Rugrats Episode Guide

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1991 1992
1996-97 1998 1999



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The Rugrats Movie
Rugrats In Paris

This guide lists all Rugrats episodes in their original order, plus a brief description for each episode. For your convenience, the episodes are divided by year of production (1991-93) and year of broadcast (1997-).

Episode Numbers

I am in the process of revamping how the episode numbers are displayed on my website, in light of different numbers assigned by different people, and Nick now starting to assign numbers for each story, not just the episode as a whole.

The episode numbers will be displayed like this:

8 -- Real Or Robots
8A 8A 8A 14 RTS108A

The number next to the first story's name is the episode number in the order of original broadcast, mainly on Nickelodeon from 1991-1997, and YTV since 1998.

The numbers in the columns are as follows ("xx" signifies episode number; "A" means first half / third of a Rugrats episode; "B" denotes second half / third; "C" denotes the third third (2001 episodes only)):
My episode number for that particular year
(order same as above; based on a system employed by Billy D'Augustine's Rugrats site)
Number assigned by Klasky-Csupo
(based on order of air date (1991-98) and order of production (1999-))
Number assigned by Nickelodeon, based on the entire half-hour
(based on order of production, episode numbers are numbered consecutively, except for
the 4 special episodes -- Chanukah, Mother's Day, Vacation & Runaway Reptar --
these episodes start with "999" and numbered downward)
Number assigned by Nickelodeon, on a per-story basis
(based on order of production, episode numbers are numbered consecutively, though
Chanukah, Mother's Day & Vacation may have different numbers; these numbers were
assigned by Nick for the Rugrats' 10th anniversary)
AFRTS Number assigned by Peter Storer & Associates for the Armed Forces Radio & Television Service
(based on order of production; "RTS" is their abbreviation for "Rugrats",
not my abbreviation for "AFRTS")

Until the other entries are converted, episode numbers for those entries will read as follows:

14. (92-01A) [N14A] [KC14A] [RTS201A] -- Toy Palace
xx My episode number for the entire series
(based on order of air date, mainly on Nickelodeon (1991-97) and YTV (1998-), and releases of
direct-to-video episodes; displayed only at the first story of an episode)
(yr-xxA) My episode number for that particular year
(order same as above; based on a system employed by Billy D'Augustine's Rugrats site)
[NxxB] Nickelodeon
(based on order of production, episode numbers are numbered consecutively, except for
the 4 special episodes -- Chanukah, Mother's Day, Vacation & Runaway Reptar --
these episodes start with "999" and numbered downward)
[KCxxA] Klasky-Csupo
(based on order of air date (1991-98) and order of production (1999-))
[RTSxxxB] Armed Forces Radio & Television Service
(based on order of production; "RTS" is their abbreviation for "Rugrats",
not my abbreviation for "AFRTS"; their schedule data is compiled for
AFRTS by Peter Storer & Associates)

Other Notes:

1. The World Premiere TV Dates refer to Nick US, unless specified.

2. Much of my episode guide is also available on Klasky-Csupo's Rugrats site, which also includes pictures from the episodes, plus information that can't be found on my site.

3. Did you know that some of the information given by Nickelodeon (and YTV, which uses Nick's episode guide) is wrong? In my guide, I'll point out any discrepancies.

This symbol denotes my personal favorite Rugrats episode.

Note on music:

To avoid redundancy, I'll only mention the music credits once, here and now, since they are the same in each episode. A native of Akron, Ohio, Mark Mothersbaugh (of Devo fame) did the music for every episode. He was joined with Denis M. Hannigan for the first 65 shows (the first season was credited only to Mothersbaugh), and Bob Mothersbaugh & Rusty Andrews for all shows since 1996. Mothersbaugh also had experience in children's TV music, doing tunes for Pee Wee's Playhouse (with Todd Rundgren, another rocker). For more on his projects, visit the Mutato Studios website.

The Rugrats theme is based on a track from his 1988 Japanese album, Music For Insomniacs Volume II.

