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As Told by Ginger
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Genre
Created by Emily Kapnek
Developed by Kate Boutilier
Eryk Casemiro
Directed by Mark Risley
Starring Melissa Disney
Kenny Blank
Jeannie Elias
Liz Georges
Jackie Harris
Aspen Miller
Tress MacNeille
Cree Summer
Laraine Newman
Kath Soucie
Sandy Fox
Emily Kapnek
Adam Wylie
Opening theme "I'm in Between" performed by Macy Gray
Written by Jared Faber and Emily Kapnek
Composer(s) Jared Faber
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 60 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Susan Ward
  • Lora Lee (co)
Running time 24 minutes
Production company(s) Klasky Csupo
Nickelodeon Animation Studios
Distributor MTV Networks
Release
Original network Nickelodeon (2000–2004)
Nicktoons Network (2004–2006)
NickSplat (2016)
Original release October 25, 2000 (2000-10-25) – November 14, 2006 (2006-11-14)

As Told by Ginger (also known as As Told by Ginger Foutley) is an American animated comedy-drama television series aimed at preteens, produced by Klasky Csupo, (which also produced Rugrats), and aired on Nickelodeon. The series focuses on a junior high school (later high school) girl named Ginger Foutley who, with her friends, tries to become more than a social geek. The series first aired on Nickelodeon on October 25, 2000.

As Told by Ginger ended production in 2004, although some episodes remain unaired on U.S. television. It was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour). The series was approved and noted for the fact that it had ongoing story arcs and characters who developed, aged and changed their clothes throughout the show, a once rare quality in an animated series.

Premise

Characters

The series focuses mainly on the life of junior high school student Ginger Foutley (voiced by Melissa Disney). Ginger and her friends Darren Patterson (voiced by Kenny Blank), Deirdre Hortense "Dodie" Bishop (voiced by Aspen Miller), and Macie Lightfoot (voiced by Jackie Harris), try to rise from the position of school geeks as they solve many conflicts that come their way.

Luckily for Ginger Foutley, the most popular girl in school, Courtney Gripling (voiced by Liz Georges), has taken a liking to her and often includes her in her social plans. She is intrigued by her "gingerisms", as Courtney calls them. However, Miranda Killgallen (voiced by Cree Summer), Courtney's right-hand woman, makes sure that she is not bumped down from her position thanks to Ginger. At home, Ginger writes her lively adventures in her diary. Her younger brother, Carl (voiced by Jeannie Elias), is often scheming with Robert Joseph "Hoodsey" Bishop (voiced by Tress MacNeille) in his own side plots, and her mother, Lois (voiced by Laraine Newman), is always there for advice – to which Ginger is always able to listen.

Setting

The series takes place in the fictional suburban town of Sheltered Shrubs, located in Connecticut. Sheltered Shrubs is based on the real town of Larchmont, New York, where series creator Emily Kapnek moved to when she was in junior high. She said the town became "sort of the basis for this show". Other towns noted in the series are Protected Pines, a gated community in which Courtney lives, Brittle Branches, where Ginger's father resides, and Heathered Hills, the town of Ginger's summer camp crush, Sasha.

Episodes

Sixty episodes (not including the pilot episode) were produced for the show.

The pilot was produced in 1998 and was officially completed on September 10 of that year.
Season one was produced from 2000 to 2001.
Season two was produced from 2002 to 2003.
Season three was produced in 2003.

Television films

There were four television films that aired during the series' run.

  • Summer of Camp Caprice (also titled Season of Caprice) had Ginger, Dodie, Macie and Courtney heading to summer camp, with Darren and Miranda going to military camp (where, as it happens, Miranda's father works) and Carl and Hoodsey on the trail of dog nappers.
  • Foutleys on Ice (aired in the US as Far from Home), following up on the Emmy-nominated episode "And She Was Gone", dealt with Ginger winning a scholarship to an arts school, and Carl and Hoodsey making friends with a new character, the telekinetic Noelle Sussman (voiced by series creator Emily Kapnek). This episode was released on DVD.
  • Butterflies are Free follows Ginger and her friends graduating from junior high.
  • The Wedding Frame closed out the third season and the series as a whole, and features Lois marrying one of the doctors at her hospital.

Nickelodeon had originally asked for the ending of The Wedding Frame to be changed to something less conclusive in case they wished to order more episodes, however, perhaps due to that situation being very unlikely, the original ending was eventually retained. It was released directly to DVD in the United States in November 2004, but it was not broadcast in the U.S.; also, one of the episodes ("Battle of the Bands") leading up to the film has never aired in the U.S. either, resulting in some continuity issues.

In international airings, the films were divided into two (for Butterflies are Free) and three parts (for the other three films) in reruns.

Production

The pilot for the show was completed in September 1999. The show premiered in October 2000 on Nickelodeon. The show was greatly popular at first, making its way into the teenager-aimed block TEENick. After the second season, the show's popularity began to decline, partially due to constant scheduling changes. Nickelodeon then pulled the show off the air after airing less than half the episodes of the third and final season. The show was a part of the Nicktoons channel since its inception in 2002, and began airing the remaining third-season episodes in November 2004, when "Ten Chairs" premiered. The "high school" episodes were slated to premiere during November 2006, but only one, "Stuff'll Kill Ya", premiered. The aforementioned Season 3 episodes remain unaired, however, they instead aired on teen-oriented block The N on Saturday nights, on January 20, 2007.

