Phred on Your Head Show is an American anthology children's television series starring Doug Preis. The series aired from July 26, 1999 to March 31, 2002 on Noggin, a cable channel operated by Nickelodeon and Sesame Workshop at the time.
When aired on weekends, the show ran for 30 minutes; on weekdays, it ran for an hour.
A yellow-greenish character named Phred (voiced by Doug Preis) hosts his very own television show from the head of a child.
At the beginning of each episode, an unseen character named "Big Voice" (also voiced by Doug Preis) gives Phred information about (and the name of) that episode's host. Following the description, Phred exits his home (inside the "dot" in Noggin.com) and hops from head to head searching for the host. When Phred finally finds the host, he tells the "crew" or "boys" to "pickle" him/her (which teleports them into Noggin.com). Later, the two introduce episodes of various Noggin programs.
The show opens with an explanation of the central character, Phred. It describes how he was a mascot for the fictional pickle distributor, Phantastic Pickles, until his pickle jar rolled off of a supermarket shelf and set him free (causing him to search for a place to think, which resulted in him choosing the dot of Noggin.com).
Episodes aired on weekends feature episodes or segments of select Noggin programs while Phred is searching for the host. Examples of these programs include Doug, Dirk Niblick of the Math Brigade, The Further Adventures of Zook & Alison, Sesame Street Unpaved, Mathnet, and The Electric Company. Occasionally, a "Snick Snack" or Short Films by Short People selection is aired as well.
After a cold open, a stop-motion theme song (written by Michael Ungar) plays. It has replaceable lyrics that change to fit in the host's name.
The series features a set of segments in addition to the Noggin programs. These included Phred's Got Mail (a piece starring Phred as he reads fan-mail aloud) and Cecile and Her Very Own Universe (an animated addition).
Phred on Your Head Show premiered on the Noggin network on July 26, 1999. Before it's premiere, it aired it's sneak peek on June 6, 1999 both on Noggin and Nickelodeon. Throughout 1999, 21 episodes making up the first season were aired twice daily (from 5-7 PM and 8-10 PM ET). The series was renewed for a 10-episode second season which premiered on February 1, 2000. The series was rerun on sister channel Nickelodeon several times in 2000 until 2001. The series served as the lead-in to the "Noggins Up" (later called "Noggin on Nickelodeon") programming block, which began on March 27, 2000.
A preview episode of Phred on Your Head Show that aired on June 6, 1999 (over a month ahead of the series' official premiere) drew over 850,000 viewers, generating a 2.2 Nielsen Media Research national rating.
Phred on Your Head Show is mentioned in the 2001 book "Designing for Children: Marketing Design that Speaks to Kids" as an example of a program that was successfully able to transition from television to the Internet (referencing the show's online content at Noggin.com).
Surprisingly, despite it's popularity, cult following, and it's runtime for 3 years, the entirety of this show is completely lost aside from the theme song. Bits and pieces of the show can be seen in most of the Noggin promos.