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.
Series 4 was filmed and produced mainly in 2004 and premiered on ABC TV on 18 April 2005 at 8:00 am. Series 5 premiered a little over a year later, on 19 June 2006 at 8:10 am and the series concluded at the end of that August.
- 1 Episodes
- 2 Format
- 3 Broadcast History
- 4 Version Differences
- 5 Tie-in Videos
- 6 Releases
- 7 Trivia
- 8 References
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.
TV Series 4 (2005)
- Dorothy's Ballet - April 16, 2006
- Making Pies - September 19, 2005
- Friendly Feathersword Crew - September 12, 2005
- When We Were Young - February 13, 2006
- Kangaroo Dance - September 26, 2005
- Shiver Me Timbers - November 4, 2005
- I Swing My Baton - October 18, 2005
- Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock - December 5, 2005
- A Wiggly Mystery - June 26, 2006
- Prehistoric Party - August 23, 2005
- Wiggly Friends - February 14, 2006
- Bow Wow Wow - November 10, 2005
- We're Taking a Trip Across the Sea - October 24, 2005
- Paint a Portrait - December 30, 2005
- S.S Feathersword - November 7, 2005
- Eagle Rock! - November 15, 2005
- The Train Dance - November 17, 2005
- Bill the Billycart - November 18, 2005
- Jack in the Box - November 21, 2005
- Fruit Salad - November 22, 2005
- Learn About Animals - February 15, 2006
- Help Find Jeff - August 21, 2006
- I Count 1-10 - February 17, 2006
- Picking Flowers - November 23, 2005
- Swim With a Friend - February 16, 2006
- Bailamos! - January 26, 2006
TV Series 5 (2006)
- Fruity Fun - February 19, 2007
- Let's Have a Dance! - February 20, 2007
- The Wiggle Way - February 21, 2007
- Shh! Shh! Shh! - February 22, 2007
- A Wiggly Concert - February 23, 2007
- Playing a Trick on the Captain - February 26, 2007
- The Gorilla Dance - March 5, 2007
- Pirate Radio - April 16, 2007
- Amazing Alpaca - May 14, 2007
- It's Sunny Today! - August 6, 2007
- Would You Like to Dance With Me? - September 10, 2007
- Hola Todos! - September 24, 2007
- Shalom Everybody! - August 27, 2007
- Pirate Dancing - January 14, 2008
- Sway From Side - March 23, 2007
- Fluff Out Your Feathers - February 4, 2008
- It's So Good For You! - October 1, 2007
- All Shook Up - November 19, 2007
- Mop-Mop! - March 3, 2008
- Sydney Harbour - October 22, 2007
- The Long Tail Bilby - April 28, 2008
- G-Day Mate - December 10, 2007
- Swish, Swish, Swish - May 19, 2008
- The Baby Crocodile - June 2, 2008
- The King of Guitars - August 25, 2008
- 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)
- Episode 1 (Professor Singlotta Songa!) - April 18, 2005
- Episode 2 (Wiggly Quiz Time) - April 19, 2005
- Episode 3 (Toot Toot Chugga Chugga) - April 20, 2005
- Episode 4 (Wiggly Show Time) - April 21, 2005
- Episode 5 (A Trip to Athens) - April 22, 2005
- Episode 6 (Jeff the Artist) - April 25, 2005
- Episode 7 (Little Wiggles!) - April 26, 2005
- Episode 8 (Dancing Elbow to Elbow) - April 27, 2005
- Episode 9 (London Town!) - April 28, 2005
- Episode 10 (Fly Through the Sky) - April 29, 2005
- Episode 11 - May 2, 2005
- Episode 12 - May 3, 2005
- Episode 13 (Sing in San Francisco) - May 4, 2005
- Episode 14 (Topsey‐Turvey Day) - May 5, 2005
- Episode 15 (Where's Jeff?) - May 6, 2005
- Episode 16 (Rosy Tea) - May 9, 2005
- Episode 17 (You Might Like a Pet) - May 10, 2005
- Episode 18 (Detective Murray) - May 11, 2005
- Episode 19 (Hot Potato!) - May 12, 2005
- Episode 20 (Central Park New York) - May 13, 2005
