Doug

Doug

As any kid who’s had to move around once, twice, or even countless times throughout their childhood can attest, it just isn’t easy to be the new kid. Sure, with time things settle in, but it was never the cakewalk everyone assured it would be. Add to the mix the physical changes and emotional trauma that is junior high school, and you’ve got Douglas Yancey Funnie, star of his very own 90s Nickelodeon series, Doug.

Doug premiered on Nickelodeon in the summer of 1991, and audiences got to know the 11-year old ‘average kid’ through his personal journal. The story picked up just after his move from Bloatsburg to Bluffington, where he met his new best pal Skeeter, love-interest Patti, school bully Roger and the spoiled brat Beebe. He lived out his life just trying to not be humiliated, even if he always seemed to land in some awful situation that gave Roger the opportunity to harass and torture him.

Imagination proved to be the best escape for Doug, as he would change from his mild-mannered green sweater vest wearing self into his super hero alter ego, Quail Man. When the going got tough, Quail Man would appear and save the day. Of course, the fearless hero was just Doug wearing a belt around his head and his underwear on the outside of his clothes, but when he was Quail Man, he was capable of doing great things, things that Doug could never do.

The real Doug was fortunate to have a loyal friend in the blue-toned Skeeter. Though he honked before he spoke, he proved himself to be a rock of friendship during Doug’s darkest times. Porkchop, Doug’s anthropomorphic, multi-talented dog was loyal to the end. And though he had a never ending crush on the sweetly Southern Patti Mayonnaise, she was always kind to him. Sadly, He never found the courage to tell her how he really felt.

Created by artist Jim Jinkins through his production company, Jumbo Pictures Inc., Doug ran until 1994, when Nickelodeon cancelled the series after only 52 episodes. Two years later, Disney bought Jinkins’ company, and ordered up some new episodes, changing the name first to Brand Spanking New! Doug, then Disney’s Doug. Besides having grown to the ripe old age of 12, there were other changes in store. Doug found some new clothes, Patti found a new hairstyle, Connie lost considerable weight, and Roger was more than a bully now, he was a bully with a lot of money.

From 1996 to 2000, the new series aired on ABC’s One Saturday Morning, Disney’s big network cartoon block. They also gave Doug his own feature film in 1999, the aptly named Doug’s 1st Movie. The popularity of the program was such that from 1999 – 2001 Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World featured the half-hour musical stage show Disney’s Doug Live!

Through the magic of syndication, Doug remained a fixture on the airwaves well beyond his original run which lasted until 1999. Today, his memory lives on for the millions of kids that faithfully tuned in throughout the 90s to catch the adventures of this beloved character. If you count yourself as one of them, we’d love to hear your Doug memories in our comments section below.

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  1. Gina says:

    I didn’t watch the show, but I saw the movie and I loved the attraction at Disney-MGM Studios (now known as Disney’s Hollywood Studios). That show was awesome! I miss it.

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