Show airings

Network Time In effect
Nickelodeon Wednesdays at 8 pm October 2000 – January 2001
Nickelodeon Sundays 7:30 pm January 2001 – June 2003
Nick on CBS Saturday mornings September 2002 – January 2003
Nickelodeon Weekday mornings November 2005
Nicktoons Network Weekday mornings November 2006 – May 2007
The N Saturday nights January 2007
Nicktoons Network Sunday and Monday mornings May 2007 – July 2007
Nickelodeon Monday mornings August 2007
Nicktoons Network Tuesday and Saturday mornings October 2007 – March 2008
Nickelodeon 6am Tuesdays March 2008
Nicktoons Network 4:00am Tuesday and Saturday mornings March 2008 – January 2009
The Splat Fridays at 12am October 9, 2015 – April 1, 2017
Four (New Zealand TV Channel) Every morning 7.30am and later weekday and Sunday mornings 7.30am February 7, 2011 – April 13, 2011
Indus Vision Daily 5.30pm August 2003 – November 2004
Spacetoon Weekday mornings March 2005 – January 2014
Spacetoon English Tuesday mornings April 2005 – January 2011
YTV Daily 2000 – 2005
Nickelodeon Canada Weekdays at 4 & 4:30pm 2014 – 2017
  • The episodes "I Spy a Witch", "Déjà Who?", "An 'Even Steven' Holiday Special" and "Piece of My Heart" were all made for the first season lineup, but aired during the second season in the United States.
  • "Never Can Say Goodbye", "Gym Class Confidential", "Fast Reputation" and "The Nurses' Strike" all premiered in the same week during the TEENick block. They aired February 11–14, 2002 (which were the days between Monday and Thursday).
  • The episodes "Detention", "Kiss Today Good-bye", "A Lesson in Tightropes", "Dodie's Big Break" and "Battle of the Bands" are all high school episodes that were unaired in the United States. They were at one time scheduled to air during the second week of November 2006, but were immediately removed from the schedule after the first high school episode, "Stuff'll Kill Ya", was aired. In several other countries, especially in the United Kingdom, they are part of regular reruns.

DVD and streaming releases

  • The TV films Far from Home and The Wedding Frame are available on DVD in the United States and Canada (Region 1). Far from Home comes with the bonus episodes "Ginger the Juvey" and the pilot episode "The Party". The Wedding Frame includes "Stealing First" and "Dare I, Darren".
  • The complete series used to be available on iTunes; the 60 episodes were divided into six volumes. As of January 2015, the episodes are no longer available for download.
  • As of January 2021, the series is available to stream on Paramount+ (at the time CBS All Access).
  • The episodes 1 through 45 are available on Russian DVD sets with each DVD containing 5 episodes. The As Speaks Ginger DVDs, as they are known in Russia (Cyrillic: Как говорит Джинджер), are produced and distributed by Russobit-M and are only available with a Russian soundtrack.
Region 1
Title Season(s) Episode count Release date Episodes
The Wedding Frame 1, 3 5 November 23, 2004 3 ("Stealing First"), 6 ("Dare I, Darren") and 58–60 ("The Wedding Frame")
Far from Home April 5, 2005 1 "(Ginger the Juvey"), 41–43 ("Far from Home") and Pilot ("The Party")

Theme song

The opening theme, titled "I'm in Between", was written for the show by series' composers, Jared Faber and Emily Kapnek. The song was first recorded with vocals by Melissa Disney, in character as Ginger. But this version was replaced before initial North American broadcasts with another version performed by Cree Summer. This would be used for half of the first season before a third version, featuring vocals by R&B artist Macy Gray, which was used for the rest of the series' run.

In the UK broadcasts, the Melissa Disney and Cree Summer versions were used for the first two seasons, while the Macy Gray version was used for season three. Internationally, the Macy Gray version is the most recognizable version.

Closing credits

The closing credits are typically-designed backgrounds with the show's signature font. These backgrounds include the ice cream cones from Ginger's bedroom walls, ladybugs from Dodie's bedroom walls, pencils, lizards and more. In several episodes, the ending theme is an rock-based instrumental, although there have been exceptions. "Piece of My Heart" ends with a different and softer instrumental melody. The episode "Never Can Say Goodbye" ended with a song called "Wrong", sung by voice actor Kenny Blank as Darren Patterson, and "And She Was Gone" ended with a musical version of Ginger's poem during the credits. The episode "Come Back, Little Seal Girl" featured the songs "Courtney's World" and "The Little Seal Girl" blended together. In "About Face", a song called "Diamonds Are Expensive", presumably sung by the engaged Lois and Dr. Dave, is played over the credits. "Next Question" ended with "The Teen Seal Girl" song. Finally, the episode "No Hope for Courtney" had no music during the credits, being dedicated to the memory of Kathleen Freeman.

Awards

  • Three Emmy nominations for "Hello Stranger" (in 2001), "Lunatic Lake" (in 2002), and "And She Was Gone" (in 2003). All three were nominated in the Outstanding Animated Program (Less than One Hour) category.
  • "Best Cartoon" at Nickelodeon Netherlands Kids Choice Awards in 2005.
  • Two episodes of As Told by Ginger were ranked in Nickelodeon's "100 Greatest Moments in Nicktoons History", a special presented by Nickelodeon in November 2007. The episodes "Gym Class Confidential" and "Stealing First" were ranked at 97 and 95.
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