TV Series 2


26 (18-minute/21-minute versions)
52 (11-minute Sprout/Kidzone versions)

Created by

The Wiggles

Written by

Don Arioli

Directed by

Chisholm McTavish

Original Network

Seven Network (AUS)
Fox Family (US)
Playhouse Disney (AUS, US and Japan)
Nick Jr. (UK)
Treehouse TV (CA)
YouTube (Worldwide)
Sprout (US)
Kidzone (NZ)[1]

Opening Theme

In The Wiggles' World

Original airdate

January 2, 1999 (UK)

May 3, 1999 (US)[2]
February 2000 (AUS)
April 2001 (CA)
2004 (UK)
October 27, 2021 (WildBrain)[3]

2011 (US)

Preceded by

TV Series 1

Followed by

TV Series 3

The Wiggles' 2nd TV Series debuted on UK network ITV's morning block GMTV on 2 January 1999.[4] In the United States, Fox Family initially aired the series on weekdays.[5] It later aired in Australia on Seven/Prime Network in 2000, just as their first series had.

It differed quite a bit from its predecessor, both in content and style. Some episodes remained story-based, such as Dancing (where Anthony loses his ability to wiggle) and Play (where Dorothy loses her voice), but there is no specific format to the series, with songs and other skits appearing in between segments of the story. The focus of the episodes were more on general themes running throughout, for example Numbers & Counting, Animals and Multicultural, with most of their individual songs and skits relating to these themes in some way. Most drastically, the setting changed quite a bit as The Wiggles' world is now primarily computer-animated, with the primary locations (Wigglehouse, Dorothy's Garden, Captain Feathersword's Dockyard, Henry's Place and Wags World) being practical sets existing within it, all of which look completely different than in previous appearances.

It primarily featured songs from the 3 Videos that came out before it, the 1998 versions of Wiggle Time! and Yummy Yummy and Toot Toot! (with that video made as a pre-production for the series). Songs filmed live in concert at the Toot Toot Show!, the same concert that would later be released on video as The Wiggly Big Show, also appeared. A few songs from Big Red Car and Wake Up Jeff! were also used, re-shot in the style of the episodes.

This series is usually considered to be their most popular, and arguably helped bring The Wiggles to the height of their overall popularity, especially in countries outside Australia where they had bit exposure before. When the first run of 13 episodes aired on GMTV, it reportedly had a 50% audience share during its time slot. Most notably, this series began The Wiggles' relationship with Disney Channel in the United States, as they began running it on their Playhouse Disney block in 2002. They would continue to debut and rerun Wiggles series, new and old, until 2009, airing 2 to 4 episodes daily during much of that time.


Note: 18-minute versions that are available on DVD or have surfaced online are marked with an asterisk (*); partially available episodes are marked with a double asterisk (**). All others are currently considered lost media.

  1. Wiggle Food
  2. Numbers & Counting
  3. Dancing
  4. Dressing Up
  5. Your Body
  6. Play
  7. Safety
  8. Storytelling
  9. Friends
  10. Multicultural
  11. Musical Instruments
  12. Hygiene
  13. Animals
  14. History
  15. Family
  16. Movement
  17. Nutrition
  18. Directions
  19. Manners
  20. Travel
  21. Play (*)
  22. The Body
  23. Communication
  24. Work
  25. Imagination
  26. Cows and Ducks

NOTE: This list is incomplete. There are 52 episodes total, which were seen on PBS Kids Sprout (now Universal Kids) in America and Kidzone in New Zealand, those episodes that have surfaced online are marked with an asterisk (*); partially available episodes are marked with a double asterisk (**). All others are currently considered lost media.[6] Please do not add any additional episode titles unless you can provide a verifiable source.



The Wiggles wave to the audience at the end of the intro

The opening theme song and closing credits are the only constant features of every episode, although the credits tend to differ in length from episode to episode. Both are set to a new song, In The Wiggles' World. The intro features a bee pollinating a flower in Dorothy's Garden to reveal the logo. The camera then zooms along with the bee through Wiggles World past the characters in their usual locations; Dorothy the Dinosaur in her garden, Wags the Dog and The Wagettes in Wags World, Officer Beaples patrolling the streets, Captain Feathersword and his mates in The S.S Feathersword, and Henry the Octopus in his underwater home. We then follow a seagull toward Wigglehouse, where The Wiggles greet the viewers by waving or dancing. The closing credits feature The Wiggles and their friends waving at the doorstep of Wigglehouse, while the credits scroll up on the screen.


