Disney Junior fans rejoice—the doc is back! Disney announced the return of Doc McStuffins for a fifth season, beginning in 2018.
Doc McStuffins is an animated series, created by Chris Nee, which chronicles the journey of Dottie, an African-American little girl who is able to communicate and heal her stuffed animals and toys. The popular Disney Junior show has captured the hearts and imaginations of fans, setting the bar for representation of young black girls.
“Doc McStuffins’ is an unmistakable example of our commitment to powerful storytelling that enriches and enlightens kids,” comments Nancy Kanter, executive vice president and general manager of Disney Junior Worldwide, in a prepared statement regarding the show. “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.”
According to Disney, the popular program averages about 16 million viewers on the Disney Junior app, VOD and Hulu and reaching 150 million viewers worldwide each quarter.
Doc McStuffins won a Peabody Award in 2015 and an NAACP Image Award in 2015 and 2016 for “Outstanding Children’s Program”. There have been several important guest-stars featured on the program, including First Lady Michelle Obama.