The WORST Episodes of Caillou
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 20, 2021
Network: PBS Kids Sprout
This show is about the life of a young bald boy named Caillou, his family and his friends. It is based on the books by Christine L'Heureux and Helene Despeteaux, which is highly popular in the Quebec area in Canada. There are actually two versions of the show. The first version premiered in late 1997, is only 5 minutes in length, consists of 65 episodes, and is fully animated. The plot line of this version is that a grandmother reads her grandchildren a Caillou book. While this version enjoys success in some countries outside the US, it was never formally aired in the US. The second version, which premiered in late 2000, has the show extended to 30 minutes, and has puppets, music and live action segments thrown in. The animation parts, however, are a mixture of the first version of the show with the "grandma reading to kids" part of the story lopped off and some new stories (however, Season 3 no longer contains animation parts from the first version of the show).
#1 - Caillou the Bookworm
Season 4 - Episode 32 - Aired Jun 21, 2006
Caillou and Rosie visit the library; after returning from the library, Caillou is eager to read a book about pirates; Caillou's teacher, Ms. Martin, encourages him to make a storybook out of his superhero tale. "Caillou the Librarian" - Caillou, Rosie and Mommy are headed to the library for story time. Caillou is having fun waving around his library card like its a fish and entertaining Rosie. He tells her that maybe one day she'll have her very own library card. They reach the library, but it's still a few minutes before story time. Caillou and Rosie have fun looking at a fish at a tank and then Caillou takes Rosie over to the board books. They get caught up in a picture book filled with animals and Mommy has to tell them to quiet down. Caillou decides to go look for a book about fish, but he can't seem to find a single one. A librarian named Vanessa notices his predicament. It turns out she's one reading for story time and it just so happens that the featured book is about a dolphin named Daphne. As he and Rosie enjoy the story, Caillou imagines what it would be like to be a dolphin. Afterwards, Vanessa asks if Caillou would like to borrow the book. He does, so she gives it to him. Rosie's interested in the book too. She and Caillou end up in a tug-of-war for the book and end up tearing a page. At first, Caillou is worried that he won't be able to borrow anymore books and tries to hide it. He realizes this isn't going to work and so he shows it to Mommy. After talking about it a little, they take it up to Vanessa, who is now working the circulation desk. Together, Vanessa, Caillou and Rosie tape up the book and then Caillou is able to check it out. Rosie also checks out some books and gets her very own library card. "Caillou the Bookworm" - This time, Caillou, Rosie and Mommy are on the way home from a visit to the library. Caillou has a book about pirates that he just can't wait to read. Meanwhile, Rosie really wants to play "horsey," but Mommy and Daddy ar
#2 - Captain Caillou
Season 4 - Episode 37 - Aired Jul 5, 2006
Caillou participates in a boat race with a new sailboat from his Grandpa; Caillou experiences loud sounds; Caillou is the ring bearer at the wedding of Mommy and Daddys' friend Jonas. "Captain Caillou" - Caillou his eagerly waiting for his Grandpa --- today they're both going for a visit to the park. When Grandpa arrives, he's carrying a package and asks Caillou if he's ready for a special day at the park. Caillou wonders what's so special about it and figures it has something to do with the contents of the package. He's very curious as to what's in it, but it's a surprise --- not to be revealed until they get to the park. They take a bus to the park and Caillou tries to guess just what could be in the box. Grandpa gives him a hint --- it's something that they can play with at the park. Caillou imagines all sorts of possibilities. He asks if maybe it's a teddy bear, or even a real bear. He also imagines an airplane. Actually, it turns out to be a toy sailboat. Caillou likes the sailboat and imagines that he's a real boat captain. Just then, Caillou's friend from playschool, Emma, shows up. She and her Dad brought a toy sailboat too. They decide to have a race with another little boy who's at the park. Grandpa reminds Caillou that even if he doesn't win, the most important thing is to have fun. The race begins. At first things are pretty even, but Caillou feels like maybe he has a slight edge. He makes the boat go faster, but then it tips over. Even more upsetting --- Emma's boat tips over as well. The little boy wins the race. Caillou apologizes to Emma for what happened, but she's not too upset. It turns out that she's been going to the park and racing her boat for a long time and it always seems to tip over. They both congratulate the little boy for winning. Caillou decides he likes being Captain Caillou and wants to come back and race again. "The Loudest Noise" - Caillou is inside, playing with his toy firetruck. He's having a lot of fun with it, racing it
#3 - Caillou's Surprise
Season 4 - Episode 46 - Aired Jul 26, 2006
