The Good Night Show with Nina & Star (partially found PBS Kids Sprout series; 2006-2017)

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3rd host Nina and Star.

Status: Partially Found

The Good Night Show is a childern's television block, with segments that aired in a blockisode format between other shows on Sprout (now known as Universal Kids) starting on September 26th 2005, with Michele Lepe "Nina" becoming the final, permanent host on December 18th, 2006 until the show was gradually cancelled between late 2016 to early 2017, shortly before the switch to Universal Kids.

History[edit | edit source]

In September 2005, between a joint venture with Comcast, NBCUniversal, PBS, and HiT Entertainment/Sesame Workshop, PBS Kids Sprout first launched on Comcast (later on other cable & satellite providers) & The Good Night Show also premiered on the same day.

  • Season 3 of the show Premiered on December 18th, 2006 and brought back many elements of the show that were previously suspended during the Noel Macneal season like Crafts, Yoga Stretches & Moonbeam Wheel, carried over a relatively new segment where the host asks a question and sproutlets provide answers based on the nights theme, and introduced another variation of the storytime segment.
  • Seasons 4 & 5 of the show saw some changes like bringing back Sproutlets to do Yoga Stretches alongside Nina, a new game called Lucy Light The Way was introduced, removed the Storytime segment yet again, and a new version of the Star Puppet was seen for the first time.
  • Season 6, premiering on November 7th, 2011, saw a major overhual to the show, switching from the Goodnight Garden to The You & Me Tree setting where Nina & Star would hang out in the treehouse every night, A part of the show where Nina would ask a question & sproutlets provide answers was revamped into an entire segment called "Star talks to kids" where star has a conversation with several sproutlets about the night's theme, Craft & Goodnight Gallery segments were permanently dropped, a new storytime segment was introduced called "Sandy Stories" where Nina tells & writes pictures of the story in sand while Star provides commentary, the Moonbeam Wheel had pictures of various games on the wheel itself instead of Flashcards, and a new, original clean up song was created to play near the end of every episode that encouraged the sproutlets at home to tidy up there rooms before bedtime.[1] Season 6B started airing on September 27th, 2012 where not much changed except for Nina's Pajamas & another new variation of the Star Puppet.
  • Season 7, which premiered on July 27th, 2015 during the Nina's World era, and the final season of GNS, also saw some changes to the show, with one of the biggest being that a new element the "Best Day Ever Book" was introduced which contains Nina's childhood memories and used as a plot device for certain parts of every episode with various games & activities. [2] the Moonbeam Wheel segment was completely dropped, and Esai Morales (Best Known for playing as Lt. Tony Rodriguez on ABC's NYPD Blue, Camino del Rio on Netflix's Ozark, and President Julian in HBO's The Brink) played the role of Nina's Uncle "Tio Javier" in several Good Night Show episodes & in the prequel series Nina's World.[3] Although since almost all of S7 is currently lost, we currently don't know what episodes he appeared in & what the format is like for each episode.


Periodicity, they would also do live episodes like The 2011 Halloween episode “A Sweet Goodnight Treat”, The 2009 Mothers Day episode or the 2014 Space Episode when Astroblast first premiered, usually taking place at The Sunshine Barn.

Premise[edit | edit source]

The Good Night Show features a variety of segments. Some of the segments were removed or modified in the later seasons for various reasons.

Seasons 4-5:

  • Nina & Star introduce themselves to the audience, sing a short song, start talking about the topic and learn a word in Spanish
  • Nina & Star discuss more about the topic, sing twinkle twinkle & do the Sprout-O-Scope segment
  • Nightly “Leftover” Birthdays from Sunny Side Up (Original TV Airings Only)
  • Sprout Stretch “Yoga” with Nina
  • Craft Segment, Usually revolving around the topic of the episode
  • Goodnight Gallery “Showcasing art sent in by kids” (Original TV Airings Only)
  • Nina asking a question centered around the episodes theme, and hearing the sproutlets response
  • Playing a Goodnight Game by spinning the moonbeam wheel
  • Sign Language segment with Nina
  • Repeat Airing of Nightly “Leftover” Birthdays from Sunny Side Up (Original TV Airings Only)
  • Second Round of Goodnight Gallery (Original TV Airings Only)
  • Lucy Light The Way
  • Repeat of “Nina asking a question, and hearing the sproutlets response.”
  • Star & The Sproutlets getting ready for bed with a song "Brusha Brusha/Rub Scrub."
  • Hush Poem/Goodnight Song

