PBS and PBS Kids are bringing back Curious George for a seventh season. Everybody’s favorite little primate pal comes back with a whole new season of adventures, fun and learning beginning this Monday, December 3rd. The first new episode of the season sees Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat taking a trip down under. It will guest star Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late Steve Irwin. The young Irwin even gets her chance to spread her vocal wings as she gets her own song in this episode. When the pair goes down under to the Aussie Outback, they meet Bindi and her mom. George discovers kangaroos for the first time and even learns how to make a home-made watering hole while the Man with the Yellow Hat goes off with Bindi and her mom to take pictures of sea cows.
In the second half of Monday’s season premiere, George and his friends Bill and Allie learn about the Persied meteor shower. “Bright Lights, Little Monkey” starts off with Allie telling George and Bill about “The Perseids.” She tells them they’re nocturnal creatures and tells them she’s going to go hunt for them. In the process of searching for the elusive “Perseids”, the trio also learns about communication through Morse code and other non-verbal means. In the end, it turns out that the three had seen the Perseids after all. That’s all on Monday, December 3rd.
On Tuesday, December 4th, George and the Man with the Yellow Hat go on a nature outing that leads George to make friends with a young otter pup. He also has to get a very important key back from the young otter when the two get to playing too much. The key is so important because it’s the last of a group of keys that had all fallen down drains. What’s funny about those keys is where they turn up in the episode’s end.
The second half of Tuesday’s new episode sees George taking part in his very first ever community theater event. It’s a medieval play. As George helps out with the play, he falls asleep and dreams the he really is in medieval times and that he has to fend off a “dragon.” This gives George an idea about how to keep the “dragon” away in the play that he is helping with. The idea in question is something that kids and their parents will have to discover together for themselves as “Sir George and the Dragon” airs this Tuesday, December 4th on PBS Kids.
Last up in next week’s trio of new episodes is a pair of new episodes slated to air Wednesday, December 5th. George’s canine companion, Hundley makes friends with a caterpillar in the first half of this episode in “Hundley, Jr.” The caterpillar is on a bouquet of flowers that is delivered for one of the tenants in Hundley’s building. At first, Hundley doesn’t like the caterpillar. But then realizing how similar the two were in his mind, the more he likes the caterpillar. So he does everything he has to in order to protect the now named “Hundley, Jr.” IN the long run, it teaches a valuable lesson about letting go and about responsibility in general. It makes for a great episode for parents and kids to watch together.
Next week’s brand new episodes finish off with the second half of Wednesday’s brand new show in “Curious George Gets Winded.” This is a clever name for this episode as it’s an episode that teaches about problem solving skills. When George’s friend Bill sets out to win a special paper delivery award, George helps Bill figure out the best way to deliver the newspaper in the snow. It involves a sled and a sail, along with learning how to steer the sled. Both kids and their parents will cheer on George and Bill as they figure out how to beat the clock as they deliver the paper to everyone. It’s a nice finish for the week’s new episodes and a perfect fit being that the weather is beginning to turn colder. Together with the week’s other episodes, all three days’ new episodes are a great chance for kids and parents to sit down together and enjoy another of PBS Kids’ best shows. Parents can check their local listing for air times in their area online at http://pbskids.org/curiousgeorge/tv_schedule/.
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