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This article is about the Australian TV series. For the Latin American series, see here.

The Wiggles Show! is the name of TV Series 4 and 5 of The Wiggles' TV series.

Series 4 was produced mainly in 2004 and premiered on ABC TV on 18, April 2005 at 8:00 am[1]. Series 5 premiered a little over a year later, on 19, June 2006 at 8:10 am[2] and the series concluded at the end of that August[3].

Episodes

Each of these 22-minute episodes listed were originally split into two 11-minute episodes when first aired on ABC. Since none of these 11-minute versions have been released on DVD or iTunes, the episode pages listed are of the more commonly seen 22-minute versions.

For airdates and known information on the 11-minute episodes, see the aptly named tab below.

Premiere dates are from Playhouse Disney airings in America. Episode titles come from the DVD releases, iTunes and The Wiggles Channel/Roku.

TV Series 4 (2005)

  1. Dorothy's Ballet - April 16, 2006
  2. Making Pies - September 19, 2005
  3. Friendly Feathersword Crew - September 12, 2005
  4. When We Were Young - February 13, 2006
  5. Kangaroo Dance - September 26, 2005
  6. Shiver Me Timbers - November 4, 2005
  7. I Swing My Baton - October 18, 2005
  8. Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock - December 5, 2005
  9. A Wiggly Mystery - June 26, 2006
  10. Prehistoric Party - August 23, 2005
  11. Wiggly Friends - February 14, 2006
  12. Bow Wow Wow - November 10, 2005
  13. We're Taking a Trip Across the Sea - October 24, 2005
  14. Paint a Portrait - December 30, 2005
  15. S.S Feathersword - November 7, 2005
  16. Eagle Rock! - November 15, 2005
  17. The Train Dance - November 17, 2005
  18. Bill the Billycart - November 18, 2005
  19. Jack in the Box - November 21, 2005
  20. Fruit Salad - November 22, 2005
  21. Learn About Animals - February 15, 2006
  22. Help Find Jeff - August 21, 2006
  23. I Count 1-10 - February 17, 2006
  24. Picking Flowers - November 23, 2005
  25. Swim With a Friend - February 16, 2006
  26. Bailamos! - January 26, 2006

TV Series 5 (2006)

  1. Fruity Fun - February 19, 2007
  2. Let's Have a Dance! - February 20, 2007
  3. The Wiggle Way - February 21, 2007
  4. Shh! Shh! Shh! - February 22, 2007
  5. A Wiggly Concert - February 23, 2007
  6. Playing a Trick on the Captain - February 26, 2007
  7. The Gorilla Dance - March 5, 2007
  8. Pirate Radio - April 16, 2007
  9. Amazing Alpaca - May 14, 2007
  10. It's Sunny Today! - August 6, 2007
  11. Would You Like to Dance With Me? - September 10, 2007
  12. Hola Todos! - September 24, 2007
  13. Shalom Everybody! - August 27, 2007
  14. Pirate Dancing - January 14, 2008
  15. Sway From Side - March 23, 2007
  16. Fluff Out Your Feathers - February 4, 2008
  17. It's So Good For You! - October 1, 2007
  18. All Shook Up - November 19, 2007
  19. Mop-Mop! - March 3, 2008
  20. Sydney Harbour - October 22, 2007
  21. The Long Tail Bilby - April 28, 2008
  22. G-Day Mate - December 10, 2007
  23. Swish, Swish, Swish - May 19, 2008
  24. The Baby Crocodile - June 2, 2008
  25. The King of Guitars - August 25, 2008
  26. The Wiggle Medley - June 23, 2007

Premiere dates are from ABC1 airings in Australia. Episode titles (where available) come from Sprout airings. Please do not add any additional episode titles unless you can provide a verifiable source.

Note: 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.

TV Series 4 (2005)

TV Series 5 (2006)

Format

Songs

Wiggly Party, the first song used in Series 4

We Like To Say Hello, the first song used in Series 5

Multiple songs are featured in each episode, including songs from recent studio videos, songs performed in concert and ones filmed exclusively for the series, taking place at an outdoor location, such as a forest (series 4) or a beach (series 5).

In series 4, songs from Top of the Tots, LIVE Hot Potatoes! and the not-yet-released Sailing Around the World appear. Song title cards are used, with a cartoon Big Red Car or Feathersword revealing the title. Series 5 features songs from Here Comes The Big Red Car, It's Time to Wake Up Jeff!, and Splish Splash Big Red Boat. It also features live songs filmed during the Santa's Rockin'! Tour.

