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GenreChildren's television series
Created by
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)
  • English
  • French
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes92 (List of episodes)
Production company(s)
Original channel
Original runSeptember 15, 1997 (1997-09-15) – October 3, 2010 (2010-10-03)
External links
Production website
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Caillou logo
GenreChildren's television series
Created by
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)
  • English
  • French
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes92 (List of episodes)
Production company(s)
Original channel
Original runSeptember 15, 1997 (1997-09-15) – October 3, 2010 (2010-10-03)
External links
Production website

Caillou (pronunciation: /ˈkj/) is a Canadian educational children's television series that was first shown on Télétoon and Teletoon, with its first episode airing on the former channel on September 15, 1997; the show later moved to Treehouse TV, with its final episode being shown on that channel on October 3, 2010. The series is based on the books by author Christine L'Heureux and illustrator Hélène Desputeaux. It centers on a 4-year-old boy named Caillou who is fascinated by the world around him.


Caillou lives in a blue house on 17 Pine Street (as mentioned in the episode "Where I Live") with his mother, father, and his younger sister, Rosie. He has many adventures with his family and friends and uses his imagination in every episode.

Each episode in Seasons 1–3 has a theme and is divided into several short sections that mix animation, puppet skits, and video of kids in real-life situations. In Seasons 4–5, episodes are divided in 3 short sections; the puppet segment was dropped, along with the "Real Kids" version of the segment.

During the first season, 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. Since 1997, the narrator/grandmother is an unseen character.


The following lists every character in the show. There are 23 major characters and currently 66 minor characters, making a total of 89 characters.

Major characters


Caillou (translated pebble or stone in French and nicknamed The Prince of Imagination) is the title character of the show. Caillou was first voiced by Bryn McAuley from 1997 through 2000, then Jaclyn Linetsky in 2000 through 2003, and then, due to Jaclyn Linetsky's death, Annie Bovaird from 2003 through 2009. Caillou was first shown in the episode "Caillou Makes Cookies", which aired in 1997.

Caillou is an average, imaginative four-year-old boy with a love for forms of transportive machinery such as rocket ships and airplanes. A dreamer, Caillou is prone to frequent dream sequences in some episodes visualizing his daydreams and hopes, and many episodes chronicle his normal daily experiences with his parents, friends, and neighbors. Caillou particularly loves his stuffed dinosaur Rexy and teddy bear Teddy, along with his pet cat Gilbert, all of whom are depicted as puppets in segments featured in the earlier episodes.

Caillou's family

Caillou's family from left to right: Rosie, Daddy, Caillou, Mommy

Caillou's friends and neighbours

Caillou's friends: (back) Clementine, Sarah – (front) Gilbert, Caillou, Leo, Rosie

The puppets

The puppet segments were used only on the PBS telecasts of Caillou from 2000 to 2003 as continuity to fill time usually taken up by commercial breaks during the original Teletoon broadcasts; later episodes on PBS did not include the puppet segment continuity.