Season 6:

  • Nina & Star introduce themselves to the audience, sing a short song, read a short poem & learn a word in Spanish
  • Nina & Star discuss more about the topic, sing twinkle twinkle & do the Sprout-O-Scope segment
  • Nightly “Leftover” Birthdays from Sunny Side Up (Original TV Airings Only)
  • Sprout Stretch “Yoga” with Nina
  • Lucy Light The Way
  • "Star Talks to Kids" where star has a conversation with several sproutlets that mainly centered around the episodes's theme.
  • Reading another poem, Learning more Spanish words & a word in Sign Language
  • Repeat Airing of Nightly “Leftover” Birthdays from Sunny Side Up (Original TV Airings Only)
  • Sandy Stories Segment
  • Playing a Goodnight Game by spinning the Moonbeam Wheel (Removed in season 7)
  • Cleaning up the treehouse while singing the Cleanup Song
  • Nina & Star having one more conversation together before getting Star ready for bed with the "Brusha Brusha/Rub Scrub" Song
  • Hush Poem/Goodnight Song

Cast[edit | edit source]

  • Nina, played by Michele Lepe, debuted as the permanent host on December 18th, 2006. and was the most popular host with audiences; she did crafts, translated words into Spanish, did ASL sign language, narrated and drew pictures in the sandy story segments, etc. and guest-hosted The Sunny Side Up Show several times.
  • Star, a star-shaped puppet, Voiced & Played by Stacia Newcomb, was the show's co-host. Star served as the child character of the show, asking questions about the evening's theme, commenting to Nina about the segment (such as the Goodnight Game), & encouraging viewers to follow him as he performed nighttime routines such as brushing his teeth or reading a bedtime story. Star debuted shortly before the departure of the program's original host, "Melanie." His puppet was changed several times & appears as a character in the prequel animated series Nina's World, living with Nina, even though Star began with the two former hosts before her.
  • Lucy The Firefly, who was originally a firefly puppet in seasons 2-5, updated once in Mid-2009, then completely animated in Seasons 6 and 7, used to introduce show segments, featured in such as "Lucy Light the Way"; in this game, viewers were shown parts of a picture (as though they were illuminated by a firefly's light) and then guessed what the picture represented, In Seasons 6/7 She was also used in the "Sprout-o-Scope" segments to help Nina & Star find constellations in the night time sky, She also appears as a character in the prequel Nina's World, living with Nina, even though she was introduced alongside Leo before Nina arrived.
  • Hush was a real-life goldfish who was originally used to introduce shows with the original host, but quickly went from a main character to a minor character who would mainly appear at the ending segments of every episode just before & after star goes to sleep with Nina closing the show by saying goodnight and reciting a poem in which viewers were encouraged to "make a wish." He also appeared in the prequel animated series Nina's World living with Nina as a child even though Hush also began with the two former hosts.

Availability[edit | edit source]

Despite airing on the Sprout Channel for over a Decade, and Nina being pretty popular with audiences, surprisingly most of the series is either completely lost, or partially found in varying quality.

  • 2 complete episodes from Original TV Airings
  • 3 Mostly Complete episodes (w/o Moonbeam Wheel segment) from the DVD "Good Night Stories".[4]
  • 3 Mostly Complete episodes (w/o Moonbeam Wheel segment) on the Sprout Cubby Tablet.