- Episode 21 (The Wiggle Groove) - May 16, 2005
- Episode 22 (Rolling Down the Sand Hills) - May 17, 2005
- Episode 23 (Dance with Wags the Dog) - May 18, 2005
- Episode 24 (Here Come the Chicken!) - May 19, 2005
- Episode 25 (Sail Around the World) - May 20, 2005
- Episode 26 (Dorothy's Tea Time) - May 23, 2005
- Episode 27 (Do the Hula) - May 24, 2005
- Episode 28 (Do the Monkey!) - May 25, 2005
- Episode 29 (Ahoy There Me Hearties!) - May 26, 2005
- Episode 30 (Lights, Action, Action, Wiggles!) - May 27, 2005
- Episode 31 (Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes) - June 13, 2005
- Episode 32 (Say Ah at the Doctors) - August 8, 2005
- Episode 33 - August 9, 2005
- Episode 34 - August 10, 2005
- Episode 35 (Astronaut Dance) (*) - August 11, 2005
- Episode 36 (Wiggly Party) (*) - August 12, 2005
- Episode 37 - August 15, 2005
- Episode 38 - August 16, 2005
- Episode 39 - August 17, 2005
- Episode 40 - August 18, 2005
- Episode 41 - August 19, 2005
- Episode 42 - August 22, 2005
- Episode 43 - August 23, 2005
- Episode 44 - August 24, 2005
- Episode 45 - August 25, 2005
- Episode 46 - August 26, 2005
- Episode 47 (Greg's Trick) (*) - August 29, 2005
- Episode 48 (Flowers Red, Flowers Blue) (*) - August 30, 2005
- Episode 49 - August 31, 2005
- Episode 50 - September 1, 2005
- Episode 51 - September 2, 2005
- Episode 52 - September 5, 2005
TV Series 5 (2006)
- Episode 1 - June 19, 2006
- Episode 2 - June 20, 2006
- Episode 3 - June 26, 2006
- Episode 4 - June 22, 2006
- Episode 5 (*) - June 23, 2006
- Episode 6 (*) - June 27, 2006
- Episode 7 - June 28, 2006
- Episode 8 (*) - June 29, 2006
- Episode 9 - June 30, 2006
- Episode 10 (*) - July 3, 2006
- Episode 11 - July 4, 2006
- Episode 12 (*) - July 5, 2006
- Episode 13 - July 6, 2006
- Episode 14 - July 7, 2006
- Episode 15 (*) - July 10, 2006
- Episode 16 - July 11, 2006
- Episode 17 - July 12, 2006
- Episode 18 - July 13, 2006
- Episode 19 (The Captain's Jacket) (*) - July 14, 2006
- Episode 20 (Hat On My Head) (*) - July 17, 2006
- Episode 21 - July 18, 2006
- Episode 22 - July 19, 2006
- Episode 23 - July 20, 2006
- Episode 24 - July 21, 2006
- Episode 25 - July 24, 2006
- Episode 26 - July 25, 2006
- Episode 27 (*) - July 26, 2006
- Episode 28 - July 27, 2006
- Episode 29 - July 28, 2006
- Episode 30 - July 31, 2006
- Episode 31 - August 1, 2006
- Episode 32 - August 2, 2006
- Episode 33 (*) - August 3, 2006
- Episode 34 - August 4, 2006
- Episode 35 - August 7, 2006
- Episode 36 - August 8, 2006
- Episode 37 - August 9, 2006
- Episode 38 - August 10, 2006
- Episode 39 (I Can Do So Many Things) (*) - August 11, 2006
- Episode 40 (Get Ready to Wiggle!) (*) - August 14, 2006
- Episode 41 - August 15, 2006
- Episode 42 - August 16, 2006
- Episode 43 - August 17, 2006
- Episode 44 (*) - August 18, 2006
- Episode 45 - August 21, 2006
- Episode 46 - August 22, 2006
- Episode 47 (*) - August 23, 2006
- Episode 48 - August 24, 2006
- Episode 49 (*) - August 25, 2006
- Episode 50 - August 28, 2006
- Episode 51 - August 29, 2006
- Episode 52 (**) - August 30, 2006
Multiple songs are featured in each episode, including studio songs from recent 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 video appear. Song title cards are used, with a cartoon Big Red Car or Feathersword revealing the title. Series 5 features song clips from Here Comes The Big Red Car and It's Time to Wake Up Jeff!. It also featured songs filmed during the Santa's Rockin'! Tour.
