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The Mighty B!
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The Mighty B! "We Got the Bee" DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20 (whole)
39 (segments)
Release
Original network Nickelodeon
Original release April 26, 2008 (2008-04-26) – June 12, 2009 (2009-06-12)
List of The Mighty B! episodes

The first season of The Mighty B! originally aired in the United States on Nickelodeon between April 26, 2008, and June 12, 2009. The season was produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Paper Kite Productions and Polka Dot Pictures, and series co-creators Amy Poehler, Cynthia True and Erik Wiese served as executive producers.

The series focuses on Bessie Higgenbottom (Poehler), an ambitious Honeybee scout with a dream of earning more badges than any other Honeybee, and turning into her superhero alter-ego The Mighty B. The season consisted of 38 eleven-minute segments, and one half-hour final titled "Dragonflies". Poehler, True and Wiese had been developing the series several years before its premiere. They talked about making a "female-driven" animated series, and it was picked up by Nickelodeon in early 2006 under the name of Super Scout.

The season received generally positive reviews. One reviewer called Bessie the "female answer to SpongeBob SquarePants". 1.92 million viewers among Kids 2–11 watched the series premiere, and the series averaged 3.1 million viewers each episode during the season.

Episodes

See also: List of The Mighty B! episodes

Note: All episodes in Season 1 were directed by Erik Wiese & Larry Leichliter

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Title Written by Storyboarded by Original air date
1a 1a "So Happy Together" ʁ ʁ Cynthia True & Erik Wiese Erik Wiese ʁ April 26, 2008 (2008-04-26) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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1b 1b "Sweet Sixteenth" ʁ ʁ Jessica Chaffin Chuck Klein ʁ April 26, 2008 (2008-04-26) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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2a 2a "Bee My Baby" ʁ ʁ Story by : Cynthia True & Erik Wiese Chuck Klein ʁ April 27, 2008 (2008-04-27) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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2b 2b "Bee Afraid" ʁ ʁ Cynthia True & Erik Wiese Erik Wiese ʁ April 27, 2008 (2008-04-27) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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3a 3a "Artificial Unintelligence" ʁ ʁ Dani Michaeli Piero Piluso & Andy Suriano ʁ May 3, 2008 (2008-05-03) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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3b 3b "We Got the Bee" ʁ ʁ John Ross Bowie & Dannah Feinglass Fred Gonzales ʁ May 3, 2008 (2008-05-03) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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4a 4a "Li'l Orphan Happy" ʁ ʁ John Bowie & Jamie Denbo Sherm Cohen & Louie del Carmen ʁ May 10, 2008 (2008-05-10) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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4b 4b "Body Rockers" ʁ ʁ Jessica Gao Ken Boyer & Louie del Carmen ʁ May 10, 2008 (2008-05-10) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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5a 5a "Bat Mitzvah Crashers" ʁ ʁ Jessica Chaffin Sherm Cohen ʁ May 17, 2008 (2008-05-17) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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5b 5b "Super Secret Weakness" ʁ ʁ Dani Michaeli Octavio Rodriguez ʁ May 17, 2008 (2008-05-17) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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6a 6a "An I See Bee" ʁ ʁ Jessica Chaffin Ray Angrum & Piero Piluso ʁ May 31, 2008 (2008-05-31) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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6b 6b "Woodward and Beesting" ʁ ʁ Dannah Feinglass Fred Gonzales ʁ May 31, 2008 (2008-05-31) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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7a 7a "Doppelfinger" ʁ ʁ Will Berson Louie del Carmen ʁ June 7, 2008 (2008-06-07) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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7b 7b "Little Womyn" ʁ ʁ Jessica Chaffin Fred Gonzales & Chuck Klein ʁ June 7, 2008 (2008-06-07) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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8a 8a "The Apprentice" ʁ ʁ Jessica Chaffin Sherm Cohen & Fred Gonzales ʁ June 23, 2008 (2008-06-23) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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8b 8b "Beenedict Arnold" ʁ ʁ Jessica Gao Ken Boyer ʁ June 24, 2008 (2008-06-24) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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9a 