Apple TV+ today announced the premiere date for the Harriet the Spy series and debuted the trailer showcasing a glimpse at the first animated adaptation of the iconic children’s novel.
Chronicling the coming-of-age adventures of the irrepressible Harriet M. Welsch, the Harriet the Spy series is produced by The Jim Henson Company.
The animated series stars acclaimed actor Beanie Feldstein as Harriet, a fiercely independent and adventurous 11-year-old girl, alongside Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch as Ole Golly, Harriet’s larger-than-life, no-nonsense nanny.
The first half of the series (five episodes) debuts on Apple TV+ on Friday, November 19, 2021, and the second half will return with additional episodes in spring 2022.
Set in 1960s New York when the original book was published, Harriet the Spy follows the outspoken and perpetually curious 11-year-old Harriet M. Welsch. More than anything, Harriet wants to be a writer, and in order to be a good writer, she’ll need to know everything. And to know everything means she’ll need to spy … on everyone!
Joining Feldstein and Lynch, the series features Lacey Chabert as Marion Hawthorne, the ringleader of a group of popular girls at Harriet’s school, and additional voice cast members Kimberly Brooks, Crispin Freeman, Grey Griffin, Bumper Robinson and Charlie Schlatter.
Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett wrote and performs the original theme song for the series, which she concurrently released as a single today under her Mom + Pop record label and is now available on Apple Music.
Based on the book by Louise Fitzhugh, the Apple Original series is produced by The Jim Henson Company, and written and executive produced by Will McRobb (The Adventures of Pete & Pete) with Sidney Clifton (Black Panther animated series, Me, Eloise) as producer.
Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford executive produce on behalf of The Jim Henson Company with John W. Hyde, Nancy Steingard and Wendy Moss-Klein also serving as executive producers, and Terissa Kelton as co-executive producer. Chris Prynoski, Shannon Prynoski and Ben Kalina executive produce for Titmouse Animation Studios.
In addition to the Harriet the Spy series, Apple’s growing partnership with The Jim Henson Company includes Fraggle Rock: Rock On!, as well as the reboot of the classic series Fraggle Rock, and recently-added bonus specials, Down at Fraggle Rock, Doozer Music and Fraggle Songs, that are now available to stream on Apple TV+.
HARRIET THE SPY SERIES EPISODES
EPISODE 1 – “I Am a Terrible Spy”
Harriet’s ambition to know and see everything may change reclusive Agatha K. Plumber’s life for the better. Premiere Date: November 19, 2021
EPISODE 2 – “Coat Vote”
Harriet’s new coat is perfect for her—and Marion Hawthorne, apparently. But who will win the school’s vote? Premiere Date: November 19, 2021
EPISODE 3 – “Cross My Heart and Hope Not to Dance”
Janie and Harriet vow never to go to dancing school, but Harriet doesn’t know that Janie actually likes dancing. Premiere Date: November 19, 2021
EPISODE 4 – “Hermit the Spy”
After an awful day, Harriet wants some alone time. Watching Mr. Withers’ 26 cats is just what she needs…or is it? Premiere Date: November 19, 2021
EPISODE 5 – “The Origin of M”
Harriet learns about her middle initial and questions who she is. Her nanny, Ole Golly, teaches Harriet a valuable lesson about identity. Premiere Date: November 19, 2021