Bear in the Big Blue House (partially lost Disney puppet TV series; 1997-2006)

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Status: Partially Lost

Bear in the Big Blue House was a puppet TV series made by the Jim Henson Company for Playhouse Disney. The show debuted in 1997 and ended in 2006.

The show aired episodes regularly until 2003, when the actress for the character Luna, Lynne Thigpen, had suddenly died, and the show was put on hiatus. In the meantime, Breakfast with Bear aired in its place.

The show returned in 2006 and aired its last 8 episodes. Despite airing in 2006, only three of these episodes has been found in full in English.

Premise

The show focused on the adventures of Bear and his friends as they explored the town of Woodland Valley. They would encounter a problem in each episode which would often be solved with the help of family members and friends.

The show was very similar in style to Mister Roger's Neighborhood. Each episode had a different theme, with segments flowing from one to another, and each episode usually having at least one unique song. Every episode had a segment with Shadow, a living shadow girl played by Tara Mooney, and a segment with Luna, the Moon, played by Lynne Thigpen.

Availability

14 of the show's full episodes are currently missing.

Episodes

Season 1

# Episode Title Status Notes
1 "Home is Where the Bear Is" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Volume 1 1998 VHS
2 "Water Water Everywhere" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Sense-sational 2005 DVD
3 "Mouse Party" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Volume 7 1999 VHS, Party Time with Bear 2000 DVD, and Party Time with Bear 2004 DVD
4 "Shape of a Bear" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Volume 5 1999 VHS, Shapes, Sounds & Colors with Bear 2000 DVD, and Shapes, Sounds & Colors with Bear 2004 DVD
5 "Picture of Health" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Volume 6 1999 VHS, Visiting the Doctor with Bear 2001 VHS, Visiting the Doctor with Bear 2001 DVD, and Visiting the Doctor with Bear 2005 DVD
6 "Share, Bear" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Sharing with Friends 2001 VHS
7 "Why Bears Can't Fly" Found
8 "Falling for Fall" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House A Bear for All Seasons 2001 VHS, A Bear for All Seasons 2003 DVD, and A Bear for All Seasons 2004 DVD
9 "What's in the Mail Today?" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Volume 1 1998 VHS
10 "Dancin' the Day Away" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Volume 3 1998 VHS, Party Time with Bear 2000 DVD, and Party Time with Bear 2004 DVD
11 "A Wagon of a Different Color" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Volume 5 1999 VHS, Shapes, Sounds & Colors with Bear 2000 DVD, and Shapes, Sounds & Colors with Bear 2004 DVD
12 "Dirt, I Love You So!" Found
13 "Music to My Ears" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Dance Party 2002 VHS, Dance Party 2002 DVD, and Dance Party 2004 DVD
14 "All Connected" Found
15 "Summer Cooler" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House A Bear for All Seasons 2001 VHS, A Bear for All Seasons 2003 DVD, and A Bear for All Seasons 2004 DVD
16 "The Big Little Visitor" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Volume 2 1998 VHS
17 "A Winter's Nap" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Early to Bed, Early to Rise 2005 DVD
18 "Working Like a Bear" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Tidy Time with Bear 2001 VHS, Tidy Time with Bear 2002 DVD, and Tidy Time with Bear 2005 DVD
19 "Magic in the Kitchen" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Volume 6 1999 VHS
20 "Spring Fever" Found
21 "A Plant Grows in Bear's House" Found
22 "Eat, Drink Juice, and Be Merry" Found
23 "Need a Little Help Today" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Volume 4 1998 VHS
24 "Lost Thing" Found
25 "Listen Up" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Volume 3 1998 VHS, Shapes, Sounds & Colors with Bear 2000 DVD, and Shapes, Sounds & Colors with Bear 2004 DVD
26 "Friends for Life" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Volume 2 1998 VHS, Sleepy Time with Bear and Friends 2000 DVD, and "Sleepy Time with Bear and Friends 2004 DVD

