Little Bill is an American animated children's television series produced for Nick Jr. The stories are based on Bill Cosby's Little Bill book series (illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood), set in Philadelphia, and feature Bill Jr. learning a lesson or moral. It was developed through research and in consultation with a panel of educational consultants.
The show's debut was on November 28, 1999, and aired on CBS as part of Nick Jr. on CBS, from September 16, 2000 – September 7, 2002, then as part of Nick on CBS from August 2, 2003 – September 10, 2005. The final episode aired on June 23, 2003, and reruns returned, with the return of Nick Jr. on CBS, on September 17, 2005.
Little Bill was seen through until September 9, 2006, when the block was replaced with the KOL Secret Slumber Party block (which became: Cookie Jar TV). Sonia Manzano, best known for playing Maria Rodriguez on Sesame Street, was a frequent writer for the show.
History with the Macy's Parade
Little Bill took to the sky for the very first time in the 2002 Parade, becoming the first African-American character to take shape as a giant character balloon. The balloon design shows Little Bill with his signature "Hello Friend!" wave to the crowd as he soars above the Parade route. The balloon would appear again the 2003 Parade, this time as a promotion for the "Great Big Little Bill Sweepstakes" which chose one lucky winner and their family to go on a 5-day Turkey Day getaway to NYC, with a special Thanksgiving dinner at a world-famous restaurant, $1000 in spending money, a $1000 Macy's gift card, an a VIP private limo trip to see the Parade. The balloon appeared once again in 2004, and was retired, as Little Bill's show had recently ended earlier that year, making the usual three appearances.
Listed below are the music tracks that played during the balloon's appearances on the NBC telecast.
- "Little Bill Theme Song" Instrumental (2002-2004)