Mark also did music for films like "Happy Gilmore" and  "The Birdcage". Also, besides Rugrats, Mothersbaugh and Hannigan worked together on "Sliders", "It's Pat" (movie), and "Beakman's World". He is also the musician, singer, writer, and pitchman for the latest Rugrats Stuff ads now apprearing on Nick (sung to the tune of the famous Devo hit, Whip It). Mark is also doing the theme and some of the music for K-C & Nick's newest Nicktoon, Rocket Power, and is also involved with K-C's first live-action series, Whar's Inside Heidi's Head?

As for Hannigan, these days, he does music for another Nicktoon, CatDog, as well as another Rugrats-related series, Recess, among other projects.

(Left: Picture of Mark Mothersbaugh and friends, from Sun Newspapers, Cleveland, Ohio; © 1998 Sun Newspapers.)

(Special thanks to Denis M. Hannigan for additional info.)

Status Report Of All Episode Guides & Schedules:

As of  11/5/2001:

This Episode Guide: Now includes titles of almost every episode, plus information on the most recent 2001 shows.

Klasky-Csupo: Has info on all episodes through 2001 available through the episode guide.

YTV: Their Rugrats page includes character info and pictures of the main characters; also has descriptions and titles for all episodes through 2001. Though I wish they had better graphics for their main Rugrats page, instead of the gross YTV monsters.

Nick UK: Has info on episodes through 2001, except for the 3 specials. For some reason, though, Opposites Attract is paired with Bertie's Fun House (which is a British children's program), and No Place Like Home is listed twice. So far, they're the only Nick site to give episode info in the schedules, something Nick US did until early 1999.

Nick US: Only has info on the first 65 episodes; seasons are incorrect. As a matter of fact, many shows have inaccurate or incomplete episode guides; for example: Kablam!'s episode guide only mentions the first 2 seasons (they had 3 so far), and the guide for Angry Beavers only has the first season; they're also currently at 3 seasons. They used to have the daily schedule with details, released on the day of broadcast, but they since dropped this feature; they now have only the weekly schedule with no current show schedule for a particular day; the weekly schedule has no show details, and the links only take you to the show's site; also, even though the weekly schedule is updated on a weekly basis again, no changes are made once the schedule's been released. Also, the days and the schedules are always mismatched, unless you visit on a Monday. Until Nick at least reinstates their daily schedule, Nick US is no longer recommended as a source. Their website as a whole is also the least informative, at least where programming info is concerned. Best to consult other sources instead.

Nick Australia: Nick AU features Rugrats in their Toonroom. The contents are almost exactly the same as the US version, including the "7 season" episode guide.

Nick Latino: The Rugrats site on their page has an episode guide, but only for episodes produced between 1994 and 1999.

Zap2It: Incorporating Click TV, TV Quest and Ultimate TV, it has listings and brief descriptions of most shows through 2001, with multiple showings listed under a single description, rather than having the same description for each showing. I use this for listing information for The Rugrats Movie and Rugrats In Paris.

Excite: Canada: The Canadian version is  Most Recommended for detailed information about Rugrats on YTV, but doesn't go beyond showtime for Les Razmoket on VRAK.TV. Also, for other channels, be careful, as some schedules are for the American versions of Canadian channels such as Discovery and Family Channel, as well as name-alikes such as The Life Network, which has listings for Lifetime instead. And one thing I don't understand is why the Canadian version has listings for Univision and Telemundo in the broadcast section of the schedule, when they're not even approved by the CRTC for broadcast anywhere in Canada. (Excite's original US service, under different ownership, closed down on 11/30/2001.)

Yahoo: Most Recommended; Includes official episode numbers, episode guide and indicators that mention whether or not it's a new episode. Also, schedule changes are included in most cases.

