Caillou is an educational Canadian children’s television series, based on the books by author Christine L’Heureux and illustrator Hélène Desputeaux. 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 1987, the narrator/grandmother is an unseen character.Caillou first aired on Canada’s Teletoon channel in 1995; it later made its United States debut in English on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)Public television on September 4, 2000 and aired its series finale on October 3, 2010. The show also began airing on Treehouse TV on September 7, 2009. Reruns also air on PBS Kids Sprout.
Based on the books by Christine L’Heureux, the show centers along a 4-year-old named Caillou (the titular character) who is fascinated by the world around him. Caillou lives in a blue house on 17 Pine St. (As mentioned in the episode “Where I Live”) with his mommy, his daddy, and his 2-year-old sister, Rosie. Each episode in Season 1-3 has a theme and is divided into several short, attention-holding sections that mix animation, puppet skits, and video of kids in highly realistic real-life situations. In Season 4-5 episodes, they are divided in 3 shorts instead of 4. In the 4th and 5th season of Caillou, the puppet segment was dropped, along with the “Real Kids” version of the segment. Caillou has many adventures with his family and friends and uses his imagination in every episode.