|Yo Gabba Gabba!|
|Created by||Christian Jacobs|
|Developed by||Kay Wilson Stallings|
|Presented by||Lance Robertson|
|Opening theme||Theme From Gabbaland|
|Ending theme||Bye Bye Time|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||66|
|Executive producers||Michael Polis|
|Running time||25 minutes|
|Original network||Nickelodeon (2007-11)|
Nick Jr. (2011-15)
|Picture format||HDTV (1080i)|
|Original release||August 20, 2007 -|
November 12, 2015
Yo Gabba Gabba! is an American live-action/puppet educational, musical children's television series starring five costumed toys come-to-life and their friend DJ Lance Rock. Its first episode premiered on Nickelodeon on August 20, 2007, as a part of its Nick Jr. Block. The aforementioned premiere was simulcast on Noggin. The series finale originally aired on November 12, 2015. A single topic is addressed in each episode (such as "Adventure", "Friends", or "Dance") through songs and short storylines in the half-hour program. Additionally, the show teaches children life and social skills, such as sharing and trying different foods. It also encourages viewers to move along with and dance with the characters in the program. The show is noted for its indie-culture guest stars and bands, and for drawing visual inspiration from 8-bit video games and H.R. Pufnstuf, among other television shows. Created by Christian Jacobs (lead singer of the Aquabats) and Scott Schultz, the show's learning process has parents, older siblings, and younger children watch the show together rather than letting it act as a babysitter. The television program has spawned a touring live stage show, several toys, and branded clothing. Yo Gabba Gabba & all related titles, logos, & characters are trademarks of GabbaCaDabra, who is also the show's copyright holder (as seen in the credits of each episode).
Hosted by a character named DJ Lance Rock, the series featured a mix of live action segments featuring 5 toys, Muno (a cyclops), Foofa (a girl), Brobee (a guy), Toodee (a blue cat/dragon), and Plex (a yellow robot), and many short animated sketches and songs.
Famous musicians who have appeared on the show include Mos Def, Bootsy Collins, Ladytron, The Killers, Enon, The Clientele, Jimmy Eat World, Solange Knowles, Taking Back Sunday, Datarock, The Aquabats, Devo, Anne Heche, Joy Zipper, Of Montreal, Chromeo, My Chemical Romance, Weezer, Hot Hot Heat, The Faint, The Roots, Paul Williams, Mates of State, MGMT, Peter Bjorn and John, Trunk Boiz, The Shins, The Aggrolites, The Flaming Lips, Mya, Biz Markie, Blitzen Trapper, The Ting Tings, Money Mark, Mariachi El Bronx, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Erykah Badu. Other celebrity guests to have appeared include Jason Bateman, Jack Black, Andy Samberg, Melora Hardin, Tony Hawk, Elijah Wood, Sarah Silverman, Laila Ali, Bill Hader, and Anthony Bourdain.
Among the varied animation sequences during the show was Super Martian Robot Girl, designed by indie cartoonists Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer; the title character of that segment was voiced by Ariela Barer.
Yo Gabba Gabba! was developed by two Southern California fathers and punk rockers, Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz, who first started working together as teenagers, producing and directing skateboarding videos. Their goal was to design a kids' show that was entertaining while featuring real artists and real performers. Both had no past experience writing scripts for television, let alone children's broadcasting or education. In developing the show they took inspiration from a number of classic children's series including Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Pee-wee's Playhouse, ZOOM, as well as Sid and Marty Krofft puppet shows Banana Splits and H. R. Pufnstuf.
In 1999, after becoming parents, Jacobs and Schultz started playing around with ideas for children's television and produced a pilot independently financed by small loans from friends and family. Yo Gabba Gabba! did not get much attention until it started circulating on the Internet. Jared Hess, the director of Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre, saw the pilot online and recommended it to Brown Johnson, the executive vice president and executive creative director of Nickelodeon Preschool.
A "Yo Gabba Gabba! Power Hour" event aired on Noggin on August 25, 2007. Internationally, Yo Gabba Gabba! aired on Nick Jr. in the United States (in reruns from September 28, 2009 to October 24, 2016), UK & Ireland, Middle East, Italy, France and Australia, the Treehouse TV and Family Jr. networks in Canada, Disney Junior in Latin America, Hop! Channel in Israel (in Hebrew) & RTE2 on RTÉjr in Ireland.
All episodes follow a similar format. In the opening scene of the episode, DJ Lance Rock is shown walking on a plain white background while holding a silver radio with colorful buttons. He then arrives at a table with four different colored lands and a silver design underneath it. He then places down the boombox, and then he shouts "YOOOO Gabba Gabba!" and opens the radio, and inside it are five toys: Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, and Plex. He places down the toys one-by-one, and then they become alive.
The episode features four main segments (shortened to three after the first season) that are connected to each other as a plot. They involve DJ Lance and the Gabba gang doing an activity. After each main segment, a short clip is shown that shows a child dancing around. The child says his or her name, followed by "I like to dance!".
Between the main segments, there is another segment called "The Super Music Friends Show", which features a performance by a artist or a band about the episode's theme. Other small segments include "Mark's Magic Pictures" and "Biz's Beat of the Day".