Several songs in both series are Wiggly Animations by Plastic Wax Animation. In series 5, animated songs in Spanish are performed by "The Mariachi Wiggles", while songs in Mandarin Chinese feature The Mandarin Wiggles. Series 5 treats both animation songs more as a segment, with The Wiggles almost always introducing them.

Sailing Around the World

Sailing Around the World Series 4 title card

Focusing on Captain Feathersword and his crew, we see them have misadventures on the S.S. Feathersword or at the beach. In series 4, The Wiggles are largely absent, appearing only in the songs following these segments. In series 5, Anthony and Jeff occasionally appear, while The Wiggles are seen during songs much less often (only in Sorry Again and Bing Bang Bong (That's a Pirate Song)). The intro for the segment is the same one used in its eponymous video, with the only difference being its title card.

In series 4, there are 11 different segments. Two of these are repeated once each, making a total of 13 appearances in the series. They are always placed in the first half of odd-numbered 22-minute episodes (1, 3, 5, etc), and every other odd-numbered 11-minute episode (1, 5, 9, etc).

In series 5, there are 14 segments, with most appearing in the first half of even-numbered 22-minute episodes (2, 4, 6, etc), or every other odd-numbered 11-minute episode (3, 7, 11, etc). Because that would only allow 13 slots, one segment appears outside the normal pattern, in 22-minute episode 5/11-minute episode 10.

Wigglehouse

Wigglehouse title card

Looking much like the Wigglehouse from TV Series 2 (although the layout is different, much of the same furniture is reused or recreated), the segment opens with In The Wiggles' World. The Wiggles are often seen performing a task, such as Jeff painting a picture of Wigglehouse (which the others mistake for him painting the walls of the house), or Greg cooking Vegetable Soup, prompting the others to wash their hands before they eat. In Series 5, some segments focus on Magic Greg performing magic tricks (such as making milk in a newspaper disappear) and Anthony causing difficulties in his tricks, calling back to similar sketches seen in series 2. Some series 5 segments end with a brief song, either performed live (such as Vegetable Soup) or miming to a short studio recording (such as Gulp Gulp or Here Come The Chicken).

In series 4, there are 12 different segments. One of these is repeated, making a total of 13 appearances in the series. They are always placed in the second half of odd-numbered 22-minute episodes (1, 3, 5, etc), and every other even-numbered 11-minute episode (2, 6, 10, etc).

In series 5, there are 13 different segments with no repeats. They are always placed in the first half of odd-numbered 22-minute episodes (1, 3, 5, etc), and every other odd-numbered 11-minute episode (1, 5, 9, etc).

Dorothy's Dance Class (S4)/Dorothy's Dancing Alphabet (S5)

Dorothy's Dance Class title card

This segment focuses on Dorothy the Dinosaur and the Wiggly Dancers teaching a specific dance. In Series 5, each dance relates to a letter of the alphabet, which Anthony introduces at Captain's dock. Both segments open up with Dorothy (Would You Like To Dance?).

In series 4, there are 25 different Dorothy's Dance Class segments. Two of these are repeated once each, making a total of 27 appearances in the series. They would appear in either the first or second half of every 22-minute episode (except Kangaroo Dance, which featured two segments, one in each half). As such, its appearances varied in the 11-minute episodes; sometimes it was in episodes paired with Sailing Around the World, other times in episodes paired with Wigglehouse. However, it always appeared in episodes paired with The Little Wiggles, and never appeared in every fourth episode (4, 8, 12, etc) as these episodes had no segments and contained only songs.

Despite there being 26 letters of the alphabet, there are only 24 different Dorothy's Dancing Alphabet segments in series 5; there are no segments for the letter 'Y' or 'Z'. Additionally, the 'F' segment is repeated once, making a total of 25 appearances in the series. In the 22-minute version, they appear in the first half of odd-numbered episodes (except Would You Like to Dance With Me?, where it is absent) and the second half of even-numbered episodes. Thus, in the 11-minute version it appears two episodes in a row with a gap of two episodes in between (i.e. episodes 4 & 5, 8 & 9, 12 & 13, etc; although it is again absent from episode 21).

The Little Wiggles

The Little Wiggles Series 4 title card

Showing the life of The Wiggles when they were young, similar to the Wigglehouse segments although typically shorter in length. In Series 4, each segment is followed by a song performed by The Little Wiggles, while series 5 dropped them.