Hot Potato, the first song used in the series

Like TV Series 1, songs from the 1998 remakes of Wiggle Time! and Yummy Yummy appear in most episodes. Unlike that series, not all songs from those videos are used, and most that are used appear several times. Some songs use completely different camera angles at times, most notably Dorothy the Dinosaur. Some footage in music videos was adjusted to accommodate for transitions and song title cards, such as the first shot of Get Ready To Wiggle lasting longer when compared to its appearance in Wiggle Time!, and two of the following shots being removed as a result. Much more songs from Toot Toot! appear than in Series 1, and many more episodes contain songs performed in concert. Most concert songs are from the tour featured in The Wiggly Big Show (in fact one song, D.O.R.O.T.H.Y. (My Favourite Dinosaur), is cut from that video but appears in the episode Imagination), although Wake Up Jeff!, which can be seen in Communication, is from the same concert used in Wiggle Time! and Series 1 (that particular song appeared in neither). New music videos for the songs Our Boat Is Rocking On The Sea (a new recording of the track from Stories and Songs: The Adventures Of Captain Feathersword, The Friendly Pirate), Big Red Car, Hat On My Head (both from Big Red Car), Henry's Underwater Big Band, Having Fun At The Beach (both from Wake Up Jeff!), and John Bradlelum (from Toot Toot!) are used.

Song title cards appear on a wavy Wiggle Rainbow of varying sizes and colours depending on the length of the title. It would later be used in the 1999 re-release of Toot Toot!, with differently-styled text. Only one song appears without a title card, Wigglegroove in the episode Work. Often title cards show up at times in multiple appearances, such as Hot Potato, where it shows up right away in some appearances, but not until several seconds into the song in Hygiene (as it does in Yummy Yummy). Sometimes the title cards themselves are different from episode to episode, especially those with long titles, like We're Dancing With Wags The Dog, where the divide in what words are on top or bottom is different, or the colours in the Wiggle Rainbow are different.


The Wiggles at a Wiggle Rainbow in Travel

There are no specific sets of segments that appear in every episode, nor are there segments with given names. Examples of recurring segments include The Wiggles discussing the theme of an episode in a Wiggle Rainbow, or inside or outside Wigglehouse, Greg performing magic tricks and trying to get a rabbit out of his hat (often with help, or hinderance, from Anthony), Captain Feathersword attempting to teach tricks to Wags the Dog or try to make him fetch an Object he throws with little success and dances with his pirate crew at either Wags World or his dockyard, Henry conducting his Underwater Big Band, and Dorothy planting in her garden.

Version Differences

GMTV credits

There are three different versions of the series: the original GMTV versions that are roughly 18 to 19 minutes each, the extended versions that run around 21-minutes (both of which consist of 26 episodes), and split 11-minute versions edited much later, around the time of TV Series 4 and 5 (of which there are presumably 52 episodes). The 21-minute versions are the most common, as they aired in several countries, and appear on the DVD box set and other home video releases.

The GMTV versions have not be rerun or released since and all but one episode is considered lost media. The version of the episode Play on the UK compilation DVD Playtime Children's Favourites is the GMTV version. Based on that episode, these versions did not contain the concert clips seen in the others (Captain Feathersword Fell Asleep on His Pirate Ship (Quack Quack) is replaced with the version from Wiggle Time!), and contained other edits to reduce the run time (The Monkey Dance and the prologue to Ponies are cut entirely, while the epilogue to Starry Night is shortened). Episode credits are also much shorter. The standard version of the episode Your Body contains a single frame of The Wiggles Big Show version of Can You (Point Your Fingers And Do The Twist?) before switching to the Toot Toot Show!/The Wiggly Big Show version, likely meaning the GMTV version used the clip from that concert (considering the GMTV version premiered in January 1999, less than a month after the December 1998 Toot Toot Show! performances were filmed, this is probably the case). A frame during a camera transition in Storytelling appears to be the final shot of the song Wags the Dog from Big Red Car, causing similar speculation that songs from that video (and maybe others, such as Wake Up Jeff!) appeared in the GMTV version, but it may have also simply been a placeholder during post-production before it was decided to include Zardo Zap in that episode. In addition, the script's page of Play (a.k.a. At Play) that is now a Powerhouse Museum exhibit shows Rock-A-Bye Your Bear instead of Henry's Underwater Big Band, although it is not known that the original version aired on GMTV with the song, presumably that the song's footage is from the Big Show concert in Melbourne. And in conclusion, a YouTube video[7] reveals that the opening on GMTV is shortened from 1:08 to 0:20 as a result, despite all of the original GMTV versions of the 26 episodes being unedited.

