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  • TV-Y
  • 1997
  • 6 Seasons
  • 6.4  (5,307)

Franklin is an animated children’s television series that originally aired from 1997 to 2006. The show follows the adventures of Franklin, a young turtle, and his friends as they explore and learn about the world around them. Noah Reid provides the voice of Franklin, who is a kind-hearted and curious turtle always eager to learn new things. His best friends include Bear, a loyal bear who is always ready for an adventure; Beaver, a hardworking beaver who is resourceful and practical; and Fox, a clever fox who is quick on his feet.

Other characters in the show include Rabbit, who is sometimes a bit of a worrywart but is always there to lend a helping hand when needed; Otter, a fun-loving and energetic otter who loves to play games; and Snail, a slow and thoughtful snail who often surprises his friends with his insights.

Franklin also has a loving family, including his parents and his little sister Harriet, who is always eager to join in on the fun.

Throughout the show’s run, Franklin and his friends tackle a variety of challenges and learn important lessons about friendship, cooperation, and problem-solving. They deal with issues such as bullying, jealousy, and fear of the unknown, and always find ways to overcome them with kindness and ingenuity.

The show is known for its gentle and optimistic tone, as well as its colourful and appealing animation style. The characters are all designed with young viewers in mind, and the show’s themes are geared towards helping children navigate the challenges of growing up.

Franklin is a show that emphasizes the importance of empathy and understanding, helping kids to develop important social skills and learn to appreciate the differences and similarities between themselves and others. It’s a warm and inviting show that offers both entertainment and education to young viewers, and has remained a beloved classic of children’s television for nearly 25 years.

Franklin is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (79 episodes). The series first aired on November 3, 1997.

