. This was followed by The Wiggles' World (2020) and a revival of Ready, Steady, Wiggle! (2021) which were again 11 minutes. Surrounding these series were the return of Wiggly Songtime! (2013), with songs from this line-up, and a similar 3-to-4 minute series called Wiggle Town! (2016). Currently, new series air on ABC Kids in Australia, Four in New Zealand, Universal Kids in the United States and Treehouse in Canada.
After the web series Fruit Salad TV introduced an expanded line-up alongside new yellow Wiggle Tsehay in 2021, these added members first hit television airwaves with a new short series, Wiggly Fruit Salad. A fourth Ready, Steady, Wiggle! series is in development as of 2022.
The Wiggles (1998-2008)
The Wiggles' first six series, starring Murray, Jeff, Anthony and Greg or Sam, are officially referred to with sequential numbers and are often listed on TV guides as simply The Wiggles. However, most of these series are very distinct from each other, and series 3 onward have specific on-screen titles.
TV Series 1 (1998)
Main article: The Wiggles (TV Series 1)
This series features a very specific structure, as every episode would open with a song, then a "Kaz the Cat" segment; "Wigglehouse" segment; another song; a "Henry the Octopus" puppet show; "Captain Feathersword's Pirate Show"; one final song and a Chase scene playing during the credits. Reruns would replace Kaz the Cat segments with Kindergarten segments hosted by Dorothy the Dinosaur.
TV Series 2 (1999/2000)
Main article: The Wiggles (TV Series 2)
Produced for the United Kingdom in 1999 (before a revised version aired in Australia in 2000), this series is more loose in format, with no specific segments or format to follow. Recurring elements do appear from episode to episode, as we see many characters and places in Wiggles World.
Songs in this series came from Wiggle Time! and Yummy Yummy once again, as well as many from Toot Toot! and the concert later used in The Wiggly Big Show. A few exclusive song clips are used that are remakes of ones from Big Red Car and Wake Up Jeff!
While this series is sometimes called "Wiggles World" by fans, this is not the official title.
TV Series 3: Lights, Camera, Action, Wiggles! (2002)
Main article: Lights, Camera, Action, Wiggles! (TV Series)
This series returns to a specific set of segments, this time with the premise of each Wiggle (and Captain Feathersword) hosting or being the subject of their own television program at Network Wiggles; Greg delivers "Network Wiggles News"; Murray teaches about instruments or learns about them from a guest in "Music with Murray"; Anthony oversees art, crafts and cooking in "Anthony's Workshop"; a Wiggle plays with "Captain's Magic Buttons"; and a game show contestant has to find Jeff in "Where's Jeff?". In between are some "Wiggly Community Service Announcements" from the children who direct at Network Wiggles.
An alternate title for this series is "Network Wiggles", as this is what appears in the apparent title card at the end of the opening theme.
TV Series 4 & 5: The Wiggles Show! (2005-2006)
Main article: The Wiggles Show! (TV Series)
Series 4 marks a return to the "Wigglehouse" segment from series 1, and introduces new segments like "Sailing Around the World" with Captain and his crew; "Dorothy's Dance Class" with Dorothy and the Wiggly Dancers; and "The Little Wiggles". However, not all of these segments appear in the same episodes as one another. Songs featured in this series come from Top of the Tots, LIVE Hot Potatoes! and Sailing Around the World, among some exclusive song clips filmed outdoors.
Series 5 marks the first direct continuation of a previous Wiggles series, as it mostly follows the same format, although "Dorothy's Dance Class" has been replaced with "Dorothy's Dancing Alphabet" and a new segment appears called "Jeff's Animal Adventures". Songs seen in this series are from Here Comes The Big Red Car, It's Time to Wake Up Jeff! and the Santa's Rockin'! tour, as well as songs from other videos and albums filmed beachside for this series. Some of these songs and segments were compiled into a video called Splish Splash Big Red Boat, which was also released in 2006.
TV Series 6: Wiggle and Learn (2008)
Main article: Wiggle and Learn (TV Series)
The first (and only) full-length Wiggles series to feature Sam as the yellow Wiggle and the last to feature Murray and Jeff as official Wiggles. There are some recurring segments, although they are not specifically named: scenes at Wigglehouse or Captain Feathersword's dockyard where The Wiggles need the audience's help; scenes with Dorothy and Wags outside Wags World; painting with Murray and Jeff; and a character guessing what Anthony is dressed as. As the name would suggest, the series is somewhat more educational than the previous series, though it's not the overall focus of every segment or very many of the songs.
Unlike the previous series, there are no songs filmed at a concert, or any songs exclusive to the series (not counting short songs sung during segments). Songs from Getting Strong!, Pop Go The Wiggles!, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing and Sing a Song of Wiggles are featured.
In 2006, at least part of a Wiggle and Learn series was filmed with Greg before his retirement. This footage was never edited, but has been confirmed to still exist in raw form.
Ready, Steady, Wiggle! (2013-present)
With the new generation of Wiggles beginning in 2013, they released their first TV series that year, titled Ready, Steady, Wiggle!. Although it was considered to be "TV Series 7" of The Wiggles by fans at the time, it did not officially continue the previous numbering scheme. The next year, a second series was produced for release in Australia in 2015. This series' title and format were then abandoned for later series with this line-up (see below) until it was announced in 2020 that Ready, Steady, Wiggle! would be returning for The Wiggles' 30th year. A third series, sometimes called Ready, Steady, Wiggle! 3, was indeed released in 2021, although it is a significant departure in format, and thus a continuation in name only. As of 2022, a fourth series, similarly nicknamed Ready, Steady, Wiggle! 4, has been announced which will star new yellow Wiggle Tsehay and feature The Fruit Salad TV Wiggles in some capacity.