Caillou makes a new cup for Mommy when he breaks her favorite one; Caillou, Leo and Clementine throw their teacher a surprise birthday party; a power outage happens while Sarah is over at Caillou's to play. "Caillou's Surprise" - It's a nice, peaceful morning and Caillou and his family are having breakfast. Caillou wants some juice and so Mommy suggests he get a glass out of the drainboard. Caillou decides he wants to drink out of a cup. He picks one up, but it's a bit too heavy for him and he ends up dropping it and breaking it. It turns out that this was a special cup that Grandma made for Mommy. Mommy's disappointed at the loss of her cup, but accidents happen. Still, Caillou's upset about breaking the cup. When Grandma arrives that day, he tells her about it. Grandma has an idea --- she's taking Caillou to the craft center today, and can create a new cup for Mommy there. They arrive at the craft center. Grandma gives Caillou an apron and they get down to work. Grandma's making a pot, while Caillou gets going on his cup. He imagines some other things to make out of clay --- a car, or even a flying car. He ends up getting splattered with the clay, but it's okay since he has the apron on. He rather likes working with the clay --- it's kind of like playing with mud. He finally gets the cup crafted and both he and Grandma put their creations in the kiln. Once they've baked, they paint them. Caillou's not happy with his colors --- they're dull and drab. Grandma tells him that they have to put it back in the oven in order for the colors to brighten. Caillou's rather dubious about this and he's not happy at having to wait for the clay to bake again. They'll have to come back for it tomorrow and Caillou wanted to give Mommy the cup today. Grandma advises him that some things are worth waiting for. The next day, Grandma and Caillou return to the craft center. Caillou is very pleased --- the colors on his cup are now very bright. Back at home, he tries to tempt Mommy wi
#4 - A Special Dog
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 15, 2000
Caillou and Mommy meets one of Mommy's old friends. She has a dog with a special harness on. Caillou wants to play with the dog, but he's not allowed to - the dog is a guide dog. Mommy's friend is actually visually impaired. She demonstrates how the dog helps her see.
#5 - Caillou in Space
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 19, 2000
Leo has brought a new toy rocket, and he and Caillou pretend to be astronauts traveling to the moon. Caillou's daddy reads in the newspaper that a new planetarium is opening, and they're holding a contest for the best space costume. Rosie gets upset when Caillou and Leo wouldn't let them play with her, so Mommy decides to make some space costumes. Leo gets dressed like an astronaut and Caillou is a space monster. At the planetarium the next day, Caillou and his friends play a game where they pretend to walk on the moon and explore space. Rosie and her mommy win the best space costume contest.
#6 - Caillou the Great
Season 2 - Episode 40 - Aired Sep 21, 2000
Seeing Bravo the magician at Leo’s birthday party inspires Caillou to become Caillou the Great and put on a magic show of his own.
#7 - The Treasure Chest
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 4, 2000
Caillou finds an old trunk in the attic with some of Dad's old treasures in.
#8 - All in a Day's Work
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 4, 2000
(A42 WIP title: "My Alarm Clock Didn't Go Off") It's morning and Gilbert wakes Caillou up He goes into Mommy and Daddy's room. They wish him good morning. Then, Mommy realizes that their alarm didn't go off. Dad has Caillou go downstairs and feed Gilbert. Mom makes Caillou rush through breakfast and he's not happy about it. In the bathroom, Caillou sees Mom's makeup. He uses it on Rosie, to make her look like Mommy. Mom notices this and Caillou says he wanted Rosie to look like her. Mom scolds him for playing with her makeup. Dad asks Caillou to get dressed so that he and Rosie can go to playgroup, but Caillou doesn't want to . He wants to stay home and play with Daddy. Daddy, however, has to go to work. So Dad goes downstairs and tells Mommy to go ahead on to the playgroup with Rosie. Back upstairs, we learn that Dad's alarm clock definitely isn't going off because he's decided that he can be even later than he is now for work by taking Caillou around the neighborhood to see other people who are working. Caillou meets the mailman, a garbage collector and cops. They also stop at an ATM, where Dad clears up Caillou's misconception that the ATM simply "gives him money." (A common misconception among little children.) He drops Caillou off at his playgroup, where he tells Mrs. Martin about all the stuff he did "at work."
#9 - A Camping We Will Go
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 5, 2000
(Alternative title: "Camping in the Wild- Caillou Style") Caillou and his family are on the road and like any typical kid, Caillou asks his Mom to stop to use the bathroom. Rosie notices Mommy and Caillou's absence and starts crying, waking up Daddy, who ends up having to go too. Caillou notices a moose crossing sign and asks about it. He says that he hopes to see a moose. They reach the campsite and meet Pierre, who tells them about all the great things they can do, but also notes that it's rare to see moose because they're afraid of humans. Caillou learns about not feeding wild animals, goes mountain climbing, sleeps outside in a hammock and in the end sees his moose. Rosie scares the moose away, but no one gets upset and everyone has a good laugh.