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Franklin Sees the Big Picture / Franklin Figure Skates
13. Franklin Sees the Big Picture / Franklin Figure Skates
June 26, 2004
The library is celebrating Bookfest with huge outdoor banners displaying images of Woodland residents holding their favorite books. Franklin is mortified to see an old picture of himself on Granny's lap, reading a book for toddlers. He promptly hides the banner but later realizes how disappointed Granny will be if it's not on display. Franklin and Bear go to great lengths to try and hang the banner in a prominent place;Franklin is reluctant to admit to his hockey team that he can't skate backwards. When Beaver finds out, she strikes up a deal with him; if Franklin will help her practice her figure skating routine, she'll teach him to skate backwards. Later, Franklin's ability to skate backwards is put to the test when he fills in for Beaver's injured partner at a figure skating show
Franklin's Go-Cart Race / Sir Franklin's Squire
12. Franklin's Go-Cart Race / Sir Franklin's Squire
June 26, 2004
To make the topic of "transportation" more interesting, Mr. Owl asks his students to build go-carts. Franklin, Bear and Snail team up for the class project, but have difficulty scavenging enough wheels. After making a lot of design modifications, they submit a two-wheeled go-cart that surprises the entire class;Inspired by Franklin's heroics while pretending to be the Green Knight, Snail, a trusty squire, expresses a desire to become a knight too. The two friends embark on a challenging quest so that Snail can prove his worthiness. Along the way, more knights join the quest and repeatedly interfere with Snail's chance to show how brave and daring he can be
Franklin's Bike-A-Thon / Franklin's Candy Caper
11. Franklin's Bike-A-Thon / Franklin's Candy Caper
June 19, 2004
Franklin and Bear arrive late at the library for a meeting about a forthcoming charity bike ride. Hearing only the tail end of Mrs. Goose's announcement, the boys assume they'll be competing in a bike "race". While all their friends are going door to door collecting pledges, Franklin and Bear spend all their time training for race day. By the time they realize the event is a fundraiser, it's too late. However, the boys get a chance to redeem themselves when a newspaper reporter sponsors their ride, hoping it will make good news story;Bear hits the jackpot when his bent penny jams a vending machine and gives him a huge load of candy. His good pal Franklin is one of many happy recipients who share in the unexpected windfall. When Franklin realizes the big loser is Mr. Mole, the owner of the machine, he looks for Bear to return the uneaten candy...but unfortunately it's all gone. While attempting to repay the machine with pennies from their own piggy banks, Franklin and Bear are confronted by Mr. Mole. The boys' explanation sounds far-fetched, but because Franklin makes a habit of being honest, Mr. Mole believes them
Franklin's Favorite Card / Franklin's Expedition
10. Franklin's Favorite Card / Franklin's Expedition
July 24, 2004
Franklin lets Bear borrow his collection of soccer trading cards. When they're returned, the highly prized, Carl Cougar card is missing. Franklin is quick to accuse Bear of losing it which leads to a breakdown in their friendship. After realizing a friendship is worth far more than a trading card, Franklin apologizes for not giving Bear the benefit of the doubt;Franklin and Bear's well-planned hike is a disappointment at every turn; they lose their snacks; they fall in the mud and their panoramic view from the peak of Blueberry Hill is shrouded in fog. To make matters worse, they get caught in a downpour. Since things can get no worse, they laugh in the face of misfortune and enjoy what's left of their day
Franklin the Coach / Franklin Plays it Safe
9. Franklin the Coach / Franklin Plays it Safe
June 20, 2004
Franklin is chosen to coach the soccer team while Mrs. Porcupine is away. However, his easy-going approach is causing his team to slack-off. Beaver sees a lack of strong leadership and steps in to take command. Her coaching style is so tough that the players walk off the field in protest. When Franklin and Beaver combine their coaching strengths, the team performs much better;A cracked limb supporting the tree fort gives Franklin and Bear cause for concern. They decide it's better to be safe than sorry and make the unsafe tree fort off limits to everyone. Their friends complain about their over-cautious behavior, but one windy day, Franklin and Bear are finally thanked for averting a disaster
Franklin's Word / Franklin's Pond Phantom
8. Franklin's Word / Franklin's Pond Phantom
June 12, 2004
On his mother's urging, Franklin curbs his use of the word "stupid" when he gets mad. But old habits die hard and Franklin has an outburst in front of his impressionable sister. Now Harriet's saying the forbidden word and enjoying the reaction she gets every time she utters it. Franklin tries desperately to conceal from his parents the new word he's taught his little sister;Franklin and Bear have a hard time convincing their friends that they've seen a sea serpent in Woodland Pond. After realizing it was just a floating toy they saw, the boys feel too silly to admit it to their friends and fabricate evidence to support their bogus story. Little do they know that their friends are already wise to their shenanigans
Franklin Migrates / Franklin the Photographer
7. Franklin Migrates / Franklin the Photographer
June 6, 2004
