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Nightmare Ned
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Genre Comedy horror
Created by Terry Shakespeare
G. Sue Shakespeare
David Molina
Developed by Walt Dohrn
Starring Courtland Mead
Brad Garrett
Victoria Jackson
Theme music composer Steve Bartek
Composer(s) Steve Bartek
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 12 (25 segments)
Executive producer(s) Terry Shakespeare
G. Sue Shakespeare
David Molina
Producer(s) Donovan Cook
Running time 22 minutes approx.
Production company(s) Walt Disney Television Animation
Creative Capers Entertainment
Distributor Buena Vista Television
Original network ABC
Original release April 19 (1997-04-19) – August 9, 1997 (1997-08-09)

Nightmare Ned is an American animated television series which ran from April 19 to August 9, 1997, on ABC. The show was produced by Walt Disney Television Animation and Creative Capers Entertainment, and created by Terry Shakespeare, G. Sue Shakespeare, and David Molina of Creative Capers Entertainment.

The show focuses on the life of Ned Needlemeyer (voiced by Courtland Mead), a 10-year-old boy that deals with his daily problems through dark, quirky nightmares. The show was canceled after only 12 episodes were produced due to production difficulties.

The show ran over budget and there were creative differences between Donovan Cook, the producer and director of the show, and Walt Dohrn, the creator of the character and also a director of the show.

Unlike most Disney animated series, reruns were never aired on Disney Channel or Toon Disney, and the series was never commercially released on home video nor streamed on Disney+. As of June 2019, though, all episodes have been found by third parties and unofficially uploaded to YouTube.


  • Ned Needlemeyer: The show's protagonist. He is a 10-year-old boy who deals with his troubles through his nightmares. Voiced by Courtland Mead.
  • Ed Needlemeyer: Ned's father, who tries to help Ned with his problems, but this does not occur often. Voiced by Brad Garrett.
  • Sarah Needlemeyer: Ned's mother, who is the only one in the family who tries to understand Ned's nightmares. Voiced by Victoria Jackson.
  • Amy Needlemeyer: Ned's baby sister.
  • Conrad and Vernon: Two bullies who constantly pick on Ned. They are named after Conrad Vernon, who served as one of the storyboard artists of the show. Conrad is voiced by Jeff Bennett, while Vernon is voiced by Rob Paulsen.
  • Ms. Bundt: Ned's teacher. Voiced by Tress MacNeille.
  • Joanie: A girl from Ned's school who has a crush on him. She has appeared on the episodes "Until Undeath Do Us Part" and briefly in "Girl Trouble".


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Ned's Life as a Dog"
"A Doll's House"
Alan Smart
Joan Drake
Gary Sperling and Mike Mitchell
Peter Gaffney
April 19, 1997 (1997-04-19)
2 "Robot Ned"
"Dapper Dan"
TBA TBA April 26, 1997 (1997-04-26)
3 "Monster Ned"
Alan Smart
Joan Drake
Creative Capers and Chris Mitchell
Peter Gaffney
May 3, 1997 (1997-05-03)
4 "Magic Bus"
"Until Undeath Do Us Part"
Donovan Cook
Alan Smart
Peter Gaffney and Paul Tibbitt May 10, 1997 (1997-05-10)
5 "Headless Lester"
"My, How You've Grown"
Alan Smart
Howard Parkins
Ralph Soll and Michael Fontanelli
Mark Saraceni, Gary Sperling, and Chuck Klein
May 17, 1997 (1997-05-17)
6 "Tooth or Consequences"
"Show Me the Infidel"
Howard Parkins Ralph Soll and Mike Bell
Gary Sperling and Michael Fontanelli
May 24, 1997 (1997-05-24)
7 "Willie Trout"
"House of Games"
Joanna Romersa
Joan Drake
Peter Gaffney and Mike Bell
Peter Gaffney and Vince Waller
May 31, 1997 (1997-05-31)
8 "Girl Trouble"
"Canadian Bacon"
Joan Drake
Joanna Romersa
Gary Sperling and Chuck Klein
Peter Gaffney and Mike Bell
June 7, 1997 (1997-06-07)
9 "Abduction"
"Bad Report Card"
Alan Smart
Howard Parkins
Gary Sperling and Michael Fontanelli
Peter Gaffney and J.C. Wegman
June 14, 1997 (1997-06-14)
10 "Testing... Testing..."
"The Accordion Lesson"
Don Judge
Howard Parkins
Gary Sperling and Ted Mathot
Gary Sperling and Chuck Klein
June 21, 1997 (1997-06-21)
11 "Along for the Ride"
"Steamed Vegetables"
TBA TBA June 28, 1997 (1997-06-28)
12 "Lucky Abe (One Cent Ned)"
"The Dentist"
"The Ballad of Conrad and Vernon"
TBA TBA August 9, 1997 (1997-08-09)

Video game

A computer game of the same name was developed alongside the animated series, but was released following the premiere of the series during the same year. Developed by Creative Capers Entertainment and Window Painters Ltd. and published by Disney Interactive Studios, the game was Disney Interactive's first video game release that was developed by a subcontracted developer. The game features Ned traveling through five different adventure portals into nightmare worlds such as The Graveyard, The Alcatraz Elementary School, The Medical Nightmare, The Attic, Basement and Beyond, and The Bathroom. The game was also released unofficially in Russia, under the title Один дома: Ночные кошмарики (Odin doma: Nochnye koshmariki; Russian for "Alone at Home: Nightly Nightmares").

Voice cast

  • Harry Anderson as the Graveyard Shadow/Grampa Ted Needlemeyer
  • Jeff Cesario as the School Shadow/Billy Blatfield
  • Lani Minella as Sarah Needlemeyer
  • Steve Coon
  • Jill Fischer as the Attic, Basement and Beyond Shadow/Sally
  • Edie McClurg as the Storytelling Dragon
  • Alexandra Wentworth as the Medical Shadow/Dr. Klutzchnik
    • Additional voices by Kyle Kozloff
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