In series 4, there are 12 different segments. One of these is repeated, making a total of 13 appearances in the series. They are always placed in the first half of even-numbered 22-minute episodes (2, 4, 6, etc), and every other odd-numbered 11-minute episode (3, 7, 11, etc). Additionally, there are 8 different Little Wiggles songs, some of which are repeated at least once.

In series 5, there are 11 different segments. Two of these are repeated once each, making a total of 13 appearances in the series. They are always placed in the second half of odd-numbered 22-minute episodes (1, 3, 5, etc), and every other even-numbered 11-minute episode (2, 6, 10, etc).

Jeff's Animal Adventures

Jeff with a White Bengal tiger in the first Jeff's Animal Adventures segment

This segment, which appears only in series 5, features Jeff showcasing some animals, filmed at Tarronga Zoo in Sydney. These are usually less than 30 seconds and are often set to a instrumental of Anthony's Workshop.

The segment is never given a name on-screen, although the description to The Pick of TV Series 5 DVD calls it "Jeff's Animal Adventures". ABC episode descriptions also called them "Jeff's Animal Facts".

There are 21 different segments that appear. Five of these are repeated once each, making a total of 26 appearances. The segment does not appear in every episode, and in some 22-minute episodes it appears twice. It has no consistent placement pattern across either version of the series.

Broadcast History

Both series originally aired on ABC1 in their 11-minute versions. Series 4 took a hiatus between May 27 and August 8, 2005, although Episode 31 premiered after an airing of Whoo Hoo! Wiggly Gremlins! on June 13.[4] Episode 3 of series 5 aired out of order, as other programming took the show's spot on the Wednesday, June 21, 2006 schedule.[5] It aired the next Monday instead, pushing forward the premieres of Episode 6 onward. The series also aired on Playhouse Disney in Australia in their 22-minute versions. Although it's unknown when they premiered, series 5 aired there in June 2008,[6] and aired again in 2009 between runs of series 4.[7]

In New Zealand, series 4 premiered on TV3[8], although it's unknown which version aired. Reruns of the 11-minute versions of both series later aired on TVNZ Kidzone.[9] It also played on Playhouse Disney at the same time as Australia.

In the USA, the 22-minute version debuted on Playhouse Disney in 2005. As with all series, Disney aired them out of order and with new episodes not consistently scheduled. The entirety of series 4 aired within just under a year; however, series 5 took almost a year and a half across 2007 and 2008 (by which time Sam had become the new yellow Wiggle) between its first and last new episode. After The Wiggles later moved to PBS Kids Sprout, that network began airing the 11-minute versions of both series by 2011. Series 5 also appeared on the NBC Kids block circa 2012-2013.[10][11] This block is known to have aired unique, re-edited episodes of series 6 (presumably to ensure they met E/I standards), but it's unknown if series 5 was given similar treatment as no complete recordings exist online as of 2022. Episodes of both series are in rotation on The Wiggles Channel.

In Canada, both series aired on Treehouse TV in their 22-minute versions. Series 5 premiered there on March 1, 2008.[12]

In the UK, the 22-minute versions aired on Nick Jr. and Nick Jr. 2.

Series 4 aired on JimJamTV in Italy circa 2008-2009.[13][14] Dialogue was dubbed in Italian.

Version Differences

The original 11-minute versions that aired on ABC are very similar to the 22-minute versions. Unlike TV Series 3 and 6, where songs and segments are reshuffled and replaced to change the running time, every episode in the 22-minute versions has a song or segment that ends at the exact 11-minute mark. Thus, the 11-minute versions are simply those episodes split in half, with a brief outro scene of The Wiggles saying goodbye added to the end of the first half (as well as credits laid over the last 30 seconds or so) and the theme song placed before the second half. Other brief edits are made to make each episode exactly 11 minutes, such as some songs or Dorothy's Dance Class segments being shortened in Series 4 to make room for the theme song or end scene. In Series 5, some short interstitial scenes of The Wiggles or their friends dancing or waving between segments in the 22-minute versions are removed in the 11-minute versions for the same reasons.

As with other series, the 11-minute versions aired on Sprout differed slightly from those aired on ABC and Kidzone as there was room for a commercial break after the opening theme. Sprout did not place commercials here, although there would be a quick cut to black at this time. Series 4 episodes would then begin with a closing guitar transition.

Similarly, series 4 episodes on Nick Jr. in the UK were an otherwise rarely used version featuring a fade to black at the 11:00 mark to allow commercials (though again there was no break placed there by Nick Jr.). These fades were covered by a transition in other versions, though they're often still visible as the transitions begin.

