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The Mighty B! is an American animated children's television series co-created by Amy Poehler for Nickelodeon. The series centers on Bessie Higgenbottom, an ambitious Honeybee scout that believes she will become a superhero called the Mighty B if she collects every Honeybee badge. Bessie lives in San Francisco with her single mother Hilary, brother Ben and dog Happy. The series was picked up for a pilot in early 2006 under the name of Super Scout.[1] The series premiered on Saturday April 26, 2008, which was the morning after Poehler's film Baby Mama had premiered.[2] In September 2008, the show was renewed for a second season with 20 episodes.[3] Brown Johnson, president of animation at Nickelodeon, called the show a "break-out hit" that "compliments and strengths" the Saturday morning line-up.[4] The second season premiered on September 21, 2009.[5]

The Mighty B! and its crew have been nominated six Annie Awards, with so far no wins. The show has also been nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards, winning one for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation.[6] The show has also been nominated one Artios Award[7] and one Golden Reel Award.[8]

Many titles of the episodes of the series are parodies of particular media. Examples include "Sleepless in San Francisco" (based off 1993 movie Sleepless in Seattle) and Dirty Happy (based of Clint Eastwood's 1971 Dirty Harry, which even includes references quotes from the movie).

Seasons

Season Episodes Season premiere Season finale DVD releases
DVD volume Region 1 release
1 20 (39) April 26, 2008 June 12, 2009 We Got the Bee February 24, 2009
BEEing Bessie Higgenbottom December 8, 2009
2 20 September 21, 2009 2011

Episodes

  • # is the episode's number within that season.
  • Total is the episode's number within the series overall.

Season 1: 2008–2009

# Total Title Directed by Written by Original airdate[9]
1 1 "So Happy Together" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Cynthia True, Erik Wiese April 26, 2008 (2008-04-26)
"Sweet Sixteenth" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Chaffin
2 2 "Bee My Baby" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Will Berson April 27, 2008 (2008-04-27)
"Bee Afraid" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Cynthia True, Erik Wiese
3 3 "Artificial Unintelligence" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Dani Michaeli May 3, 2008 (2008-05-03)
"We Got the Bee" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter John Ross Bowie, Dannah Feinglass
4 4 "Li'l Orphan Happy" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter John Ross Bowie, Dannah Feinglass May 10, 2008 (2008-05-10)
"Body Rockers" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Gao
5 5 "Bat Mitzvah Crashers" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Chaffin May 17, 2008 (2008-05-17)
"Super Secret Weakness" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Dani Michaeli
6 6 "An I See Bee" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Chaffin May 31, 2008 (2008-05-31)
"Woodward and Beesting" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Dannah Feinglass
7 7 "Doppelfinger" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Will Berson June 7, 2008 (2008-06-07)
"Little Womyn" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Chaffin
8 8 "The Apprentice" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Chaffin June 23, 2008 (2008-06-23)
"Beenedict Arnold" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Gao June 24, 2008 (2008-06-24)
9 9 "Boston Beean" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Gao June 25, 2008 (2008-06-25)
"Penny Hearts Joey" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Gao June 26, 2008 (2008-06-26)
10 10 "Ten Little Honeybees" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Gao June 27, 2008 (2008-06-27)
"Toot Toot" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Cynthia True, Erik Wiese November 29, 2008 (2008-11-29)
11 11 "Night Howl" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Chaffin September 9, 2008 (2008-09-09)
"Unhappy Happy" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Gao, Cynthia True, Erin Eltman September 10, 2008 (2008-09-10)
12 12 "Apoxalypse Now" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Gao September 11, 2008 (2008-09-11)
"Hive Jacked" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Gao September 12, 2008 (2008-09-12)
13 13 "Something's Wrong with This Taffy" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Chaffin, Jessica Gao, Cynthia True October 25, 2008 (2008-10-25)
"Name Shame" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Gao
14 14 "Bee Patients" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Chaffin September 8, 2008 (2008-09-08)
"To Bee or Not To Bee" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Lynne Naylor, Jessica Gao November 29, 2008 (2008-11-29)
15 15 "Eye of the Honeybee" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Chaffin January 9, 2009 (2009-01-09)
"Thanksgiving Beenactment" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Chaffin, Jessica Gao, Cynthia True November 29, 2008 (2008-11-29)
16 16 "Blind Sided" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Chaffin, Jessica Gao, Cynthia True January 5, 2009 (2009-01-05)
"Hen and Bappy" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Chaffin January 6, 2009 (2009-01-06)
17 17 "Ben Appetit" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Chaffin, Jessica Gao, Cynthia True January 7, 2009 (2009-01-07)
"Dang, It Feels Good to Be a Gamester" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Gao January 8, 2009 (2009-01-08)
18 18 "Portrait of a Happy" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Chaffin June 8, 2009 (2009-06-08)
"O Say Can Bess See" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Gao June 9, 2009 (2009-06-09)
19 19 "Macro Mayhem" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Mike Bell June 10, 2009 (2009-06-10)
"Ben Screams for Ice Cream" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Chaffin, Jessica Gao, Cynthia True June 11, 2009 (2009-06-11)
20 20 "Dragonflies" Erik Wiese, Larry Leichliter Jessica Chaffin, Jessica Gao, Cynthia True, Erik Wiese June 12, 2009 (2009-06-12)

Season 2: 2009–2011

Note: All the episodes of Season 2 have aired in Australia.