Near the end of each episode, DJ Lance and the Gabba gang do a mix-like song about what had occurred during the main segments. After it is finished, DJ Lance thanks to the children at home for playing along and shouts "YOOOO Gabba Gabba!" once again, and then Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, and Plex turn back into toys. One-by-one, DJ Lance puts them back in the boombox, closes the boombox, and then walks off carrying it, thus ending each episode.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired (U.S. dates)|
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||20||August 20, 2007||May 23, 2008|
|2||20||September 22, 2008||October 16, 2009|
|3||13||March 8, 2010||September 20, 2011|
|4||13||December 18, 2011||November 12, 2015|
|Name||Release Date||Number of Episodes||Episode Titles||Distributor|
|The Dancey Dance Bunch||October 14, 2008||4||
||Paramount Home Media Distribution|
|New Friends||April 7, 2009||
|Halloween||August 25, 2009||
|Meet My Family||October 20, 2009||
|Birthday Boogie||February 2, 2010||
|Clubhouse||June 15, 2010||
|Let's Visit the Doctor||January 11, 2011||
|Circus||June 14, 2011||
|Music Makes Me Move||August 9, 2011||
|Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! There's a Party in My City!||March 13, 2012||1||
|Super Spies||April 17, 2012||4||
||Paramount Home Media Distribution|
|A Very Awesome Christmas||October 29, 2013||2||
|A Very Awesome Holiday Show!||October 14, 2014||1||
|Name||Release Date||Number of Episodes||Episode Title|
|Sleepytime Stories||April 15, 2008||1||
|All About Fall!||July 29, 2008||
|All-Star Sports Day||March 10, 2009||
|Celebrate Family!||June 9, 2009||
|Animal Friends!||September 15, 2009||
|We Love Our Friends||January 5, 2010||
|Go Green!||March 30, 2010||
|Happy Halloween||August 24, 2010||
|Food with Friends!||May 17, 2011||
|Summer Vacation||June 21, 2011||
NOTE: As of June 2019, the episodes are no longer part of the compilations due to the series being removed from Nick Jr.'s platforms.
|Name||Release Date||Number of Episodes||Episode Title|
|Haunted Halloween Vol. 1||October 13, 2008||1||
|Holly Jolly Holiday Specials||December 25, 2009||
|Bundle of Love Vol. 1||February 1, 2010||
|Helping the Earth||April 19, 2010||
|We Love Our Mommies||April 26, 2010||
|Haunted Halloween Vol. 3||October 25, 2010||
|Bundle of Love Vol. 2||January 31, 2011||
|Fairytale Play Dates Vol. 1||February 14, 2011||
|Move to the Music||June 6, 2011||
|Nickelodeon in Space||October 24, 2011||
|Let's Learn ABC's||May 28, 2012||
|Let's Learn 123's||May 28, 2012||
|Let's Learn Colors||May 28, 2012||
|Let's Learn Music||November 12, 2012||
|Let's Learn Science||November 12, 2012||
|Let's Learn Weather||November 12, 2012||
|Circus||March 4, 2013||
|All Aboard with Nick Jr.!||April 15, 2013||
|Let's Drive!||April 15, 2013||
|Super Sailors||April 15, 2013||
|Let's Learn Cultures||May 6, 2013||
|Let's Go to the Farm!||July 29, 2013||
|Let's Go Under the Sea!||July 29, 2013||
|Back to School||August 13, 2013||
|Birthday Playdates||August 26, 2013||
|Treasure Hunt Vol. 1||March 31, 2014||
|Bedtime Stories||September 29, 2014||
|Let's Visit the Dentist||November 11, 2014||
|Let's Visit the Doctor||November 11, 2014||
Four albums have been released featuring songs from the show performed by the cast and the "Super Music Friends Show" segment.
ABC for Kids released a CD in 2014 titled Yo Gabba Gabba! Party In My Tummy.
The world premiere live concert tour of Yo Gabba Gabba! took place in Australia in May 2009. DJ Lance Rock, Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee and Plex performed in Wollongong, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney with an indie house-band and secret special guests at each show. Additional tours in the United States and other countries have been performed throughout 2013. Shows have been toured including three presented by Kia Motors and a special Christmas one presented by Citi, Just Dance Kids & Toys for Tots.
Nick Jr. Australia released a tour in 2009 called Yo Gabba Gabba: LIVE on Stage!
On March 8, 2017, the first season (20 episodes) of the show were made available for streaming on the Noggin video subscription service, the series was removed from the Noggin app on June 25, 2019, the series was also removed from the Nick Jr. website and Pluto TV's version of Nick Jr., the seasons got removed from iTunes and Amazon Prime Video, and the Yo Gabba Gabba! episodes that were on Nickelodeon iTunes compilation collections were removed as well. The series is available on YouTube for free on the Yo Gabba Gabba! official channel, and all episodes can be watched. But as of 2021, they came back on the Amazon Prime Video.
On April 30, 2008, the television show received a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design/Styling. The show has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy in both 2008 and 2009 for Best Costume Design. Time magazine's James Poniewozik, who said the show "will convince you someone slipped something into your Fruity Pebbles" named Yo Gabba Gabba! one of the Top 10 new TV series of 2007, ranking it at #8. In November 2008, the Yo Gabba Gabba! production team won a BAFTA Children's Award, International. The show has also become popular among some college-aged young adults because of the artists often featured. Due to the show's popularity amongst both adults and children, they performed at Coachella 2010 as special guests. Their live touring show also won a Creative Content Award at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards. The Television Critics Association Awards have nominated Yo Gabba Gabba! for Outstanding Achievement in Children's/Youth Programing. The years include 2008-2012. Yo Gabba Gabba! won for the year 2009 and 2010. In February 2013, Yo Gabba Gabba! won two Kidscreen Awards for "Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series 2013" and "Best Music 2013"