9a "Boston Beean" ʁ ʁ Jessica Gao Octavio Rodriguez ʁ June 25, 2008 (2008-06-25) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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9b 9b "Penny Hearts Joey" ʁ ʁ Story by : Nicholas Cofrancesco Lynne Naylor ʁ June 26, 2008 (2008-06-26) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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10a 10a "Ten Little Honeybees" ʁ ʁ Jessica Gao Chuck Klein ʁ June 27, 2008 (2008-06-27) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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10b 10b "Toot Toot" ʁ ʁ Cynthia True & Erik Wiese Ken Boyer, Piero Piluso & Bernie Petterson ʁ November 29, 2008 (2008-11-29) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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11a 11a "Night Howl" ʁ ʁ Jessica Chaffin Eddie Trigueros & Sherm Cohen ʁ September 9, 2008 (2008-09-09) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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11b 11b "Hat Trick" ʁ ʁ Story by : Cynthia True & Erik Wiese Ken Boyer & Fred Gonzales ʁ September 10, 2008 (2008-09-10) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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12a 12a "Apoxalypse Now" ʁ ʁ Jessica Gao Chuck Klein ʁ September 11, 2008 (2008-09-11) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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12b 12b "Hive Jacked" ʁ ʁ Jessica Gao Lynne Naylor ʁ September 12, 2008 (2008-09-12) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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13a 13a "Name Shame" ʁ ʁ Jessica Gao Eddie Trigueros ʁ October 25, 2008 (2008-10-25) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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13b 13b "Something's Wrong With This Taffy" ʁ ʁ Jessica Chaffin, Jessica Gao & Cynthia True Chris Graham ʁ October 25, 2008 (2008-10-25) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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14a 14a "Bee Patients" ʁ ʁ Jessica Chaffin Eddie Trigueros & Sunil Hall ʁ September 8, 2008 (2008-09-08) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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14b 14b "To Bee or Not to Bee" ʁ ʁ Jessica Gao Lynne Naylor ʁ November 29, 2008 (2008-11-29) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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15a 15a "Eye of the Honeybee" ʁ ʁ Jessica Chaffin Chris Graham & Ian Graham ʁ January 9, 2009 (2009-01-09) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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15b 15b "Thanksgiving Beenactment" ʁ ʁ Jessica Chaffin, Jessica Gao & Cynthia True Sunil Hall ʁ November 29, 2008 (2008-11-29) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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16a 16a "Blindsided" ʁ ʁ Jessica Chaffin, Jessica Gao & Cynthia True Eddie Trigueros ʁ January 5, 2009 (2009-01-05) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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16b 16b "Hen and Bappy" ʁ ʁ Jessica Chaffin Chris Graham & Sunil Hall ʁ January 6, 2009 (2009-01-06) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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17a 17a "Ben Appetit" ʁ ʁ Cynthia True, Jessica Chaffin & Jessica Gao Louie del Carmen & Sherm Cohen ʁ January 7, 2009 (2009-01-07) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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17b 17b "Dang It Feels Good to Be a Gamester" ʁ ʁ Jessica Gao Chris Graham ʁ January 8, 2009 (2009-01-08) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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18a 18a "Portrait of a Happy" ʁ ʁ Jessica Chaffin Sunil Hall ʁ June 8, 2009 (2009-06-08) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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18b 18b "O Say Can Bess See?" ʁ ʁ Jessica Gao Sunil Hall, Justin Ridge & Ian Graham ʁ June 9, 2009 (2009-06-09) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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19a 19a "Macro Mayhem" ʁ ʁ Mike Bell Sherm Cohen, Sunil Hall & Ian Graham ʁ June 10, 2009 (2009-06-10) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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19b 19b "Ben Screams for Ice Cream" ʁ ʁ Story by : Cynthia True Lynne Naylor ʁ June 11, 2009 (2009-06-11) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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20 20 "Dragonflies" ʁ ʁ Jessica Chaffin, Jessica Gao, Cynthia True & Erik Wiese Louie del Carmen, Fred Gonzales & Ian Graham ʁ June 12, 2009 (2009-06-12) ʁ ʁ ʁ
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Production

Amy Poehler (8894155873) (cropped)
Amy Poehler co-created the show and provides the voice of Bessie.