Season 2

# Episode Title Status Notes
27 "Ooh Baby Baby" Found
28 "Raiders of the Lost Cheese" Found
29 "The Big Sleep" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Volume 8 1999 VHS, Sleepy Time with Bear and Friends 2000 DVD, and Sleepy Time with Bear and Friends 2004 DVD
30 "Clear as a Bell" Found
31 "Good Times" Found
32 "You Learn Something New Everyday" Found
33 "Back to Nature" Found
34 "The Ojolympics" Found
35 "The Great Pretender" Found
36 "It's All in Your Head" Found
37 "Oops, My Mistake" Found
38 "Bear's Birthday Bash" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Volume 7 1999 VHS, Party Time with Bear 2000 DVD, and Party Time with Bear 2004 DVD
39 "Picture This" Found
40 "The Big Blue Housecall" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Visiting the Doctor with Bear 2001 DVD and Visiting the Doctor with Bear 2005 DVD
41 "Change is in the Air" Found
42 "Look What I Made" Found
43 "If at First You Don't Succeed" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Potty Time with Bear 2001 DVD and Potty Time with Bear 2004 DVD
44 "All Weather Bear" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House A Bear for All Seasons 2003 DVD and A Bear for All Seasons 2004 DVD
45 "I Built That" Found
46 "Tutter's Tiny Trip" Found
47 "Dance Fever" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Dance Party 2002 VHS, Dance Party 2002 DVD, and Dance Party 2004 DVD
48 "Afraid Not" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Safe and Sound 2001 VHS
49 "I Gotta Be Me" Found
50 "Buggin'" Found
51 "Love is All You Need" Found
52 "It's a Mystery to Me" Found
53 "As Different as Day and Night" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Everybody's Special! 2002 VHS, Everybody's Special! 2003 DVD, and Everybody's Special! 2005 DVD
54 "Grandparents Just Want to Have Fun" Found
55 "The Way I Feel" Lost
56 "You Go, Ojo" Found
57 "Scientific Bear" Found
58 "Boys Will Be Boys" Found
59 "I Was Just Thinking" Found
60 "Wish You Were Here" Found
61 "And to All a Good Night" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Volume 8 1999 VHS, Sleepy Time with Bear and Friends 2000 DVD, and Sleepy Time with Bear and Friends 2004 DVD
62 "Call it a Day" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Potty Time with Bear 2001 DVD and Potty Time with Bear 2004 DVD
63 "We Did it Our Way" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Tidy Time with Bear 2002 DVD and Tidy Time with Bear 2005 DVD
64 "What's the Story?" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Storytelling with Bear 2001 VHS, and Storytelling with Bear 2005 DVD
65 "When You've Got to Go" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Potty Time with Bear 1999 VHS, Potty Time with Bear 2001 DVD, and Potty Time with Bear 2004 DVD

Season 3

# Episode Title Status Notes
66 "Friends at Play" Found
67 "Nothing to Fear" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Safe and Sound 2001 VHS
68 "Lost and Found" Found
69 "The Senseless Detectives" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Sense-sational 2002 VHS and Sense-sational 2005 DVD
70 "Halloween Bear" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Halloween & Thanksgiving 2000 VHS
71 "You Never Know" Found
72 "It's All About You" Found
73 "Woodland House Wonderful" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Tidy Time with Bear 2001 VHS, Tidy Time with Bear 2002 DVD, and Tidy Time with Bear 2005 DVD
74 "I've Got Your Number" Found
75 "What's Mine is Yours" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Sharing with Friends 2001 VHS
76 "Bear's Secret Cave" Found
77 "Smellorama" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Sense-sational 2002 VHS and Sense-sational 2005 DVD
78 "I've For-Got Rhythm" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Dance Party 2002 DVD and Dance Party 2004 DVD
79 "Wait for Me" Partially Found
80 "Morning Glory" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Early to Bed, Early to Rise 2001 VHS and Early to Bed, Early to Rise 2005 DVD
81 "That Healing Feeling" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Visiting the Doctor with Bear 2001 VHS, Visiting the Doctor with Bear 2001 DVD, and Visiting the Doctor with Bear 2005 DVD
82 "Tutter Family Reunion" Found
83 "Bats Are People Too" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Everybody's Special! 2002 VHS, Everybody's Special! 2003 DVD, and Everybody's Special! 2005 DVD
84 "Words, Words, Words" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Storytelling with Bear 2001 VHS and Storytelling with Bear 2005 DVD
85 "Let's Get Interactive" Found
86 "The Yard Sale" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Everybody's Special! 2003 DVD and Everybody's Special! 2005 DVD
87 "The Best Thanksgiving Ever" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Halloween & Thanksgiving 2000 VHS
88 "Read My Book" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Storytelling with Bear 2005 DVD
89 "Go To Sleep" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Early to Bed, Early to Rise 2001 VHS and Early to Bed, Early to Rise 2005 DVD
90/91 "A Berry Bear Christmas" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House A Berry Bear Christmas 2000 VHS

Surprise Party

# Episode Title Status Notes
92 "Bear and the Big Blue House LIVE: Surprise Party" Found

Season 4

# Episode Title Status Notes
93/94 "Welcome to Woodland Valley" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Heroes of Woodland Valley 2003 VHS, Heroes of Woodland Valley 2003 DVD, and Heroes of Woodland Valley 2005 DVD
95 "Step By Step" Lost
96 "First Day at Mouse School" Found
97 "Rockin' Rocko" Found
98 "When Harry Met Hallie" Lost
99 "Show and Tell" Found
100 "Tutter Gathers Some Moss" Found
101 "History, Herstory, Bearstory" Lost
102 "At the Old Bear Game" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Practice Makes Perfect 2003 DVD
103 "The Amazing Skippy" Lost
104 "Let's Hit the Road" Found
105 "Appreciation Day" Lost
106 "Show Your Stuff" Found Available on Bear in the Big Blue House Practice Makes Perfect 2002 VHS and Practice Makes Perfect 2003 DVD
107 "The Great Bandini" Found
108 "Big Blue Home of the Brave" Found
109 "A Trip to the General Store" Found
110 "A Strange Bird" Found

Season 5

# Episode Title Status Notes
111 "The View From You" Lost
112 "To Clean or Not To Clean" Found
113 "Great Ball of Firefighters" Lost
114 "Grandma Flutter's 100th Birthday" Partially Found Last 5 Minutes
115 "Tutter's First Big Sleepover Bash" Found In Polish
116 "Volunteers of Woodland Valley" Lost
117 "Let it Go" Found
118 "This is Your Life, Bear!" Found

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