Caillou logo
Based on Caillou book series by Hélène Desputeaux [1][2]
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s)
  • French
  • English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 92 (list of episodes)
Production company(s)
Original network
Original release September 15, 1997 (1997-09-15) – October 3, 2010 (2010-10-03)
External links
Production website

Caillou (French pronunciation: [kaˈju]) is a Canadian educational children's television series that was first shown on Télétoon and Teletoon, with its first episode airing on the former channel on September 15, 1997; the show later moved to Treehouse TV, with its final episode being shown on that channel on October 3, 2010. The series is based on the books by Hélène Desputeaux.[1][2] It centres on a 4-year-old boy named Caillou who is fascinated by the world around him.


Caillou lives in a blue house on 17 Pine Street (as mentioned in the episode "Where I Live") with his mother, father, and his younger sister, Rosie. He has many adventures with his family and friends and uses his imagination in every episode.

Each episode in Seasons 1–3 has a theme and is divided into several short sections that mix animation, puppet skits, and video of kids in real-life situations. In Seasons 4–5, episodes are divided in 3 short sections; the puppet segment was dropped, along with the "Real Kids" version of the segment.

During the first season, many of the stories in the animated version began with a grandmother (who is also the show's narrator) introducing the story to her grandchildren, then reading the story about the book. Since 1997, the narrator/grandmother is an unseen character.


The following lists every character in the show. There are 23 major characters and currently 66 minor characters, making a total of 89 characters.

Major characters


Caillou (translated pebble or stone in French and nicknamed The Prince of Imagination) is the title character of the show. Caillou was first voiced by Bryn McAuley from 1997 through 2000, then Jaclyn Linetsky in 2000 through 2003, and then, due to Linetsky's death, Annie Bovaird from 2003 through 2010. Caillou was first shown in the episode "Caillou Makes Cookies", which aired in 1997.

Caillou is an average, imaginative four-year-old boy with a love for forms of transportive machinery such as rocket ships and airplanes. A dreamer, Caillou is prone to frequent dream sequences in some episodes visualizing his daydreams and hopes, and many episodes chronicle his normal daily experiences with his parents, friends, and neighbours. Caillou particularly loves his stuffed dinosaur Rexy and teddy bear Teddy, along with his pet cat Gilbert, all of whom are depicted as puppets in segments featured in the earlier episodes.

Caillou's family

Caillou's friends and neighbours

Caillou's friends: (back) Clementine, Sarah – (front) Gilbert, Caillou, Leo, Rosie

The puppets

The puppet segments were used only on the PBS telecasts of Caillou from 2000 to 2003 as continuity to fill time usually taken up by commercial breaks during the original Teletoon broadcasts; later episodes on PBS did not include the puppet segment continuity.

