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When is Martha Speaks on TV in my area?
Check the TV Schedule for information on how to find out when Martha Speaks is on TV in your area.
How else can I watch Martha Speaks?
Certain episodes of Martha Speaks are available for download on iTunes and more episodes are added periodically. You can also watch Martha at PBS KIDS GO!
What are the lyrics for the Martha Speaks theme song?
Martha was an average dog. She went —
Bark. And— Woof. And— Arrr.
But when she ate some alphabet soup, then what happened was bizarre.
On the way to Martha's stomach, the letters lost their way. They travelled to her brain and now—
She's got a lot to say. Now she speaks.
How now brown cow?
Martha Speaks. Yeah, she speaks and speaks and speaks and speaks and speaks...
What's a caboose? When are we eating again?
Martha speaks...
Hey Joe, what d'ya know!
My name's not Joe.
She's not always right but still that Martha speaks.
Hi there!
She's got a voice; she's ready to shout. Martha will tell you what it's all about. Sometimes wrong, but seldom in doubt. Martha will tell you what it's all about. That dog's unique...
Testing, one, two!
Hear her speak! Martha Speaks and speaks and speaks and speaks and...
Communicates, enumerates, elucidates, exaggerates, indicates, and explicates, bloviates, and overstates and (pant, pant, pant) hyperventilates!
Martha...to reiterate, Martha speaks!
Who does the voices for the Martha Speaks series?
  • Martha: Tabitha St. Germain
  • Helen: Madeleine Peters
  • TD: Alex Ferris
  • Truman: Cedric Payne
  • Carolina: Vanesa Tomasino
  • Alice: Christina Crivici
  • And lots more! Some of the actors even do the voices for more than one character!
Is Martha a real dog?
Yes, Martha was a real dog - she belonged to Susan Meddaugh, the author of the Martha Speaks book series.
What kind of dog is Martha?
Martha is a mutt — she's a mix of different breeds.
How can Martha speak English? My dog only barks.
When Martha eats alphabet soup, the letters go up to her brain and she can talk! However, it doesn't work with other dogs, so we don't recommend feeding your dog alphabet soup. It would probably just make a big mess.
How is the TV show made?
WGBH/Boston and Studio B Productions (in Vancouver, Canada) produce the TV show. Susan Meddaugh works along with them as a creative producer, reviewing all the scripts and the designs to make sure Martha stays true to her vision. The scripts are written with great care by a team of writers, edited through four drafts, and then animation artists in Canada turn them into cartoons. Voice actors record the characters' lines from the scripts, and the animators match the pictures they draw to the voices. Every show includes Closed Captions and descriptions for viewers who may have trouble hearing or seeing.

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Web Questions

How do I play the games on the Web site?
You can get detailed information about all our games in the site tour or just go right to the games area and choose a game. To play games and use the rest of Martha's site, you'll need the Flash plug–in.
I've written to you but never received a reply. Why?
We do read all the emails we get but we don't have time to reply to everyone. We really like to see what viewers think though, so thanks for writing!
Where can I send a technical question about the Web site?
Check out our Technical Support page. It has answers to most technical questions.
Can I download games for my kid to play at home if I don't have Web access at home?
Martha's Web site is designed to work with an internet connection but there are also printable games and activities that you can do offline.

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Where can I buy Martha Speaks merchandise?
Spectacular Martha Speaks merchandise is available for purchase in the online store.
Can I record Martha Speaks and use it in my classroom?
If you are a K–12 teacher or school librarian you may record Martha Speaks off–air and use it for up to one year for educational, non–commercial use.
How many Martha books are there and where can I get them?
There are six books in the original Martha Speaks book series, written by Susan Meddaugh. You can find them at your library, or buy them online or at your favorite local book store.
Will there be any Martha books based on the TV show?
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will be releasing Martha Speaks TV tie-in books, starting in January 2010. These books will include a read-aloud picture book, two early readers, and two chapter books for older readers. Additional books will be released in the spring and summer.

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