The 11-minute versions are known to have aired in the United States on Sprout (now Universal Kids) and in New Zealand on Kidzone. Most episodes are now considered lost as few recordings have since surfaced online, and no official release exists. In these versions, the standard episodes are split into two, with scenes and songs reshuffled to get them to fit in these separated time frames. Transitions from Series 4 and 5 are used to hide these cuts (occasionally, the original transitions would be visible under the new ones, as seen in the cloud transition in the slideshow). On Sprout, a single black frame is visible during the title card/first transition, intended to allow for a commercial break. Likewise, there is a hard cut to another frame of black before the credits begin. However, Sprout never placed commercial breaks in this slots. On Kidzone, these gaps for commercial breaks were not present, with no black frames and a transition always placed between the final scene and the credits. The credits themselves were sped-up on Kidzone (with In The Wiggles' World accordingly abridged) but played at original speed on Sprout, comparatively extending the length of the episodes.

Tie-in Videos

The Dorothy the Dinosaur and Friends Video was released in May 1999, containing several skits from the TV Series featuring the Wiggly Friends, with some new introductions by Dorothy herself, and music videos featuring The Wiggle Puppets. The Wiggles themselves never physically appear in the video, although their voices can be heard at several points. The following year, Captain Feathersword the Friendly Pirate was released, containing skits focusing on Captain Feathersword. Greg, Jeff and Anthony introduce the segments, and all four Wiggles appear in many of the skits. There are no music videos.

The Wiggly Big Show, a 1999 live video using the same concert clips as the series, also contained scenes of The Wiggles inside the Wigglehouse from Series 2, as well as other characters in a dressing room made from the dentist set used in the episode Movement. A new music video for Toot Toot, Chugga Chugga, Big Red Car was also used in which they drive through the computer-animated Wiggles World from this series.

When Toot Toot! was released internationally, and re-released in Australia in 1999, the chroma key backgrounds of the video's primary setting was changed to the Wiggles World from this series, with the garage in the initial version being replaced with the street outside of Wigglehouse. The music videos for John Bradlelum and Henry's Underwater Big Band made for this series were also added to the video, with the former replacing its original version, and the latter replacing the song Bathtime. The same music video for Toot Toot, Chugga Chugga, Big Red Car from The Wiggly Big Show was also used (despite this, the original 1998 music video is the one that appears in the series).

It's a Wiggly Wiggly World!, a video released the following year in 2000, features many direct connections to the series. The Series 2 intro is used for that video, as is the CGI Wiggles World. The set for Dorothy's Garden is also the same as the one used in this series. The song Starry Night is taken directly from the episode Play as a flashback by Murray, although the music is re-recorded. It is often considered by fans to be a special for the Series, or perhaps even a finale.

In the Christmas special, Yule Be Wiggling, which was filmed in 2000 and released in 2001, contained a few brief scenes of The Wiggles where the background used was the playground location from the Series 2 Wiggles World.

The copyright info containing the bee and logo on a Flower was used in these Videos, as well as the 1999 re-release of Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas and Hoop-Dee-Doo it's a Wiggly Party.

Home Video Releases

iTunes artwork

The Wiggles' first ever DVD was a TV Series 2 compilation called Wiggly TV, released in 2000. It contained three 21-minute episodes, Play (titled as Playtime), History (titled as Wiggly History) and Family, as well as an electronic storybook and bloopers. A VHS version was also released, although it did not contain the episode Family. In the United States and Canada, this was released as Wiggly Play Time. Both the VHS (released in 2001) and DVD (released in 2004 in Canada and the United States) contained all three episodes, edited together to form a complete hour-long video.

From 2004 to 2008, other episodes were included on Children's Favourites (later HIT Favourites) compilation DVDs and VHS, alongside episodes of other HIT Entertainment-distributed shows like Barney, Thomas and Friends and Bob the Builder. The episode Play, featured in Playtime Children's Favourites, is the original GMTV version. Safety was released on a promotional DVD sold in the Daily Mirror titled A Fun Filled Episode.

In 2005, the episodes Family (which had been previously seen on Wiggly Play Time) and Musical Instruments (which was never seen before on home video) were included on the North American-exclusive VHS and DVD Lights, Camera, Action!, which also contained episodes 12 and 16 of TV Series 3 (11-minute versions). A rental version titled The Wiggles Show contained these episodes and the video Top of the Tots.

All 26 episodes were released together across 4 DVD discs in a Collector's Edition Box Set released in 2007, along with two bonus episodes of Dorothy the Dinosaur (TV Series). Two 13-episode volumes compiling the whole series were available on digital platforms such as iTunes and Google Play. Like TV Series 1, episodes on iTunes were presented in 480p rather than their original resolution of 576p, and were in mono sound despite being produced in stereo. Neither the DVD or digital releases were ever made available outside of Australia and New Zealand, and are no longer available for purchase, although they are still available on Google Play & YouTube for Australia & New Zealand fans.

On October 27th, 2021, Caterina Mete confirmed on Twitter that WildBrain will be uploading Wiggles content on their Preschool channel, starting with this series.