#10 - Calling Dr. Caillou
Season 2 - Episode 28 - Aired Sep 6, 2000
Caillou's looking forward to follow dad to work, but dad calls it off because he has a cold. Caillou is upset, but tries to put up with it. He pretends that Teddy has a cold too. He then tucks Daddy and Teddy into bed, bring them drinks and snacks, makes them a get well card, and reads them a bedtime story.
#11 - Back Seat Driver
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 8, 2000
(A42 wip title: "Breakdown in Transit") Daddy is driving Caillou and Rosie to meet up with Mommy at a restaurant. Caillou is playing with a toy car and Rosie insists on playing with it. There's a lot of traffic and they get stuck and then the car breaks down. Dad's "just great" reaction is about passive as can be, although they cut away to Caillou and Rosie, so we don't get to see anymore. They wait for the tow truck to arrive, Dad sitting face forward with a smile on his face, like he's the happiest guy in the world. The tow-truck guy is all friendly and takes them to "Sullivan and Son." He's the son, so it's his Dad that will be fixing the car. Throughout this segment, Daddy is just standing around with black oil smudged on his face, like there's no bathroom at the mechanic's where he can go and get cleaned up. Some other stuff happens, but by this time the length of the segment is bucking way outside of the target audience's attention span (editor's note: at this time, Caillou and Rosie were trying to buy clocolate bars from a vending machine, but kept ending up with one of those health/musli bars instead). They eventually make it to the restaurant, Caillou's toy car is fixed and Daddy gets cleaned up.
#12 - Mom For a Day
Season 2 - Episode 43 - Aired Sep 8, 2000
(A42 wip title: "I Can Help Daddy With Rosie") Mom leaves for a business meeting, so Caillou helps Dad with caring for Rosie. For example, she doesn't like cheese on her macaroni and she always has a little water in her apple juice. Caillou helps Dad look after Gilbert too. Rosie bumps her knee on a chair, so Caillou kisses it to make it better. Then the two play house together. Daddy lies Rosie down for a nap. Caillou gets bored and wants to play with her, so he feigns sneezing to wake her up. Daddy reprimands him for it, calling his bluff. At dinner, Rosie won't eat all of her food, so Caillou does the old "open wide for the plane" trick. Daddy gives Rosie a bath and she fusses until Caillou gives her a rubber duck. That night, Rosie cries when Daddy tries to make her go to bed. Caillou explains that Dad needs to read them a story. Dad has Caillou read the story. When Mom gets home, Dad's fell asleep, whereas Caillou and Rosie are wide awake.
#13 - Chopsticks
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 13, 2000
Caillou's eating over at Sarah's place. He discovers how Chinese people eat, but has a little trouble handling chopsticks. But he learns, and teaches Sarah's family a thing or two about eating Jell-O with chopsticks.
#14 - Surprise Party
Season 2 - Episode 57 - Aired Sep 22, 2000
(title: "Surprise Party For Grandpa") After Grandma tells Caillou that Grandpa was too sick to have a party on his birthday, Caillou is in disbelief. He decides to throw a belated birthday party for Grandpa and Rosie helps.
#15 - Leo's Hamster
Season 2 - Episode 52 - Aired Sep 22, 2000
Leo has a hamster named Buddy. Caillou thinks that Leo is lucky to have him. Leo's going to be away from home for a while, so Caillou gets to take care of Buddy while Leo is away. Leo shows Caillou how to hold Buddy and reminds him to be gentle. Leo feeds Buddy a carrot and Caillou is surprised to see Buddy appear to eat the entire thing very quickly, but Leo explains that Buddy is actually hiding the carrot in his cheek pouches. The time finally comes for Caillou to take Buddy home. Leo's Mom gives Caillou a list to give to his Daddy. At home, Daddy makes sure that Gilbert stays out of Caillou's room so he can't get to Buddy. They check his food and water and then Daddy suggests that Buddy be left alone for a while because he's sleeping. So Caillou goes off to play with some blocks, but he gets bored and ends up taking Buddy out of his cage, even though Buddy was still sleeping. Buddy scurries all over Caillou and then runs off and into a small crack between one of Caillou's dressers and the wall. Caillou can't reach him and runs off to get Daddy, but when he gets back, Buddy is gone. Daddy and Caillou go on a hunt for him, but first Daddy locks Gilbert up in his cage so he can't go after Buddy. Eventually they hear Mommhy shouting out from the kitchen. They go in there and find her standing on a chair. It turns out that Buddy is underneath the refrigerator. So Caillou gets a carrot and uses that to lure Buddy out. Buddy is returned to his cage for a chance to really get some rest. When Leo arrives back from his trip, Caillou tells him all about what happened and how he used the carrot to lure Buddy out.
