- 5 Seasons
The animated young children's show Martha Speaks is about a dog who can speak after eating alphabet soup. Martha is owned by a ten year old girl named Helen Corraine. They live in Wagstaff City, which is modeled after Flagstaff Arizona. The series is based on the children's series written by Susan Meddaugh. It was adapted to television by writer Ken Scarborough. The executive producers are Carol Greenwald, Chris Bartleman, and Blair Peters. They have also produced other animated children programs. Susan Meddaugh works with the producers regarding the selected words showcased in each show. One day Martha is accidently fed alphabet soup and discovers that she can talk. Martha learns that she loves to talk and has an extensive vocabulary. Helen's other dog is not able to speak after eating the soup. Martha, however, has the problem of giving unwanted advice, thus getting herself into trouble. Also if Martha eats from the bottom of the soup can, she will say one thing but she would have meant to say the complete opposite. Martha is also an expert in animal languages too. Her friend Helen has the job of trying to keep Martha out of trouble. Helen has both human and animal friends that round out the cast. Around 20 new words are featured in each show. The object of the show is to teach children meanings of words before they can read them. It is the first stepping stones of building a large vocabulary and an introduction to early reading skills. Tabitha St. Germain is the voice of Martha and Madeline Peters is the voice of Helen. The show is narrated by J.T. Turner. The theme music and the music used in the show is the work of composer Daniel Ingram. Ken Scarborough wrote the words to the theme song. The series originated in both the United States and Canada.