Conception

Several years before The Mighty B! premiered, co-creator Amy Poehler and her friends at Nickelodeon talked about making a "female-driven" animated television series. Poehler stated; "where this girl is at that great age [...] where you're not boy-crazy and you're not mean to other girls". She found that enthusiasm "fascinating" and wanted to "bottle it and take it like a pill". Bessie is loosely based on a character Poehler had played during her time at improvisational comedy troupes Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade as well as girls she looked up to when she was younger. She described Bessie as a "feisty, plucky, bossy, Honey Bee scout".

The Mighty B! was picked up for a pilot in early 2006 under the name of Super Scout. It was co-created by Poehler, Cynthia True and Erik Wiese. Brown Johnson, president of animation at Nickelodeon, was "absolutely thrilled to have a comedy team of the caliber of Amy, Erik and Cynthia create this iconic character for a new generation".

Cast

Amy Poehler voices Bessie Higgenbottom, a 9¾ year old Honeybee scout. Poehler describes her as "superoptimistic and a super spaz" and "a bit bossy, but with good intentions". She is based on a character Poehler had played during her time at improvisational comedy troupes Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade, but also girls Poehler looked up to when she was younger, which she called "the leaders". Poehler provides the voice of Bessie only, but for the episode "Boston Beean", she provided the voice of Sissy Sullivan, a foreign Honeybee scout from Boston whose voice sounded exactly like Bessie's. Dee Bradley Baker voices Happy, Bessie's dog which she found at the harbor in the first episode "So Happy Together". Andy Richter voices Ben Higgenbottom, Bessie's younger brother. Richter is also the voice of Mort on the Nick show The Penguins of Madagascar. Richter talked about The Mighty B!, quoting: "[...] another dream come true, to be able to do cartoon voices! And, also, to get to do cartoon voices for [Ben and Mort] two really funny, cool cartoons that my kids love and that I'm proud to have them love. It's pretty great." Dannah Feinglass voices Penny, Bessie's sidekick. Feinglass is also a writer for the show. Grey DeLisle voices Portia Gibbons, a Honeybee scout, Megan Cavanagh voices Hilary Higgenbottom, Bessie and Ben's single mother, Sarah Thyre voices Mary Frances Gibbons, Portia's mother, and Jessica DiCicco voices Gwen, Portia's friend.

Ratings

The Mighty B! premiered at 10:30am on April 26, 2008, and scored "above average for Nickelodeon programming" in the Nielsen ratings. It ranked in the top ten of all programming for combined broadcast and basic cable shows, with 1.92 million viewers in the Kids 2–11 demographic and a rating of 5.2/23. The Mighty B! had double the viewership as Bakugan Battle Brawlers, a show that aired simultaneously on Cartoon Network.

In September 2008, the show had an average of 3.1 million viewers, and in the second quarter of 2008, the show ranked among the top five animated programs on television. During the third quarter of 2009, it averaged 2.6 million viewers, and was number-one in its timeslot in the kids 2–11 and kids 6–11 demographics.

DVD releases

A DVD called We Got The Bee was released on February 24, 2009. It contained eight episodes, behind the scenes footage, an animatic version of the episode "Bat Mitzvah Crashers" and a karaoke music video for "Running with the Rainbow Unicorn". A second DVD called BEEing Bessie Higgenbottom was released on December 8, 2009, where it contained seven episodes, a karaoke music video for "Buzz Off", an animatic of the episode "Bee Patients", and audio commentary of the episodes of "Bee Patients", "Ben Appetit", and "Name Shame", provided by Amy Poehler, Andy Richter, Dee Bradley Baker, Grey DeLisle, Erik Wiese, and Eddie Trigueros.

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