TV Guide (US): Print: Has brief descriptions (only) of prime-time episodes when scheduled; no descriptions of daytime shows. No descriptions for Spanish version, as it's scheduled in the morning only. Completeness may vary, depending on edition. Newer episodes may not have descriptions, at least right away. Online: Has vastly improved in the past year, not only with the title of the show displayed right away in the search, but also listing the shows that has some connection with Rugrats (your search may also include Recess, Lloyd In Space, and As Told By Ginger in the results). Has schedule for up to 2 weeks ahead.

TV Guide (Canada): Print: Since Rugrats (and its French counterpart, Les Razmoket) are seen only in daytime, there are no descriptions, though they are provided when scheduled in prime-time, of if the episode is special enough. Online: There are no descriptions for the Rugrats episodes, and since the scheduling data is based in the US, uses US TV ratings instead of the Canadian AGVOT ratings.

Canoe (Canada): Uses data from the former Click TV, whose style is still used by newspapers subscribing to the service. Despite lacking descriptions, I do use this to find out the showtimes for YTV and VRAK.TV up to 2 weeks in advance, plus listing information for The Rugrats Movie and Rugrats In Paris in Canada. However, when searching Les Razmoket, type "Razmoket, Razmokets" in the search field, without quotes. This is because the French version of Rugrats In Paris, Les Razmoket à Paris, is listed as "Les Razmokets à Paris".

Note On Closed Captioning:

All episodes have been closed captioned for the hearing impaired. Captioning has other benefits too, like for people learning to read, watching TV in a noisy room, not disturbing the person next to you, or those who just like to read along (like I do). To see the captions, you need either a special decoder from the National Captioning Institute (almost all decoders are made by them), or a TV with captioning functions (all U.S. TV's 13 inches or greater made since 1993 has this capability, as per federal law; Canada has similar laws). Closed captioning for the Rugrats telecasts has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education (except for Chanukah, which Nick paid for themselves, and the 1997 episodes, paid for by both the DOE and Nick), and produced by The Caption Center at Boston PBS affiliate, WGBH Channel 2, which has been captioning programs for themselves and other companies, networks, and stations since 1972. That year, WGBH presented the first nationally-televised open-captioned program, "The French Chef" with Julia Child. In 1980, Closed-Captioning made its national debut on ABC with an episode of "Laverne & Shirley". For more on captioning, click here. Closed captioning for the Rugrats videos by Paramount are produced by NCI. Closed captioning is not available for the Sony versions. Outside the U.S. & Canada, check local listings to see if Rugrats is captioned in your area.

In addition, closed-captioning notes in my descriptions reflect the WGBH version for episodes televised on Nickelodeon, and NCI for direct-to-video episodes.

How To Tell Which Episode Came From Which Season

Apart from reading the copyright date at the very end of the program, It's easy to tell when an episode was made.


1. Title card cuts to black after the title shrinks down, then fades into the first scene.

2. Music credited to Mark Mothersbaugh (Denis M. Hannigan assists with the music, though he was not credited).

3. In 1991 & 1992 episodes, some episodes have the title card "fade" to black, rather than "cut" to black.


1. Title card: same as above.

2. Music by Mothersbaugh & Denis Hannigan.

3. During closing credits, theme may have higher pitch or sound than in other seasons. (Thanks to Kevin Bryant)


1. Background patterns keep flashing after title shrinks back down, then cuts to first scene.

2. Music by Mothersbaugh & Hannigan.

3. Later 1993 episodes have less space between the lettering in the credits. There is also less space between letters in the opening titles throughout the 1993 run.

4. Also, the opening sequence in later 1993 episodes (and in new shows since 1996) appear darker.


1. Music by Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh, or Mark Mothersbaugh & Rusty Andrews.

2. Phil has ear lobes, which he didn't have in the "original 65".

3. Chanukah & Mother's Day: Title of show displayed at start of first scene.

    All other episodes: Title displayed in same fashion as in 1991-1992 episodes.

1998 to 2000:

Same as 1996-97, but the lettering in the credits now have shading around them.


1. All new opening titles.

2. Credits now have even more shading around them.

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