This fall, the hit PBS KIDS series FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman bursts on to the TV scene with a thrilling third season. Boasting an all-new team of kids, 20 new episodes, over 30 mind-bending challenges, and a new assistant for Ruff, FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman harnesses the power and appeal of reality television to teach six- to ten-year olds about science in an utterly fresh and unique way. Each episode follows the show’s six tween contestants as they compete for points in wild and wacky challenges inspired by a variety of themes, including the scientific principles of structures, habitats, and chemistry.
This season’s contestants–DJ, Harsha, Jay, Noël, Sam, and Sammy - will need planes, trains, automobiles and their brains to succeed at Ruff’s challenges. The season features four special episodes - Tune in to find out which FETCHer embarks on a top-secret mission to Washington D.C.’s International Spy Museum in “Mission Improbable,” and who will unlock the mystery in “Dog of the Rings,” a Lord of the Rings-inspired episode that takes place at a real castle. Find out how the kids discover the reason behind Mona Lisa’s smile in “The DogVinci Code,” and watch as the FETCHers take the law into their own hands when Grandma Ruffman winds up in jail in “The People vs. Grandma Ruffman.” From a run-in with Bigfoot® The Original Monster Truck®, to a trip to Spanish Harlem, to visiting the Washington, D.C. offices of Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy, Ruff has the kids criss-crossing the country in search of scientific enlightenment! All the action culminates in a nail-biting finale with one FETCHer winning the coveted title of “Grand Champion.”
While the FETCHers are off solving challenges, Ruff’s got one of his own to contend with - getting used to his new assistant, Chet, who just so happens to be a mouse! Now that Blossom von Yum Yum, Ruff’s former intern and FETCH!(TM)’s resident feline, has been promoted to being Ruff’s supervisor, Ruff has to warm up to a new right-hand man. But Chet’s unconventional work-style has Ruff in a tailspin. Is Chet up for the challenge of working for the top dog? Ruff is wondering the same thing.
“This season is full of fun and surprises!” said Executive Producer Kate Taylor. “Ruff has brainstormed a bunch of exciting challenges that take the kids to new places, introduce them to new faces, and have them exploring brand-new science concepts. And with Chet keeping Ruff and Blossom on their toes, there’s plenty of excitement happening behind the scenes, too!”
The new season premieres the first of 20 all-new half-hour episodes Monday, September 29, 2008 on PBS KIDS GO! (check local listings).
Funded in large part by the National Science Foundation, FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman teaches real world science as it challenges cast members and viewers to ask questions, conduct experiments, and investigate the world around them. The series also has an extensive outreach initiative that highlights the show’s three science themes (structures, habitats, and chemistry) and a Web site, pbskidsgo.org/fetch, that gives viewers a chance to play along with the show even after the TV is turned off.
FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman is produced by WGBH Boston. The executive producer for the series is Kate Taylor. Funding for FETCH! is provided by the National Science Foundation and public television viewers. Corporate funding is provided by Greendog®.
Photo Credit: 2008 (c) WGBH/ Anthony Tieuli