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Caillou is a Canadian children's television show based on the books by author Christine L'Heureux and illustrator Hélène Desputeaux. Many of the stories in the animated version began with a grandmother (who is also the show's narrator) introducing the story to her grandchildren, then reading the story about the book. Caillou first aired on Canada's Teletoon channel in 1995; it later made its US debut on Public Broadcasting Service
Public Broadcasting Service
The Public Broadcasting Service is an American non-profit public broadcasting television network with 354 member TV stations in the United States which hold collective ownership. Its headquarters is in Arlington, Virginia....

 (PBS) Public television on September 4, 2000 and aired its series finale on October 3, 2010. The show also began airing on Treehouse TV
Treehouse TV
Treehouse TV is a Canadian English language cable television specialty channel with programming targeted towards preschoolers that was launched on October 17, 1997. Its name comes from YTV's old children's programming block, The Treehouse...

 on September 7, 2009. Reruns air on PBS Kids Sprout
PBS Kids Sprout is a U.S. digital cable television channel, video-on-demand service, and website providing PBS Kids shows and original programming for preschoolers and their families...



Season Season premiere
Season premiere
In North America, a season premiere is the first episode of a new season of a given television show. It often airs in September or October, after several months of reruns.-Evaluating the changes:...

Season finale
Season finale
A season finale is the final episode of a season of a television program...

1 40 October 2, 1995 July 5, 2000
2 20 September 4, 2000 July 2, 2002
3 16 November 15, 2002 October 7, 2003
4 20 April 3, 2006 September 23, 2008
5 26 September 1, 2010 October 3, 2010


Based on the books by Christine L'Heureux, the show centers along a 4-year-old named Caillou
Caillou (character)
Caillou is the main fictional character in the Canadian animated television series Caillou. He was first voiced by Bryn McAuley in 1996, and later by Jaclyn Linetsky from 2000-2003. However, due to her death in 2003, Jaclyn was replaced in Annie Bovaird...

 (the titular character) who is fascinated by the world around him. Caillou lives in a Blue House on 17 Pine St. (As mentioned in the episode "Where I live") with his mommy, his daddy, and his 2-year-old sister, Rosie. Each episode in Season 1-3 has a theme and is divided into several short, attention-holding sections that mix animation, puppet skits, and video of kids in highly realistic real-life situations. In Season 4-5 episodes, they are divided in 3 shorts instead of 4.
In the many seasons of Caillou, Caillou has many adventures with his family and friends. Sometimes things go wrong for Caillou and he can grow very upset. Despite the trouble, at the end Caillou is always happy.


Caillou - A 4-year-old boy with a crazy imagination with friends who help him navigate the trials and tribulations of growing up. He always has troubles through his many adventures, and throws huge fits. Caillou and his family live in a two-story blue house, whose address is mentioned in one episode: 17 Pine St. His nickname is the "Prince of Imagination". Caillou was first voiced by Bryn McAuley, then Brooke Pynn, then Jaclyn Linetsky, and then voiced by Annie Bovaird since 2003.


The series was originally broadcast in French
French language
French is a Romance language spoken as a first language in France, the Romandy region in Switzerland, Wallonia and Brussels in Belgium, Monaco, the regions of Quebec and Acadia in Canada, and by various communities elsewhere. Second-language speakers of French are distributed throughout many parts...

 in Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

—from (August 29, 1998 - November 10, 2006) and the episodes were later translated into English. The original books were also in French. Caillou was designed primarily for toddler
A toddler is a young child, usually defined as being between the ages of one and three. Registered nurse, midwife and author, Robin Barker, states 'Any time from eight months onwards your baby will begin to realise he is a separate person from you...

s aged between 2–6 years old. It was created by child developmental psychologists. Caillou books have been made since 1987 by Chouette Publishing Inc. In 1996, 65 5-minute episodes of Caillou were aired in Canada and in selected markets worldwide. In 2000 they were added with 40 30-minute episodes of the show, containing a mixture of the 5-minute episodes plus new stories, songs, real kids segment and puppets. This was followed with another 16 30-minute episodes containing all-new stories in 2003. The film Caillou's Holiday Movie was released on October 7, 2003. On April 3, 2006, a new set of 20 episodes finally premiered after a three-year hiatus. Caillou started attending preschool, and there were new themes and a new opening. The new episodes were animated in-house using Adobe Flash
Adobe Flash
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 animation rather than the animation being outsourced to Korea, as it was in previous seasons. Cookie Jar Entertainment renewed Caillou for a 26-episode Season 5, which was produced by South Africa
South Africa
The Republic of South Africa is a country in southern Africa. Located at the southern tip of Africa, it is divided into nine provinces, with of coastline on the Atlantic and Indian oceans...

n animation studio Clockwork Zoo.


Caillou has become a phenomenon in pop culture due to his reference by the controversial rapper Yung BasedGod
Lil B
Brandon McCartney , known by his stage name Lil B or "The BasedGod", is a rapper from Berkeley, California. He has recorded both solo and with the Pack. In addition, Lil B is noted for his extensive use of social media Web sites such as MySpace and Twitter to build an online following.-Early...

. The lyrics are extremely explicit and the artist compares himself to Caillou. The song expresses Caillou's superiority to the popular television character "Dora the Explorer" who is also a cartoon character of the same genre.

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