Minor characters

Other Guests and Appearances
Hot-Dog ManThe Hog-Dog Man is a person who only appears in the episode "Caillou and Daddy", in which he serves Caillou and his Dad with hot-dogs and mustard for their lunch. He is also a wrestler.1
PierrePierre is the head of Camp Brome. Pierre was featured in the episode "Caillou Goes Camping".1
The DoctorFeaturing in the episode "Caillou Visits the Doctor", she treats Caillou for an earache.1
The MailmanThe Mailman was first featured in the episode "A Letter for Mommy", and later appeared in "All in a Day's Work".2
OllySarah's pet cat. He appears in the episodes "Gilbert Goes to Vet", "Chinese New Year", "Sarah Goes to China". His last appearance was in the 2006 episode "Where's Gilbert?", shown in Caillou the Detective.5
RoverA dog that belongs to one of Grandma's friends.2
Mr. WashingtonA Black Canadian bus driver that drove Caillou's Dad to school many years ago.1
BarbaraShe is an old friend of Caillou's mom. She is blind, and appears in the episode "Dogs with Jobs".1
MaxwellBarbara's guide dog. He is a special dog and helps Barbara see where she is going. He appears in the episode "Dogs With Jobs".1
HelenOne of Caillou's parents friends, she owns a boat.1
CarolA friend of Caillou's Mommy with whom she went to high-school. She appears in the episode "A House in the Sky".1
KevinCarol's son. He appears in the episode "A House in the Sky".1
RobbieA boy who is deaf. He knows Sign language.2
AllanA child who went to Caillou's playschool one day to join the class. He has Down's syndrome and a rather loud voice.1
FrankieA child who will live in the house Caillou's family helps build in the episode "Caillou's Building Adventure".1
SamFrankie's father. He appears in the episode "Caillou's Building Adventure".1
EvelynRobbie's mother. She only appears in the episode "Caillou and Robbie".1
BobA plumber who fixes the pipes under Caillou's house. In a season 3 episode, he fixes the sink.2
KristenJonas wife. She only appears in the episode "Caillou's First Wedding".1
GeorgeCaillou's skating instructor who's really silly. He only appears in "Caillou's Skating Lesson".1
GeorgeGrandpa's friend. He only appears in "Grandpa's Friend". He is older than Grandpa and teaches Caillou how to play croquet. He has the same voice as Mr. Haney from Arthur1
MaryA life guard who appears in the Season 4 episode "Caillou and the Big Slide".1
ErikA firefighter who rescues Gilbert from a tree. He is only seen in the episode "Caillou and the Fire Truck".1
StacyA firefighter, she is only seen the episode "Caillou and the Fire Truck", although she is in Caillou's Holiday Movie.2
SparkyA Dalmatian at the fire station. He is seen in "Caillou and the Fire Truck" and "Caillou the Fire Fighter".2
EmmaGrandma's friend. She lives on a sheep farm.1
MaryEmma's daughter. She shows Caillou all that happened on the sheep farm.1
Mr. JenkinsOne of Grandma's friends. He is allergic to dogs/Rover and lives at the retirement home. He appears in the episode "A Helping Hand".1
Mrs. MurphyOne of Grandma's friends. She has a granddaughter named Amy. She appears in the episode "A Helping Hand".1
Mrs. WilsonOne of Grandma's friends. She appears both times Grandma visits the retirement home.2
ZoeyA zoo worker who shows Caillou different animals when he visits the zoo. She appears in the episode "Caillou Goes to the Zoo".1
BryceA photographer who takes a picture of Caillou and Rosie.1
HenryThe Zamboni driver at the skating rink. He only appears in the episode "Caillou's Skating Lesson".1
ChinookA Husky who pulls a sled. She is seen when Caillou and his family go tobogganing.1
