Higglytown Heroes is an American children's television series currently airing on the Disney Junior (formerly Playhouse Disney) portion of the Disney Channel, or, on some cable networks, the Playhouse Disney channel. The theme song of the show, Here in Higglytown, is performed by They Might Be Giants, which was also released on their second children's album Here Come the ABCs. Higglytown Heroes returned to Disney Junior on its cable and satellite channel replacing SOAPnet on March 23, 2012.

Higglytown Heroes tells the story of four youths (Eubie, Wayne, Twinkle, & Kip) and their red squirrel friend (Fran). Along the way, whose person and environment are modeled on Matryoshka nesting dolls, explore their city and the people in it.

Higglytown heroes have ranged from firefighters to dentists to snow plow operators. Voice actors for these Higglytown heroes are frequently guest celebrities. The series encourages involvement in the community, and means to inspire children to consider the importance of individuals who contribute to the world and make it a better place. The show also teaches kids about jobs and may influence them about what they want to be when they grow up.

Prior to airing on Playhouse Disney, Higglytown Heroes was a mini-series airing in 2003, in which Eubie, Wayne, Twinkle, Kip and their squirrel friend Fran notice that a friend is in trouble. In order to cross the street, they sing a song about it with their crossing guard friend, Mrs. Whiskers.

Hero Song

The lyrics to the first "Hero" song were written by Kent Redeker, one of the show's executive producers. The song was composed and produced by Mark Harrison, the show's senior songwriter.

Each episode contains two songs. An initial "dilemma" song which sets up the "problem" which needs to be solved followed by the "hero" song which introduces the hero who solves the problem, some of the heroes later appear in later episodes and renamed to Mr, Ms or Miss or Mrs (depending on their gender) like the Gardener Hero who first appeared at the Episode "Flower Power" who later got renamed to Mr Gardener in the episode "Look Who's Squawking" and Mr.Electrican who first appeared in "Electric Evening" later appeared in later episodes like "A Valentine For Miss Fern".

While every hero song has the same basic melody as the initial hero song written by Harrison, he performed and produced each song with different lyrics and instrumentation to fit the episode's specific hero.

Brad Mossman, the other principal songwriter, composed lyrics and music for a number of dilemma songs in many episodes as well.



Season 1

Episode No. Title Guest Cast Airdate
1 "Up A Tree"/"Missing Grandpop" Trivia: The episode "Missing Grandpop" might have taken place during the fall, because of the orange trees in the background, and the color of the grass.
2 "Twinkle Tooth"/"Flower Power"
3 "First Snow"/"Snow Dazed"
4 "Flappy's Not Happy"/"Electric Evening"
5 "All Tire'd Out"/"Great Un-Expectations"
6 "Smooth Operator"/"Stinky Situation"
7 "Weather or Not"/"Green in the Gills"
9 "Halloween Heroes " (aka "Higgly Halloween")
10 "Smells Like a Mystery"/"Ship Ahoy!"
11 "Soup With Stars"/"The Happy Friendly Sparkly Toast Club"
12 "Catch Up With Ketchup"/"Star Struck"
13 "Twinkle's Wish"
14 "Twinkle's Masterpiece"/"The Egg-cellent Adventure"
15 "Wayne's Ripping Adventure"/"Meet Eubie's Cousin"
16 "Say What?"/"Higgly Harmonies"
17 "Wayne's Good Guess"/"Wayne's 100 Special Somethings"
18 "Patty Cake"/"Havin' A Ball"
19 "Bright Sights, Big City"/"Kip's Shadow"
20 "Fran Takes a Hike"/"Mystery at Kip's House"
21 "Kip Joins the Circus"/"Baby Boom"
22 "Twinkle's Favorite Author"/"Don't Fence Me In"
23 "Higgly Hoedown"/"Eubie's Turbo Sled"
24 "Kip's Dad Gets a Strike"/"A Really Hot Day"
25 "Kip's Sweet Tooth"/"Wayne's Lollipop"
26 "Eubie's Pink Dots"/"Two Bees or Not Two Bees"
27 "Higgly Frog Day"/"Eubie's Elly-Fantastic Adventure"

Season 2

Episode No. Title Guest Cast Airdate
1 "Twinkle Twinkle Little Fish"/"All the Wrong Moves"
2 "Kip Gets Swing Fever"/"Wayne's Pieces of Gold"
3 "All Warm Inside"/"Calling All Ducks"
4 "A Totally Secret Valentine"/"A Valentine for Miss Fern"
5 "Cry Baby Pookie"/"Wait for Me"
6 "Balloon-a-Palooza"/"Wayne's Day Out"
7 "The Fran in the Moon"
8 "Me and My Shadow"/"Out to Sea"
9 "Don't Wayne on My Parade"/"Twinkle's Terrific Twirl"
10 "Wayne's Big, Big Wish"/"Dirigible Day"
11 "The Legend of Higgsquatch"
12 "Eubie's Big Boat Float"/"A Slippery Situation"
13 "Kip's Rocket Rescue"/"Let's Get Moving"
14 "Corn to Be Wild"/"Overnight Moose"
15 "Higgly Island"
16 "Shear Luck"/"Big Night Out"
17 "Calling All Cars"/"Amazing Museum"
  • Jonathan Adams - Road Worker Hero
  • Aisha Tyler - Museum Curator Hero
18 "Frozen Fish Follies"/"Look Who's Squawking"
19 "Wayne's Day to Shine"/"Wayne Listens Up"
20 "A Hoppin' Poppin' Problem"/"Hay Hay Hay!!"

Season 3

Episode No. Title Guest Cast Airdate
1 "Happy Campers"/"All Washed Out"
2 "Hat's All Folks"/"Hop Hop Hooray"
3 "Shuffleboard Buddies"/"All Mapped Out"
4 "12-Pie Abe"/"The Day the Diner Stood Still"
5 "Saturday Night Higgly"/"Monster Sandwiches"
6 "The Big Pink Elephant Sale"/"Higglies on Horseback"
7 "Buki-Buki Boo-Boo"/"Signs of Spring"
8 "Easy to Get Sneezy"/"Unlock the Magic"
9 "Wayne's Cycle Recycle"/"Wayne's Wet Pet"
10 "X Marks the Spot"/"Eubie's View"
11 "Whing-A-Ding Whirly Box"/"Windy Watchers"
12 "Choo-Choo Zucchini"/"Something Ducky Going On"
13 "Fripp's Flip-Flap Flop"/"Say Cheese"
14 "Canyon Capers"/"High-Country Hiccups"
15 "Calling All Heroes"
16 "Happy Flappy Birthday"/"The Cuckoo County Caw-Caw Contest"
17 " Little Big Fish "/"Good Sports"
18 "'Tis the Season to be Snowy"/"Bingo Bongos"
19 "Wayne's Toasty Invention"/"Spell it Safe"

Related studies

  • Victor C. Strasburger and Edward Donnerstein, 1999. “Children, Adolescents, and the Media: Issues and Solutions,” Pediatrics, volume 103, number 1: pp. 129–139: Open Access Copy

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