8:00am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
'Doc McStuffins' Renewed for Fifth Season at Disney Junior
Doc McStuffins will be back to take care of more toys in need.
Disney Junior has ordered a fifth season of its animated series about a young girl who aspires to be a doctor like her mom.
The show, which airs daily on Disney Channel and its sister network Disney Junior, aims to teach compassion and good health for kids ages two to seven. Season Five is set to premiere in 2018.
"Doc McStuffins is an unmistakable example of our commitment to powerful storytelling that enriches and enlightens kids," said Nancy Kanter, executive vp and general manager at Disney Junior Worldwide. "I can think of no other children's television show in recent history that has touched as many lives and made the kind of impact around the world that Doc has. Our viewers have forged a deep connection with this series and are very vocal about how strongly they believe in these characters."
The show has been in the top 10 preschool cable TV series in key demographics since its premiere in March 2012. It has been honored with a Peabody and two NAACP Image Awards. The show also inspired a group of female African-American physicians to start a "movement" they coined "We Are Doc McStuffins," which resulted in the formation of the Artemis Medical Society, an organization of 4,700 women physicians of color from around the world.
The character also is featured prominently at Disney Parks as well as in a numerous books, DVDs and product lines.
Guest stars have included Michelle Obama (who also hosted a special White House screening for military families), Anthony Anderson, Audra McDonald, Geena Davis, David Copperfield, Taye Diggs, Patton Oswalt and Carson Daly.
Chris Nee is the creator and executive producer of Doc McStuffins, which is produced by Brown Bag Films in association with Disney Channel.