Minor characters

Other Guests and Appearances
Character Synopsis Appearances
Hot-Dog Man The Hot-Dog Man is a person who only appears in the episode "Caillou and Daddy", in which he serves Caillou and his Dad with hot-dogs and mustard for their lunch. He is also a wrestler. 1
Pierre Pierre is the head of Camp Brome. Pierre was featured in the episode "Caillou Goes Camping". 1
The Doctor Featuring in the episode "Caillou Visits the Doctor", she treats Caillou for an earache. 1
The Mailman The Mailman was first featured in the episode "A Letter for Mommy", and later appeared in "All in a Day's Work". 2
Olly Sarah's pet cat. He appears in the episodes "Gilbert Goes to Vet", "Chinese New Year", "Sarah Goes to China". His last appearance was in the 2006 episode "Where's Gilbert?", shown in Caillou the Detective. 5
Rover A dog that belongs to one of Grandma's friends. 2
Mr. Washington A Black Canadian bus driver that drove Caillou's Dad to school many years ago. 1
Barbara She is an old friend of Caillou's mom. She is blind, and appears in the episode "Dogs with Jobs". 1
Maxwell Barbara's guide dog. He is a special dog and helps Barbara see where she is going. He appears in the episode "Dogs with Jobs". 1
Helen One of Caillou's parents friends, she owns a boat. 1
Carol A friend of Caillou's Mommy with whom she went to high-school. She appears in the episode "A House in the Sky". 1
Kevin Carol's son. He appears in the episode "A House in the Sky". 1
Robbie A boy who is deaf. He knows Sign language. 2
Allan A child who went to Caillou's playschool one day to join the class. He has Down's syndrome and a rather loud voice. 1
Frankie A child who will live in the house Caillou's family helps build in the episode "Caillou's Building Adventure". 1
Sam Frankie's father. He appears in the episode "Caillou's Building Adventure". 1
Evelyn Robbie's mother. She only appears in the episode "Caillou and Robbie". 1
Bob A plumber who fixes the pipes under Caillou's house. In a season 3 episode, he fixes the sink. 2
Kristen Jonas' wife. She only appears in the episode "Caillou's First Wedding". 1
George Caillou's skating instructor who's really silly. He only appears in "Caillou's Skating Lesson". 1
George Grandpa's friend. He only appears in "Grandpa's Friend". He is older than Grandpa and teaches Caillou how to play croquet. He has the same voice as Mr. Haney from Arthur 1
Mary A life guard who appears in the Season 4 episode "Caillou and the Big Slide". 1
Erik A firefighter who rescues Gilbert from a tree. He is only seen in the episode "Caillou and the Fire Truck". 1
Stacy A firefighter, she is only seen the episode "Caillou and the Fire Truck", although she is in Caillou's Holiday Movie. 2
Sparky A Dalmatian at the fire station. He is seen in "Caillou and the Fire Truck" and "Caillou the Fire Fighter". 2
Emma Grandma's friend. She lives on a sheep farm. 1
Mary Emma's daughter. She shows Caillou all that happened on the sheep farm. 1
Mr. Jenkins One of Grandma's friends. He is allergic to dogs/Rover and lives at the retirement home. He appears in the episode "A Helping Hand". 1
Mrs. Murphy One of Grandma's friends. She has a granddaughter named Amy. She appears in the episode "A Helping Hand". 1
Mrs. Wilson One of Grandma's friends. She appears both times Grandma visits the retirement home. 2
Zoey A zoo worker who shows Caillou different animals when he visits the zoo. She appears in the episode "Caillou Goes to the Zoo". 1
Bryce A photographer who takes a picture of Caillou and Rosie. 1
Henry The Zamboni driver at the skating rink. He only appears in the episode "Caillou's Skating Lesson". 1
Chinook A Husky who pulls a sled. She is seen when Caillou and his family go tobogganing. 1
Tom Chinook's owner. 1
Tammy A child who uses a wheel chair. She is seen when Caillou goes swimming. 1
Mr. Stanley The conductor on the train Caillou rides in the episode "Caillou's Train Trip". 1
Nancy Mr. Hinkle's sister. She owns a farm and appears in the episodes "Farmer for the Day" and "The Mystery Carrots". 2
Santa Claus A Santa Claus in costume who appears in the episode "Holiday Magic". Rosie is afraid and not fond of him. 1
Vanessa A librarian. She appears all 3 times Caillou goes to the library. 3
Bravo the Great A magician who only appears in the episode "Caillou the Magician". 1
Jack Jr. A tow truck driver who tows Caillou's car and has his dad Jack Sr. to repair it. The episode he appears in is "Broken Car", due to "Sunday Brunch" 1
Jack Sr. A mechanic who works with his son Jack Jr.
Emma's Dad He appears in the episode "Captain Caillou". 1
Rafiel One of the skaters in Caillou skating class. She appears in the episode "Caillou's Skating Lesson". 1
Mrs. James The owner of a pumpkin patch at which Grandpa and Caillou pick pumpkins. She appears in the episode "Pumpkin Patch Kid". 1
Lee-Wun Sarah's cousin. She first appears in "Happy New Year!" celebrating Chinese New Year with Sarah and her family. Later, she joins Caillou's playschool class in the episode, "Deep Sea Caillou". She later makes cameos at the playschool. 7
Rocky A lost dog. He appeared in the episode "Caillou and the Lost Puppy". Caillou called him Scruffy because he didn't know his name. 1
Dr. Orange Gilbert's vet, He appears in the episode "Gilbert Goes to the Vet". He is also Olly's (Sarah's cat) vet. 1
Mara A child who was in Caillou's playschool class when they play games at the park. She appears in the episode "Playschool Games". 1
Buddy A hamster. He appears in the episode "Leo's Hamster" and has white fur. 1
Goldie A goldfish. She appears in the episode "Clementine's New Pet". 1
The Captain A Captain of a ferry that Caillou's family ride on in the episode "Caillou's Road Trip". 1
Jim One of Caillou's friends he meets at the park. Jim appears in the episode "Caillou Makes a Friend". At first he didn't like Caillou, but soon became fast friends. 2
Bella A dog that Sarah walks in the episode "Caillou Walks Around the Block". 1
Wendy A child first seen in the episode "Caillou the Firefighter". She later makes cameos at Caillou's playschool. 7
Snowball Nancy's (Mr. Hinkle's sister) rabbit. Snowball appears in the episode "The Mystery Carrots". 1
The Policeman Seen in the episode "Caillou and the Police Officer". He gives someone a ticket for parking near a fire hydrant. 1
Lucky Jonus' horse. He appears in the episodes "Cowboy Caillou" and "Caillou's First Wedding". 2
Herman A goldfish that who appears in the episode "A Surprise for Ms. Martin". 1
Aunt Joan Leo's Aunt. She appears in the episode "Leo's Lost Dinosaur". 1
Melanie A child who appears in the episodes "Caillou the Spaceman" in season 2 and "Deep Sea Caillou" in Season 4. 2
Bernie A parrot who appears in the episode "Where's Gilbert". He can talk and says "Keep an eye out for Gilbert". 1
Dylan A brown dog that Billy walks. Dylan appears in the episode "Dogs with Jobs". 1
Fire Chief Appears in the episode "Caillou the Fire Fighter". He is the fire chief and teaches Caillou's playschool class about fires. 1
The Pilot Appears in the episode "Caillou Rides an Airplane". He shows Caillou the cockpit of the plane. 1
The Dentist Appears in the episode "Caillou Goes to the Dentist". 1
Whiskers A tiny white kitten Caillou finds. Whiskers appears in the episode "Kitty Conundrum". Caillou names Whiskers "Jolie". Samantha is Whisker's owner. 1