TomChinook's owner.1
TammyA child who uses a wheel chair. She is seen when Caillou goes swimming.1
Lee-WanSarah's cousin. She has only been seen in "Chinese New Year." She celebrates Chinese New Year with Sarah and her family.1
Mr. StanleyThe conductor on the train Caillou rides in the episode "Caillou's Train Trip".1
NancyMr. Hinkle's sister. She owns a farm and appears in the episodes "Farmer for the Day" and "The Mystery Carrots".2
Santa ClausA Santa Claus in costume who appears in the episode "Holiday Magic". Rosie is afraid and not fond of him.1
VanessaA librarian. She appears all 3 times Caillou goes to the library.3
Bravo the GreatA magician who only appears in the episode "Caillou the Magician".1
Jack Jr.A tow truck driver who tows Caillou's car and has his dad Jack Sr. to repair it. The episode he appears in is "Broken Car", due to "Sunday Brunch"1
Jack Sr.A mechanic who works with his son Jack Jr.
Emma's DadHe appears in the episode "Captain Caillou".1
RafielOne of the skaters in Caillou skating class. She appears in the episode "Caillou's Skating Lesson".1
Mrs. JamesThe owner of a pumpkin patch at which Grandpa and Caillou pick pumpkins. She appears in the episode "Pumpkin Patch Kid".1
Lee-WunA kid in Caillou's playschool class that first appeared in the episode, "Deep Sea Caillou". She later makes cameos at the playschool.6
RockyA lost dog. He appeared in the episode "Caillou and the Lost Puppy". Caillou called him Scruffy because he didn't know his name.1
Dr. OrangeGilbert's vet, He appears in the episode "Gilbert Goes to the Vet". He is also Olly's (Sarah's cat) vet.1
MaraA child who was in Caillou's playschool class when they play games at the park. She appears in the episode "Playschool Games".1
BuddyA hamster. He appears in the episode "Leo's Hamster" and has white fur.1
GoldieA goldfish. She appears in the episode "Clementine's New Pet".1
The CaptainA Captain of a ferry that Caillou's family ride on in the episode "Caillou's Road Trip".1
JimOne of Caillou's friends he meets at the park. Jim appears in the episode "Caillou Makes a Friend". At first he didn't like Caillou, but soon became fast friends.2
BellaA dog that Sarah walks in the episode "Caillou Walks Around the Block".1
WendyA child first seen in the episode "Caillou the Firefighter". She later makes cameos at Caillou's playschool.7
SnowballNancy's (Mr. Hinkle's sister) rabbit. Snowball appears in the episode "The Mystery Carrots".1
The PolicemanSeen in the episode "Caillou and the Police Officer". He gives someone a ticket for parking near a fire hydrant.1
LuckyJonus' horse. He appears in the episodes "Cowboy Caillou" and "Caillou's First Wedding".2
HermanA goldfish that who appears in the episode "A Surprise for Ms. Martin".1
Aunt JoanLeo's Aunt. She appears in the episode "Leo's Lost Dinosouar".1
MelanieA child who appears in the episodes "Caillou the Spaceman" in season 2 and "Deep Sea Caillou" in Season 4.2
BernieA parrot who appears in the episode "Where's Gilbert". He can talk and says "Keep an eye out for Gilbert".1
DylanA brown dog that Billy walks. Dylan appears in the episode "Dogs with Jobs".1
Fire ChiefAppears in the episode "Caillou the Fire Fighter". He is the fire chief and teaches Caillou's playschool class about fires.1
The PilotAppears in the episode "Caillou Rides an Airplane". He shows Caillou the cockpit of the plane.1
The DentistAppears in the episode "Caillou Goes to the Dentist".1
WhiskersA tiny white kitten Caillou finds. Whiskers appears in the episode "Kitty Conundrum". Caillou names Whiskers "Jolie". Samantha is Whisker's owner.1