Franklin eagerly accepts an invitation to join Goose at her family's annual migration celebration. But Franklin gets cold feet when he learns the tradition includes taking part in a ceremonial dance. Once Franklin gets involved in all the merriment, he has as much fun as his feathered friends;The school camera club is having a photography exhibit and Franklin is determined to take a butterfly picture for the show. But the butterfly won't sit still and Franklin uses up his roll of film without getting a single shot. His discouragement is soon forgotten when Franklin sees the interesting images he took by accident
Franklin in Charge / Franklin's UFO
6. Franklin in Charge / Franklin's UFO
May 30, 2004
While Mr. Turtle is away on a trip, Franklin attempts to help out by taking on his dad's household chores. It turns out to be more of a challenge than he thought and when Franklin finally admits he needs some help, he learns that his parents sometimes ask each other for help too;Franklin and friends let their imaginations run wild after reading about visiting space aliens in a supermarket tabloid. In a fearful frenzy, they flee their campsite to evade alien capture and come face to face with someone who's not an extraterrestrial at all
Franklin the Weather Turtle / Franklin's Dance Lessons
5. Franklin the Weather Turtle / Franklin's Dance Lessons
May 23, 2004
After Mr. Groundhog shows Franklin a couple of tips on how to predict the coming of rain, Franklin tries to pass himself off as a reliable source for weather forecasts. Franklin sets out on a big hike with his friends, assuring them that all of nature's signs indicate clear skies. But when the fair weather turns foul, Franklin confesses that he's not the knowledgeable weather turtle he's led them to believe;Registration for basketball is full, so Mrs. Turtle and Mrs. Bear sign up their boys for Saturday morning dance lessons. Not expecting dance class to be enjoyable, Franklin and Bear wheedle a pair of friends into switching activities with them so they can join the basketball team. After seeing how much fun their dancing friends are having, Franklin and Bear regret not giving it a try.
Franklin's Swimming Party / Franklin's Soccer Field Folly
4. Franklin's Swimming Party / Franklin's Soccer Field Folly
June 12, 2004
Franklin unintentionally exposes Skunk's secret that she doesn't know how to swim, embarrassing her in front of her friends. Later, Skunk finds out that Franklin has something to hide too; a skin rash on his foot. Franklin is reluctant to go to the school swimming party, fearing Skunk will take that opportunity to get even by telling his secret in front of everyone;Franklin has an embarrassing moment on the soccer field and scores a goal against his own team. Regardless of how funny it is, Franklin is upset that Bear, his best friend, is laughing harder than everyone. In the end, Franklin learns to deal with life's embarrassing moments by laughing along with his friends.
Franklin's Badge / Franklin Stargazes
3. Franklin's Badge / Franklin Stargazes
August 8, 2004
As a new member of the Woodland Trailblazers, Franklin is eager to learn new skills and earn cool-looking merit badges. Harriet is too little to be a Trailblazer, but she's very interested in everything her big brother is doing, and often gets in his way. After Franklin decides to show more patience toward his little sister and share his time with her, he earns an unexpected merit badge from the troop leader;When the novelty of looking at the moon and stars quickly fades, Franklin trades his new telescope to Beaver for her pup tent. Beaver's avid interest in astronomy reveals wonders in the night sky that Franklin is amazed to see. Now he wants his telescope back, but Beaver in intent on keeping it. A compromise is made when Franklin proposes an idea for a hilltop observatory
Hockey Fan Franklin / Mother Hen Franklin
2. Hockey Fan Franklin / Mother Hen Franklin
August 1, 2004
Franklin wins a contest to skate with professional hockey star, Bill Buffalo. Overcome with nervous jitters, Franklin performs poorly at the arena in front of family and friends and worst of all, his hockey hero. When Bill Buffalo secretly visits the frozen pond to watch the local kids play hockey, he sees how skillful a player Franklin truly is;Franklin feels responsible for Harriet scraping her knee in a wagon ride mishap. To preclude all risk of future injury, Franklin becomes overprotective and discourages Harriet from doing just about everything. Eventually Franklin learns that small scrapes and bruises are part of growing up as we explore and play in the world around us
Franklin Itching to Skateboard / Franklin Forgives
1. Franklin Itching to Skateboard / Franklin Forgives
July 25, 2004
Franklin and Bear are having so much fun skateboarding at the playground, that they forget about their parents' sundown curfew. They arrive home in the nick of time by taking an unapproved shortcut through a ravine that's infested with poison ivy. Unable to conceal their itchy rashes, the boys confess the unfamiliar route they took home. Franklin and Bear take an unapproved shortcut through a ravine and get an itchy poison ivy rash;Franklin takes his goldfish, Goldie, on a family picnic by the pond. While frolicking by the water's edge, Harriet accidentally tips Goldie's fishbowl and the little fish becomes lost in the big pond. Franklin ignores Harriet's heartfelt apologies as he struggles to deal with the loss of his beloved pet. Franklin has an emotional struggle to accept Harriet's apology for losing his pet goldfish
Where to Watch Franklin
Franklin is available for streaming on the Treehouse TV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Franklin on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hoopla and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    November 3, 1997
  • IMDB Rating
    6.4  (5,307)