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Host
"Ruff Ruffman" (voiced by Jim Conroy)
Assistants

Chet the Mouse and Princess Blossom the Cat (Seasons 2-5)

Narrator (voiced by Jim Conroy)

Broadcast
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PBS: 5/29/2006 - 11/4/2010
Packagers
WGBH Boston

Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman was a children's/comedy reality game show on PBS Kids lasting for 5 seasons. The show was taped at WGBH Boston Studios in Boston, MA.

Gameplay[]

Six contestants participate in the show (3 boys and 3 girls) who are known as "Fetchers". Before Ruff tells the kids what their task is for the day, he summarizes the scoring. Ruff's computer, the Fetch 3000, determines what today's task is and sends the assigned people for the job. Then he tells that there are supplies for the task and instructions in the mailbox telling the contestants to "Go Fetch!". Each task correctly performed gets the contestants points. The remaining contestants who are in the studio will watch the task on the TV and then in the middle of the show take the "Half Time Quiz Show" for extra points. At the end of the task of the day, the contestants who were out return to the studio and Ruff calculates the score into the Fetch 3000. Bonus points are also rewarded on the show as well. The winner is the contestant with the most points. The prize is in the mailbox which are "booby prizes".

Merchandise[]

A DVD that had episodes of the first entire season was released.

Episodes could be purchased on iTunes with all 5 seasons

T-shirts with the Fetch logo on it

Two story books were released, including a science activity book. They were all released by Candlewick Press.

A spin-off show, Ruff Ruffman, Humble Media Genius was released teaching kids about internet safety.

Theme Lyrics[]

Life was missing its mystique

My squeaky toys have lost their squeak!

And then, out of the blue,

I saw the phone...

And bam, my destiny was calling me!

(Dials number quickly)

Pitched my vision for a show, they loved it, thought I was a pro!

They got my contract back to find

To their alarm, a dog had signed

FETCH! (oh I like that name!) "Ruff Ruffman"!

I didn't wait to renovate, found six contestants, all were great

And now I'm on the road to fame, I've got a game show and it's name is

FETCH! (it's very catchy!) "Ruff Ruffman"! (it rolls of the top!)

It rolls off the too!

Can someone tell me why cats are singing?/I bet Arthur doesn't have to deal with stuff like this!

With Ruff Ruffman!

With Ruff Ruffman! FETCH!

Rating[]

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Episodes[]

Main article: Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman/Episodes

Fundings[]

  • National Science Foundation (2006-2010)
  • The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations (2006)
  • Viewers Like You (2006-2010)
  • Arby's (2006-2007)
  • Chuck E. Cheese's (2010)
  • Macy's for Greendog Clothing for Kids (2006-2008)

Gallery[]

Other Characters[]

  • Grandma Ruffman - Ruff's Grandma (voiced by Jim Conroy)
  • Henry - Ruff's Boss
  • Murray - a cousin of Ruff. He is a real Basset Hound who runs behind the scenes work. He was later replaced by Tank
  • Tank - Ruff's new technical worker. He's a real bulldog.
  • Charlene Pood'el - A poodle who is madly in love with Ruff Ruffman
  • Scruff Ruffman - An identical evil twin brother of Ruff and Narrator's arch enemy.
  • Ruffael Ruffmanowitz - Ruff's great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather.
  • Ruff McRuffman - Ruff's great Scottish uncle with a beard.
  • Spot Spotnik - Ruff's arch-rival
  • Helga von Ruffman - Ruff's German cousin who is a fashion designer.
  • Glen Ruffman - He is Ruff and Scruff's nephew who is interested in fantasy and magic.
  • Gerry Geranium - Grandma Ruffman's parrot who is a master at checkers.
  • Rüf Rüfman - A Swedish rock star and environmentalist cousin of Ruff
  • Bluff Ruffman - A gangster like cousin of Ruff's who wears sunglasses and a bling necklace.
  • Blackmuzzle Ruffman - A dog pirate sailing across the seven seas.
  • Roxy Ruffman - Ruff's sister who likes sheep.
  • Mrs. Kate Taylor - the owner and creator of Ruff
  • Mrs. Harriet Hackensack - the new owner of Ruff starting in Season 4
  • Le Purr - Blossom's evil twin
  • Gus Ruffman - Ruff's great-great-great-great uncle
  • Maximillan Ruffman - Ruff's ancestor
  • Wink and Dinah Ruffman - Ruff's long lost parents who gave the FETCHers how to get off Game Show Island. They are spies.
  • Tom and Trixie - the rivals of Ruff who have their own show, Go Get it! They were actually Ruff's parents, working undercover.
  • The Canadian Mountie - Ruff's Cousins who appeared in Season 3.

Additional Pages[]

Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman/Airdates
Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman/Catchphrases
Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman/Statistics

Trivia[]

This show was followed by the short-lived "The Ruff Ruffman Show" in 2017, even though the follow-up has nothing to with the game of Fetch itself. Instead, it features Ruff, Chet, and Blossom showing the viewers how to do science related hands-on activities and games and play videos of children asking Ruff science experiment questions. It is a series of short online videos on YouTube and PBFall SKids.org.

Broadcast history[]

NOTE: All times are Eastern.

Date Time slot Station
Spring 2006 Weekdays, 4:00 p.m. TPT
Weekdays, 5:30 p.m. WGBH

Links[]

Official Site
Bubblebear83 (his account consists of episode of FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman)

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