Watch The Ruff Ruffman Show

In this animated series, the canine host Ruff Ruffman leads kids through scientific revelations and experiments with the help of his animal buddies. The series is a follow-up to the Fetch! series, and it airs on PBS in the United States.

PBS KIDS
1 Season, 18 Episodes
January 1, 2017
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The Ruff Ruffman Show Full Episode Guide

  • A music-video in which Ruff reviews the different approaches to structural puzzles mentioned in the four previous videos. The musical genre is new-wave upbeat dance party. The song is structured so that Ruff lists approaches that won't work, and then suggests the approach that will.

  • A live-action kid wants to know if Ruff has any tips for building a birdbath. Ruff says he has first-hand experience for what a bird needs in a birdbath. He tells how years ago he was cast as the lead in a Broadway musical called Hello Birdie! During a crucial scene, Ruff (singing, in bird costume, and hanging from cables) is lowered into a birdbath, but the bath topples over.

  • With the kids calling it a tie between Ruff and Scruff, the brothers agree to merge their businesses and become partners. In a Broadway-style duet entitled Now We're Cookin'!, the brothers sing about all they know about food prep and review the lessons learned in the previous episodes in a big splashy musical number with lots of tap-dancing and fun with food.

  • The live-action kids request an orange, green, and purple dessert—it can be any kind!—so long as it has these colors on full display, each color completely separated from the others. Ruff blends up a smoothie of orange juice, mint ice cream, and raspberry sorbet—only to find that it turns brown. Yikes. He tries to unmix the liquid smoothie and finds out this is a no go.

  • The live-action kids want a delicious egg dish in the shape of a duck. Ruff dives in with equal parts confidence and ignorance. Blossom fashions a duck-shaped mold, and Ruff fills it with boiled eggs, but his dish is disqualified for being egg-shaped eggs in a duck-shaped pan. He learns that liquids (as opposed to solids) conform to the container they are in.

  • Ruff has finally managed to track down and deliver the now battered plushie to his Grandma for her birthday. When asked why he was late to her party, Ruff explains via song his trials, tribulations, and experimentations with force, friction, and gravity with the plushie.

  • Scouring the games at the County Fair for his plushie, Ruff finds it at the milk bottle toss booth operated by his nephew Glen. Glen insists that Ruff has to get the plushie back by winning the game. Ruff is given a choice of three balls (a pompom ball, bouncy ball, and soft ball) and must knock down all the bottles with just one throw.

  • Ruff follows the kibble truck carrying his plushie to the county fair where the annual Llama Pull competition is about to begin. Llama Pull competitors must pull 200 pounds of dry kibble on a sled over a surface of their choosing-mud, grass, or pavement. The contestant that travels the fastest wins all the kibble.

  • It's Grandma Ruffman's Birthday and Ruff has decided to give her an Ruff Ruffman Action-to-the-Maxion Skate-Pro Plushie as a gift. Ruff decides to roll the plushie (mounted on a mini-skateboard) right up to Grandma's front door, but her perfectly flat sidewalk foils his plan. Ruff recruits help from live-action kids who explain that he needs an incline to deliver his present to Grandma.

  • A music-video in which Ruff and Fluff show viewers that clothing made out of different materials has different properties. Ruff sings about how Fluff always dresses appropriately for every occasion, while Ruff has the wrong choice of attire. On a hot day, Fluff wears a cool cotton while Ruff dons a hot rubber slicker.

  • Ruff confides to his viewers that pet-sitting a rhinoceros disguised as a giant Puli dog is hard, especially if you have to take them out for a walk in the rain. Their first try leads to a very unhappy Fluff, whose absorbent mop costume is now soaked. Ruff has to find a water-resistant material he can use to keep Fluff dry.

  • With Blossom due home any moment, Ruff frets that she won't approve of his pet-sitting a rhinoceros. His desperate plan? Disguise Fluff as a dog. His dog breed research leads him to the perfect pooch to base Fluff's costume on—the shaggy, dreadlocked Puli Dog. Ruff and Chet set to work analyzing and sorting different materials based on their shagginess scale.

  • Pet-Sitting Tip #2: Plarn It!- Fluff, the rhinoceros Ruff is pet-sitting, has just destroyed several valued items belonging to his roommate, Blossom. When Ruff's attempts to paste, tape, and glue the items back together fail miserably, his kid viewers introduce him to plarn, a versatile material made from plastic bags that can be woven, knit, or crocheted to recreate the items Fluff shredded.

  • Pet-Sitting Tip #1: Make Sure It's a Hamster- Ruff, expecting the delivery of a hamster for his new Pet-Sitting Service, receives a rhinoceros instead. His failed efforts to make a leash to bring the rhino to heel eventually lead him to enlist the help of live-action kids to help him test the strength of household materials.

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