EarthBound: The Series (Johnsonverse)

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Genre: Drama
Running Time: 44 minutes
Country: United States
United Kingdom
Network(s): WBC (US)
Created by: Timothy Hill
Shigesato Itoi
Based on the video game by Nintendo
Executive producer(s): Timothy Hill
Shigesato Itoi
Production companies: Johnson Studios
Timothy Hill Productions
Distributed by: Johnson Television
Starring: see below
Seasons: 18
Episodes: 468
Photography: Color
Picture format: 16:9
Release Date: September 1, 1997 - June 21, 2015
Related shows: EarthBound (2018 TV series)

EarthBound: The Series (known in the Japanese states as Mother: The Series) is an American-British television series that aired on WBC from September 1, 1997 to June 21, 2015, based on the 1994 Super Nintendo Entertainment System game Mother 2, which was released in the American states as EarthBound. It is a follow-up to the 1997 movie of the same name, and was developed and directed by Timothy Hill, who previously directed the film.

Production began in 1995, at the same time as the movie. Throughout its run, EarthBound: The Series received critical acclaim and consistently high ratings, and won several Emmy awards. On January 1, 2013, Hill confirmed that Season 18 would be the final season. Its final episode, the four-part episode "The Final Fight", aired on June 21, 2015.


See List of EarthBound: The Series episodes (Johnsnverse).


Main characters

All seasons

Supporting characters

Seasons 12-18

Season 15

  • Ninten (Mike Vogel)
  • Ana (Kate Hudson)
  • Lloyd (Rob McElhenney


  • Mr. Saturn (Dan Castellaneta)
  • Daleks


Critical response

Critically, the series received universal acclaim. Entertainment Weekly noted in 2012 that the series "is of the same caliber as the movie". The series got a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the critic consensus reading "With a stellar cast, amazing stories, and top-notch production values, this series manages to live up to the already-iconic movie".


The series managed to maintain consistently high ratings throughout its run. The highest-viewed episode was "The Return", which was aired on Memorial Day 1998, the second-highest being "Project X", which aired on Labor Day 2011.