|Esme & Roy|
|Directed by||Mike Fallows|
|Theme music composer||Jonathan Evans|
|Opening theme||"Esme and Roy Theme Song"|
by Kellylee Evans
|Ending theme||"Esme and Roy Theme Song" (instrumental)|
|Country of origin|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||52 (103 segments) (list of episodes)|
|Running time||23 minutes|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||August 18, 2018 –|
February 4, 2021
Esme & Roy is an animated children's television series created by Dustin Ferrer and Amy Steinberg. The series is produced by Canada-based animation studio Nelvana and Sesame Street creator Sesame Workshop, in association with Corus Entertainment.
The series focuses a young girl named Esme and her best friend, a monster named Roy, who care for all kinds of creatures when their regular guardians need aid. Esme and Roy was broadcast simultaneously on HBO in the United States and Treehouse TV in Canada on August 18, 2018.
On May 6, 2019, it was announced that the series was renewed for a second season.and would also air as part of the Family Night block on PBS Kids' 24/7 channel in the summer. In September 2019, it was announced new episodes of the show would be moving from HBO to HBO Max, starting with the second season. The second season premiered on June 25, 2020. A holiday-themed episode was released on December 10, 2020. The second season premiered on PBS Kids on Saturday, March 6, 2021.
The show was removed from HBO Max in August 2022.
Esme & Roy follows a young girl named Esme and her best monster friend, Roy, the most in-demand "monster sitters" in Monsterdale, a town populated mostly by colorful monsters. The duo set out to solve big problems by playing and helping out the young monsters with their problems.
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|1||52||26||August 18, 2018||April 27, 2019|| HBO (United States)|
Treehouse TV (Canada)
Tiny Pop (United Kingdom)
|2||51||26||June 25, 2020||February 4, 2021|| HBO Max (United States)|
Treehouse TV (Canada)
Nelvana ordered 52 11-minute segments, equal to 26 half-hours, of each season of Esme & Roy, for 104 11-minute segments (two of which comprise the 22-minute special episode) in total.
Esme & Roy premiered on Treehouse TV in Canada and HBO on August 18, 2018, and PBS Kids on August 31, 2019 to June 27, 2021, in the United States. The show began international broadcast following its U.S. and Canadian premieres. The show began airing on the Cartoonito preschool block on Cartoon Network and HBO Max on September 18, 2021 in the United States. Esme and Roy was premiered on Disney Junior Asia from August 12, 2019 until April 2021 before being moved to Cartoon Network Asia in 2022 as part of the Cartoonito block.
Esme & Roy has been met with mostly positive reception. Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media rated Esme & Roy a total of 5 out of 5 stars, stating that Esme & Roy's "thoughtful approach to self-awareness and mindful behavior makes it an excellent tool for families and caretakers to use in teaching similar skills to kids," and that the broader emotions will relate to a child's experiences.
|2019||Kidscreen Awards||Best New Series||Esme & Roy||Won|
|2019||Canadian Screen Awards||Best Original Song – Animation||"Ballet Pirates", from the episode "Two Can Play At That Game"||Nominated|
|2019||NAMIC Vision Awards||Children's series||Esme & Roy||Nominated|
|2019||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Preschool Children's Animated Series||Esme & Roy||Nominated|
|Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program||Esme & Roy||Nominated|
|Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special||Esme & Roy||Nominated|
|2019||YMA Awards of Excellence||Best Program, Animation – Preschool||"Hugo, we have a Problem" / "A New Chapter"||Nominated|
|2021||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Preschool Children's Animated Series||Esme & Roy||Nominated|
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