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  • TV-Y
  • 2003
  • 4 Seasons
  • 6.7  (281)

The show Rubbadubbers is a colorful and imaginative children's program that originally aired on PBS from 2003 to 2021. The series stars Irish comedian Sean Hughes as the voice of the narrator, who guides young viewers through the adventures of a group of anthropomorphic toy bathtub toys.

Each episode of Rubbadubbers follows the playful exploits of the titular characters, as they embark on exciting and educational missions. The show touches on topics such as friendship, problem-solving, exploration, and teamwork, all while promoting early childhood development and learning through play.

One of the most striking elements of Rubbadubbers is its vibrant, eye-catching animation style. The characters are rendered in bright, bold colors and have exaggerated features, such as oversized eyes and heads. The show's visuals are further enhanced by imaginative set design and creative use of lighting and sound effects.

Throughout the series, viewers are introduced to a variety of Rubbadubbers characters, each with their own unique personality and special abilities. There's Tubb, the adventurous and daring leader of the group; Terence, the cheeky troublemaker who loves to play pranks; Finbar, the lovable and humorous clownfish; and many others.

One of the most appealing aspects of Rubbadubbers is how it encourages young viewers to use their own imaginations and creativity. By setting the stories in a bathtub, a familiar and relatable environment for children, the show invites its audience to join in on the fun and invent their own adventures.

The show's educational elements are also clear throughout each episode. As the characters encounter challenges and obstacles, they must work together to find solutions and overcome their difficulties. This emphasis on problem-solving and teamwork is essential to young children's cognitive development and helps them to build important social and academic skills.

Another notable feature of Rubbadubbers is its catchy and energetic musical numbers. From the opening theme to the various song and dance routines performed by the characters, the show's music is lively and upbeat, guaranteed to get young viewers singing and dancing along.

Overall, Rubbadubbers is a delightful and entertaining children's program that combines imaginative storytelling, colorful visuals, and educational themes to create a fun and engaging viewing experience. While the show may no longer be airing on PBS, its legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of the many young viewers who grew up watching Tubb and his bathtub buddies explore the world around them.

Rubbadubbers is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (54 episodes). The series first aired on January 1, 2003.

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Finbar the Word Shark
13. Finbar the Word Shark
January 1, 2005
Finbar keeps losing Tubb's word game because he doesn't know the right name for everything. Becoming the Mighty Word Shark, Finbar suddenly knows what everything is called except for one big green flapping stamping creature that no one has met before. Finbar invents a name for him and discovers that making up your own words is fun!
Skypainter Amelia
12. Skypainter Amelia
January 1, 2005
Amelia wants to make pictures like her friends, but she can't hold the brush right! When she is told to paint the sky with nothing but triangles, Amelia decides that she'll try something new. Becoming a sky painter, Amelia discovers there are lots of ways to paint a picture!
Messenger Terence
11. Messenger Terence
January 1, 2005
Terence wants to be the first with the news for once, but the other Rubbadubbers keep beating him to it! Messenger Terence discovers that everyone loves good news and no one likes bad news. But Terence eventually finds that you can turn bad news into good news!
Tubb?s Towers
10. Tubb?s Towers
January 1, 2005
Tubb just wants to read a postcard from Benjie and Sis's grandmother in peace, but there's nowhere quiet in the bathroom. Wishing there were more rooms to choose from, Tubb finds himself in charge of Tubb's Towers. Having lots more rooms means Tubb has lots more work.
Lighthouse Keeper Reg
9. Lighthouse Keeper Reg
January 1, 2005
The Rubbadubbers tell Reg to take a break from lookout, even though he loves keeping watch for Benjie and Sis. Wishing he could be on lookout all the time, Reg finds himself in charge of his own lighthouse. Reg quickly discovers that being on lookout all the time is really tiring.
Tuffty Tubb
8. Tuffty Tubb
January 1, 2005
Tubb imagines it would be great to have real hair, but when he finds himself entering the Hairville Hairstyle Contest with Trendy Terence, Far Out Finbar and Curly-Wurly Sploshy, he discovers that having great hair takes a lot of work!
Reg and the Library
7. Reg and the Library
January 1, 2005
Reg is trying to read his book, but the Rubbadubbers are playing noisily. When Reg asks them to let him read in peace, they want to know what his book is about. Reg wishes he could be in a quiet library where he can read all day long. With his wish granted, Reg soon discovers that reading is no fun when there's no one to tell the amazing things you've read about.
Terence the Monster Hunter
6. Terence the Monster Hunter
January 1, 2005
When Finbar decides to dress up as a monster, Terence thinks there really is a monster loose in the bathroom. But the other Rubbadubbers aren't so sure. Wishing everyone believed him, Terence turns into the leader of a monster hunt. Following a creature with flashing yellow eyes, a splashing tail and sharp teeth, Terence discovers that appearances can be misleading.
The House That Tubb Built
5. The House That Tubb Built
January 1, 2005
Tubb is building a toy house in the bathroom, but he doesn't want to follow the instructions. Wishing he could build it his way, Tubb is delighted to find himself on a building site in charge of the Rubbadubbers building team. Now he can build a house however he likes. But Tubb quickly discovers building a house is not as easy as it looks.
Sporty Reg
4. Sporty Reg
January 1, 2005
Tubb, Reg and Sploshy are playing bubble sports in the bathroom. Tubb wins a game. Then Sploshy wins one. But Reg isn't the best at any game. Wishing he were the best at something, Reg finds himself in Sportsworld competing in lots of games. While he never comes in first, Reg discovers the thing he's best at is being an all-rounder!
Sploshy?s Wishes
3. Sploshy?s Wishes
January 1, 2005
After Sploshy sees a shooting star, she makes a wish but it doesn't come true. If only her wishes did come true! Sploshy finds herself in the desert with her own personal genie. When Sploshy's wet wishes upset everyone that lives in the desert including her genie, she finds herself in troubled waters.
Finbar and the Ghosts
2. Finbar and the Ghosts
January 1, 2005
Finbar is telling the other Rubbadubbers a ghost story, but his ghost noises are too funny to be scary! Wishing he could meet some real ghosts, Finbar is transported to a ghostly school. His students frighten Finbar with their terrifying variety of scares and Finbar quickly sees that it's better to be funny than scary.
Finbar's Gift
1. Finbar's Gift
January 1, 2005
Finbar likes getting presents, but doesn't want to give them in return. When he imagines the Rubbadubbers have to give him presents all the time, Finbar discovers that giving a gift is just as great as receiving one.
Where to Watch Rubbadubbers
Rubbadubbers is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Rubbadubbers on demand at Amazon Prime and Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    January 1, 2003
  • IMDB Rating
    6.7  (281)