Caillou consists of 5 seasons[7] of 92 half-hour episodes,[8] as well as the separate 90-minute children's film Caillou's Holiday Movie.[9]

Caillou series overview
Seasons Episodes Original airdates
Premiere Finale
1 17 September 15, 1997[10] July 5, 2000
2 16[11] September 4, 2000 July 2, 2002
3 13[12] November 15, 2002 October 7, 2005
4 20[13] April 3, 2005 September 23, 2006
5 26[7] September 11, 2010[14] October 3, 2010


Caillou books have been made since 1989 by Chouette Publishing Inc.[15]

The series was originally broadcast in French in Canada, and the episodes were later translated into English, and re-runs in English began on PBS and PBS Kids Sprout in the United States. The original books were also in French.[16] Caillou was designed primarily for toddlers. It was created by child developmental psychologists.

In 1997, 65 5-minute episodes of Caillou were aired in Canada and in selected markets worldwide, including the US, as mentioned above. In 2000 there were 40 30-minute episodes of the show, containing a mixture of the 5-minute episodes plus new stories, songs, real kids segment and puppets. This was followed by another 16 30-minute episodes containing all-new stories in 2003. The film Caillou's Holiday Movie was released on October 7, 2003.

On April 3, 2005, a new set of 20 episodes finally premiered after a three-year hiatus. Caillou started attending preschool and there were new themes and a new opening. While the original episodes were made by a South Korean company, the producers animated the new episodes in-house using Adobe Flash. On November 14, 2012, PBS Kids announced a 4th season of Caillou of 26 episodes to premiere March 11, 2013.[17][18]

The year 2014 is celebrated as the franchise's 25th anniversary. For the 25th anniversary, a special DVD/book combo pack was released,[19] as well as a reissue of the holiday film Caillou's Holiday Movie featuring a special 25th anniversary logo on the cover artwork.[20]


A 2011 study conducted at the University of Virginia, published in the journal Pediatrics, tested the show's effect on preschool-aged children's attention spans and cognitive abilities. The study had three groups of four-year-olds each engaged in activities; one group watched Caillou, another watched SpongeBob SquarePants, and the third group drew pictures. After nine minutes, the children were tested on mental functions; those that watched Caillou had very similar results to the group that drew pictures, both of whom performed significantly better than the group that watched the SpongeBob episode.[21]

As Caillou appeared as a much younger child in the original line of children's books, the character originally had no hair. When illustrators found that adding hair made the character unrecognizable, it was decided that Caillou would never have hair.[22][23]

Caillou has used been as the primary character in the majority of videos that are a part of an online subculture known as "grounded videos", which are commonly made with programs such as GoAnimate and Plotagon and mainly depict the main character getting grounded by authority for breaking a rule.[24]


Caillou first aired on Canada's French-language Télétoon channel on September 15, 1997, and was the first show aired on the English-language Teletoon when it launched on October 17, 1997.[10] The show later left its original channels; it joined Treehouse TV on September 7, 2009,[25] and subsequently began airing new episodes on that channel.[14]

Caillou made its United States debut on PBS Kids from September 4, 2000-2010 (some PBS stations air reruns). It has also aired on PBS Kids Sprout from 2005-2013, Sprout since 2013, and Cartoonito since 2007.

Home video releases

The DVDs with puppets and Jaclyn Linetsky were compilations from 2003 through 2006, and one of them is in memory of Jaclyn herself. The new DVDs from 2006 through 2010, were from Paramount Home Entertainment. There was also an album issued in 2003 titled Caillou's Favorite Songs.[26]


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  4. Caillou Episode – "Caillou's Hiding Place"
  5. Caillou Episode – "Caillou's Marching Band"
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  13. "New Caillou" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on January 14, 2007. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
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  21. Lillard, Angeline and Jennifer Peterson (2011). "The Immediate Impact of Different Types of Television on Young Children's Executive Function". Pediatrics. Retrieved September 12, 2011. peds.2010-1919; published ahead of print; doi:10.1542/peds.2010-1919
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