The Bert & Ernie Show is an American sitcom that ran for eight seasons from 1992-2003 and is a spinoff of the hit children's show, Sesame Street. The series was envisioned by George Krauss, who, at the time, worked for Muppets Studio before his retirement in 2006. Production and filming of the show began in early 1990.
During production, Krauss stated, "The series is to be directed towards a large audience, including both children and adults alike, particularly families." Most episodes of the series were rated TV-G, while others were TV-PG, due to slighty crude humor.
The show was originally produced by Disney-ABC Domestic Television (known then as Buena Vista Television) and later partnered with Columbia TriStar Television and Sony Pictures Television. The series was filmed at Kaufman Astoria Studio in Queens, New York.
A typical episode of the series follows one of two similar patterns, both beginning with Ernie devising a hare-brained idea and Bert calmly attempting to talk him out of it. Usually, this ends with Bert losing his temper and Ernie remaining oblivious to his own bad idea. Sometimes, Ernie wins the argument, much to Bert's evident frustration.
Mid through late seasons had Bert and Ernie embark on more varied journeys, such as during the episode "Come With Me", which was an hour long and focused on Ernie accidentally ending up on a train to Chicago. In some of the seasons, characters recurred more frequently than in other seasons. During the sixth season, Ethelbert temporarily stayed in a guest room of Bert and Ernie's apartment, which often resulted in more comedic mayhem.
The series also revolved on the growing friendship between Bert and Ernie.
Cast and characters
- Ernie (performed by Steve Whitmire) is described as a naive trouble-maker with a love of fun and rubber duckies.
- Bert (performed by Frank Oz in earlier seasons and later Eric Jacobson) is the best friend and roommate of Ernie. He is often pestered by Ernie's shenanigans.
- Suzanna (performed by Whitney Sandberg) is the lead female character in the show. She is portrayed as a kind, gentle, and loving neighbor to Bert and Ernie.
- Uncle Ethelbert (performed by Jerry Stiller) is the obnoxious, loud-mouthed, and crude uncle of Bert who often forgets or misplaces things at Bert and Ernie's apartment during visits, which often leads him to return to retrieve the missing items. As a running gag throughout the show, his knocks are so loud, the floor trembles a bit.