Caillou consists of 5 seasons[5] of 92 half-hour episodes,[6] as well as the separate 90-minute children's film Caillou's Holiday Movie.[7]

Caillou series overview
SeasonsEpisodesOriginal airdates
117September 15, 1997[8]July 5, 2000
216[9]September 4, 2000July 2, 2002
313[10]November 15, 2002October 7, 2005
420[11]April 3, 2005September 23, 2006
526[5]September 11, 2010[12]October 3, 2010


Caillou when he was a baby.

Caillou books have been made since 1989 by Chouette Publishing Inc.[13]

The series was originally broadcast in French in Canada, and the episodes were later translated into English, and re-runs in English began on PBS and PBS Kids Sprout in the United States. The original books were also in French.[14][not in citation given] Caillou was designed primarily for toddlers. It was created by child developmental psychologists.

In 1997, 65 5-minute episodes of Caillou were aired in Canada and in selected markets worldwide, including the U.S., as mentioned above. In 2000 there were 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 by 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, 2005, 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. While the original episodes were made by a South Korean company, the producers animated the new episodes in-house using Adobe Flash. On November 14, 2012, PBS Kids announced a 4th season of Caillou of 26 episodes to premiere March 11, 2013.[15][16]

The year 2014 is celebrated as the franchise's 25th anniversary. For the 25th anniversary, a special DVD/book combo pack was released,[17] as well as a reissue of the holiday film Caillou's Holiday Movie featuring a special 25th anniversary logo on the cover artwork.[18]


A number of parents questioned why the title character, Caillou, is bald, sparking rumours about the reason. The official website for PBS Kids laid such ideas to rest by publishing a FAQ answering common questions regarding Caillou, explaining that the character appeared as a much younger child in the original line of children's books.[19] The website for the official publisher of the books the series also has a prominently linked page regarding the topic of the character's baldness.[20]

A 2011 study conducted at the University of Virginia, published in the journal Pediatrics, tested the show's effect on preschool-aged children's attention spans and cognitive abilities. The study had three groups of four year-olds each engaged in activities; one group watched Caillou, another watched SpongeBob SquarePants, and the third group drew pictures. After nine minutes, the children were tested on mental functions; those that watched Caillou had very similar results to the group that drew pictures, both of whom performed significantly better than the group that watched the SpongeBob episode.[21]


Caillou first aired on Canada's French-language Télétoon channel on September 15, 1997, and was the first show aired on the English-language Teletoon when it launched on October 17, 1997.[8] The show later left its original channels; it joined Treehouse TV on September 7, 2009,[22] and subsequently began airing new episodes on that channel.[12]

Caillou made its United States debut on PBS on September 4, 2000. It has also aired on Sprout since 2005, and Cartoonito since 2007.

Home video releases

The DVDs with puppets and Jaclyn Linetsky were compilations from 2003 through 2006, and one of them are in memory of Jaclyn herself. The new DVDs from 2006 through 2010, were from Paramount Home Entertainment.


  1. ^ Caillou Episode – "Caillou the Chef" (Season 4)
  2. ^ Caillou Episode – "Caillou's Hiding Place"
  3. ^ Caillou Episode – "Caillou's Marching Band"
  4. ^ webmaster. "Caillou – Caillou's Discoveries". KET. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  5. ^ a b "Animation Portfolio: CAILLOU • Sea Monster". Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  6. ^ "DHX Media – Distribution – Caillou – Catalogue – Pre-School". Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  7. ^ "DHX Media – Distribution – Caillou's Holiday Movie – Catalogue – Pre-School". Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  8. ^ a b "CORPORATION CINAR CÉLÈBRE LE 5e ANNIVERSAIRE DE CAILLOU À LA TÉLÉVISION" (PDF). Archived from the original on 2003-03-14. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  9. ^ "Come Learn With Caillou! – Free Online Library". Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  10. ^ "Caillou . Parents & Teachers . Episodes Descriptions . Season 3". Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  11. ^ "New Caillou" (PDF). Archived from the original on 2007-01-14. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  12. ^ a b "For the Kid Inside!". The Cookie Jar Company. 2010-09-08. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  13. ^ "Caillou - Creation". Chouette Publishing. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Chouette Publishing". 
  15. ^ "DHX Media sells fourth season of Cailou to PBS Kids". KidScreen. 
  16. ^ "KET". 
  17. ^ Zahn, James (September 4, 2014). "25th Anniversary of Caillou: CAILLOU's FAMILY FAVORITES DVD/Book Combo Pack due in October...". Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Caillou's Holiday Movie - NCircle Entertainment". Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  19. ^ Public Broadcasting Service. "FAQ". Caillou. 
  20. ^ Chouette. "Why is Caillou bald?". Chouette. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  21. ^ Lillard, Angeline and Jennifer Peterson (2011). "The Immediate Impact of Different Types of Television on Young Children's Executive Function". Pediatrics. Retrieved September 12, 2011. peds.2010-1919; published ahead of print; doi:10.1542/peds.2010-1919 
  22. ^ "For the Kid Inside!". The Cookie Jar Company. 2009-08-20. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 

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