# Total Title Directed by Written by Original airdate[9]
1 21 "CATATONIC" Erik Wiese Cynthia True, Erik Wiese October 25, 2009 (2009-10-25)
2 22 "What's the Frequency, Bessie?" Erik Wiese Mike Bell September 25, 2009 (2009-09-25)
"Bee Nice" Erik Wiese, Eddie Trigueros Jessica Gao September 24, 2009 (2009-09-24)
3 23 "Dirty Happy" Erik Wiese, Eddie Trigueros Brendan Hay September 21, 2009 (2009-09-21)
"Tour D'Alcatraz" Erik Wiese, Eddie Trigueros Brendan Hay September 23, 2009 (2009-09-23)
4 24 "Hairy Situation" Erik Wiese, Eddie Trigueros Jessica Gao September 22, 2009 (2009-09-22)
"B Plus One" Erik Wiese, Bill Wray Julia Miranda January 16, 2010 (2010-01-16)
5 25 "Bad to the Bee" Erik Wiese Jessica Gao November 14, 2009 (2009-11-14)
"Hive of Darkness" Erik Wiese, Alex Kirwan Jessica Gao, Cynthia True, Brendan Hay January 16, 2010 (2010-01-16)
6 26 "Mr. Turtleton's Wild Ride" Erik Wiese Jessica Chaffin November 14, 2009 (2009-11-14)
"A Pirate's Life for B" Erik Wiese Jessica Gao TBA (TBA) (United States)
May 2, 2010 (2010-05-02) (Latin America)
7 27 "Awww-esome!" Erik Wiese, Eddie Trigueros, Bill Wray Cynthia True January 2, 2010 (2010-01-02)
"Dogcatcher in the Rye" Erik Wiese Brendan Hay
8 28 "Rinx" TBA TBA November 6, 2010 (2010-11-06)[10] (United States)
April 17, 2010 (2010-04-17) (Latin America)
"Sleepless in San Francisco" TBA TBA
9 29 "Finger Pickin' Bad" TBA TBA November 13, 2010 (2010-11-13) (United States)
April 24, 2010 (2010-04-24) (Latin America)
"Higgenbottom's 7" TBA TBA
10 30 "O Brother, What Are Thou?" TBA TBA December 2, 2010 (2010-12-02) (United States)
August 21, 2010 (2010-08-21) (Latin America)
11 31 "Stuffed Happens" TBA TBA December 2, 2010 (2010-12-02)[10] (United States)
August 21, 2010 (2010-08-21) (Latin America)
12 32 "Gorillas in the Midst" TBA TBA TBA (TBA)[10] (United States)
May 9, 2010 (2010-05-09) (Latin America)
"" TBA TBA
13 33 "It's B's Party and She'll Cry If She Wants To" TBA TBA November 20, 2010 (2010-11-20) (United States)
August 7, 2010 (2010-08-07) (Latin America)
"B-Chip" TBA TBA
14 34 "The Old Bee and the Sea" TBA TBA November 29, 2010 (2010-11-29)[10] (United States)
August 7, 2010 (2010-08-07) (Latin America)
"One Million Years Bee.C." TBA TBA
15 35 "The Bone Identity" TBA TBA November 30, 2010 (2010-11-30)[10]
"Grumpy Old Bees" TBA TBA
16 36 "Space Evaders" TBA TBA TBA (TBA)
"Yips" TBA TBA
17 37 "Children of the Unicorn" TBA TBA December 1, 2010 (2010-12-01)[10]November 6, 2010 (2010-11-06) (Latin America)
"My Way or the Bee Way" TBA TBA
18 38 "Public Enembee" TBA TBA TBA (TBA) [10]
"Bang the Drum Timely TBA TBA
19 39 "The League of Ordinary Gentlemen" TBA TBA TBA (TBA)
"Irritable Bowling Syndrome" TBA TBA
20 40 "Bess-E" TBA TBA TBA (TBA) [10]
"C'mon Get Happy!" TBA TBA

DVD releases

A DVD called We Got the Bee was released on February 24, 2009.[11] It contains 8 episodes; "So Happy Together", "We Got the Bee", "The Sweet Sixteenth", "Bee My Baby", Bee Afraid", "Artificial Unintelligence", "Bat Mitzvah Crashers" and "Super Secret Weakness".[12] A second DVD called BEEing Bessie Higgenbottom was released on December 8, 2009. It contains 5 episodes; "Dragonflies", "Bee Patients", "To Bee or Not To Bee", "Ben Appetit" and "Dang, It Feels Good to Be a Gamester".[13]

References

Notes
  • <span id="endnote_1A" />1^ "A Pirate's Life for B" was published online on March 29, 2010.[14][15]
Citations
  1. Martin, Denise (2006-02-15). "Poehler scouting Nick gig". Variety. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  2. Murray, Rebecca (2008-04-23). "Amy Poehler Interview - Baby Mama and The Mighty B!". About.com. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  3. Moody, Annemarie (September 17, 2008). "Nickelodeon picks up two new series, renews Mighty B". Animation World Network. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  4. MacIntyre, April (2008-09-17). "Amy Poehler's The Mighty B! keeps buzzing for Nick". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  5. Liu, Ed (2009-09-12). "Nickelodeon is buzzing with new episodes of The Mighty B!". Nickelodeon. Toon Zone. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  6. "36th Daytime Emmy Awards Nominees". Emmy Online. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  7. "2009 Artios Award Nominees and Winners". Casting Society. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  8. "2009 Golden Reel Awards Nominees: Television". MPSE. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "The Mighty B! Schedule". Toon Zone. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 "The Mighty B! - Episode Guide". MSN TV. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  11. "The Mighty B! We Got the Bee". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  12. Bryson, Carey. "The Mighty B - Review of the Nickelodeon cartoon". About.com. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  13. "The Mighty B! BEEing Bessie Higgenbottom". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  14. "The Mighty B!: A Pirate's Life for Bee". Zap2It. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  15. "The Mighty B! - 'A Pirate's Life for Bee'". MSNTV. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 

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