Here's Humphrey[4][1] was an Australian children's television series first aired on Monday 24 May 1965 on the Nine Network. It featured a character known as Humphrey B. Bear, Humphrey was known originally as Bear Bear and was named Humphrey B. Bear as the result of an on-air competition. Here's Humphrey has become one of the most successful programs for pre-schoolers both locally and abroad and is one of the longest running children’s television programs in the world.

The program has appeared on the Nine Network in Australia, on the PBS Network in the USA, in Hispanic countries on the Spanish language cable network GalaVision, across Asia on The Australia Network, which spans 46 countries with an estimated audience of 144 million. He has aired in the Middle East, South Africa, The Mediterranean, UK, Singapore and Malaysia, and entertained and educated children in 55 languages worldwide. 

Production

It was recorded mainly in NWS-9 Adelaide by Banksia Productions.

On 14 February 2007 the Nine Network announced that it would record a new Here's Humphrey series for the first time since 2003.[3] The episodes started airing in December 2007, featuring a few minor tweaks to the show's set, presenters, segments, and layout.

The Curiosity Show started as a segment in Here's Humphrey before being spun off into a separate show in 1972.

Under Australian government regulations for pre-school programming on commercial television, Here's Humphrey is aired without commercial breaks.

History and Awards

YearHighlight/Award
1965A star is born

Release of Theme Song #1

Competition to rename "Bear Bear" and the winner is "Humphrey"

1968First Plush Toy Released
19691st Logie Award - Best Children's TV Series
1975Parents Without Partners Distinguished Service to Children Award
19782nd Logie Award - Favourite Children's Personality

Gold Record for outstanding sales of "Look There's Humphrey Bear'' Music Record

Festival of Light Award

1979Television Society of Australia Individual Achievement
19823rd Logie Award - Best Children's TV Series

Penguin Award - Best Children's Personality

1990Release of Theme Song #2
1994Citizenship Award

Release of Mandarin/Chinese version

Release of Theme Song #3

1998Launch on "Here's Humphrey" USA Series as part of "Someday School" on PBS
1999Launch of Humphrey Australia Post Postage Stamp

Launch of "Hispanic Humphrey" Series on Galavision

Humphrey for President Campaign

2003Humphrey becomes Heritage Listed and a National Trust Icon

Known Performers of Humphrey

  • Glynn Nicholas
  • Rev. Ross Hutchinson
  • John Maclean
  • Edwin Duryea

See also