TV Series 1 & 2 (2013-2015)
Main article: Ready, Steady, Wiggle! (TV Series 1 & 2)
The first series to feature Lachy, Simon and Emma. Segments include "Wigglehouse", "Anthony's Alphabet", "Live at Wigglehouse" and "Wiggly Community Announcements". Songs seen in the series include ones from Taking Off!, Furry Tales, Pumpkin Face, Wiggly Songtime (2013) and the Taking Off! tour.
Series 2, which debuted in New Zealand in 2014 before premiering in Australia in 2015, is nearly identical in presentation and basic structure. New segments include "Dance Lessons with Emma" and specific recurring "Wigglehouse" segments wherein a Wiggle dresses up while the others guess what they are. In addition, "Anthony's Alphabet" is replaced with "Professor Simon's Alphabet" while "Wiggly Community Announcements" do not reappear at all. Songs from the same videos as the previous series are again seen here, as well as songs from Go Santa Go!, Apples & Bananas and Wiggle House. Concert songs from Wiggly Songtime! (apart from those used in previously mentioned videos) and the Taking Off! tour have been replaced with ones filmed on Australia Day 2014 in Hyde Park.
TV Series 3 (2021)
Main article: Ready, Steady, Wiggle! (TV Series 3)
Taking place around Wiggle Town, this series focuses on a main story in each episode, with the only other segment being "Bok the Hand Puppet" (which introduced the character of the same name). Songs featured are unique to this series, as had been the case with series produced in between this and series 2.
When the series was first teased in 2020, on-set photos implied it would resemble the original Ready, Steady, Wiggle! format, hence the return of the title. However, this version of the series was apparently scrapped, as no footage relating to those early images appears in the final show.
TV Series 4 (TBA)
Main article: Ready, Steady, Wiggle! (TV Series 4)
Other Wiggles Series
Between series 2 and 3 of Ready, Steady, Wiggle!, The Wiggles produced two other series which were unique in format.
Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle! (2017/2018)
Main article: Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle! (TV Series)
Once again, this series premiered in another country, this time Treehouse in Canada in 2017. It began airing on Universal Kids in the United States later that year, and then finally in Australia in 2018. Episodes once again have no specific structure and very few recurring segments; notable exceptions are the "Carnival of the Animals" segment and the return of "The Little Wiggles".
For the very first time, no songs featured in this series were created for the series, none came from existing Wiggles videos. Even live videos are unique; despite featuring the same concerts used in the Wiggle Town! short series and Wiggle Around Australia video, specific songs in this series did not appear in either. For the first time since the original Wiggles TV series 1, no music videos are ever repeated, although the same songs do appear more than once in a different form. However, a few music videos would reappear (often with minor differences) on the video Nursery Rhymes 2.
The Wiggles' World (2020)
Main article: The Wiggles' World (TV Series)
The first series to feature Shirley Shawn the Unicorn. Segments include "Emma's Weather Bag"; "Music With Anthony!"; "Lachy's Curly World"; "Story Time With Simon"; "Live At Wiggly Arena!" (concert songs); and "The Little Wiggles".
In addition to full-length series (11 or 22 minutes), The Wiggles have produced a number of series with short episodes (typically 3 to 5 minutes) which are intended to play between other shows.
Let's Wiggle (1997)
Main article: Let's Wiggle
Debuting before The Wiggles TV series 1, this was a series of individual Wiggles song clips either taken from their studio videos or filmed live in concert.
Wiggly Waffle (2009-2013)
Main article: Wiggly Waffle
A morning block hosted by The Wiggles in interstitial segments, with recurring elements including "The Fifth Wiggle", where a child's face would appear on a green-skivvied dancer performing alongside them; "Days of the Week", where a song about the new day would be sung; and "Have a Laugh!" with Captain Feathersword.
Although produced with Sprout in the United States, a version also aired in Australia on ABC Kids.
Wiggly Songtime! (2011-2013)
Main article: Wiggly Songtime!
In the first set of episodes from 2011, songs from Sam-era videos and concerts are featured, with new introductions from The Wiggles and their friends.
In 2013, the series returned with the next generation of Wiggles, with most episodes featuring songs from a performance held by the then-new Wiggles in their studio. Other episodes contain music videos from their first video, Taking Off!. Unlike the previous episodes, these are not all exactly three minutes in length.
In addition to airing on ABC Kids in Australia, it was prominently featured on Wiggle Time TV, a video subscription service on the now-defunct Wiggle Time! website. 2013 episodes were available for a time on Sprout's website in the United States.
Wiggle Town! (2016)
Main article: Wiggle Town! (TV Series)
Similar to Wiggly Songtime!, episodes mostly focus on music videos, though there is a sole recurring segment, "Two Fine Gentlemen". There are no scenes of spoken dialogue (not counting spoken parts during songs or concerts). Songs appear from the video of the same name, Rock & Roll Preschool, Dance Dance! (before its DVD release) and The Wiggles BIG SHOW! & CinderEmma concert, as well as songs that have been filmed exclusively for the series on a new set.
Wiggly Fruit Salad (2022)
Main article: Wiggly Fruit Salad
This is the first series to star the new yellow Wiggle, Tsehay and to feature the Fruit Salad TV Wiggles. This series mostly contains songs from Super Wiggles along with some new ones. The format of the series starts with the opening theme, then in each episode, Dorothy the Dinosaur is always there to greet the viewer with a friendly hello and asks the child what their name is, encouraging active participation. During the series, there are some scenes of spoken dialogue but only for the introduction of each episode and the song introductions.
- Dorothy the Dinosaur (TV Series)
- The Kingdom Of Paramithi
- Baby Antonio's Circus
- Emma! (TV Series)
- Lachy! (TV Series)