Airs Monday – Friday 3:30 pm on NJTV
A new superhero emerges to protect its citizens and fight a never-ending battle for truth, justice and use of the right word! Featuring perilous predicaments, cliffhanger endings and a loyal monkey sidekick, WordGirl will give elementary school kids a fun and unique way to learn the power of new words.
The weekly series, which first debuted on PBS KIDS GO! as on-air and online shorts, is designed to enrich children’s vocabulary, instill a love of language and foster better reading comprehension. The website www.pbskidsgo.org/wordgirl was especially designed to promote a love of language and words among children. It features exciting games and activities which expose children to new and empowering words in fun and engaging ways.
Through humorous and engaging storylines and a wacky cast of characters, WordGirl will introduce children 6-8- years-old to an array of new and sophisticated words – from “obliterate” to “temptation” and “indubitably” – in a context that is fun and thoroughly exciting.
WordGirl chronicles the madcap adventures of Becky Botsford, a mild-mannered fifth grader who, at the call of duty, transforms into “WordGirl” – caped crusader and definition dynamo! When there is trouble in The City, this super heroine-in-disguise uses vocabulary to defeat outlaws bent on “WORD” domination. With the help of her faithful monkey sidekick, Captain Huggy Face, WordGirl spends each episode defeating a quirky cast of villainous villains – from “Dr. Two-Brains” to “The Butcher” – with her power punches and dictionary strength.
“WordGirl battles villains with her super strength and super speed, but she also shows that eloquence is a superpower,” said Dorothea Gillim, creator and executive producer of the series. “Kids will tune in for the laughs, but they’ll leave learning some new words. We’re thrilled to be debuting a series that proves that learning and language is cool. Kids will love WordGirl, and parents will love that they do.”
A star-studded cast of veteran actors and comedians lend their talents to the voices for the series, including Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live), who narrates the series; Dannah Feinglass (FOX’s Madtv, VH1’s Best Week Ever), who voices the show’s superheroine “WordGirl” and her alter-ego “Becky Botsford”; Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) as the voice of “Mr. Big”; Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends) as “Dr. Two-Brains” and WordGirl’s younger brother, “TJ”; Cree Summers (Clifford the Big Red Dog, Chalk Zone) as “Granny May”; Ryan Raddatz (A Mighty Wind, Big Love, How I Met Your Mother) as “Mr. Botsford” and Becky’s classmate and best friend, “Scoops”; Maria Bamford (Barnyard, The Comedians of Comedy) as “Mrs. Botsford” and Becky’s best friend, “Violet”; and Fred Stoller (Everybody Loves Raymond), who plays “Chuck the Evil Sandwich-Making Guy”.
A dedicated companion Web site at pbskidsgo.org/wordgirl features clips of the series in the “Adventures of WordGirl” section. It also includes exciting games and activities that are specially designed to introduce children to new words in a fun way, encourage them to use new words in daily conversation, and develop a love of language. A “Parents & Teachers” section contains educational activities parents can enjoy with their children, as well as lesson plans for teachers and links to additional resources that support vocabulary development and general literacy.