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Busytown Mysteries is a Canadian show for children that airs on CBS and CBC Television. It originally aired between October 2007 and November 2010. It focuses strongly on critical thinking, teaching children to analyze situations and evidence to reach a conclusion. While the show was produced by executive producer Michael Hirsh and a team of three other producers, the original concept was designed by Richard Scarry, an author of children's books on which the show is based. He passed away in 1994.

The characters are all anthropomorphic animals inhabiting the fictional world of Busytown. There are are various families, such as the Cat family, which includes Huckle, Sally and their father, who owns the town grocery store. In every episode, Huckle and his group of friends are trying to solve a mystery that has the inhabitants of the town puzzled.

This team of mystery solvers is mostly comprised of Huckle, Sally, Lowly Worm, Pig Will, and Pig Won't, but they will occasionally bring other friends along for the ride. There are various supporting characters such as Sergeant Murphy and Farmer Patrick Pig. If a character is included in an episode, he or she will almost certainly be linked to the current mystery in some fashion. The rest of the town is kept informed about the mysteries Huckle's team is solving thanks to Goldbug, a reporter for Busytown Action News who talks directly to the "camera" for real life viewers.

As the show progresses, viewers will notice that many lessons are being taught along the way. Huckle and his friends display kindness and concern for others at all times. Children will also learn how everyday things are made, how to solve puzzles and how to work as a team. The show aims at being well-rounded in teaching good moral lessons to children, as well as how to actively use their cognitive skills to to predict what the outcome of the mystery might be. At the end of every episode, Huckle provides a short summary of what happened and how he reached his final conclusion.

The first season of Busytown Mysteries won the 2009 CFTPA award for best children's program. It was also nominated for the Pulcinella award for best preschool series at "Cartoons on the Bay" in 2009. It continues to air today, but at this time, there is no word on whether or not a third season will be produced.

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  • When a new nameplate is about to be placed on the statue of Admiral Hornblast, it suddenly disappears. Huckle, Sally and Lowly check out the photos and videos taken at the scene and ultimately determine that the statue slide over the plate when it was bumped by an out of control bulldozer.When Pig Won't looses his precious Spy Ring, Huckle, Lowly and Sally check everywhere he's been but turn up empty. It isn't until they see a strange lump in Vanderbuilt's Venus Fly Trap that Huckle puts the clues together and determines Pig Won't's ring slipped off his finger and flew into the fly eating plant.

  • Something knocks Sgt. Murphy's hat off his head, chops the tops of Baker Humperdink's baguettes, and sheers a path through a flower bed. Although no one saw anything, they all heard it make the same whoop whoop whoop sound. Putting the clues together, Huckle, Sally and Lowly figure out that it was Vanderbuilt's new, out of control, boomerang.When Mayor Fox doesn't appear for an important ribbon-cutting ceremony, the kids go to city hall to see where he is. His secretary informs them that the Mayor left his office hours ago. The discovery of a brake lever is an important clue that leads the kids to the end of a road where Mayor Fox was unable to stop. Following some distant horn honking, the kids find the Mayor stuck in a nearby swamp.

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