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''Tweenies'' is a British children's [[PuppetShows animatronic puppet series]] which debuted in 1998. Like other children's shows in rotation, it aimed to entertain as well as educate children about various life and social skills using songs, stories and the like. However, unlike some of its [[WesternAnimation/{{Teletubbies}} contemporaries]], the characters spoke in a discernable language and often directly interacted with the "outside world".

The show revolved around the adventures of four young children in a daycare centre, with their two adult guardians and two dogs (who were in care of the centre). It enjoyed phenomenal success both inside and outside the UK, spawning no less than ''five'' top-twenty hits from spinoff records and [[CashCowFranchise merchandising that sold by the bucketload]]. In the U.S., it aired for a while on Noggin, before it became Creator/NickJr. The series proper ended in 2003, but home video sales, {{rerun}}s and large-scale live tours helped sustain the series' popularity for the remainder of the TurnOfTheMillennium.

The main characters in the series included:
* '''[[AntiHero Bella]]''' - at five years old, she was the oldest in the group and the default leader. However, this also meant she was the one with the biggest sense of entitlement. Bossy and argumentative, she was the series' main source of conflict, though Milo seemed to be her main sparring partner. There were numerous episodes where she learnt a valuable lesson by the end, but this of course [[StatusQuoIsGod was forgotten by the next episode]].
* '''[[TheLancer Milo]]''' - despite his purple skin, it was made clear that he was meant to be the [[TokenMinority token black kid]] in the group. He was also the daycare's resident "jokester", often making puns and playing tricks on his friends.
* '''[[TheChick Fizz]]''' - the GirlyGirl to Bella's {{tomboy}}, taking an active interest in ''anything'' related to femininity, including the colour [[PinkMeansFeminine pink]]. Her introverted and shy nature provided a contrast to her three loud and outgoing friends, and she was often seen playing by herself or reading a book. It was hinted throughout the series that she had a [[PuppyLove crush]] on Milo.
* '''[[DeliberatelyCuteChild Jake]]''' - at two-and-a-half years old, he was the youngest in the group, and therefore needed one of the other three to explain to him what they were doing. He had a superhero alter-ego which he used to explore his fantasies, and expressed a strong interest in "masculine" things such as motor cars and football. However, he had a tendency to cry a lot, leading to the others having to comfort him every so often. He also sported an interesting-looking hairstyle that resembled a mohawk.
* '''[[CoolOldGuy Max]]''' - the co-owner of the daycare centre and the Tweenies's trusted friend. He would accompany the group whenever they went "outside", and would frequently join in their activities.
* '''[[{{Oireland}} Judy]]''' - the other co-owner of the centre, and a mother figure to the group. Like Max, she would take the group outside the premises every so often.
* '''[[CanineCompanion Doodles]]''' - the centre's resident dog. He had a positive relationship with everyone in the centre, but Jake was especially attached to him.
* '''[[CanineCompanion Izzles]]''' - the centre's other dog, who was Doodles' DistaffCounterpart. She was introduced [[FinalSeasonCasting towards the end of the show's run]].

The centre also had a special "Tweenie Clock" that, when pressed by a character, would dictate which segment would come next in each episode. The segments included:
* '''Story Time''' - Max or Judy would read a story to the four children and dogs. To the viewer, this would be an animated interstitial.
* '''Messy Time''' - the four kids would partake in some art or craft activity.
* '''[[ThatRemindsMeOfASong Song Time]]''' - the characters would sing a song, either relating to the main theme or plot of the episode or a "standard" nursery rhyme.
* '''Telly Time''' - the gang would do something relating to technology.
* '''News Time''' - the gang would report on their experiences [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle gathered from the episode]].
* '''Surprise Time''' - occurred when all the buttons glowed, which wasn't very often. [[CaptainObvious Usually a surprise would come of it]].

* AesopAmnesia: Usually concerning the main cast, due to situations calling for some kind of conflict.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: In ConspicuousCG.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The gang did this on occasion by [[ThemeTuneRollCall introducing themselves to camera]] and the like.
* CatchPhrase:
--> '''Jake:''' ''Wow-wee!''
--> '''Milo:''' ''Milo, away!''
--> '''All:''' ''Fab-a-roonie!''
--> '''All:''' ''Tweenie Clock, where will it stop?''
* ChristmasEpisode: Had one of these per year. They usually attempted to marry the Father Christmas mythos with the Nativity Story.
* CulturalTranslation: When the show was redubbed in America, it removed all references to its British environment and inserted Americanisms instead. Since the show was dubbed into many different languages, [[{{Woolseyism}} this most likely happened with their dubs as well]], but the American edition is most {{egregious}} due to treating their audience like [[ViewersAreGoldfish goldfish]].
* HairDecorations: Courtesy of Fizz and Bella.
* PottyEmergency: There was one episode where the gang unwittingly [[ChainedHeat tied themselves to each other]] with this being an unfortunate side effect. Jake also had these on occasion.
* ParentalBonus Quite often:
** The adventures of the "Starship Tweenie" which turned into a parody of ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
** When they were dressed for the Ugly Bug Ball, Judy announced Doodles was dressed as a Beetle, to which Doodles replied [[Music/TheBEatles Hey, Jude]].
** Milo and Bella made racing cars out of the foam shapes to the tune of The Chain by Music/FleetwoodMac, long used as the theme tune for FormulaOne on television.
** At least once Milo changed his catch phrase from "Fab-a-roonie" to "Mickey-Rooney"
* RedOniBlueOni: Bella was Red to Fizz's Blue and Milo was Red to Jake's Blue.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: [[{{Tsundere}} Bella]] and [[{{Kawaiiko}} Fizz]] were best friends.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: When the Tweenies went outside, the general British public seemed to be unfazed by coloured foam-rubber people doing completely ordinary things.