Several songs in both series are presented in "Wiggly Animation" done by Plastic Wax Animation. In series 5, animated songs dubbed in Spanish are performed by "The Mariachi Wiggles", while songs in Mandarin Chinese feature The Mandarin Wiggles. Series 5 treats both English and foreign animation songs more as a segment, with one or two Wiggles almost always introducing both (though I'm a Cow in English features its own introduction which does not reference the animation).
Sailing Around the World
Focusing on Captain Feathersword and his crew, we see them travel the world and have misadventures on the S.S. Feathersword or at the beach. In series 4, The Wiggles are largely absent, appearing only in the music videos featured at the end of these segments. In series 5, Anthony and Jeff occasionally appear in segments, while The Wiggles are seen during music videos 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.
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 the chorus of In The Wiggles' World. In the segment, 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 also end in 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). The outside of Wigglehouse is never seen in live-action.
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)
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 the chorus of 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
Showing the life of The Wiggles when they were young, very similar to the Wigglehouse segments although typically much shorter in length. In Series 4, each segment is accompanied by a song performed by The Little Wiggles, while series 5 dropped the songs.
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
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 the 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 22 different segments that appear. Four 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.
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. Episode 3 of series 5 aired out of order, as other programming took the show's spot on the Wednesday, June 21, 2006 schedule. It aired the next Monday instead, pushing forward the premieres of Episode 6 onward. The series also aired on Playhouse Disney in Australia, most likely in their 22-minute versions. Although it's unknown when they premiered, series 5 aired there in June 2008, and aired again in 2009 between runs of series 4.
In New Zealand, series 4 premiered on TV3, although it's unknown which version. Reruns of the 11-minute versions of both series later aired on TVNZ Kidzone. 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. 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.
The original 11-minute versions that aired on ABC are very similar to 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 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. Some 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 a black frame 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.
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.
Physical Home Video
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.
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.
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.
- These are the last series to feature The Wiggles in their 2002 skivvies and pants.
- Series 5 was Greg's last aired TV series as a Wiggle, though a sixth series was partially shot with him before being replaced by Sam.
- 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 did not include songs from Cold Spaghetti Western (not counting We're The Cowboys which appears in animation). This is most likely because that video was produced with ABC (as series 3, Wiggle Bay and Whoo Hoo! Wiggly Gremlins! had been) whereas these series were produced independently like series 1 and 2.
- Songs filmed for series 5 later appeared in Splish Splash Big Red Boat, and animated Mandarin Wiggles songs were used in the video Lights, Camera, Action! 好戲上場.
- 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.
- In series 4, the only Little Wiggles song to appear standalone is Vegetable Soup at the end of The Train Dance.
- In series 4, all Sailing Around the World songs are exclusive to the segments. In series 5, however, exceptions are made for I Want To Wear The Jacket and Sorry Again (both of which were played in episodes without their accompanying segments), as well as Bing Bang Bong (That's a Pirate Song) (which played with its entire segment additional times without the Sailing Around the World intro). These songs were most likely repeated because they are featured in Here Comes The Big Red Car and It's Time to Wake Up Jeff!, respectively.
- Little Brown Ant is the only song from a Wigglehouse segment to appear in other episodes. Once again, this is probably because it was featured in Splish Splash Big Red Boat, and is one of only a few complete songs to be performed in that segment to begin with.
- 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, 3 and 6 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 the Wigglehouse, Little Wiggles, and Sailing Around The World segments in late episodes, a trumpet will play whenever a character is about to say a certain word, similar to Mr. Guinea Pig playing the trumpet whenever a character is about to say the "Great Big Fancy Word" in Pinky Dinky Doo.