Tie-in Videos

Videos that were produced alongside the series include Sailing Around the World, which was released in 2005 around the time of TV Series 4, while Here Comes The Big Red Car and It's Time to Wake Up Jeff! were released around the same time as TV Series 5 in 2006. These three videos and the two series share many of the same segments and songs. Because Sailing Around the World is almost entirely new songs with a continued theme and focus on Captain Feathersword, and the latter two videos are remakes of Big Red Car and Wake Up Jeff!, respectively, it can be assumed these shared scenes were made for the videos first.

However, Splish Splash Big Red Boat, released the same day as It's Time to Wake Up Jeff!, is a more straightforward clip show of TV Series 5. It is made up of a variety of songs and segments from that series (plus one from Series 4), almost all of which had appeared in previous videos, with no real theme tying them together.

Racing to the Rainbow, released on DVD after TV Series 5 had ended, used the same Wigglehouse and S.S. Feathersword sets, though with a noticeably different look to the shots, as it was The Wiggles' first studio video to be filmed in High Definition. Bloopers from Series 5 and its related videos were included as a bonus feature on Racing to the Rainbow's DVD, further tying it in with the series.

Releases

Physical Home Video

iTunes cover artwork (Series 4)

iTunes cover artwork (Series 5)

Unlike the three series prior, neither series was ever given a complete DVD box set. However, in June 2010, two compilations were released containing the first 9 episodes of each series in their 22-minute versions: The Wiggles Show: The Pick of TV Series 4 and Ready, Steady, Wiggle! The Pick of TV Series 5. They were only released in Australia and New Zealand and are currently out of print.

Digital Retail

In Australia and New Zealand, both complete series were available on iTunes using modified artwork from the DVD releases. Each series was split into two volumes, with 13 episodes per volume. All episodes were presented in 360p, a resolution over 200 pixels smaller in height than the original 576p resolution (technically 576i, but iTunes doesn't support interlaced video so it must be deinterlaced). Series 4 was also in mono sound despite being created in stereo. Neither is currently available for purchase. But, they are still available on Google Play and YouTube.[citation needed]

Streaming

Episodes appeared on the now-defunct Wiggle Time! TV service. Series 5 was at one time streaming on Netflix in Australia, though it was removed in 2018. As noted above, both series have played on The Wiggles Channel, a linear streaming network available through The Roku Channel in the USA. Episodes have also been uploaded to various WildBrain YouTube channels which are viewable worldwide; these episodes are presented with an incorrect aspect ratio and framerate.

Trivia

  • These are the last series to feature The Wiggles in their 2002 skivvies and pants.
  • Series 5 served as Greg's last aired TV series as a Wiggle, though a sixth series was partially shot with him before being replaced by Sam.
    • This is also Murray and Jeff's penultimate aired TV series.
    • Because of this, TV Series 5 marked the last series with the original lineup in its entirety.
  • The songs in series 4 and 5 came from various videos from Top of the Tots to It's Time to Wake Up Jeff!.
  • This is the first series to have Christmas songs, despite these episodes not debuting in December in Australia.
  • Series 4 was the first series not to feature the song Get Ready To Wiggle, while series 5 was the last one to feature Wake Up Jeff!.
  • In series 5, The Wiggles revisited songs from some of their earliest albums, namely Here Comes a Song and The Adventures Of Captain Feathersword, The Friendly Pirate, for the first time since their respective release years in 1992 and 1993.
  • Most songs which are featured as part of segments do not appear in the series outside those segments, with some exceptions.
  • Most background music in these series are the instrumental recordings of various songs, while some occasional background music is reused from The Wiggles Movie, TV Series 1 and TV Series 2.
  • Series 5 was the final series to be shot at the Sydney Film and Television Studios.
  • This is the first TV Series to air on Treehouse TV in Canada.
  • Series 5 is currently the only Classic Wiggles TV Series not to have any content uploaded onto The Wiggles' official YouTube channel as of yet. Every episode of Series 1 has been uploaded in their entirety, some skits from series 2, and 3 have been featured in compilations, and a series 4 Little Wiggles segment from Paint a Portrait (with the song Fruit Salad) was uploaded on its own.
  • In series 4, Officer Beaples made a return in Wiggly Animation, while in series 5 she finally made her live-action return.
  • This is the first series to use Circus Mouse Bold font, though some parts still used the fonts Wiglet and P22 Daddy O Hip.
  • During non-song segments in later episodes, a trumpet fanfare will play whenever a character is about to say a certain word.

References

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