Also while airing on Sprout there were several digital releases of clips/episodes of the show, including Google Play for a brief period of time, [5] websites such as DigitalPodcasts (which the files have since been revoked),[6] YouTube on the original PBSKidsSprout channel but have since been privated,[7] the current Peacock Jr channel which used to have more clips from the show, but only has a few left nowadays.[8] and on the SproutOnline website & apps like Sprout Player & I-Tunes (which are no longer accessable since the switch to Universal Kids)[9]

List of Known Episodes[edit | edit source]

Season 3[edit | edit source]

Episode Status
Sharing Lost
Growing Lost
Moon Lost
Pets Lost
Opposites Lost
Weather Lost
Jobs Lost
Reading & Storytelling Lost
Exercise Lost
Animals Lost
Feelings Lost
Art Partially Found
Holidays Lost
Nature Lost
Homes Partially Found
Sports & Games Partially Found
Letters Partially Found
Colors Lost
Friendship Lost
Babies Lost
Music Lost
Family Lost
Around the World Lost
Travel Lost
Food Lost
Imagination & Make Believe Lost
Safety Partially Found
Hats Lost
Numbers Partially Found
Shapes Lost

[10]

Season 4[edit | edit source]

Episode Status
Babysitters Lost
Grandparents Partially Found
Farms Lost
Bodies Partially Found
Riddles & Rhymes Partially Found
Mother's Day 2009 Live Episode Partially Found
Where We Live Lost
Penguins Partially Found
Construction Lost
Dance Partially Found
Dinosaurs Lost
Seasons Lost
Bedtime Routines Partially Found
Lullabies Lost
Bugs & Insects Lost
Where We Sleep Lost
Dress Up Lost
Trains Lost
Cats & Dogs Lost
Dreams Partially Found
Life Underwater Lost
Time & Clocks Partially Found
School Partially Found
Nocturnal Animals Partially Found
Snuggley Favorites Partially Found
People Who Work At Night Lost
Rainy Days Lost

Season 5[edit | edit source]

Episode Status
Spring Lost
Helping Out Lost
Creativity Lost
Healthy Sproutlets Lost
A Sweet Goodnight Treat "Live" 2011 Partially Found
Our Earth Lost
Parents Found
First Steps Partially Found
Spanish Lost
Fall Lost
Neighborhood Lost
Wonder Lost
Siblings Partially Found
Birthdays Partially Found
Love Partially Found
Summer Lost
Lets Get Silly Partially Found
Gardens Lost
Red, While & Blue Lost
Thankfulness Lost

[11]

Seasons 6 & 7[edit | edit source]

Episode Status
Space "2014 Live Episode" Partially Found
Dress Up Found
Five Senses Partially Lost
When I Grow Up Partially Lost
Safety First Partially Lost
Birthdays
Shadows Partially Lost
Gift Giving Partially Lost
Rain & Rainbows Partially Found
Circus Partially Found
Dinosaurs Partially Found
Tools Partially Found
Reptiles Partially Found
Birds Partially Found
Parks Partially Found
Magic Partially Found
Camping Partially Found
Heroes Partially Found
Sports Partially Found
Babies Partially Found
Grandparents Partially Found
Differences Partially Found
Musical Partially Found
Bears Partially Found
Food Partially Found
Desert
Beach Lost
Helping Out Partially Found
Emotion Lost
Theatre Lost
Putting on a show Lost
Pirates Lost
Safari Lost
Gardens Partially Found
Pets Partially Found
Holidays Partially Found
Healthy Sproutlets Partially Found
Poems Lost
Trees Lost
Transportation Lost
Fish Lost
  • A few segments that would have aired in the TV version like birthday reminders and the goodnight gallery were intentionally removed for various reasons, and if any episodes were officially digitally released in the future, they would not include those segments. Still, the Goodnight Game segment that is part of every episode is missing from DVD & Digital re-releases for unknown reasons.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Host/Cast[edit | edit source]

New Season Promos & Premiere Dates[edit | edit source]

Miscellaneous/Other[edit | edit source]

Clips[edit | edit source]

GNS Clip Bat Craft (Mostly Lost Audio).
Spanish & Sign Language Segments from various episodes.
La-La-Lullaby by Pajanimals.
Sprout-o-Scope clip from an unidentified episode.
Clip from December 2011, from the season 6 episode "Holidays."
Season 6 Sandy Story Segment "Unidentified Episode."


Other Clips[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

The Good Night Show[edit | edit source]

Bumpers[edit | edit source]

PBS[edit | edit source]

PBS Kids[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]