#16 - Caillou's Clouds
Season 2 - Episode 47 - Aired Sep 25, 2000
Mommy, Caillou and Rosie are out at the park having a picnic. Caillou also has another reason to be excited about being at the park - he has a kite that he wants to try out. He tries it, but he can't get it to work. He runs, but it won't fly and he gets to thinking that it's broken. Mommy tells him that it isn't going to fly right now since there really isn't any wind. So they settle down to eat their food and then Mommy pushes Caillou and Rosie on the swings. Caillou watches the clouds in the sky and fantasizes various things, such as a tree, a train and an ice cream cone. He goes to play in the sandbox and then notices that the clouds are beginning to blow away. It's starting to get windy and Mommy reminds him about flying his kite. He goes to get it, but it nearly blows away itself. Caillou saves it and has a great time flying it.
#17 - Caillou's Special Friend
Season 1 - Episode 29 - Aired Sep 25, 2000
Caillou has a special friend named George. He's special because only Caillou could see him. Caillou suddenly wants to have a race. On winning the race, Caillou knocks over a flower pot. While thinking it over, Caillou decides that it was George's fault that the flower pot broke. Later, while eating, Caillou talks about George some more, and says that George lives in the basement. But he comments that George is his favourite friend in the whole world. But because he spent too much time talking about George, he hardly ate his lunch. Later, Caillou's asked about the broken flower pot. He claims that George did this. But Caillou's dad knows better - George is to Caillou what Nadine is to D.W. in Arthur. So, he manages to talk Caillou into admitting that he also had something to do with it. He also talks Caillou into helping him clean up. Later, Caillou talks about George some more while playing on the swing with his dad.
#18 - Hide and Seek
Season 2 - Episode 46 - Aired Sep 26, 2000
Rosie and Caillou are happily playing together with toy trucks. It's going well, but then Rosie starts grabbing things such as action figures out of Caillou's toy box. Caillou takes them from her and she cries, so he gives them back to her. He goes downstairs and finds Daddy in the kitchen cooking something. He complains about Rosie taking his toys. Daddy suggests that he share them. He tells Caillou to wait a little while and come back for a special surprise. Caillou is annoyed that Daddy isn't listening to him, so he goes to Mommy, but she also suggests that he play with Mommy. Really annoyed now, Caillou decides that perhaps if he gives Rosie something to do on her own, then he'll be left alone to do what he wants. So he goes upstairs and creates a playfort for her, but she disappears and he gets to thinking she's playing hide-and-seek. He ends up going on a wild-goose-chase all around the house and looking outside too for Rosie, but it's a game he can't win. Rosie isn't hiding in one place, she keeps moving about such that Caillou can't find him. Caillou starts to get worried, so his parents help him out and they eventually manage to track Rosie down to the playfort that Caillou set up for her. Caillou tries to join her inside, but it ends up falling over. Mommy and Daddy decide that they'll play hide and seek with Caillou, but then Daddy remembers his surprise. So they all go downstairs and enjoy the surprise - gingerbread cookies and then they all play hide and seek together, with Mommy, Daddy and Rosie hiding together and Caillou looking for them all.
#19 - House Paint
Season 2 - Episode 35 - Aired Sep 28, 2000
To prove he’s ready to help Dad paint the porch, Caillou paints Rosie’s dollhouse first – and Gilbert, with paint-dipped paws, does some painting too!
#20 - Caillou Plays Baseball
Season 2 - Episode 44 - Aired Sep 28, 2000
Caillou moves from renovation to recreation when Dad and Sarah teach him to play baseball.
#21 - A New Member of the Family
Season 2 - Episode 56 - Aired Jan 8, 2001
Looking at the photo album, the family remembers when Gilbert was a kitten and first came to live with them.
#22 - Holiday Magic
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 9, 2001
It is Christmas time and Caillou's family is getting ready to buy a Christmas tree. Caillou's Mommy tells Caillou to draw a picture of what he wants for Christmas to give to Santa. He draws a dinosaur. They go to the mall to see Santa. Caillou sees Santa and shows him the picture, he thinks Caillou wants a real dinosaur but Caillou explains it is a toy dinosaur. Santa then wants to see Rosie, but Rosie is crying that she's scared, so says he'll see her next year. Next, Caillou's family goes to get a tree, but the bad news is the Christmas tree person just sold his last tree to Clementine but he will have more tomorrow. At home, Gilbert has gotten into the lights for the tree. Caillou tells his Dad that he wants a Christmas tree today so they decorate a tree outside. They put the lights on it and Caillou thinks that it is the best tree ever. Caillou's Mom says that they will have a tree inside too. Caillou thinks he is the luckiest boy ever to have 2 Christmas trees and a dinosaur.