EarthBound: The Series (Johnsonverse)
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.
- Ness Jones (Gary Nelson from 1997-2001, John Helbert from 2001-2005, Joey Whittman from 2005-2008, and Tim Johnson from 2008-2015) is the series' protagonist. At 13 years old (16 from 2011 onwards), Ness is the
- Paula Polestar (Kate Locklain from 1997-2001, Vanessa Parsons from 2001-2005, Emily T. Kendrick from 2005-2008, and Chloe Johnson from 2008-2015) is
- Jeff Andonuts (Jeffrey Paul from 1997-2001, Billy Michaels from 2001-2005, Robert Larson from 2005-2008, and Hayden Michaels from 2008-2015)
- Tony (Kyle Taylor from 1997-2001, Greg McDonald from 2001-2005, Jimmy Benjamin from 2005-2008, and Colin Hodges from 2008-2015) is Jeff's best friend. He is an obviously gay kid who has
- Tracy Jones (Zoey Nelson from 1997-2001, Elise Helbert from 2001-2005, Alana Whittman from 2005-2008, and Natasha Johnson from 2008-2015) is
- Daisy Jones (Judy Garland) is Ness' grandmother. A former general in the Army,
- Ninten (Mike Vogel)
- Ana (Kate Hudson)
- Lloyd (Rob McElhenney
- Mr. Saturn (Dan Castellaneta)
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.