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Part game show, part reality TV and part spoof, "FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman" features real kids, real challenges, real science and an unreal animated animated host—a dog named Ruff Ruffman. Targeting 6-to-10-year-olds, the series mixes unscripted live action with animation and breaks the mold with its educational and comical take on reality television. The star and producer of FETCH! is Ruff, a slightly neurotic yet lovable and charismatic canine who runs the show from his state-of-the-art headquarters—otherwise known as his doghouse. Interacting with the animated Ruff is a live-action cast of six 'tweenage'contestants. Each episode follows one or more of the kids as they embark on mystery assignments, concocted by Ruff, to test their determination, daring and intellect.

"FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman" received the 2011 Emmy nominations for:

  • Outstanding Achievement in Single Camera Editing
  • Outstanding Children's Series
  • Outstanding Achievement in Main Title and Graphic Design

Visit Ruff online at http://www.pbskidsgo.org/fetch



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